Dateline Rice for Sept. 16, 2020

Dateline Rice


Unhealthy Texas? By many measures, the state ranks near the bottom on health care, and COVID-19 will test those vulnerabilities
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.
The Dallas Morning News (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front of the Business section in the Sept. 16 print edition, and it appeared online in MSN.)
States with the fewest coronavirus restrictions
WalletHub: Texas has among the most COVID-19 restrictions in the nation
Houston Agent Magazine (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)

The Rice report: Recruiting lessons learned from our new virtual reality

Katie Chung, a student at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business, authored an article. Jones School faculty and staff quoted or pictured include Margaret Kazibwe, assistant director for MBA admissions; Tiffany Stott, director of MBA career education and advising; and Jing Zhou, professor of management.
Poets & Quants

The pandemic is having tremendous financial impact on Houston, survey shows
Many of the populations most impacted by the pandemic are still reeling from Hurricane Harvey, according to Bill Fulton, director of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
NPR (This segment aired twice on KERA-FM in Dallas, and it appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Facebook taps 2 Texas universities for new college-only 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.
CultureMap Austin (This article also appeared in CultureMap San Antonio, CultureMap Dallas and yesterday's Dateline.)

'I was floored': Coronavirus test prices charged by some hospitals and labs stun consumers, spur questions
An article pictures Rice soccer player Kendall Robertson.
USA Today (This article appeared on the front of the Nation's Health section in the Sept. 16 print edition, and it appeared in the New Jersey Herald, Powdersville Post and the print and online editions of the Columbus Dispatch.)

Karen Andersen: The race for a COVID-19 vaccine
Alumna Karen Andersen is featured in a podcast.

Orgeron: Most LSU players have had, recovered from COVID-19
A caption mentions that Rice's football game against Louisiana State University, which was slated for Sept. 19, was canceled after the Southeastern Conference's decision to limit its teams to 10 conference games because of the pandemic.
The Associated Press (This article also appeared in more than 25 other media outlets.)
Breaking down Week 3 of the 2020 college football schedule
FB Schedules

Training in the new normal: Catching up with 3 Torero student athletes
Former Rice basketball player Josh Parrish is featured.
University of San Diego News

During the pandemic, students are swapping summer fun for summer classes
Martel College sophomore Casley Matthews is quoted and interviewed about how the pandemic affected her summer internship plans.
WBEZ (This audio segment aired on WBEZ-FM in Chicago, and it appeared in a previous edition of Dateline.)


The Trump administration orders an Al-Jazeera affiliate to register as a foreign agent
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Mother Jones
Kuwait takes a different stance
Ahram Online

A few extra details on the Wired article about STAR-Vote
Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering and a Rice Faculty Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.

US election: In Texas, Sufi music and Netflix celebrities part of move to get South Asians to vote
An article cites demographic studies by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
South China Morning Post

5 rules great rule-breakers never break
An article cites Rice research that found new CEOs are less likely to keep their jobs if they depart too quickly from the traditions of their predecessors.


Every 11 years the sun enters a new cycle. The latest has begun, NASA and NOAA say.
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy and the associate director of the outreach program at the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required.)

How music, sound play role in children's development
Anthony Brandt, professor of composition and theory at Rice's Shepherd School of Music, is quoted.
Galveston County Daily News

Will Houston prepare for the next Laura before it’s too late?
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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Sept. 16 print edition of the Chronicle's Pasadena Citizen.)

UT Austin hooks highest US News & World Report ranking in more than 30 years
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.
CultureMap Austin

Community briefs
An article features the virtual summer STEM experience offered by Rice’s Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity in Education.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Sept. 16 print edition of the Chronicle's Pearland Journal.)

Texas-Squared Startup newsletter #262
A Texas-area roundup features several Rice-related stories: Nanospectra Biosciences Inc. uses nanoparticle technology developed at Rice as a cancer treatment; Rice has established peer-based learning and professional programs for business leaders; getting too comfortable affects innovation in the workplace; Rice will be GRE-optional for grad programs and grant fee waivers to graduates of Texas schools; research found that firms' distinctive strategies are systematically linked to their CEOs' uncommon names; and Rice’s student art gallery Sleepy Cyborg.
Texas-Squared Startup on Medium


Biden, Trump court Texas Latino vote in campaign home stretch
An article mentions that the Texas Hispanic Policy Foundation partnered with Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy to survey potential Latinx voters in the November election.
Spectrum News Online
Spectrum News (Austin, Texas)
http://dateline.rice/sept-16-baker-study (This segment aired 14 times.)


Webinar: Energy Options for Early-Career Economists: Entering the Industry
A webinar features Michael Maher, senior program adviser for the Center for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Shree Vikas, who completed an Executive Business Administration Certificate in Strategy, Finance & Accounting at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business.
United States Association for Energy Economics

More Iranian gasoline appears headed to Venezuela despite US DOJ seizures
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.
Hellenic Shipping News (This S&P Global Platts article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Video reclaims moral high ground against Drug War
Katharine Neill Harris, the Alfred C. Glassell, III, Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is featured in a video.
The Leaf Online

An all-electric Houston would save lives and money: Report
An article cites a 2017 study by the Houston Health Department and Rice that found children living in zones where transportation emissions were high experienced more asthma attacks requiring emergency services.

LIGC raises $3 million for better air filters using electric currents and graphene
An article mentions that Israeli startup LIGC licensed technology from Rice to develop an air filter with graphene.
VentureBeat (This article also appeared in Graphene-Info, El Moudja Web, Finsmes and Sports Grind Entertainment.)

E-LPG Week registration opens; keynote speaker added to lineup
Alumna Dymphna van der Lans is featured and pictured.
LP Gas Magazine

SWE awards over $1 million in scholarships
A roundup mentions that McMurtry College sophomore Danica Pietrzak was awarded the Chevron/SWE Scholarship and Martel College junior Shriya Shah was awarded the Lois Aileen Bey Memorial Scholarship by the Society of Women Engineers.
The Society of Women Engineers News

94 money-making skills you can learn in less than a year
A roundup mentions that Rice offers the course Investment and Portfolio Management Specialization on Coursera.
Yahoo! Finance (This article originally appeared in GoBankingRates.)



Chemistry prof wins prestigious award from national society
Alumnus Michael Haley is featured and pictured.
University of Oregon News

Graffiti vandals hit Chinese students at Rice University
Rice is mentioned.


C-USA Hall of Fame Class of 2020
An article mentions that former Rice tennis player Natalie Beazant is one of five athletes in the Conference USA Hall of Fame's Class of 2020.
Lincoln named to C-USA Hall of Fame
University of Houston Athletics News

Clemens earns Constellation Energy League all-star spot
Former Rice baseball player Ford Proctor is featured.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Sept. 16 print edition of the Chronicle's Memorial Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline.)

Money moment: Texas walk-on Kai Money cashed in on his chance to play against UTEP
An article mentions former Rice football player Phillip Money.
Austin American-Statesman


Rice backs studies of race, anti-racism
The new Race and Anti-Racism Research Fund at Rice has awarded grants to eight professors to gain a better understanding of how race, racism and racial injustice affect society. The grants announced this week will help Rice achieve its goal of creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive university and society, according to the Office of Research.

Fast calculation dials in better batteries
Rice materials scientist Ming Tang and graduate student Fan Wang have developed a way to predict the performance of batteries that is 100,000 times faster than current modeling techniques.

Harris County spends more than $300M per year addressing eviction crisis, estimate shows
Researchers from Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research estimate that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the public and private sectors in Harris County, Texas, were spending in excess of $300 million per year addressing the region’s eviction crisis.