Dateline Rice for Sept. 14, 2020 (Weekend Edition)


US News & World Report ranks Rice University top Texas school again, updates Best Colleges metrics
An article mentions that Rice is ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings. Purdue University News mentions that Rice’s computer science program is No. 20 in the nation.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in the Dallas Business Journal.)

US News and World Report rankings: Purdue nation’s 5th-most innovative school
Purdue University News
Baylor rises to No. 76 in latest US News rankings, in top 10 for undergraduate entrepreneurship, among ‘most innovative schools’ Baylor University News
Explore 2021 best national universities
WTOP Online


‘Town Square’: Dr. Kirstin Matthews, WSJ sports reporter Louise Radnofsky and Dr. Dietrich von Biedenfeld (Sept. 11, 2020)
Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)

Shelley Luther puts COVID-19 orders on ballot in Texas Senate race, claiming credit for Gov. Abbott’s reversals
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
Greg Abbott’s law-and-order campaign is a smart play for suburban Fort Worth voters
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared on the front of the Local & Texas section in the Sept. 14 print edition.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

USMCA, overshadowed by pandemic, seen speeding post-COVID recovery
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 quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the cover of the Sept. 14 print edition of the Chronicle’s “Texas Inc.”)

How families are finding God, grace and faith outside a house of worship
Carrie Willard, associate director of student judicial programs, is quoted.
The New York Times (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 13 print edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a previous edition of Dateline.)

An inside look at Rice’s outdoor classrooms for in-person classes
An article features a class working in one of the semipermanent structures on campus. Rice community members quoted, pictured or mentioned include David Van Kleeck, professor in the practice at Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership; Kaz Karwowski, executive director at the center and adjunct lecturer; Sid Richardson sophomore Emily Ellison; Brown College freshman Juan Garza; and Lovett College junior Freddy Angarita.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 12 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the Sept. 13 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News.)

Peeking into the homes of Houston’s biggest animal lovers
Stephen Klineberg, founding director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and an emeritus professor of sociology, is mentioned.

UH to play Baylor after opener against Memphis gets called off
An article mentions that the Bayou Bucket football game between Rice and the University of Houston was postponed earlier this year.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 13 print edition.)
UH football opener at Memphis in jeopardy
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 12 print edition.)
Texas college football rankings: Longhorns No. 1*
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Facebook launches student-only networking site
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.
Inside Higher Ed

Houston Symphony opens its 2020-21 season with new programming, continued livestreaming and safety measures at Jones Hall 
An article mentions collaborative research between Rice and the Houston Symphony to determine how far a musician or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the atmosphere when they perform.
Broadway World

Provost leads Indiana COVID-19 Registry to gather data on impact of virus throughout the state
Marie Lynn Miranda, former provost and professor of statistics at Rice, is mentioned.
The Observer

Father, son doctors sharing a shift ‘a dream come true.’
Alumnus Paul Torre is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s ReNew (Subscription is required.)

Two Longview-area students chosen as National Merit Scholar semifinalists
Rice is mentioned in three articles.
The Marshall News Messenger
Report: Texas safety B.J. Foster quits the team during UTEP game
USA Today’s Longhorns Wire
Weekend brunch for Sept. 13, 2020
Blog Houston


Venezuela is tearing apart oil pipelines to sell as scrap metal
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 the Sept. 12 print edition of the Houston Chronicle and the Sept. 14 print edition of the San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared online in more than 30 other media outlets.)

Voting machines suck. This pair has a plan to fix them
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 featured in a podcast.

Greek and Turkish ships are playing chicken at sea. There’s already been one crash.
Annelle Sheline, the Zwan Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored an article.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Today in history
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is featured.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 100 other media outlets and 50 print editions.)
WBEN-AM (Buffalo, New York)
Newstalk 770 (Alberta, Canada)


Progress on post-Harvey flood control efforts remain slow. Here’s why
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 13 print edition.)
No, seriously, what are we going to do to prepare for the next Hurricane Laura?
Off the Kuff

Faces in the pandemic
An article features the pop-up exhibit “Faces in the Pandemic” on display through Nov. 15 at Rice’s Fondren Library. It is the inaugural exhibition of Rice’s Houston Asian American Archive, funded by the Chao Center for Asian Studies. Ann Shi, associate curator of the archive, is quoted and pictured. Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
TMC News


Fall museum shows in Texas examine home, politics and iconic artists
A roundup mentions that Rice’s Moody Center for the Arts will exhibit “States of Mind: Art and American Democracy” Sept. 18-Dec. 19.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rainey to challenge for Midland College’s Place 7 seat
Alumnus R. Shaun Rainey is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


Sunday Feature: Into the Eerie
A broadcast interviews Timothy Morton, the Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English, about the growing movement of artists, writers and musicians exploring impressions of the ‘Eerie’ in the English landscape.
BBC Sounds (The audio segment also aired on more than 1,300 stations around the world.)


Quantum leap for speed limit bounds: How fast can anything — information, mass, energy — move in nature?
An article features Rice research that led to a new method for calculating the upper bound of speed limits in quantum matter. Kaden Hazzard, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, and graduate student Zhiyuan Wang are quoted and pictured.
SciTech Daily

Joe Biden’s performance with Hispanic voters will make or break his chances in these 3 battleground states
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.

Business Insider

Australian researchers create green hydrogen from solar energy and air
An article mentions Rice research that created an efficient, low-cost device that splits water to produce hydrogen fuel.
Mercom India

Flat River Group opens distribution center, appoints leaders
Alumnus Roshan Gummattira is featured.
Grand Rapids Business Journal

Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru takes over as music director of Orchestre National de France

An article features alumnus Cristian Măcelaru, a graduate of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

Exclusive: Chris Georgen, on what makes Topl tick
Alumnus Chris Georgen is featured.
The Coin Republic


UR’s BCS department receives $12.2 mil NIH grant
An article mentions that Xaq Pitkow, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is part of a research team that won a $12.2 million National Institutes of Health grant for research into how our brains distinguish between different types of movement.
University of Rochester’s Campus Times


A pro’s life: Ex-Spider Leverett ‘happy’ to be on Tampa Bay practice squad but working for more
Former Rice football player Nick Leverett is featured.
Independent Tribune

Rice University scoops up two verbal commitments from Saloni Dalal, Arielle Hayon
An article featuring Saloni Dalal and Arielle Hayon mention that they have verbally committed to swim at Rice.
Swimming World

Chris Ash’s Texas debut provides glimpse of defensive potential
An article mentions that Rice’s football team was defeated by the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.


Gentle probes could enable massive brain data collection
Rice engineers will gain a better understanding of brain activity over time with the support of the National Institutes of Health. The agency has awarded a four-year grant of $4.15 million to Chong Xie to maximize the use of devices based on the flexible nanoelectronic thread he has developed.

New book on North American trade deal an ‘invaluable guide’
David Gantz, the Will Clayton Fellow in Trade and International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for the United States and Mexico, wrote “An Introduction to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement: Understanding the New NAFTA” as a guide for anyone who wants to better understand one of the world’s most economically and politically significant regional trade agreements.

How leaders can encourage strong teams during the pandemic
Among the many stresses caused by the pandemic, workers accustomed to meeting with their teams in person are navigating the shift to a virtual workplace. New research from psychologists at Rice offers tips on how leaders can encourage strong and productive teams during this difficult time.

About Stefan De La Garza

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