Dateline Rice for Oct. 13, 2020


How cities can help main streets endure the pandemic
Bill Fulton, director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

The Globe and Mail (This article also appeared in 10 print and online editions of affiliate media outlets in Canada.)

How colleges with students on campus are making it work
A broadcast features Rice’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in semipermanent structures. President David Leebron and McMurtry College freshman Charlotte Cambor are interviewed.
NBC Washington Online (This segment aired on 20 affiliate stations since first appearing in yesterday’s Dateline.) 

6 feet may not keep musicians safe during the pandemic
An article features collaborative Rice research into how far a musician’s or vocalist’s droplets are pushed into the environment during live performances, which found that robust ventilation systems, air currents and other social-distancing measures will be needed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Co-authors quoted or mentioned include Robert Yekovich, the Elma Schneider Professor of Music and dean of Rice’s Shepherd School of Music; Ashok Veeraraghavan, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science; postdoctoral research associate Vivek Boominathan; and graduate students Ankit Raghuram and Sean Farrell.
Futurity on Medium

Graphene used to develop face masks that kill viruses, bacteria
An article features research by alumnus Ruquan Ye.


As Arizona, Texas and Georgia become less white, voter suppression could keep these states from turning blue
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 in several articles.
USA Today (This article also appeared in Report Door.)
Militant atheists, cop haters and anti-Christian bigots: Meet the extremists working to re-elect State Rep. Jon Rosenthal
Big Jolly Times
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
http://dateline.rice/oct-13-jones (This segment aired five times.)

Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong                          
An article features collaborative Rice research into how cyclic changes in sea levels drive atoll formation, which disproves Charles Darwin’s theory published in 1842, decades before glaciation became common knowledge. Co-author André Droxler, former professor of Earth, environmental and planetary sciences at Rice, is quoted.
Futurity (This article also appeared in

It only takes minutes for Earth to grow gems
Rice researchers have created a mathematical model that could transform the chemical profiles of the growth rates of pegmatites, veinlike formations of crystals that include aquamarine, emerald, garnet, zircon and topaz. Co-authors quoted and pictured include Cin-Ty Lee, the Harry Carothers Wiess Professor of Geology and chair of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and graduate student Patrick Phelps.
Futurity on Medium

How to educate the next workforce
Tom Kolditz, director of Rice’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, is quoted.
Fast Company
Fast Company Impact Council: 2020 members
Fast Company

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 appeared in 10 print editions across the U.S. and a previous edition of Dateline.)


High-stakes college recruitment goes virtual, and it’s no fun thanks to Zoom fatigue
An article mentions that Rice has participated in virtual college fairs.
Los Angeles Times (This article appeared in the Oct. 13 print edition of the Times and the print and online editions of more than 10 other media outlets.)


Eight years and counting: Houston ISD ‘way overdue’ for a bond vote — with no end in sight
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Houston’s Axiom Quartet focuses on musical history with ‘Hindsight is 20/21’
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

Houston’s Tatemó will change how you think about corn tortillas


Mayor Turner to announce early voting challenge for Houston-area universities
An article mentions that Rice will have an on-campus early voting and Election Day polling station at Rice Stadium and an alternate station at Reckling Park for when the stadium is hosting a football game.
KPRC-TV (Houston)


The research-backed benefit of bringing a ‘token’ woman into a male-dominated team
Danielle King, assistant professor of psychological sciences, co-authored an article.
Smart Company (This article also appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Jolting CO2 into something useful
Haotian Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair, is quoted.

Deep learning for enhanced drug design
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.

FDA says A.D.A.M.’s 3D-printed bones are eligible for 510(k) clearance
An article features collaborative Rice research into a new technology to remotely control the positioning and timing of cell functions to build artificial, living tissues. Co-author Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

The hardest college to get into in every state
A roundup features Rice.
24/7 Wall St.

Music news digest, Oct. 13, 2020
An article featuring the late alumna Erin Wall mentions that she died Oct. 8 at 44.
FYI Music News
Erin Wall, soprano who delighted audiences at the Edinburgh Festival and the Proms — obituary
The Telegraph UK

Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Rachel Garforth-Bles, Rice University (Jones)

Rachel Garforth-Bles, student at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
Poets & Quants

Sharps Compliance’s attractive position in health care waste management
Alumna Diana Diaz is featured.
Seeking Alpha

SMTA Additive Electronics TechXchange speakers list announced
Alumna Kourtney Wright is featured.
I-Connect 007

Vivek Sarkar selected to receive the 2020 ACM/IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
An article featuring Vivek Sarkar mentions that he formerly taught at Rice.


Smartphone data helps predict schizophrenia relapses
An article features collaborative Rice research that found that passive data from smartphones like movement, ambient sound and sleep patterns can help predict episodes of schizophrenic relapse. Co-author Akane Sano, the William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair and assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned.
Cornell Chronicle

Biomedical engineering alumnus puts skills to work producing face shields
Graduate student Austin Olvera is featured.
University of Arkansas News


Texans moves: Ex-Rice LB Emmanuel Ellerbee to sign
Former Rice football player Emmanuel Ellerbee is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Texans LB Benardrick McKinney out for season
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Oct. 13 print edition of the Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News, and it appeared in 10 other media outlets.)
Houston Texans roster moves: Practice squad changes made following Benardrick McKinney’s injury
SB Nation

Sports Take: Baylor needs a Division I swim team
An article mentions Rice’s swimming team.
Baylor Lariat


High turnout, more early voting expected in Harris County
The old tradition of casting ballots on Election Day has been falling out of favor among Harris County voters for decades, but that trend is especially evident in this pandemic-era election season, according to new research by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice.

About Stefan De La Garza

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