Dateline Rice for July 24, 2020


Rice has contracted 60,000 COVID-19 tests for the fall, will test on campus
An article features Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes conducting 60,000 tests in the fall, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents. Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, is quoted in Campus Reform.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN, World News Network, The World News and more than 25 other media outlets.)
Texas colleges use testing as one method to ensure safe return to campus this fall
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Houston coronavirus updates: July 23
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
Students asked to bring their own chairs to campus with … tents?
Campus Reform
Opening university campuses during COVID-19 is risky. The alternative is worse.
Kansas City Star (This Bloomberg article appeared in the July 24 print edition of the Kansas City Star and a previous edition of Dateline.)
CDC doesn’t recommend testing college students
Kaiser Health News
Friday, July 24, 2020
Kaiser Health News
Texas is the state with the 6th most coronavirus restrictions | July 24, 2020
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired twice on KTRH-FM in Houston.)

University professors fear the risks of classroom teaching in pandemic hot spots
Logan Browning, professor in the practice of English and Humanities, is quoted.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Beyond politics, effects of Chinese consulate’s closing ‘will be a setback’ for Houston
A Houston Chronicle article about the recent order by the Trump administration to close the Chinese Consulate in Houston mentions Rice. Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in the Houston Press and MSN.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the July 24 print edition.)
Chinese Consul General deflects on espionage accusations after consulate shutdown
Houston Press
Chinese Consulate in Houston accused of being ‘spy center’
MSN (This KHOU Online article also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.) 

Ukraine skeptical of American LNG gas pipe dreams
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle (This article also appeared in MSN Money.)

Preserving these moments: A call to action for the American Jewish community
An article co-authored by Joshua Furman, temporary project manager in Jewish Studies and founder of the Houston Jewish History Archive at Rice, mentions his collaboration documenting “the new normal” for Houston’s Jewish residents during the pandemic.
e-Jewish Philanthropy

Republicans and Dems see COVID-19 differently. Is that making people sick?
Yael Hochberg, the Ralph S. O’Connor Professor of Finance and Entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Latest Commentary (This FiveThirtyEight article also appeared in Atlanta Business Journal, Hot Air and yesterday’s Dateline.) 

Houston power couples step up to help the city’s reeling performing arts scene
An article features Steve ’84 and Leticia Trauber ’86. Leticia Trauber is on the governing council of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

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.
Infectious Disease Advisor (This article also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.) 

Advice for incoming college freshmen: Tackling new challenges due to COVID-19
Hanszen College senior Savannah Kuchar authored a column. Community members quoted include Hanszen College senior Loren Goddard and Lovett College seniors Victor Nguyen and Josh Bae.
The Buzz Magazines

With COVID-19 concerns, John Cooper School kept graduation small
An article mentions that Cadan Hanson plans to attend Rice in the fall.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

McClain: How Texans will adjust to 80-man camp roster
An article mentions that Houston Texans players held workouts at Rice Stadium in 2011.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the July 24 print edition, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

Reducing wildlife trafficking and forest loss could prevent future pandemics
An article mentions that researchers from Rice have collaborated on a study that found curbing wildlife trafficking and the destruction of tropical forests may help prevent future pandemics.
Duke University News (This article also appeared in Investor Ideas.)

Faith Matters: Doing the other hard things
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Greenfield Recorder

LU football looking for new Week 1 opponent
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Lamar University Sept. 26.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

New rules for old opinions?
Alumnus Niel Golightly is mentioned.
U.S. Naval Institute

Houston and former space rival are advancing biotech startups
Rice is mentioned.


Cybersecurity experts caution against calls to expand online voting
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

US rivers are facing a crisis — but scientists show there is hope
An article quotes Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering, and mentions that he is the principal investigator in the university’s Catalysis and NanoMaterials Laboratory researching nitrate and nitrite contamination in water.
The Irish Times (This article appeared in the July 23 print edition and yesterday’s Dateline.)

The 50 most beautiful college campuses in America
A roundup featuring Rice mentions James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace on the Suzanne Deal Booth Centennial Pavilion.
Condé Nast Traveler (This article also appeared in Yahoo! Lifestyle.)
Life imitates art: Four eye-catching examples


Maker of Good Catch plant-based seafood names new CEO
Alumna Christine Mei is featured.
BizWomen (This article also appeared in, CityBizList and CityBizList New York.)

Eight ways to use movement in teaching and learning
Alumna Jenny Vo authored a response to a “question of the week.”
Education Week Blog

Wastewater-borne antibiotic-resistant bacteria no match for graphene
An article features collaborative Rice research that designed a “shield” made of graphene oxide that destroys antibiotic-resistant bacteria and free-floating antibiotic resistant genes in wastewater treatment plants.


KEYNOTES: Symphony Pro Musica founder celebrates 70

An article mentions that Julia and Emma Churchill are both pursuing graduate degrees at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Wicked Local Hudson


Beach adds Grace Morgan as grad transfer
Former Rice volleyball player Grace Morgan, who will play beach volleyball at Louisiana State University while pursuing a graduate degree, is featured.
LSU Athletics News

Texas A&M’s Ainias Smith makes the Hornung Award Watch List
An article mentions that Rice football player Austin Trammell was named to the 2020 watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, which is given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

LSU Tigers 2020 football schedule includes: Alabama, Texas at home
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play Louisiana State University Sept. 19 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Daily Advertiser

Jamison named to Paul Hornung Award watch list
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in 2019.
Texas Sports (This article also appeared in SB Nation.)

Ranking EVERY college football stadium in Texas
Rice Stadium is featured.
SB Nation

This Date in History: July 24
Former Rice baseball player Willy Amador is mentioned.
The Eagle


How to stop the next pandemic: Reduce wildlife trafficking and forest loss
The ultimate global financial cost of COVID-19 could top $15 trillion, but governments might be able to prevent future pandemics by investing as little as $22 billion a year in programs to curb wildlife trafficking and stem the destruction of tropical forests, according to a new paper from an international team of scientists including Rice’s Ted Loch-Temzelides.

China’s energy infrastructure mapped by Baker Institute
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has released its latest China Energy Map, an open-source, interactive chart of the country’s energy infrastructure. To more accurately capture China’s complete energy system, it now also includes coal power plants, nuclear power plants and electric vehicle battery factories.

About Stefan De La Garza

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