Dateline Rice for Aug. 6, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Houston families split on whether or not kids should go back to school this fall
Ruth López Turley, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN, the San Antonio Express-News and Connecticut Post.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-turleyCoronavirus creates new election threats, experts warn at Black Hat
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.
CNET (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-wallach

FDA OKs manufacturer’s version of Rice ventilator 
An article featuring the Apollo ABVM, an automated bag valve mask device developed by Stewart & Stevenson Healthcare Technologies, mentions that it has been approved by the FDA as an emergency resuscitator for COVID-19 patients. A team of Rice engineering experts and students designed the original open-source plans. Rice community members quoted include Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health; Amy Kavalewitz, executive director of the OEDK; and Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of Rice 360°.
HeatlhCareBusiness
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-oden-kavalewitz-malya

Higher ed COVID-19 testing, virtual orientations and staggered move-in days
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents. Bridget Gorman, dean of undergraduates, discusses the need for thoughtful, dynamic and nimble planning to bring students back to campus in the included video.
Higher Ed Experts
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-gorman
COVID-19 could quickly spread in schools without adequate AC system, report warns
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN and in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-fall-restart
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-fall-restart
Tents spring up at Baylor as part of COVID-19 mitigation plan
Waco Tribune-Herald
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-tents
A negative COVID-19 test, quarantine required for Texas college kids
Reform Austin
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-tests

Now that Trump needs Africa
An article cites a quote by Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities.
Punch 
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-brinkley

Giant O&G company in Texas to cut production 40% over 10 years
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the news that BP plans to cut oil production by 40% over the next decade, a decision that has more to do with climate change than the oil crash caused by the pandemic.
Red River Radio (This segment aired on five stations across Louisiana and Texas.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-medlock

Tuk Tuk go: Is this the vehicle that will rescue public transit?
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Next City 
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-fulton

Harris County recruits medical experts to advise voters on mail-in ballot
An article mentions that Elena Marks, a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is a member of Harris County’s S.A.F.E Elections Medical Advisory Committee.
Fox 26 Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-marks

Design schools, now is the time to answer: Who are we for?
An article mentions that Rice has frozen hiring and canceled pay raises due to the pandemic.
Hyperallergic
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-ha

UH, AAC plan to play full football season
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 Aug. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-hc
AAC won’t abandon nonconference football games
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-hc

Best virtual bets: Shakespeare, Black art in Houston and a murder mystery
An article mentions that Rice Cinema will present “Low-Fi: Queer Cinema Classics,” a collection of unusual films from the Rice Cinema archive, Aug. 6.
Houston Press
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rice-cinema

As practices get underway, Texas begins to alter its 2020 soccer schedule
Articles mention that Rice’s soccer team is slated to play the University of Texas at Austin Aug. 30.
Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rice-soccer
411OnTheForty: Soccer schedule changes because of pandemic
Horns Illustrated
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rice-soccer

StreetLight Data raises $15 million to bring big data analytics to city transport
An article mentions that Rice researchers used StreetLight Data, a firm that tracks smartphone location data, to determine links between increased traffic following stay-at-home orders and a surge of COVID-19 infections.
Report Door
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rd

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Una Venezuela diferente
An article quotes Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Energy Studies, Center for the United States and Mexico and Latin America Initiative and a lecturer in energy economics.
La República (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-monaldi

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Space race? America’s new path to the ISS could affect relationship with Russia
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-abbeyGalveston Bay Park idea earns top honors in Houston 2020 Visions competition
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, is quoted.
Community Impact Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-blackburn

Bob Newhart made comedy history in Houston
An article mentions that the Tidelands Motor Inn was turned into Rice graduate housing in the 1980s, but razed in the late 1990s.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 6 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-hc

Houston Tennis Association awards 19 scholarships to area graduates
An article mentions that Hanszen College freshman Noah Elzner was the recipient of a Houston Tennis Association scholarship.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-elzner

FROM THE LABS: Tackling the root cause of treatment resistance in age-related macular degeneration

An article mentions that Rice researchers were part of a team studying antivascular endothelial growth factor resistance for individuals with age-related macular degeneration known as choroidal neovascularization.
Baylor College of Medicine News
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-bcmn

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Rice researchers use InSight for deep Mars measurements
An article features research by Rice seismologists that used data from NASA’s InSight Lander to make the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of Mars. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Geology and Geophysics, and graduate student Sizhuang Deng are quoted.
SpaceRef (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-levander
Inside clean energy: What’s a virtual power plant? Bay Area consumers will soon find out.
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.

Inside Climate News
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-cohan
Petra Nova carbon capture project stalls with cheap oil
Energy and Policy Institute
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-cohan

Nuclear power plant stokes Arab Gulf rivalries
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
TheMediaLine
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-ulrichsen

 

In a huge year for consulting MBAs, these schools were the top industry-feeders
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
Poets & Quants (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-jones-school

A sticky solution: Using lasers to turn everyday tape into batteries
An article features Rice research into turning adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film that replaces troublesome anodes in lithium metal batteries.
AZo Materials
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-tape

SPORTS

Strange but true: Oilers give Bill Peterson ‘almost lifetime’ contract
The late Bill Peterson, a former Rice head football coach, is featured.
KHOU 11 Online (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-khouWhen they were recruits: Texas Tech running backs
Rice is mentioned.
RedRaiderSports.com
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rrs

Texas football: Ranking the wide receivers on the 2020 depth chart
An article mentions the 2019 football game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-rice-football

NEWS RELEASE

Rice researchers use InSight for deep Mars measurements
Rice seismologists used data from NASA’s InSight Lander to make the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of Mars.
http://dateline.rice/aug-6-news-release-levander

About Stefan De La Garza

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