Dateline Rice for Aug. 5, 2021

Dateline Rice


More campuses scramble to mandate vaccines and masks amid spread of delta variant
Several articles 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. Kevin Kirby, Rice's vice president for administration and chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle.
The Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription is required.)
Some Texas colleges to alter fall semester plans, as delta variant spreads

Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared on the front page of the Aug. 5 print edition, and it appeared online in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Safety precautions being taken by different school districts across the Greater Houston area
Click2Houston (This segment also aired on KPRC-TV in Houston.)

COVID-19 in Houston wastewater currently at levels 'never seen before'

Two articles mention that experts from Rice have partnered with officials from Houston to test wastewater to track the spread of the coronavirus. An image from the Houston Chronicle depicts wastewater samples in the lab of Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.
MSN (This article originally appeared in KHOU Online.)


According to Houston's wastewater, the surge of COVID-19 is only going to get worse
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News,, Newsbreak and Our Community Now.)

Creditors close in on Citgo, the last asset Guaido has left
Igor Hernandez, graduate fellow at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Bloomberg (This article also appeared in 10 other media outlets.)


Remote work struggles to find a home amid Houston tech companies

An article mentions Rice's redevelopment of the historic Midtown Sears building into the Ion tech hub.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article appeared on the front page of the Aug. 5 print edition and a previous edition of Dateline.)
Houston, the 'energy capital of the world,' positions to be the 'energy transition capital'
JD Supra


Texas Gov. Abbott says migrant transport is a public health issue. Critics allege the restrictions violate federal law, encourage racial profiling
Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, nonresident scholar at the Center for the United States and Mexico at Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed.
Texas Public Radio's "The Source" (This segment also aired on more than 20 affiliate stations across Texas.)

The first special session is scheduled to end tomorrow
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 the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
KTRH Online (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)
Back to code red?
KTRH on Spreaker (This segment also aired on KTRH-AM in Houston.)

These are the 20 best universities across Texas
Rice is featured.
KKAM Online


Ken Kennedy AI and Data Science Conference, Oct. 25-27: Call for participation, program announced
An article mentions that the following Rice community members will speak at the 2021 Ken Kennedy AI and Data Science Conference Oct. 25-27: Kathy Ensor, the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics and director of Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Urban Data Platform; Farès el-Dahdah, professor and director of Rice's Humanities Research Center; Rodrigo Ferreira, assistant teaching professor of computer science; and Anshumali Shrivastava, assistant professor of computer science.
Inside HPC (This article also appeared in Datanami and HPCWire.)

New implant for regulating glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes
An article features Rice research on 3D printing an insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetics. Omid Veiseh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, are quoted.
LabRoots (This article also appeared in MD India.)

Scientists developing inhalable COVID-19 vaccine spray
An article mentions that scientists at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics are part of a study to develop an inhalable COVID-19 vaccine that can be transported and stored at room temperature. Study co-author José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
Design Fax

As the DUCs go away, it is time to drill more in the US
An article cites research by Rice's Baker Institute for Public Policy into oil-producing shale wells in the U.S.
Journal of Petroleum Technology

Wednesday's headlines are digging deeper
A roundup features a study by Rice's Kinder Institute for Urban Research about how remote work may help curb traffic congestion in Houston.
Streets Blog USA

Letters to the editor — masks in schools, Texas electricity, immigrants, COVID, 'superbug' outbreak
A letter to the editor cites Rice research into Texas' consumer electric rates.
Solar Times News (This Dallas Morning News article appeared in yesterday's Dateline.)

Should America risk everything to defend Taiwan?
An article mentions President John F. Kennedy’s "moon speech," which was delivered at Rice Sept. 12, 1962.
The National Interest (This article also appeared in the Conservative Angle.)
Texas A&M vs Texas -- Why Aggies will benefit from playing Horns again: Part 2

Service Wire expands national sales team
An article features alumna Trish Weisberg.
The Electrical Distributor Magazine

Mapping neural networks of jellyfish-like creatures
An article features Rice research into how the hydra vulgaris, a freshwater cnidarian, learns to sense touch. A Rice video is included.
NASA Tech Briefs TV


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.
Freeads World News


Golden opportunity: GE engineering intern Ahalya Lettenberger will swim for Team USA in the Paralympic games
Rice swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger, who will participate in the upcoming Paralympics in Tokyo, is featured.

Clayton Tune, Dana Holgorsen sense a different vibe with UH football
Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription is required. This article also appeared in the Aug. 5 print edition.)
College football preview
Jackson Free Press
Win total Wednesday has me fired up for college football!
Barstool Sports

Texas A&M women's tennis announces 2021-22 schedule
An article mentions the Rice Invitational tennis tournament Oct. 29-31.
KBTX Online (This article also appeared in and Our Community Now.)

Round Rock Express roster infused with talent from trades, including pitcher Glenn Otto
An article features former Rice baseball player Glenn Otto.
Austin American-Statesman

Yankees' Joey Gallo set to face former team in 2022 season opener

MSN (This story also appeared in

ABC Radio (Australia)
An article mentions Rice football player Luke Armstrong.
http://dateline.rice/aug-5-armstrong (This segment aired on more than 60 affiliate stations across Australia.)

Razorbacks eying improvement as they enter Pittman’s 2nd season as coach
An article mentions that Rice's football team will play an away game against the University of Arkansas Sept. 4.
Fayetteville Flyer
SEC football: Examining over/under win totals for the 2021 season
Athlon Sports

North Texas training camp storylines
An article mentions former Rice football player TyRae Thornton.
Denton Record-Chronicle


Rice's OpenStax to provide 13 educational technology companies with training to develop equitable courseware platforms
OpenStax, Rice's educational technology initiative, announced today that 13 companies have been selected to participate in the organization’s new equity in courseware training program. The training will help the participating companies learn about and develop educational technology platforms that provide better outcomes for all students, especially those from historically marginalized and underserved communities.

Rice expert: Using carbon is key to decarbonizing economy
Rice carbon materials expert Matteo Pasquali is available to discuss ways to slash carbon dioxide emissions and rapidly decarbonize the global economy. Instead of burning oil and gas, Pasquali says, hydrocarbon molecules could be split into hydrogen and solid carbon. The hydrogen could then be used as a clean-burning fuel that produces no carbon dioxide, while the solid carbon could become a cheap and plentiful source of high-performance materials used by a wide range of industries.