Dateline Rice for Aug. 4, 2021

Dateline Rice


Rice University to require masks indoors, mandatory COVID testing for those on campus

Several articles and broadcasts mention that Rice will require masks to be worn indoors at nearly all times and require regular testing for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on campus amid Houston's surge of COVID-19.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online.)

5 things to know today, including lots of COVID-19 updates
Houston Business Journal
Fort Bend County ups COVID threat level as school year approaches and delta variant surges
Houston Press
State-by-state mask tracker: Colleges impose new COVID-19 mandates
University Business
'KHOU 11 News'
KHOU-TV (Houston)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-khou (This segment aired twice.)
'KPRC Channel 2 News'
KPRC-TV (Houston)
'13 Eyewitness News'
KTRK-TV (Houston)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)


Public health or politics? Biden's extension of Title 42 to expel migrants questioned
Tony Payan, the Françoise and Edward Djerejian Fellow for Mexico Studies and director of the Center for the United States and Mexico at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
KTXS Online (This Sinclair Broadcasting Group article also appeared in more than 50 other media outlets.)
http://dateline.rice/aug-4-payanInside look shows how 'headless' hydra react to a poke
An article features Rice research into how the hydra vulgaris, a freshwater cnidarian, learns to sense touch. Jacob Robinson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of bioengineering, is quoted.

They are cute pink robots who bring you local food. But their drivers may well be a 17-hour flight away

An article mentions that Alden Sajor Marte-Wood, assistant professor of English, is contributing to research in the growth of digital labor in the Philippines.
Toronto Star (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in NewsCaf and The Canadian.)

A circular economy does not necessarily translate to sustainability
Rachel Meidl, the fellow for energy and environment at the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an article.
Canada News Media (This Forbes article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Inside Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's long career at Carlyle
Alumnus Glenn Youngkin is featured.
The Washington Post (Subscription is required. This article appeared in more than 30 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)


Chemists' new effort aims to optimize materials by exploiting their defects
An article features a collaborative Rice research team that has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation's Centers for Chemical Innovation Program to exploit chemical defects that show the potential for unique reactivity. Co-investigators quoted include Christy Landes, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Chair Professor of Chemistry and a professor of electrical and computer engineering and chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Peter Rossky, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Additional investigator Stephan Link, the Charles W. Duncan, Jr.-Welch Chair and a professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned in The National Tribune.
The University of Texas at Austin's College of Natural Sciences News
NSF grant kicks off Center for Adapting Flaws into Features

The National Tribune

Houston Exponential board chair: Nonprofit reviewing needs of Houston's innovation ecosystem
An article mentions that President David Leebron is on the board of directors of Houston Exponential. The article also mentions Rice's redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion tech hub.
Houston Business Journal

SA built a pipeline to increase its water supply, but local landowners say wells are running dry
Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Regulatory Affairs at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This Texas Tribune article appeared in more than 25 other media outlets and a previous edition of Dateline.)

STAAR results came with plenty of caveats. Were the tests worth the effort this pandemic year?
An article quotes Rice Houston Education Research Consortium associate director of regional research Daniel Potter.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared in the Aug. 4 print edition of the Chronicle's Bellaire Examiner and a previous edition of Dateline.)