Dateline Rice for Oct. 16, 2020


Bryan Washington’s new book is being made into a TV show, and it hasn’t even hit stands yet
“Memorial,” a new novel by Bryan Washington, Scholar-in-Residence for Racial Justice at Rice and the George Guion Williams Writer-in-Residence in the Department of English, has been optioned for television.


Record-high early voting turnout: What’s behind unparalleled enthusiasm of American voters?
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 multiple articles and broadcasts.
Elections have consequences, especially at local level
Another ‘Year of the Woman,’ only this time more Republican


Texas judge strikes down ballot drop box limits, but legal fight continues
The polling location at Rice Stadium is mentioned.
CNN (This article appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

Saudi Arabia’s failed UNHRC bid not just about human rights — analysis
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Jerusalem Post (This article also appeared in Salem Radio News Network.)

How the British monarchy is taking the throne on climate change
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
Climate Conscious on Medium
The Right Stuff: Uomini Veri, le immagini suggestive del primo programma spaziale americano
National Geographic Italy (An English translation is not available.)


DOJ charges Texas billionaire in $2 billion tax fraud scheme
Articles and broadcasts mention that Robert Brockman is a Rice trustee emeritus and that the A. Eugene Brockman Foundation was the lead donor for Rice’s Brockman Hall for Opera.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the cover of the Business section in the Oct. 16 print edition of the Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, and similar articles appeared in more than 70 other media outlets.)
KPRC-TV (Houston)
How Bob Brockman became a power player in auto retailing
Automotive News (Subscription is required.)


Harris County Dems could gain Commissioners Court supermajority in seat long held by GOP
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in multiple media outlets.
Houston Public Media
Eight years and counting: Houston ISD ‘way overdue’ for a bond vote — with no end in sight
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Oct. 16 print edition and was included in a previous edition of Dateline.)
KUT-FM (Austin)
http://dateline.rice/oct-16-stein-3 (This segment aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

Houston suburbs see high turnout, ‘enormous enthusiasm’ during early voting
Rice is mentioned in a caption.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

Rice University research finds market outliers at risk of misreporting
Research by Brian Rountree, associate professor of accounting, and Shiva Sivaramakrishnan, the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Accounting at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is featured.
InnovationMap (This article originally appeared in Rice Business Wisdom.)


Rice’s Haotian Wang wins Packard Fellowship
Haotian Wang of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering has been honored with a Packard Fellowship, one of 20 researchers in the nation to win the award this year. Each member of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s annual class of Packard Fellows for Science and Engineering, all early-career academic researchers, will receive $875,000 over five years to pursue their projects.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in


NSF renews Rice-based NEWT Center for water treatment
The Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT), a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center with its headquarters at Rice, has earned a five-year renewal to continue its work on next-generation water treatment systems. Mentioned are Pedro Alvarez, director of NEWT and the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Wong, the William M. McCardell Professor in Chemical Engineering; Qilin Li, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of materials science and nanoengineering and co-director of NEWT; and Carolyn Nichol, director of Rice’s Office of STEM Engagement and a faculty fellow in Rice’s Department of Chemistry.
Scienmag (This article also appeared in Nanotechnology Now,, Mirage and CoronaStocks.)

That’s not really how atolls form …
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.

Bisexuals get less health benefit from education
Education has long been linked to health — the more schooling people have, the healthier they are likely to be. But a new study from Rice sociologists found that the health benefits of a good education are less evident among well-educated bisexual adults. Zhe Zhang, a postdoctoral research fellow at Rice, and Bridget Gorman, a professor of sociology and dean of undergraduates, are quoted.
Futurity (Similar articles appeared in more than 10 other media outlets.)

How stress and loneliness can make you more likely to get COVID-19
Christopher Fagundes, associate professor in psychological sciences, authored an article.
Third Age

Why tougher US visa rules for highly skilled foreign workers could be America’s loss and China’s gain
Alumnus Junhui Qian is quoted.
IntellAsia (This South China Morning post article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Pixium Vision hosting key opinion leader webinar on the Prima System for Atrophic Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration (dry-AMD)
Alumna Lisa C. Olmos de Koo is mentioned.
Financial Times (This article appeared in more than 60 other media outlets.)


US sanctions in Europe may hurt global energy industry
Imposing sanctions is not the most effective way to secure Europe’s natural gas supply against external coercion, according to a new study from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts fellow in energy and environmental affairs at the Baker Institute, and Anna Mikulska, nonresident fellow in energy studies at the institute, are quoted. Mikulska also is quoted in
Fact-checking Trump’s claim that he’s ‘putting our great coal miners back to work’ (This Philadelphia Inquirer article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


Pope names Rice University professor to pontifical academy
An article mentions that José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis. The first Rice faculty member to be named to the academy, Onuchic is expected to contribute to the academy’s biennial plenary sessions and to participate in scientific meetings of relevance to his research.
One News Page (This Vatican News article appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)

Personalized cancer outreach more effective
An article mentions that experts from Rice collaborated on the development of a tool to personalize outreach efforts and recommend the most suitable intervention for liver cancer patients.
Newswise (This article also appeared in Mirage, and

Fine: Abolish Greek life. Expand the residential college system.
Rice’s residential college system is mentioned.
The Daily Northwestern

Streaming Jewish programs (Oct. 18-23)
An Oct. 21 event hosted by Rice’s Program in Jewish Studies is mentioned.
San Diego Jewish World

Looking at the masters: Aurora Robson
The art installation “Lift” at Rice’s Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center is mentioned.
Talbot Spy (This article also appeared in the Chestertown Spy.)

Mayor Turner kicks off the first day of early voting with university students
Rice is mentioned.

Blue metros, red states: America’s suburbs and the new battleground in presidential politics
Rice is mentioned.


Coon Rapids senior swimmer Megan Schultze is a record holder that goes to 11
Megan Schultze, who has committed to join Rice’s swimming team, is featured.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune


‘Texas Sports Nation’
Former Rice football player Robbie Beck is featured.
AT&T SportsNet Southwest

A giant among us: Remembering Larry Turville
An article features former Rice men’s tennis coach Larry Turville, who died Oct. 10 at 71.
UTSA Florida

‘The community has just been amazing’: Response reaffirms owners’ decision to buy club
Former Rice tennis player Willie Dann is featured.
Lake Norman Media Group

About Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson is a senior editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.