Dateline Rice for Sept. 17, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Build the Ike Dike!
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 about the Galveston Bay Park Plan, a proposal he co-created to protect the region from hurricanes.
Texas Monthly (This article will also appear in the October print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-blackburn

‘A mess for years to come’: Texas again leads the nation in uninsured rates
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Center for Health and Biosciences, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 17 print edition, and it appeared in MSN, the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-ho

With midterms looming, AMLO sees chance to repeal Mexico’s energy reforms
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 in MSN, the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-payan

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
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 about the pressure on Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen businesses in Texas.
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-jones (This segment aired 21 times.)

Rice University incorporates outdoor classrooms into in-person teaching amid COVID-19
An article features a class working in one of the semipermanent structures on campus. David Van Kleeck, professor in the practice at Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership, and Sid Richardson College sophomore Derin Okunubi are interviewed.
Click2Houston (This segment also aired three times on KPRC-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-vankleeck-okunubi (Editor’s note: A correction to Van Kleeck’s and Okunubi’s names have been requested.) 

On coronavirus, Icarus, and nonprofit ingenuity
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
The Innovation on Medium 
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-kolditz

And the Emmy goes to Dr. Fauci
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
The Electric Tribune on Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-kennedy

COVID-19, the Ford Pinto and American higher ed
Moshe Vardi, University Professor and Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and a professor of computer science, authored an article.
Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-vardi

On Texas campuses, student-run newspapers have become crucial sources of coronavirus news
An article quotes Will Rice College senior Rishab Ramapriyan and Brown College junior Ivanka Perez, co-editors in chief of the student-run Rice Thresher.
Texas Monthly
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-ramapriyan-perez

’13 Eyewitness News’
A pair of broadcasts mention Rice’s changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes frequent testing of students, faculty and staff. Wiess College senior Lauren Biegel is interviewed about returning to campus in the first broadcast.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-biegel
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-covid-testing

’13 Eyewitness News’
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research estimates that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public and private sectors in Harris County, Texas, were spending in excess of $300 million per year addressing the region’s eviction crisis. Steve Sherman, staff researcher at the Kinder Institute, is interviewed by Houston Public Media.
KTRK-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-kinder-study (This segment aired twice.)
‘5 p.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-sherman
‘6 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-sherman
‘8 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-sherman

AMD’s tech to power Texas universities’ COVID-19 research

An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.
Austin American-Statesman
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-aas

Father, son doctors sharing a shift ‘a dream come true.’
Alumnus Paul Torre is featured.
Houston Chronicle’s Renew (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the cover of the Sept. 17 print edition of the Chronicle’s Renew magazine and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-torre

‘6 p.m. newscast’
A broadcast mentions that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus.
Houston Public Media on Stitcher (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-poop
‘8 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-poop

Study shows how commutes have gotten longer for Harris County drivers
An article and broadcast feature a new study by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, which found that people are moving farther away from their jobs in order to find affordable housing during the pandemic.
ABC 13 Online (This segment also aired on KTRK-TV in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-kinder-study

Philosophy graduate admissions spreadsheet
Rice’s Department of Philosophy is mentioned.
Daily Nous
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-dn

Women engineering leaders in academe 2020
Alumna Julia Ross, dean of engineering at Virginia Tech University, is featured in a Q&A.
The Society of Women Engineers News
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-ross

Israeli startup develops bacteria- and virus-killing COVID mask with graphene filter
An article mentions that Israeli startup LIGC licensed technology from Rice to develop an air filter with graphene.
GeekTime
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-gt

How Baylor — Houston got scheduled in 18 hours … a week before kickoff
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its football game against through mid-October.
Sports Illustrated
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-football
Marshall vs. Rice football postponed
The Parthenon
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-owls
Who’s playing whom and when: Updated fall 2020 college football schedule
The Athletic
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-hoot

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

For Republicans, the fires change nothing
Ken Medlock, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
The Atlantic
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-medlock

Camino a la Casa Blanca: Las encuestas
Michelle Torres, assistant professor of political science, is featured in a podcast.
Pauta.cl (An English translation is not available.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-torres

Instructor Spotlight: Jennifer Warne
George Zombakis, assistant director for professional and executive programs at Rice’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, authored a Q&A.
Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-zombakis

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Opinion: Houston’s Latinos have a long way to go, but let’s celebrate how far we have come
David Medina, Rice’s director of multicultural community relations, authored an op-ed. The following Rice community members are mentioned or cited: Ana María Martínez, artist-in-residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering and a professor of computational and applied mathematics; Ruth López Turley, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, associate director of research at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and professor of sociology; Vice President for Enrollment Yvonne Romero da Silva; Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business; and Stephen Klineberg, founding director of the Kinder Institute and an emeritus professor of sociology.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 17 print edition of the Chronicle, and it appeared in the Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-medina-et-al

How James Baker became James Baker
James Baker III, honorary chair of Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. secretary of state, is featured.
Texas Monthly (This article will also appear in the October print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-baker

New program at Rice University to educate corporate leaders on innovation
An article features the new Corporate Innovation program, part of the Executive Education program at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, which creates peer-based learning and professional programs for business leaders. It will be held Sept. 28-30. Zoran Perunovic, director of business development for executive education, and Jing Zhou, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and Psychology at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, are quoted and pictured.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-perunovic-zhou

Rice research: Getting too comfortable affects innovation in the workplace
An article featuring collaborative Rice research that found getting too comfortable affects innovation in the workplace was co-authored by Balaji Koka, associate professor of strategic management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Robert Hoskisson, the George R. Brown Emeritus Professor of Management at the Jones School.
InnovationMap
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-koka-hoskisson

Houston, Microsoft team up on tech reskilling effort
An article mentions that Microsoft has invested $1 million in the Ion, Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the centerpiece of an innovation district, with a commitment to provide training opportunities for Houston’s workforce to learn the skills necessary to pursue STEM careers. President David Leebron is quoted.
StateTech
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-the-ion-leebron

Every 11 years the sun enters a new cycle. The latest has begun, NASA and NOAA say.
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 17 print edition and in yesterday’s edition of Dateline.) 
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-reiff

Preview Picks: Emmy Awards, Houston Grand Opera
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’s “Preview” (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, Laredo Morning Times, Midland Reporter-Telegram and Beaumont Enterprise.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-moody-center

As pipeline projects cancel, future falls into question
An article mentions that Matthew Portillo spoke on the future of U.S. shale in a webinar hosted by Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Sept. 17 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-rice-talk

A catalyst for the American dream
Alumnus Raj Salhotra is featured.
The Buzz Magazines
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-salhotra

After the gunsmoke
Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Herald (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-fbh

BROADCAST

‘Fox 26 News’
A broadcast mentions that Rice is No. 1 in Texas and No. 16 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges rankings.
KRIV-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-no-1-no-16

The list of best colleges in the US and the world
Radio.com (This article also appeared in 25 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-no-16

TCU climbs the charts in prestigious new US News & World Report college rankings
CultureMap Fort Worth
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-no-1-no-16

Spectrum News (Austin, Texas)
A broadcast mentions that the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation partnered with Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to survey potential Latino voters in the November election.
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-baker-study (This segment aired four additional times since appearing yesterday’s Dateline.)

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Fast calculation dials in better batteries
An article features Rice research that developed a way to predict the performance of batteries that is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques. Ming Tang, assistant professor of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Fan Wang are quoted.
Science Daily (This article also appeared in Green Car Congress, AZo Materials and Tech Xplore.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-tang

Boundaries no barrier for thermoelectrical materials
An article features Rice research into the electricity generated by temperature differences. Doug Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, of electrical and computer engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering, and the department chair of physics and astronomy, and alumna Charlotte Evans are quoted.
Materials Today
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-natelson

The history of Coinbase
Alumnus Brian Armstrong is featured.
Hashmart.io on Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-armstrong

To think
Soumyabrata Roy, postdoctoral research associate in materials science and nanoengineering at Rice, authored an article.
PhDs of India on Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-roy

Adam Robinson of GetEmails: 5 things you need to know to create a successful app or SaaS
Alumnus Adam Robinson is featured.
Authority Magazine on Medium
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-robinson

It’s a go for the Dynamo
Rice is mentioned.
Venues.com
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-venues

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

UA taps interim provost to take post permanently
Alumnus Charles Robinson, who has been appointed as the first Black provost at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is featured and pictured.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared on the front of the Arkansas section in the Sept. 17 print edition, and it appeared in the online and print editions of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-robinson

US Department of Commerce invests $35 million to fuel high-growth entrepreneurship across America
An article mentions that Rice is a 2020 Venture Challenge Grant recipient. The grants aim to support entrepreneurship, acceleration of company growth and increased access to risk capital across regional economies.
Los Alamos Daily Post
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-ladp

Obituary: Phillip Hassell
The Rice University Police Department is mentioned.
Baptist Standard
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-rupd

SPORTS

Homegrown legends: Houston’s greatest products come home as virtual Texans
An article features former Rice football player Ryan Pontbriand.
Texans Wire
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-pontbriand

Scorchers secure Cashaw for 2020-21 season
Former Rice basketball player Connor Cashaw is featured.
BBL.org.uk
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-cashaw

NEWS RELEASE

Taxing online sports betting, fantasy sports may help states cover pandemic losses
Taxing online fantasy sports and sports betting may help states recoup some of the sales tax revenue lost during the coronavirus pandemic, according Joyce Beebe, a fellow in the Center for Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://dateline.rice/sept-17-news-release-beebe

About Stefan De La Garza

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