Dateline Rice for Aug. 20, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Contact tracing apps have been a bust. States bet college kids can change that.
An article mentions that students returning to Rice are required to download a contact tracing app. Klara Jelinkova, vice president for international operations and information technology and chief information officer at Rice, is quoted.
Politico
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-jelinkova

BBC News
A broadcast features Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, discussing the history of political conventions and how they have changed in light of the pandemic.
BBC (Each segment aired on 50 affiliate stations across the U.K.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-brinkley
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-brinkley

The Texas economy is booming, leaving big rigs in a bind for places to park
Alumnus Ed Emmett ’71, fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 20 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared online in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-emmett

Montgomery County officials aim to balance public health with individual liberties
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.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 19-Sept. 17 print and digital editions of the Conroe/Montgomery issue, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-jones

How to stay healthy going back to school during the coronavirus pandemic
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Teen Vogue
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-amirian
Pack that crap up 
BendSource.com (This article also appeared in the Aug. 19-26 print and digital editions.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-poop

UAE and Israel: Five areas of shared interest
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Naharnet (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-ulrichsen

Climate crisis — we need to put our money where our mouths are
Alumnus Justin Onwenu authored an op-ed.
The Hill
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-onwenu

Cy Woods alumna Erica Ogwumike advances for chance to win NCAA Woman of the Year Award
An article mentions that former Rice basketball player Erica Ogwumike is a nominee for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which honors graduating female college athletes for excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The article mentions that Rice’s women’s basketball team was the top seed in the Conference USA tournament before last season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-ogwumike
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-ogwumike-chron

‘KHOU 11 News’
A broadcast 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 semipermanent structures.
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-tents
University of Houston takes precautions as students return to school
KHOU Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hybrid-classes (This segment also aired twice on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
KCBS-AM (San Francisco)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-tents (This segment aired on more than 500 radio stations across the U.S.)
UC Davis setting up tents for outdoor education
Daily Democrat
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-tents
Houston coronavirus updates: Aug. 19
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hc

Need help? ABC13 to host ‘COVID-19 Relief’ town hall Thursday
An article cites a study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research that determined 1 in 3 Houston workers has been negatively impacted by the pandemic by experiencing job loss, lost income or reduced hours.
ABC 13 Online
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-kinder-study

COVID-19 changes: How your company can adapt
Alumnus Edwin Bosso is featured.
Irish Tech News (A similar article also appeared in Milwaukee Community Journal.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-bosso

College football, COVID and heart disease: Why one UH player opted out
An article mentions that Rice’s athletics programs compete in Conference USA.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 20 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hc

From the Sports Editor: Maybe a round of realignment is what college football needs
Rice is mentioned.
Owasso Reporter
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-or
Reed Blankenship’s return from ankle injury is key for MTSU’s defense in 2020
Daily News Journal
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-dnj

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Storing carbon in the prairie grass
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.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-blackburn

The Energy 202: Trump team up against the clock to sell Arctic drilling rights by Inauguration Day
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

http://dateline.rice/aug-20-blackburn
‘Expect more activity’: An already busy hurricane season is about to kick into high gear
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 20 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-blackburn

Can stem cell capsules fix heart attack damage faster?
An article features collaborative Rice research that has shown that shielding stem cells with a novel biomaterial improves the cells’ ability to heal heart injuries caused by heart attacks. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate student Samira Aghlara-Fotovat are quoted.
Futurity
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-veiseh

45 MBA programs that train well-paid consultants
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is featured.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in WTOP Online.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-usnwr

HOUSTON/TEXAS

What Trump’s save-the-suburbs pledge means in Texas’ ‘only political battleground’
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-shelton

As the once-dominant Sears fades from Houston’s memory, new retailers rise in its place
An article mentions Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in the first Houston Chronicle article. Jan Odegard, interim executive director of the Ion, and Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, are quoted in additional articles.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-the-ion-fulton
Chevron Technology Ventures is the first named tenant of the Ion innovation hub
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Aug. 20 print edition and online in The Telegraph, and it appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-ion-odegard-levasseur
Rising innovation hub announces Chevron as first tenant and program partner
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/aug-19-ion-odegard-levasseur
Midtown Houston’s $100M office project lands Chevron as first tenant
Commercial Property Executive (A similar article also appeared in Connect Texas.) 
http://dateline.rice/aug-19-ion-levasseur
Chevron signs on as first tenant in the Ion innovation hub 
Houston Business Journal (A similar article also appeared in World Oil.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-the-ion

KBR buys defense industry rival in another step away from energy business
An article mentions that KBR built Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-rice-stadium

Houston billionaire buys Italian soccer club for $700 million
Alumnus Dan Friedkin is featured.
Click2Houston
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-friedkin

A portrait Of Rabbi Samuel E. Karff: Community remembers brilliant, compassionate teacher, mentor
An article featuring the late Rabbi Samuel Karff, who died Aug. 15 at age 88, mentions that he taught in Rice’s Department of Religious Studies.
Jewish Herald Voice
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-karff

Best private colleges in America
Three articles about Niche university rankings feature Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hc
Best colleges in big cities
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hc
Colleges with the warmest weather
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-hc

BROADCAST

‘Fox 26 News’
A broadcast features alumnus Raymond Johnson, the first African American to graduate from Rice and first Black faculty member at the University of Maryland, where he spent over 40 years teaching. Johnson returned to teach at Rice in 2009 and is currently an adjunct professor of mathematics.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-johnson

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

New research confirms wealth tax’s deleterious effects
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 (Similar articles also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-diamond-zodrow

The Architectural League of New York announces 2020 Norden travel grant winners
An article features alumnus Chris Starkey, recipient of an Architectural League of New York 2020 Deborah J. Norden Fund travel grant to study a supportive group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Senatobia, Mississippi.
The Architect’s Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-starkey

Broadway voice teacher Deric Rosenblatt launches ‘Vocal Power Presents’
Alumnus Deric Rosenblatt, graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is featured.
Broadway World
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-rosenblatt

SPORTS

Ranking the 10 coaches on Texas’ 2020 schedule
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso in 2018.
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire
http://dateline.rice/aug-20-lw

About Stefan De La Garza

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