Dateline Rice for Sept. 2, 2020

FEATURED ITEMS

New $100 million grant could help Rice University discover the next ‘buckyballs’
The Robert A. Welch Foundation has donated $100 million to Rice for a new research institute to engineer new technologies and innovative materials. It will be housed in Rice’s Dell Butcher Hall. Support from the Welch Foundation led to Rice’s discovery of buckminsterfullerene, a new form of carbon, which was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996. President David Leebron is quoted in two articles, and Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle. The Houston Business Journal also mentions that Rice will add an arts building named for lead donor Fayez Sarofim.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-welch-grant-leebron-shamoo

Rice University receives $100M Welch Foundation gift for advanced materials and chemical research
Houston Business Journal (A similar article also appeared in Community Impact Newspaper.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-welch-grant-leebron-sarofim

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The Latina progressive who faced down Texas Republicans
An article quotes the following Rice faculty members: 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; Ed Emmett ’71, fellow in energy and transportation policy at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy; and Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Jones is interviewed by Houston Public Media and KRLD about recent political news. Stein is quoted in Insta Inquiry.
Politico
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-stein-jones-emmett-kolditz
Wednesday’s ‘Houston Matters’: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, mail-in balloting in court and other political developments, and letter-writing resurgence (Sept. 2, 2020)
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-jones
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-jones (This segment aired seven times.)

Brookings: Creative arts industry lost 2.7 million jobs, more than $150 billion in sales in 4 months
An article cites a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research measuring the economic damage to the creative sector in the South. Andy Olin, senior editor and writer at the Kinder Institute and its Urban Edge blog, is quoted.
The Center Square (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-olin

Rice U. summer camp inspires Humble students to pursue their STEM dreams
An article features the virtual summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education. Tapia Center Executive Director Marisela Rodriguez is quoted, and Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics at Rice, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-rodriguez-tapia
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-chron-rodriguez-tapia

Mexican resorts trying to lure Americans back amid down tourism industry
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-payan

Editorial: Seek help when it’s more than the pandemic blues
Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 2 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-fagundes

This was supposed to be the summer of their dream internships. Then COVID hit.
An article quotes Ivette Mekdessi, assistant director of Rice’s Center for Career Development; Ann McAdam Griffin, associate director of career development; and alumnus Aamir Hashnali.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-mekdessi-griffin-hashnali

Coronavirus: A Texas Medical Center continuing update
Elena Marks, a nonresident fellow in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
TMC News
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-marks

Open Dance Project’s new Houston season dances to the rhythms of the pandemic
An article features the Aug. 29 Open Dance Project performance at Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts. The Moody Center has commissioned local artists, writers, musicians and dancers to create new works for a summer series responding to art in its windows. Alison Weaver, executive director of the Moody Center, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-weaver-moody-center

LIST: These Texas universities have set up dashboards to track daily coronavirus cases on campus
An article and broadcast mentions that Rice has a coronavirus dashboard tracking tests and positivity rates.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-c2h

Sprint football’s Jerry McConnell ready to fill Bill Wagner’s big shoes
An article mentions Rice graduate assistant football coach Tim McConnell.
The Daily Pennsylvanian
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-mcconnell

Notre Dame-based research coalition launches Indiana COVID-19 Registry
An article mentions Rice’s collaborative COVID-19 Registry, which produces a demographic portrait of the pandemic’s impact on Houston residents. Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost and professor of statistics at Rice, is quoted.
Notre Dame News (This article also appeared in Inside Indiana Business and WISH-TV Online.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-covid-registry

C-USA playing this fall like the P5 leagues in same region
An article mentions that Rice’s season-opening football game is slated for Oct. 3 against Marshall University. UTSA Athletics News mentions that the Owls are scheduled to play the University of Texas at San Antonio Nov. 7.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-rice-football
UTSA/Texas State game to kick off at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2
UTSA Athletics News (This article also appeared in the Kerrville Daily Times.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-rice-utsa

How 3 teens become Pearland’s own ‘superheroes’
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 2 print edition of the Chronicle’s Pearland Journal and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-hc

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Guyana’s oil bonanza could inflame its ethnic divisions
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.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-monaldi

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Project Connect: Council to consider equity metrics
Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Austin Monitor
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-shelton
Houston renters face mounting uncertainty as officials reject eviction grace period
Bisnow (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-shelton
Bombs away freeway
Texas Architect
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-shelton

Opinion: Can’t wait for Ike Dike? We must act now to protect Galveston Bay. Here’s how.
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center collaborated on the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal to protect the region from hurricanes.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 2 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-sspeed

These are the Texas colleges, universities with the best value for 2021
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas according to Niche.
Houston Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-no-1

BROADCAST

Idaho State hires new CIO

An article featuring Paula Renae Scott mentions that she spent nearly two decades at Rice serving in a number of positions, including director of systems engineering.
Local News 8 Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-news-8

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Mommy, where is the restroom? I have to go!
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
Travelers United
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-amirian

OpenStax surpasses $1 billion in textbook savings, with wide-ranging impact on teaching, learning and student success
An article features OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, which has saved students $1.2 billion in less than a decade.
Education News
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-openstax

Heart attack prevention: Shielded stem cells will repair the heart many times 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.
Our Bitcoin News
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-obn

Extreme wedding shoot features Colorado couple on dangerous cliffside
Alumni Brandon Mueller and Chelsea Fong are featured and pictured.
Out There Colorado 
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-mueller-fong

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

New image of young star challenges assumptions about how planets are made

SPORTS

Throwback Tulsa: 2000 Oklahoma Sooners national championship season in photos
A caption mentions the 2000 football game between Rice and the University of Oklahoma.
Tulsa World
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-tw
Throwback Tulsa: 2000 Oklahoma Sooners game-by-game lookback
Tulsa World
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-tw

Kickoff time announced for Texas season opener with UTEP
An article mentions Rice.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-rice-utep

K-State heads into Year 2 under Klieman with high hopes
Former Rice football player Hunter Henry is mentioned.
KFGO Online
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-kfgo

College football schedule: TV selections for Sept. 12, 2020
Rice is mentioned.
FB Schedules
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-fbs

NEWS RELEASE

Pope picks Rice professor for science academy
Rice physicist José Onuchic has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis. Onuchic, the first Rice faculty member to be named to the academy, is expected to contribute to the academy’s biennial plenary sessions and to participate in scientific meetings of relevance to his research.
http://dateline.rice/sept-2-news-release-onuchic

About Stefan De La Garza

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