Dateline Rice for July 17, 2020


Two Houstonians are turning a pandemic into poetry
An article features Jim Blackburn, a professor in the practice of environmental law and the co-director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, who began a blog titled Virus Vigil where he has posted a poem featuring a different bird during each day of the pandemic since March 22. The article also mentions two previous books co-authored by Blackburn: “Birds: A Book of Verse and Vision,” released in 2009, and “Hill Country Birds and Waters: Art and Poems,” released in 2019.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required.)

Analysis: Radical self-care
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice and author of the 2007 book “Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion,” is interviewed.
BBC Sounds (This segment also aired on more than 1,400 affiliate stations around the world.)
The radical history of self-care
BBC Radio 4

Cash still flowing to North Texas battleground legislative races despite COVID-19 fundraising slowdown
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 quoted.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the July 17 print edition of the Morning News, and it appeared in MSN.)

The Back Mic: Latest fundraising totals in the most competitive Texas House districts
The Texan
WOR-AM (New York)
http://dateline.rice/july-17-jones (This segment aired on more than 1,000 iHeart Radio-affiliated stations across the U.S.)

Opinion: International students, you are welcome here
Julian West, assistant professor of chemistry, authored an op-ed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This op-ed also appeared in the July 17 print edition.)

There has to be more to Mexico’s oil sector than Pemex
Adrian Duhalt, postdoctoral fellow in Mexico energy studies at the Baker Institute’s Center for the United States and Mexico and Center for Energy Studies, authored an article.

Houstonians are less anxious about coronavirus despite spike, Rice survey says
An article features results from Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which produces a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston residents. Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Data Platform, is interviewed by Houston Public Media.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN, San Antonio Express-News, San Francisco Chronicle and more than 25 other media outlets.)
‘KHOU 11 News’
KHOU-TV (Houston)
‘5 p.m. Newscast’
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This podcast appeared on Houston Public Media and 10 other media outlets, and this segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Seven tips for managing health care teamwork during a pandemic
Eduardo Salas, chair and professor of psychological sciences, and graduate student Allison Traylor are quoted.

School in a coffee shop? A different approach to teaching and learning during the pandemic

Several articles and broadcasts mention Rice’s plan to hold some classes outdoors in tents to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in Click2Houston.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article was also included in the Post’s “Live updates” feed July 16.)
Colleges prepare to test thousands of students for COVID-19
Rice University to add ‘outdoor learning’ to its social distancing plans
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired three times on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
Rice University buys temporary structures, open-sided tents to hold in-person instruction, meetings and study space
University book store headlines: July, 17, 2020
Purdue on Rivals

San Jacinto College to offer four types of classes for reopening this fall

Houston Business Journal
Tulane building temporary structures for socially distanced classes, dining
New Orleans City Business
‘Action News’
WFTS-TV (Tampa Bay, Florida)
http://dateline.rice/july-17-tents (This segment aired 10 times.)
‘CBS 11 News’
KTVT-TV (Dallas)
‘Good Day Austin’
KTBC-TV (Austin, Texas)
Anatomy of a COVID-19 conspiracy theory
Kevin McHugh, assistant professor of bioengineering and lead researcher into “quantum-dot tattoos,” a novel way to accurately record a person’s vaccination history, is interviewed and quoted.
WMFE Online (This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

International students get ‘temporary relief’ after ICE rescinds guidance on remote learning
Graduate student Debadrita Jana is featured.

NCAA issues testing standards, and a warning

An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Houston Sept. 3.

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Sports section in the July 17 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)
UH to host reduced-capacity crowds at TDECU Stadium during 2020 football season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)

2025’s Rion Gordon is an intimidating presence along the defensive line
An article mentions that the 2020 Youth Armed Forces Bowl to be held at Rice will be rescheduled.
Youth 1

5 reasons company leaders resist needed change — even during this crisis
Alumnus Edwin Bosso authored an article.
Global Trade Magazine

PGAL moves to top of largest Houston architecture firms list 
An article mentions that the architecture firm PGAL has designed buildings at Rice.
Houston Business Journal


Multiracial congregations may not bridge racial divide
An article cites the books “Divided By Faith” and “United By Faith,” co-authored by Michael Emerson, fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which studied racial inequality in evangelical Christian congregations and how to promote diversity.
NPR (This article also appeared in more than 150 affiliate webpages.)


Reclaiming populism from the elites
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, authored a book review.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

How ultra-black fish disappear in the deepest seas
Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 17 print edition of The Buffalo News and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Veteran multifamily team joins Marcus & Millichap in Houston
Graduate student Greg Austin is mentioned.
Fort Worth Business Press

Norman: Avoid ‘Miss Manitzas’ if at all possible

Rice is mentioned.

Glen Rose Reporter


Gazprom and Russian natural gas policy in the first two decades of the 21st century [GGP]
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Natural Gas World

A novel, effective way to keep produce fresh? Put an egg on it.
An article features Rice research that developed a way to use eggs that would otherwise be wasted as the base of an inexpensive coating to protect fruits and vegetables. Research scientist Muhammad Rahman is quoted.
The Counter

4D printing gets boost with new polymer, process
An article features Rice research that developed a 3D printing technique to create soft robots and biomedical implants that automatically change shape when subjected to various stressors. Quoted are Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and graduate student Morgan Barnes.

Mysterious mechanism of graphene oxide formation explained
An article about research into the mechanism of turning graphite into graphene oxide by alumnus Ayrat Dimiev mentions that it began when he was part of the lab of James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering.

Data science and the ‘wave’: How can we study emergent behavior?
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a method to assess which aspects of individual behavior give rise to emergent behavior. Oleg Igoshin, professor of bioengineering and of biosciences and chemistry, and alumnus Zhaoyang Zhang are quoted.
Technology Networks


Across America briefs — July 17, 2020
Alumna Jade Simmons is featured.
The Philadelphia Tribune


MCS’ Clark commits to New Mexico baseball
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and more than 25 other media outlets.) 

‘KHON2 News’
Former Rice football player Aaron Cephus is featured.
KHON-TV (Honolulu)
http://dateline.rice/july-17-khon (This segment aired twice.)


Changing CEO before IPO may raise valuation
New research from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business shows that a change in leadership before a startup’s initial public offering can increase its valuation and performance.

Global health students’ innovation not stopped by COVID-19
Students and staff at Rice, the Malawi University of Science and Technology and the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic gathered virtually for six weeks to iterate on creative devices that address the COVID-19 pandemic. Their presentations built upon initial ideas that had been prototyped by students in Africa at Rice 360°’s partner design studios in Malawi and Tanzania earlier in the year.

About Stefan De La Garza

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