Dateline Rice for Sept. 9, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 fears unlikely to deter Harris County voters, poll finds
An article features collaborative Rice research that shows that roughly 80% of Harris County voters will vote in the presidential election regardless of the threat from COVID-19. Co-author Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired twice on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-stein

Coronavirus headlines: Abbott extends disaster declaration; school year starts for HISD, other districts
Houston Business Journal
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-stein
Voters with highest COVID-19 risk more likely to cast mail ballots, survey shows
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-stein

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 appeared on the front page of the Sept. 9 print editions of the Chronicle’s Lake Houston Observer and Bellaire Examiner, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-rodriguez-tapia

Can you catch COVID-19 from your neighbor’s toilet?
E. Susan Amirian, research scientist at the Texas Policy Lab at Rice’s School of Social Sciences, is quoted.
The Herald (This Science article appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-amirian

How Houston exterminators are staying busy as a bee during pandemic
Scott Solomon, associate teaching professor in biosciences at Rice, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 9 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN and the San Antonio Express-News. This article also appeared in yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-solomon

 

Beyond COVID-19, Houston ISD hopes equity project can help close persistent gaps
An article mentions that the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is a longtime collaborator with the Houston Independent School District to better meet the needs of students and improve outcomes.
Community Impact Newspaper (This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 5-Oct. 3 digital and print editions of the Heights/River Oaks/Montrose issue.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-herc

Houston launches citywide COVID-19 antibody testing survey
An article and broadcast mention that Rice researchers have designed an antibody survey that will be used in Houston to determine the extent COVID-19 has spread in communities.
KHOU Online (The video segment also aired nine times on KHOU-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-antibody-survey

Baylor 3rd B12 team to put off opener after La. Tech outbreak
Several articles report that Rice has postponed its football games against Marshall University on Oct. 3 and the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Oct. 10.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-owls
North Texas has no active cases of COVID-19 following latest round of tests
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-owls
COVID Sports Daily: College football kicks off but faces postponements; NBA to allow coaches’ bubble guests
Enterprise-Record
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-owls
Report: Rice postpones football games until Oct. 24
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-owls

LU says 16 athletes positive for coronavirus
An article mentions the Rice Invitational cross-country meet is slated for Sept. 11.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-rice-invite

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Voters seem to think Biden is the ‘law and order’ candidate
An article cites a 2011 paper co-authored by Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology. The Houston Chronicle mentions that Klineberg is interviewed about demographic changes in Houston on the TV show “5th Ward.”
The New York Times (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-klineberg
‘5th Ward’ series puts the Houston neighborhood and people first
Houston Chronicle’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post and yesterday’s Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-klineberg

Biden’s soft Hispanic support
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.
Axios
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-jones
Biden needs major Latino surge to contend in Texas
Fox 26 Online (This segment also aired on KRIV-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-jones

Muslim lands staking out interfaith coexistence
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab American Education Foundation Professor in Arabic Studies at Rice, is quoted.
The Christian Science Monitor
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-makdisi

Want a boss who keeps things interesting? Don’t work for a CEO named Jim, Bob or Bill
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that a firm’s distinctive strategies are systematically linked to their CEOs’ uncommon names. Co-author Yan “Anthea” Zhang, the Fayez Sarofim Vanguard Professor of Strategy at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in Phys.org.

MSN (This article originally appeared in Fast Company.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-ceo-names
CEOs with uncommon names tend to implement unconventional strategies
Phys.org
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-zhang

Building a tech startup in Silicon Valley: ‘Not only am I Black, but I am also a former athlete’
Alumnus Mike Brown is featured.
MSNBC’s “Make It”
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-brown

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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 research institute to engineer new technologies and innovative materials. The largest single gift in the university’s history will empower Rice researchers from across campus, as well as colleagues from around the world, to accelerate the discovery, design and manufacturer of new materials for the benefit of all. President David Leebron and Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research and a professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 9 print edition of the Chronicle’s Bellaire Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-welch-grant-leebron-shamoo
4 historically Black medical schools share $100 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies 
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-welch-institute

Fed up with flooding, Cypress Creek dwellers organize for help
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, that identified the Cypress Creek and Greens Bayou watersheds as being the most underserved in the 2018 Harris County bond election.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 9 print editions of the Chronicle’s Cypress Creek Mirror-Champions/Klein and Cypress Creek Mirror-Cy-Fair, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-bedient

Nanospectra Biosciences Inc. raises funds for nanomedicine technology 

BROADCAST

‘5 p.m. newscast’
A broadcast features collaborative Rice research that shows about half of African American women in the United States report having at least one family member who is incarcerated, causing higher levels of depressive symptoms and psychological distress than previously understood. Co-author Tony Brown, professor of sociology, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston, and the podcast appeared in Houston Public Media.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-brown
‘6 p.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston, and the podcast appeared in Houston Public Media.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-brown

Is Houston area prepared for a major hurricane? A status update on projects seeking to mitigate impact
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 and interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-blackburn

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

NSF awards $2M to Rice U. collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels
An article mentions that Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, has been awarded a four-year, $2 million collaborative grant by the National Science Foundation to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels. Wang and Rafael Verduzco, an associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
Green Car Congress
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-wang-verduzco

Designing for good with Design for America
Alumna Maheen Khizar, former studio lead for the Design for America Rice studio, is featured in a Q&A.
Design Milk
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-khizar

Dr. Alice Smith is a 2020 Woman of Impact
Alumna Alice Smith is featured and pictured.
Yellowhammer
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-smith

Two academy ensembles tie in Chicago International Music Competition
Rice’s Shepherd School of Music is mentioned.
Broadway World
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-shep-school

Best business plan competitions for entrepreneurs
The Rice Business Plan Competition is featured.
Big Time Daily
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-rbpc
How to win a business plan competition
Noobpreneur.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-rbpc

Selecting 3D printing as your college major?
An article mentions that Rice offers courses in 3D printing. Rice’s Additive Manufacturing, Performance and Tribology Center also is mentioned.
Fabbaloo
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-rice-amptc

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

HIGH PROFILE: Dr. Christopher Michael Jones brings knowledge back to Arkansas
Fred Higgs, vice provost for academic affairs, is quoted.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in the Sept. 6 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-higgs

Ohio Secretary of State LaRose, US Sen. Brown to headline series on Election 2020
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.
University of Dayton News
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-wallach

This Week in History: Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Albert Lea Tribune
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-kennedy

Joshua Bennett appointed assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Clarkson University
An article featuring Joshua Bennett mentions that he is a former lecturer at Rice.

Clarkson University News

SPORTS

Seahawks’ Willson ‘blessed’ to begin his eighth season in the NFL
A pair of articles feature former Rice football player Luke Willson. Former Owl Christian Covington is featured in a roundup by the Toronto Sun.
Calgary Herald (This article also appeared in more than 30 other print and online media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-ch
KRYK: Post-cutdown fates of Canadians entering Week 1 of NFL season
Toronto Sun (This article also appeared in more than 30 other print and online media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-ts

Clemens earns Constellation Energy League all-star spot
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 9 print edition of the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun, and it appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-proctor
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-proctor-chron

Fort Bend well represented on Touchdown Club preseason team
An article mentions that Kenny Seymour has committed to Rice to play football.
Fort Bend Herald
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-fbh

Football: Denton ISD teams hyped for start of practice
An article mentions that D.J. Arkansas has committed to Rice to play football.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-drc

First Look: Things to know about UTEP before Saturday
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at El Paso on Nov. 3, 2018.
247Sports.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-247

NEWS RELEASE

National parks preserve more than species
Rice ecologists and data scientists Daniel Gorczynski and Lydia Beaudrot used thousands of camera trap photos to assess the large mammal diversity in the protected rainforest of Costa Rica’s Braulio Carrillo National Park. The scientists have found that national parks and protected areas can be safe havens for endangered and threatened species.
http://dateline.rice/sept-9-news-release-gorczynski-beaudrot 

About Stefan De La Garza

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