Dateline Rice for July 9, 2020


Coronavirus, unemployment, uncertainty imperil Texas workers: ‘It trickles down’
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in Yahoo! Finance, MSN and Head Topics.)

KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor of political science, fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed by KRLD about the cancellation of the in-person Texas GOP convention in Houston. Jones is quoted in the Austin American-Statesman about local politics.
http://dateline.rice/july-9-jones  (This segment aired six times.)
Hegar launches air war; West looks to digital targeting

Austin American-Statesman

Texas to benefit substantially from new free trade agreement
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico, is quoted.
Reform Austin

Consensus and conflict
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, authored a column.
Texas Architect

Rice’s Tanner Gardner, a Stanford wrestling alum, says program’s demise ‘devastating’
Tanner Gardner, chief operating officer for athletics at Rice, is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN.)

Why COVID-19 deaths, infections will continue to be low in Africa
An article mentions Rice research into artificial enzymes made from treated charcoal by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.
The Guardian Nigeria

Organized crime and COVID-19
A blog post cites a new study by Nathan Jones, nonresident scholar in drug policy and Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy and Mexico studies at the Baker Institute, about how COVID-19 may affect the activities of criminal cartels.
Small Wars Journal

Several UH teams trading flights for bus rides
An article mentions that Rice’s soccer team frequently plays against the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 9 print edition.)

Boise State freshmen began moving in this weekend following a negative COVID-19 test
Former Rice football player Uzoma Osuji is mentioned.
MSN (This Idaho Statesman article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Mask-safe activities for July
A roundup of pandemic activities mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts is showcasing work from Texas artists in its windows.
The Buzz Magazines

‘Fox 26 News at 9’
An article mentions that Rice has dispersed $1.8 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to more than 2,700 students affected by the pandemic to help them continue their education.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-9-cares-act (This segment aired four times.)


Bun B provides update on Houston cops involved in racist meme posted to social media
Rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, former distinguished lecturer at Rice, is quoted and pictured.

The bronze metal goes to the mob
An op-ed mentions a petition calling for the removal of the statue of William Marsh Rice from the university’s academic quadrangle.
The Leader News


‘BBC World Service Radio’ 
Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering, is interviewed by the BBC and quoted in Futurity about his research that found that boron nitride destroyed perfluorooctanoic acid at a faster rate than any previously reported photocatalyst. Graduate student Bo Wang is mentioned in Futurity. This research is mentioned in The American Ceramic Society and Deutschlandfunk Radio.
http://dateline.rice/july-9-wong (This segment aired on more than 1,400 stations around the world.)
99% of ‘forever chemicals’ can’t survive surprising catalyst
Other materials stories that may be of interest
The American Ceramic Society
Deutschlandfunk Radio (Germany)
http://dateline.rice/july-9-boron (An English translation is not available.)

At this university, any student can sign up to get professional leadership coaching — for free
An article features leadership training by Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, which is provided as a free service to Rice students. Rice Board of Trustees member Ann Doerr ’75 and husband John Doerr ’73, for which the institute is named, are quoted. Alumni Mary Natoli, former president of Rice’s Cycling and Triathlon Club, and Tim Harrison, former president of the Black Male Leadership Initiative at Rice, are pictured and quoted. (This Fortune article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Danish nod gives Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline fresh traction
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle (This article appeared in the July 9 English print edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Best private colleges in America
A slideshow mentions that Rice is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. according to Stacker’s list of top private universities.
MSN (This Stacker article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Russia denies allegations it paid militants to kill US troops as ‘nonsense’
An article mentions that Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at Rice in 2001.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 NPR-affiliated webpages.)


Houston violinist Kenneth Goldsmith called gifted musician
An article mentions the recent death of Kenneth Goldsmith, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of the Shepherd School, is quoted. James Dunham, professor of viola, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (This article also appeared in MSN.)
Midtown Fiesta to permanently close ‘despite tremendous efforts’
An article features Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

La vida social
Brittany Utting, assistant professor of architecture, authored a review of the March 5-6 show at Rice’s School of Architecture titled, “Disrupting Housing: New Paradigms in Mexican Collective Living,” which was organized by Jesús Vassallo, the Gus Wortham Assistant Professor of Architecture.
Texas Architects

The other four candidates for Senate District 14
An article mentions that Waller Thomas Burns III formerly worked in admissions at Rice.
Austin Chronicle


‘Wake Up! with SallyMac & Lina’
Hanszen College senior Harish Krishnamoorthy discusses his concerns about completing his education following new guidelines issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requiring international students to take at least one in-person class during the fall semester or risk deportation. A tweet from President David Leebron in response to ICE’s decision is cited.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/july-9-krishnamoorthy-leebron (This segment aired twice.)


Future Texas hurricanes: Fast like Ike or slow like Harvey?
An article features collaborative Rice research that found climate change will intensify winds that steer hurricanes north over Texas in the final 25 years of this century, increasing the odds for fast-moving storms like 2008’s Ike compared with slow-movers like 2017’s Harvey. Pedram Hassanzadeh, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted and pictured.
Newswise (This article also appeared in Prevention Web.) 

Scialog: Signatures of Life in the Universe Fellows named
An article mentions that Kirsten Siebach, assistant professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, has been named a 2020 Signatures of Life in the Universe Fellow.
Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Oncotarget: Epigenetic feedback and stochastic partitioning can drive resistance to EMT
Former professor of bioengineering Herbert Levine is mentioned.

Midway CEO Brinsden named ULI Americas chairman
An article featuring Jonathan Brinsden mentions that he is a former guest lecturer at Rice.
Connect Media


9 queer political figures creating a more perfect union this election year
Alumna and former Houston Mayor Annise Parker is featured and pictured.


Crichton, Duplantier part of Arizona Diamondbacks player pool
Former Rice baseball player Jon Duplantier is featured and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Marshall’s 2020-21 basketball schedule features Dec. 29 contest at Kentucky
An article mentions that Rice’s men’s basketball team is slated to play Marshall University Jan. 23, 2021.
The Logan Banner

Wylie, Garland ISD squads set to battle for District 9-6A championship
Rice is mentioned.
Texas HS Football

Hitting chops will help sort out Tigers’ fresh-faced logjam of position prospects
Former Rice baseball player Trei Cruz is mentioned.
The Detroit News


Attendance, grades, advanced courses best predict whether students from Houston ISD will go to college
The best way to predict whether Houston ISD students will go to college is to examine a combination of attendance rates, grades, and credits in advanced courses, according to a study by Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium, part of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Trump vs. Biden brings foreign policy to the forefront
Foreign policy will play a major role in the 2020 presidential campaigns, according to a new brief from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker fellow at the institute, is available to talk to the news media about the 2020 election and foreign policy.

About Stefan De La Garza

Stefan De La Garza is a news analyst in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.