Dateline Rice for Sept. 10, 2020


‘They build on each other’: Low-wage workers feel the brunt of Harvey and COVID-19
Many of the populations most impacted by the pandemic are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, according to Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Houston Public Media (The audio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston and more than 20 Texas Public Radio-affiliated stations across Texas.)
Texas Standard for Sept. 10, 2020
Texas Standard (The audio segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

US universities defend reopening plans as virus spreads
President David Leebron is quoted.
Times Higher Education

Thursday’s ‘Houston Matters’: Concerns over fast-tracking COVID-19 vaccines and health care cost transparency (Sept. 10, 2020)
Ken Janda, adjunct professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (The audio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Will Trump’s offshore oil order kill drilling off of Florida for good?
Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN Money (This article originally appeared in the Tampa Bay Times.)

The clocklike regularity of major life changes
An article cites Rice experts’ definition of “liminality,” a time of personal transition in social roles and/or identities.
The Atlantic (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Houston COVID-19 study to request blood samples from randomly selected homes

An article mentions that Rice researchers have designed an antibody survey that will be used in Houston to determine the extent COVID-19 has spread in communities.
The Texan

Facebook goes back to its roots with online space for college students
An article mentions that Rice is participating in the pilot project Facebook Campus, which aims to make it easier for students to keep in touch with their classmates, share notes and find university updates.
CNET (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

This New York Fashion Week, let’s reimagine fashion to ensure Black women lead in spaces where we’ve been shut out
An article cites a 2019 Rice study on the benefits of exposing students to arts education.
Hello Beautiful

Rockwall-Heath HS student attends prestigious virtual STEM camp over summer at Rice University
An article features the virtual summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education.
Front Porch News

Opinion: Colleges can control COVID-19 and stay open with regular testing of all students
An article includes an image of Rice student Emily Ellison working on a group project in one of the semipermanent structures on campus.

MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)

‘Newscenter 25’
A broadcast reports that Rice has postponed its football games against Marshall University on Oct. 3 and the University of Alabama at Birmingham on Oct. 10.
KAVU-TV (Victoria, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-10-owls (This segment aired three times.)

UT-Austin requiring student football ticket holders to test negative for COVID-19 before game

MSN (This Houston Chronicle article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

Camino owner determined to give back to W-S
Alumna Cary Clifford is featured.
Old Gold & Black

Klein’s Mansfield verbals to Rice University
An article featuring Gaby Mansfield mentions that she has verbally committed to Rice to play volleyball. Head coach Genny Volpe is mentioned.


CEO names shape their business strategies
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that firms’ 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
Study suggests CEOs with boring names are boring leaders
Houston Chronicle (This InsideHook article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)

National parks may also preserve trait diversity
An article features Rice research that analyzed thousands of camera trap photos to assess the large mammal diversity in the protected rainforest of Costa Rica’s Braulio Carrillo National Park, which can be a safe haven for endangered and threatened species. Lydia Beaudrot, a data scientist and assistant professor of biosciences, and graduate student Daniel Gorczynski are quoted.

Poland urges Germany to stop Nord Stream 2
Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Deutsche Welle

News at a glance
A roundup mentions that 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.
Science (Subscription is required. This article will also appear in the Sept. 11 digital and print editions.) 

A majority of young Latinos support Biden over Trump, according to new survey
An article mentions that the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation partnered with Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to survey potential Latinx voters in the November election.
USA Today (This article also appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)
Democrats fear Biden’s lagging Latino support could cost him
The Hill


Best colleges in America
A slideshow featuring Rice mentions that it is ranked No. 7 in the nation according to Stacker.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)


KRLD-AM (Dallas)
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 and quoted about local and national politics.
http://dateline.rice/sept-10-jones (This segment aired 18 times.)
Biden’s soft Hispanic support

‘KPRC Channel 2 News’
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 interviewed and quoted.
KPRC-TV (Houston)
Is Houston area prepared for a major hurricane? A status update on projects seeking to mitigate impact
Our Community Now

Report: Family incarceration negatively impacts the mental health of Black women
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 (The audio segment aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Veteran broadcaster Rosey Edeh joins CTV Morning Live Ottawa as co-anchor
Alumna Rosey Edeh is featured.
CTV News (This article also appeared in iHeart Radio Canada.)


Researchers develop anti-bacterial graphene face masks
An article features research by alumnus Ruquan Ye.

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Christopher Sanchez, Emory University (Goizueta)
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned.
Poets & Quants

Honoring innovation during World Energy Week
Rice is mentioned.
Oilman Magazine


Patton honored with Christian Campus House Distinguished Faculty Award
Alumnus John Patton is featured.
The Herald Republican


Chiefs’ Super Bowl repeat is no easy task for any NFL team
A caption mentions that Super Bowl VIII was held at Rice Stadium.
Fox News 

Ash, Yurcich discuss offseason position moves as Williams, Campbell talk Campbell-Williams Field dedication
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)

How would a 353-team NCAA tournament bracket work? We’re glad you asked.
Rice basketball is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This Washington Post article also appeared in more than 30 other media outlets.)


Student demand surges for environmental studies courses
As climate change emerges as the most important issue to a growing number of young voters, Rice is witnessing a surge in demand for environmental studies classes. And the Center for Environmental Studies, which houses the popular environmental studies minor, is responding by expanding its classes and programs.

OpenStax to vastly expand open education library with support from national foundations
OpenStax, Rice’s educational technology initiative, is vastly expanding its library of free textbooks, working toward a goal of ensuring that no student ever has to worry about textbook costs again. This work is possible as a result of new grants totaling $12.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation and the Stand Together community.

About Stefan De La Garza

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