Dateline Rice for Aug. 7, 2020


‘This is dangerous’: Faculty at Houston-area colleges worried by return to campus
Several articles mention Rice’s plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes staggering the return of students to campus, conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents. Martel College senior and incoming Student Association President Anna Margaret Clyburn is quoted or interviewed in the Houston Chronicle and Click2Houston. The Houston Chronicle also cites op-eds recently published in the Rice Thresher authored by Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, and Helena Michie, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor in Humanities and director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
Here are the COVID-19 protocols in place for 16 Texas universities and colleges ahead of the fall semester
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
With college looming, experts answer 6 of parents’ most pressing questions
Los Angeles Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 5 print editions of the Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
Universities face half-empty student housing as fall semester approaches
Bisnow (Subscription is required.)
Coronavirus live updates: How COVID could’ve been spotted last year, professors on return to campus
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

New device from Rice, Kirby Corp. could ease global ventilator shortage
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; and Rohith Malya, adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at Rice and associate of Rice 360°.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Aug. 7 print edition.)
Houston coronavirus updates: Aug. 6
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Debt, debt, goose
Jorge Barro, fellow in public finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Impact Hub Houston has new HQ, HCC creates AI program, and more innovation news
An innovation news roundup mentions that Rice School of Architecture graduate students Carrie Li and Mai Okimoto won first place in the 2020 American Institute of Architects Houston Gulf Coast Green Student Competition for designing a dorm that could house people during prolonged periods of quarantine and social distancing. John Casbarian, the Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Professor in Architecture, director of external programs and interim dean of the School of Architecture, is quoted. A second entry in the roundup calls for applications from energy startups for the Society of Petroleum Engineers’ Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Startup Village virtual pitch competition, a collaboration that includes the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. The competition will take place Oct. 13.
http://dateline.rice/aug-7-li-okimoto-casbarian (Scroll down to “Rice project re-envisions dorm layouts” and “Calling all energy startups.”)

Friday’s Houston Matters: Financial challenges facing hospitals and business insurance issues in the economic crash (Aug. 7, 2020)
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, participates in a roundtable discussion on the week’s news.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
The Texas Ren Fest marches on amid the pandemic: ‘The Good, Bad and Ugly’ of the week’s news
Houston Public Media

Everything you need to bring to campus during coronavirus, according to college students
Will Rice College senior Audrey Yao is quoted.
New York Magazine

The ‘indirect’ costs at college can involve nasty surprises
OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)

Local couple’s marriage spans eras of war, peace and now a pandemic
Alumna Marguerite Garrett is featured.
KWTX Online (This segment also aired KWTX-TV in Waco Texas.)

Southern Miss adds two games to schedule, moves opener to Sept. 3
An article mentions that Rice’s football team is slated to play the University of Southern Mississippi Oct. 31.
Magnolia State Live

Projecting the first Texas depth chart of 2020
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is quoted.

Is your favorite college football team going to play in 2020? Find out here.
Rice’s football team is mentioned.

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.

Wind musicians’ risk assessment in the time of COVID-19
An article mentions that several universities, including Rice, are studying how far a musician or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the atmosphere when they perform.
International Musician

US colleges are split between in-person and ‘hybrid’ learning plans for the fall semester


Team measures Mars from crust to core
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. Deng also is quoted in
Scientists peer inside Mars to measure layers of Red Planet

Model suggests toxic transformation on Venus
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences, is quoted.
Scientific American (This article also appeared in the August print and digital editions.)

30 hot Canadian classical musicians under 30, 2020 edition
A roundup featuring violinist Aaron Chan mentions that he will pursue a graduate degree at Rice in the fall.


Historic Monticello Park home near Woodlawn Lake has housed journalists, ministers and a future Nobel Prize winner
An article quotes Professor Emeritus Robert Curl, who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with the late Richard Smalley and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto for the discovery of a new form of carbon called buckminsterfullerenes.
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription is required.)

Rice University research: Collaboration with the community can be key to success
An article features research by Kate Odziemkowska, assistant professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)

A&M-Commerce professor joins Purdue faculty after 28 years as Lion
Rice is mentioned.
Herald Banner

Astronomy for all: How Plano’s John Wagoner is bringing science to underserved kids 
Rice is mentioned.
DFW Child


WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
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 about how Texas Democrats running for Congress have so far raised more money than their Republican counterparts.
http://dateline.rice/aug-7-jones (This segment also aired on KRLD-AM in Dallas.)


Walkability plan, including parking reform, adopted in Houston
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

‘Cartwheeling’ light reveals new type of polarized light-matter interaction
An article features Rice research that discovered details about a novel type of polarized light-matter interaction with light that literally turns end over end as it propagates from a source. Graduate student Lauren McCarthy is quoted and pictured.
Physics World

The public Ivies, little Ivies and other Ivy League equivalents
Rice is featured.


Remembering Steven D. Goodman, author, professor and translator of Tibetan Buddhist works
An article featuring the late Steven Goodman, who died Aug. 3 at 75, mentions Rice.


Great Lakes region 2021 top 250 high school football players: Defense
Rice is mentioned.

About Stefan De La Garza

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