Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2020

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Testing mess leaves Texas in the dark as cases spike
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.
Politico (This article also appeared in Yahoo! News.)

Trust in Trump sinks over COVID-19 as Biden support grows
Douglas Brinkley, the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor in Humanities, is quoted.

Montgomery County officials aim to balance public health with individual liberties
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.
Community Impact Newspaper

Rice University's data-focused lab presents unique opportunity for startups and small businesses
An article features Rice's Center for Transforming Data to Knowledge (D2K), which provides a clinic for one-time sessions and semesterlong capstone courses to advise businesses. Quoted are Genevera Allen ’06, associate professor of statistics, computer science, and electrical and computer engineering and founder of the D2K lab; Jennifer Sanders, program administrator; and Shanna Jin, communications and marketing specialist.

Science and culture: Universities move science labs to the kitchen
An article about teaching chemistry students remotely by utilizing their home kitchens quotes Lesa Tran Lu, chemistry lecturer at Rice, who has taught “The Chemistry of Cooking” since 2014. The culmination of Lu's course showcases students’ culinary inventions alongside a panel of judges that includes university faculty and administrators and local chefs.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

5 most popular innovation stories in Houston this week
A roundup features the Apollo ABVM, an automated bag valve mask device developed by Stewart & Stevenson Healthcare Technologies that has been approved by the FDA as an emergency resuscitator for COVID-19 patients. A team of Rice engineering experts and students designed the original open-source plans. Maria Oden, a full teaching professor in bioengineering, director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen and co-director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, is quoted.

A Houston company is floating a plan to play nonconference games in a bubble
Rice head basketball coach Scott Pera is quoted.
The Athletic

Houston among top US metros in eviction filings during COVID-19 
An article features the results of a new study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research on Houston-area neighborhoods hit hardest with job losses.
Houston Business Journal

Remote control: Houston startup pumps rural internet access through unused TV channels
An article mentions that Skylark Wireless, which aims to bring broadband internet access to rural communities, started at Rice in 2012.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in MSN.)

Southland Conference postpones fall season
An article mentions that Rice football's season-opening game is still slated for Sept. 26 against Lamar University. The Southland Conference, which includes Lamar, canceled all league sports competition for the fall but will allow universities to play nonconference games.
Beaumont Enterprise

'Channel 6 News'
KFDM-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

What’s next for Lamar football, fall sports after Southland Conference postpones league contests
Port Arthur News

I.C. MURRELL — Preparing for reality instead of normalcy
Port Arthur News

Some C-USA schools change plans, leaving questions for WKU football
College Heights Herald

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Beaumont Enterprise

One way to teach students more safely this fall? Move lessons outdoors

An article mentions Rice's plan to reopen campus with changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes staggering the return of students to campus, conducting tests, requiring face masks and holding some classes outdoors in tents.

The Guardian

The college experience this fall: What to expect
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in WTOP Online.)

College students get ready to go back to school, but will they party? International Business Times

Texas’ 2020 schedule arrives as Big 12 plans to play football
Former Rice assistant football coach Tom Herman is quoted.


‘I can’t breathe’ is tied to a long history of Black asphyxiation
Daniel Domingues da Silva, associate professor of history, authored an op-ed.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required.)

Op-ed mischaracterizes opposition to Eppes statue, name on FSU campus | Opinion
Keith McCall, postdoctoral fellow at the Humanities Research Center, authored an op-ed.
Tallahassee Democrat (This article also appeared in MSN.)


A scientist found a tongue-eating parasite in the mouth of a fish
An article features research by Kory Evans, assistant professor of natural sciences, who discovered that a "vampire" crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host's tongue.
CNN (This article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)

'Great Day on Fox 26'
KMPH-TV (Fresno, California)
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The business model for carbon capture is broken
Daniel Cohan, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Quartz (This article also appeared in MSN.)

Beyonce, Barbara Bush, Selena and Simone Biles among inspiring women on Texas list
An article features Alumna Peggy Whitson '86, the astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other American.
USA Today (This article originally appeared in the El Paso Times, and it appeared in MSN.)


Tarleton joins OpenStax in promoting free, flexible textbooks

OpenStax, a Rice-based publisher of open educational resources, is mentioned.
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

Texas A&M University Libraries joins statewide coalition
An article mentions that Rice is a member of the Texas Library Coalition for United Action.
Texas A&M Today

Private colleges with the best return on investment
A slideshow features Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)


KTRH-AM (Houston)
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is interviewed about how Amazon's proposed Kuiper satellite internet network, which plans to launch over 3,000 satellites into low Earth orbit, will avoid other satellites.


USATF's Map My Run feature provides easy-to-find trails in your community
A roundup features the exercise path circling Rice's campus.

Could garbage hold the key to carbon-friendly concrete?
An article features pioneering research from Rice scientists that can create flash graphene from any carbon source.
Daily Commercial News

Shooting for the moon
President John F. Kennedy’s “moon speech” given at Rice Sept. 12, 1962, is mentioned.
All About Space (This article appeared in the Aug. 13 print edition.)

JPMorgan Chase commits $1.3 million to put Houston’s disconnected youth on track for college and career success
An article features a Rice study that suggests despite significant barriers, many Houstonians age 16 to 24 who are not employed or enrolled in school are looking to complete their education, have meaningful careers and build strong families.
JPMorgan Chase News


I’m a trans man with a straight cis husband. We’re ready to start a family
An article authored by Andy Bandyopadhyay mentions that he and his husband, Raj, met while attending Rice.


Inside Duke women's basketball podcast: Episode 17
Former Rice assistant women's basketball coach Winston Gandy is featured.
Duke University Athletics News

Cowboy hoops offer pair of 2022 Coppell, TX, teammates
Rice is mentioned.
Sports Illustrated's Pokes Report

Bill Haisten: As OSU gets more ESPN face time, Mike Gundy’s Oklahoma silence reaches 128 days
A roundup mentions that Rice's football team was defeated by Oklahoma State University in 2009. Former Owl Vance McDonald is pictured.
Tulsa World

Let's envision the ideal realignment scenario
An article mentions that Rice's athletics programs compete in Conference USA.
Sports Illustrated's AllSooners


Automation increases income inequality, say Baker Institute experts
Automation does not kill jobs, but it does increase income inequality, according to new research from Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Dagobert Brito, Rice Faculty Scholar in international economics at the Baker Institute, and Robert Curl, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, are available to discuss the research with the news media.