Dateline Rice for Aug. 13, 2020


Texas is ‘flying blind’ as schools reopen amid decline in COVID-19 testing
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, is quoted.
NBC News (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Ukrainian students can now apply for US student visas
President David Leebron is quoted.
College News

Could cat drugs treat humans with COVID-19?
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
LiveScience (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Rice University’s COVID-fighting device gets green light with FDA approval
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°. Approval for the Apollo ABVM is featured in a roundup in Medium.
CultureMap Dallas (This InnovationMap article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Best virtual bets: LED lights, quarantined actors and sensitive guys
An arts roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts’ summer film series, the third installment of films and discussions on artists who are part of Rice’s Public Art collection, will stream Jeremy Ambers’ 2014 documentary “Impossible Light” Aug. 19. The film highlights artist Leo Villareal’s project turning San Francisco’s Bay Bridge into the world’s biggest LED light sculpture. An Instagram Live Q&A between Ambers and Ylinka Barotto, associate curator at the Moody Center, will take place Aug. 20. The film will be available through Aug. 26 on the Moody Center’s YouTube page.
Houston Press

Texas Longhorn football remains on the schedule this fall — for now 
An article mentions that Rice football’s season-opening game is now slated for Sept. 26 against Lamar University.
Houston Business Journal (Subscription is required.)
College football teams that plan to play a 2020 season
Athlon Sports
‘ABC 7 News’
KVIA-TV (El Paso, Texas)

Need help? ABC13 to host town hall on COVID-19 relief in SE Texas
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined one in every three Houston workers has been negatively impacted by the pandemic by experiencing job loss, lost income or reduced hours.
ABC 13 Online (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Some universities mandate students get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus
An article mentions 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.
KHOU Online (This segment also aired four times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)

Excluding undocumented immigrants from stimulus package makes no sense

An article cites Rice research that details the economic benefits from undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

The Horizons Tracker


CNN International
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is interviewed about the November presidential election and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent announcement of Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate.

Kimberly Dowdell asks: Will you join us?
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.


Horrifying images reveal bizarre parasite that replaces tongue of its fish host and feeds on blood
An article features research by Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, who discovered that a “vampire” crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host’s tongue.
Newsweek (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

AFRL engineer to participate in US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
An article mentions that researchers from Rice will attend the National Academy of Engineering’s 26th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Eighty-five early-career engineers were nominated to participate in the symposium by fellow engineers or organizations from industry, academia and government.
MSN (This article originally appeared in the Dayton Daily News.)



How marsquakes — earthquakes on Mars — help scientists learn what’s beneath the surface
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 13 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in Futurity on Medium, MSN, the San Antonio Express-News, Connecticut Post and San Francisco Chronicle.)

Loftin named Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus
An article featuring alumnus R. Bowen Loftin mentions that he will receive Texas A&M University’s 2020 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Texas A&M University Science News

Kachina dolls and cowboys inspire artist’s work
An article features alumna Ann Harithas.
Victoria Advocate

The spies of Texas
Rice is mentioned.
The Leader


Programmed bacteria have something extra
An article features collaborative Rice research that successfully expanded the genetic code of E. coli bacteria to produce a synthetic building block or “noncanonical amino acid.” Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Han Xiao, Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator and assistant professor of chemistry; graduate student Yuda Chen; postdoctoral fellows Juan Tang, Lushun Wang and Zeru Tian; Baker College senior Adam Cardenas; and visiting scholar Xinlei Fang.
ScienceDaily (This article also appeared in

The economic damage of wealth redistribution
An article cites a Center for Freedom and Prosperity study co-authored by John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute, on the economic impact of a wealth tax.
Townhall Finance

Acclaimed American Buddhist academic Steven D. Goodman dies, aged 75
An article featuring the late Steven Goodman, who died Aug. 3 at 75, mentions Rice.
Buddhist Door

The art of taking science from academia to action
Rice is mentioned.
Predict on Medium


Bill Yeoman remembered as ‘a Hall of Fame man’
Former Rice head football coaches Fred Goldsmith and Ken Hatfield are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle.)
Quoteboard: Tributes to Bill Yeoman
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Second Baptist School Magazine feature: Iron sharpens iron
An article features former Rice assistant baseball coach Rayner Noble. Former head coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Click2Houston (This Vype article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)

120th U.S. Amateur: SMU’s McClure Meissner wins
An article mentions that former Rice golfer Mitchell Meissner won the Texas State Open July 31 in Tyler.
Tyler Morning Telegraph


Programmed bacteria have something extra
Rice chemist Han Xiao and his team of researchers have successfully expanded the genetic code of E. coli bacteria to produce a synthetic building block or “noncanonical amino acid.” The result is a living indicator for oxidative stress that may be a step toward technologies that will allow the generation of novel proteins and organisms with a variety of useful functions.

About Stefan De La Garza

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