Dateline Rice for Sept. 23, 2020

COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Faculty group urges Abbott to require universities to publicly report COVID-19 cases
An article and broadcast mention that Rice has a coronavirus dashboard tracking tests and positivity rates.
Reform Austin
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-dashboard

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 in the Sept. 23 print edition of the Chronicle’s Sugar Land Sun  and a previous edition of Dateline.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-torre

Facebook returns to its roots by launching a campus-only social network
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.
IBL News
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-ibl

Here are major college football games canceled or postponed by COVID so far
Several articles mention that Rice has postponed its football season through mid-October.
KYR News
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-kyr
Houston hopes to finally open season vs. North Texas
Lindy’s Sports
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-ls
Marshall football would love to cut into three-week hiatus with extra game
The Herald-Dispatch
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-hd
Notre Dame-Wake Forest game postponed due to coronavirus
Daily Herald
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-dh

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Close call with storm renews debate over Houston barrier
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. Rice research into the potential damage caused to the Houston Ship Channel by storm surges is mentioned in WHNT-TV.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 200 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-blackburn
Gulf Coast ports reopen after Tropical Storm Beta
The Maritime Executive
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-blackburn
‘WHNT News 19 This Morning’
WHNT-TV (Huntsville, Alabama)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-rice-research

Here’s why most Americans are not able to vote online in 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.
CNBC
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-wallach

Blocking students is not the answer to Chinese spying in America
Rice is mentioned.
The Economist (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-economist

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Former Fiesta store to get new life as Greentown Labs Houston
An article mentions Rice’s redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion, the centerpiece of an innovation district slated to open in the first quarter of 2021. Ryan LeVasseur, Rice Management Co.’s managing director of direct real estate, is quoted and interviewed.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 23 print edition.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-22-levasseur
Clean energy tech incubator to move into former Midtown Houston Fiesta
Houston Public Media (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-levasseur
‘5 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-lavasseur
‘6 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-lavasseur
‘7 a.m. newscast’
Houston Public Media on Google podcasts (This segment also aired on KUHF-FM in Houston.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-lavasseur
Clean-energy incubator Greentown Labs to take over Midtown Fiesta
Community Impact Newspaper
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-the-ion

How SMU rates in 2021 US News & World Report college rankings
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. Rankings in various other categories are mentioned.
CultureMap Dallas
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-cmd
50 best colleges in America
24/7 Wall St.
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-247

Where you can find Houston’s best shaded walking trails
An article mentions the exercise path ringing Rice.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-exer-path

Democrats take aim at Houston suburbs in bid for Texas House majority
An article mentions the Rice University Lib-Con Scores of members of the Texas House of Representatives.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-hc
What are the priorities for Texas Senate District 30 candidates? Property tax relief, for one
Denton Record-Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-drc

Then and now, this small El Paso school pulls people together as it provides opportunities
An article mentions that Chuck Dedmon met his wife, Lynne, while attending Rice.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-dedmon

Houston area colleges move courses online, close campuses for Tropical Storm Beta
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-hc

BROADCAST

‘Mass Appeal’
A broadcast featuring pediatric cancer survivor Luke Weber mentions that he plans to attend Rice next year.
WWLP-TV (Springfield, Massachusetts)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-wwlp

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Common adhesive tape used to build a better battery
An article features Rice research that has turned adhesive tape into a silicon oxide film that replaces troublesome anodes in lithium metal batteries. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and a professor of computer science and of materials science and nanoengineering, and graduate student Weiyin Chen are quoted.
DesignNews
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-tour

Finance for beginners: The best articles and expert resources
An article mentions that James Weston, the Harmon Whittington Professor of Finance at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is teaching the Finance for Non-Finance Professionals class on Coursera.
Morning Brew
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-weston

Universities nationwide opt to waive the GRE requirement
An article mentions that Rice will be GRE-optional for graduate programs and grant fee waivers to graduates of Texas schools for 2021.
The College Fix
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-cf

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

OPINION | McHugh David: Wealth tax isn’t the answer — but incentivized investment could be
An article cites a Center for Freedom and Prosperity study co-authored by John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of its Center for Public Finance, and George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics at Rice and a Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute.
The Livingston Parish News
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-diamond-zodrow

Black students matriculate to Duke at lower rate than white students. Why?
Martel College sophomore Malaika Bergner is quoted.
Duke University’s The Chronicle
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-bergner

Startup focused on genomics data joins national health care accelerator
An article mentions that the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project study was conducted by Rice, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Richmond.
Purdue University News
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-pun

New Iberia native earns college media honor
Rice is mentioned.
The Daily Iberian
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-di

White Bear native’s passion for nature leads her to Florida swamps
Alumna Laura Nicholson is featured.
White Bear Press
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-nicholson

SPORTS

Ex-Rice corner Phillip Gaines forging role with Texans
Former Rice football player Phillip Gaines is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-gaines

Women’s basketball signs Frese to assistant coaching role
Former Rice basketball player Marsha Frese is featured.
Daily Aztec
http://dateline.rice/sept-23-frese

About Stefan De La Garza

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