Dateline Rice for Oct. 8, 2020


Texas researchers develop business inspection plan that could ease COVID fears
A broadcast mentions that experts at Rice’s Texas Policy Lab have proposed creating a grading system to rate businesses on their COVID-19 safety measures. Interviewed policy lab members include Snejana Nihtianova, director of research operations; Jen Leveille, public health consultant; and Megan Rafferty, health data analyst. Rafferty is quoted in Erie News Now.
NBC News (This segment aired more than 100 times since first appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.)
Making the grade: Inspection plan could ease COVID-19 fears
Erie News Now (This article also appeared in more than 20 other media outlets and yesterday’s Dateline.)

Best virtual bets: God, Judy Garland and Jacob’s Pillow
A roundup mentions that Rice University Theatre will broadcast Oscar Wilde’s classic Victorian satirical comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” live from Hamman Hall on the university’s YouTube channel Oct. 9. The actors will wear masks on stage for the one-night-only play and physical distancing rules will keep them 6 feet apart at all times. The production will be directed by Christina Keefe, head of the Rice Theatre Program, assisted by alumnus Alan Kim. Mark Krouskop, lecturer and production manager for the Rice Theatre Program, will be the set designer, and Heather Breikjern, lecturer and costume shop manager, will be the costume designer.
Houston Press

Rice University exhibit and webinar features Asian American LGBTQ creatives tonight
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 (HAAA), funded by the Chao Center for Asian Studies. The article mentions that the second of four webinars hosted by HAAA was held Oct. 7. Ann Shi, associate curator of the archive, is quoted.
OutSmart Magazine

Penguin computing expands contributions to AMD COVID-19 HPC Fund
An article mentions that AMD has partnered with Rice and will provide supercomputing power for COVID-19 research.


Who is Joe Biden’s presidential running mate Kamala Harris?
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Vice presidential debate could plausibly feature both the 46th and 48th presidents
Huffington Post (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

When is the vice presidential debate and how do I watch it in Australia?

Huffington Post Australia

To dodge sanctions Venezuela turns to Asia asphalt giant
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.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

How the ‘right stuff’ to be an astronaut has changed over the years
George Abbey, senior fellow in space policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
MSN (This National Geographic article also appeared in MSN IE, MSN UK, MSN South Africa and yesterday’s Dateline.)

Why are bacteria all about the same size?
An article features collaborative Rice research that developed a theory into how bacteria all seem to be about the same size. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering and the department chair of chemistry, is quoted.

AI tool could predict how drugs will react in the body
An article features Rice research into how a new deep learning-based technique can help detail how drugs in development will perform in the human body. Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science, professor of bioengineering and professor of mechanical engineering, and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice, is quoted.

Chinese students face hostile climate under Trump’s crackdown
Rice is mentioned.
China Daily 

The Federal Reserve has a role to play in reducing racism in the American economy
An article cites the study “Racism is Hurting the Economic Well-Being of the US and its Workforce — Including White Workers” by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.


Texas Supreme Court: Harris County cannot send mail ballot applications to all registered voters

Trump’s historic undoing of environmental rules a boon to Texas oil industry
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 in MSN.)

The swan song for eSlate machines
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.
Off the Kuff


The opportunity costs of weight bias at work
Mikki Hebl, the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Chair of Psychology at Rice’s School of Social Sciences and professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, and Eden King, associate professor of psychological sciences, co-authored an article.
MIT Sloan Management Review

Detailed new image of famous stellar nursery
Several articles feature collaborative Rice research that used the Gemini South telescope in Chile to capture near-infrared images of the Carina Nebula with the same resolution that’s expected of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which is still more than a year from launch. Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Looking sharp: Most detailed image yet of famous stellar nursery

Eurasia Review
An incredibly detailed photograph of a stellar phenomenon 8,500 light-years away
Al Khaleej Today
http://dateline.rice/oct-8-hartigan Nebulosa della Carena: Nuovi dettagli da scatto in alta definizione
Sky 24
Capturaron una imagen única de la nebulosa Carina, donde se forman las estrellas

‘Functional redundancy’ can make national parks ecologically stronger
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.
National Parks Traveler

Magnetostrictive, piezoelectric effects partner to power implanted neural stimulator
An article features Rice research that developed a tiny surgical implant that can electrically stimulate the brain and nervous system without using a battery or wired power supply. Co-authors of the study quoted are Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering; Caleb Kemere, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; and graduate student Amanda Singer.
Machine Design

Mexico’s water dispute with the US is a symptom of its governance crisis
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, authored an article.
World Politics Review

‘Authors of the Impossible: The Paranormal and the Sacred’ — book review
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought and associate dean of humanities, is featured and pictured.

How to use flash sale sites to score killer deals — pros and cons
Utpal Dholakia, the George R. Brown Professor of Marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited.
Money Crashers

China’s electric vehicle promises are just that — promises
An article cites a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy that determined there would be an additional 740,000 tons per year of coal demanded for every million plug-in electric passenger cars that the U.S. puts on the road.
EQ International

Policy grandees sound alarm over Chinese challenge to US R&D
An article mentions a study by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that concludes significant policy and funding actions are required to ensure the U.S. does not lose its preeminent position in discovery and innovation.
Research Professional News


HMPRESENTLY: The artistry of journalists
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 cited.
Pagosa Daily Post

New doctor comes to Mercy Family Medicine

Alumnus Mitchel Norton is featured.
Cassville Democrat


Newcomers square off for Washington County District 12 seat
An article features a Q&A with alumna Evelyn Rios-Stafford, who is running for justice of the peace for District 12 on the Washington County Quorum Court in Arkansas.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (This article also appeared in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.)

Waking up to whiteness and white privilege
Alumna Ann Gleig authored an article.
University of Central Florida News


Iowa’s Lauren McDougall finds new home at Rice University for fall 2021
An article featuring Lauren McDougall mentions that she has committed to join Rice’s swimming and diving team.

After false starts, UH finally gets season started against Tulane
Rice football is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 8 print editions of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.)


The Ion awarded $1.4M to launch Aerospace Innovation Hub
The Ion has been awarded $1.4 million in federal funding for a partnership with NASA’s Johnson Space Center and DivInc to create its Aerospace Innovation Hub (ASCI-Hub), which will support and develop regional minority business enterprises (MBEs) that address aerospace-related challenges. NASA will bring expertise and resources to the ASCI-Hub and support MBEs as they tackle challenges in various areas that include robotics, medicine, health support systems and advanced materials and manufacturing.

About Stefan De La Garza

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