Rice and 15 other universities accused of conspiring to limit financial aid
A federal lawsuit filed in Illinois over the weekend accuses 16 private universities — including Rice University in Houston — of using a shared formula to calculate the financial needs of student appl[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Omicron fuels COVID concerns as Christmas approaches (Dec. 21, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Tuesday's show: Concerns about holiday gatherings as the omicron variant spreads, the next president of Rice University discusses his vision for the institution, and filmmaker Sean Baker discusses his latest movie, Red Rocket.houstonpublicmedia.org
Omicron could be tougher against the COVID-19 vaccine than other variants, Rice research shows – Houston Public Media
Rice University researchers have been leading a project, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of mapping out mutations of the coronavirus. Most recently, they’ve been focusing their efforts on the omicron variant, which was classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization last week. The first cases of ...houstonpublicmedia.org
Lawmakers concerned about UT leaving Big 12 conference make their case to Gov. Greg Abbott's office
As the college athletics world roils over the possibility of the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma leaving the Big 12 conference, a group of Texas legislators with ties to other unive[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Sports San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Best Of: How Do We Find Innovative Solutions And Tap Into Creativity In Times Of Crisis? – Houston Public Media
We hear the story of how a Rice University engineering team designed an emergency ventilator in just a matter of weeks to help COVID-19 patients. And a bestselling author discusses ways to tap into one’s own inventive spirit.houstonpublicmedia.org
Conditions For Houston Renters Were Tough In 2019. The Pandemic Only Made It Worse – Houston Public Media
Houston-area renters saw a growing gap between median home sales price and household income in 2019, according to a new report from Rice University -- a trend likely made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.houstonpublicmedia.org
Advice For Buying A Home In A Challenging Market (June 10, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: An update on several recent immigration stories, advice for buying a home in a challenging market, a conversation with outgoing Rice President David Leebron, and how Westerns have depicted Texas over the years.houstonpublicmedia.org
Rice President David Leebron Announces He Will Step Down In 2022 – Houston Public Media
Leebron, who has led the system since 2004 and is just the seventh president in school history, will leave June 30, 2022. He is the second-longest tenured president since its first, Edgar Odell Lovett, who served for 34 years.houstonpublicmedia.org
Rice University says it has developed an early flood alert system for Houston: This is how to try it out
City officials have a new tool for planning and responding to flooding at hospitals and other critical facilities on the watersheds of Brays, Sims, Hunting and White Oak bayous, Rice University announced Monday.
A Key Tool In Houston’s Research On COVID-19 Variants? Your Poop – Houston Public Media
Last year, health officials in Houston started using the city’s sewage system to help detect where the coronavirus was spreading. Now, they've fine-tuned the process, zeroing-in on specific buildings and monitoring for the emergence of new variants.houstonpublicmedia.org
Three More Dragons Commit To Compete In April Signing Ceremonies
The <a data-linked-post="2652633029" href="https://www.vype.com/Texas/Tx-Private-Schools/john-cooper-school-athletics-2652633029" target="_blank">John Cooper School's</a> Athletics Department held a final signing ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Friday, April 30, in the Dunlap Gymnasium, to recognize three senior athletes who will be competing at the college level in the fall of 2021.
As Islamic holidays near, Texas Muslims back bill creating a more inclusive calendar for government employees
<figcaption> Zohaib Qadri, a state employee, would be able to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, the two Islamic holidays following Ramadan, as a result of a bipartisan bill introduced in the Texas House. <cite>Credit: Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune</cite> </figcaption>
Restricting The Governor’s Power To Declare An Emergency (April 15, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Thursday's show: A new bill would restrict the governor's power to declare an emergency, the challenges young people are having finding jobs, and the changing idea of what it means to be a Texan.houstonpublicmedia.org
Former Rice Fencing Coach Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Houston Teen In '90s
Rice University’s former fencing coach Mauro Hamza has been accused of sexually assaulting one of his female pupils when she was only 17 at a Phoenix hotel in 1995 according to a civil lawsuit filed in Arizona. In addition to Hamza, the plaintiff has sued the USA Fencing organization itself for not doing enough to...houstonpress.com
Mayor Sylvester Turner announces challenge to help Houston-area college students get vaccinated
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and local officials held a news conference at the University of Houston Monday to announce a competition between Houston-area universities to see which school can register the most students and alumni to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Turner said the Take Your Best Shot challenge is a friendly competition to get as many students vaccinated as possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Rice UniversityRice University said they are still waiting to receive vaccinations from the state in order to offer them to all students and staff. The University of HoustonThe University of Houston said they’ve vaccinated about 2,200 eligible students, faculty and staff so far. He said they’ve vaccinated thousands of people already since they opened Nabrit Hall for vaccinations in mid-February.
Mulkey, Schwartz lead Rice past Ole Miss for WNIT title
Rice (23-4), which won the 2017 WBI, won its first WNIT title. Jasmine Smith added 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the Owls. Donetta Johnson made a layup that gave Ole Miss (15-12) its first lead with 6:12 left in the first quarter but Schwartz answered with a layup on the other end just 18 seconds later and Rice led the rest of the way. The rest of the Ole Miss team combined to make 11 of 45 (24.4%) from the field. The previous two WNIT champions, Arizona and Indiana, are in the Elite 8 of the 2021 Women's NCAA Tournament.
Experts Agree Texas Voting Systems Needs To Be Reformed But Disagree How – Houston Public Media
An expert from Rice University’s Baker Institute explains how the Republican-led opposition to voting expansion rights may hurt them more at the ballot box than it may hurt Democrats. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast . Greg Abbot has introduced bills to the Texas Legislature that would restrict voting expansions and eliminate drive-through voting. Our experts weigh in on the potential impact of voting legislation from both the national and local levels. Subscribe to Today in Houston Fill out the form below to subscribe our new daily editorial newsletter from the HPM Newsroom.houstonpublicmedia.org
United Healthcare Creates Vaccine Resource Locator – Houston Public Media
The site uses aggregated information from state and local officials as well as retail pharmacies to locate available COVID vaccine appointments. Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. First Dr. Ravi Johar, United Healthcare Chief Medical Officer, Employer & Individual, walks us through how United Healthcare developed a vaccine resource location map for their site. And Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie with COVID updates and headlines, including:Rice University and St. Lukes Health open a vaccine site to serve vulnerable communities through July. Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.houstonpublicmedia.org
Fan capacity increasing for Houston sporting events
HOUSTON – With the season in full swing, fans are already in the stands at Reckling Park for Rice baseball, but at a limited capacity. While other outdoor sporting events for Rice have also had limited capacity, indoor events have had no fans and for now, it will stay that way. Professional teams like the Houston Astros sent a letter to season ticket holders saying they’re all welcomed back with different seating options. “We are continuing our limited capacity with social distancing,” said Euletha Wade, the Assistant Vice President of Facilities for Prairie View A & M University. University of Houston, Texas Southern University, the Houston Dynamo and Dash are also limiting fan capacity to between 25% to 30%.
$15 dollar minimum wage: What would it mean?
What are the pros and cons associated with a 15 dollar minimum wage increase? Dr. Joyce Beebe is an economist and Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. Yates Museum works to purchase and rehab properties in Freedmen’s Town. Yates Museum· Website: https://www.rbhy.org/Catherine Roberts, Co-Founder/Board Member, Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum· Website: https://www.rbhy.org/
How Do We Find Innovative Solutions And Tap Into Creativity In Times Of Crisis? – Houston Public Media
We hear the story of how a Rice University engineering team designed an emergency ventilator in just a matter of weeks to help COVID-19 patients. We look at a ventilator developed by Rice University engineering students, now being used to help COVID-19 patients. Also, creativity expert and bestselling author of “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron, talks about her new book, "The Listening Path." What are your thoughts about innovation and creativity during times of crisis? Also on the team were Fernando Cruz, engineering design technician, and Amy Kavalewitz, OEDK Executive Director.houstonpublicmedia.org
These Houston-area schools are maintaining their mask, social distancing policies
However, several Houston-area schools will maintain current safety protocols. Houston-area School DistrictsAldine ISDAldine ISD is upholding all safety protocols, including the wearing of face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, until further clarification. Cypress-Fairbanks ISDThe district is upholding current safety protocol, including requiring masks, while it reviews Abbott's order and awaits guidance from TEA. Katy ISDThe district is currently upholding its COVID-19 safety measures, which include requiring masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing. Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University is maintaining current protocol, which requires masks or facial coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and daily COVID questionnaires.chron.com
These Houston-area schools are maintaining their mask, social distancing policies
However, several Houston-area schools will maintain current safety protocols. Galveston ISDGalveston ISD will continue to require masks and social distancing throughout the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. “It is my belief that social distancing and masking should continue for now,” said Dr. Richard E. Rupp, medical director for Teen Health Center, Inc. which operates clinics at five Galveston ISD campuses. : H-E-B president Scott McClelland talks masks with ChronColleges and UniversitiesRice UniversityRice University will uphold its room occupancy limits and mask policy, which requires people to wear masks or face coverings while on campus. Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University is maintaining current protocol, which requires masks or facial coverings, social distancing, temperature checks and daily COVID questionnaires.chron.com
UT-Austin won't require SAT or ACT scores for 2022 applications due to COVID-19
The University of Texas at Austin is suspending the SAT and ACT test score requirement for fall 2022 applicants, citing continued limited access to testing opportunities for students due the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Houston System also said it would remain test-optional through fall 2022 and would consider making the change permanent. Texas A&M University has also extended its policy to 2022 and anticipates 2023 will be test optional as well. Elsewhere, other universities had already started to get rid of the standardized test requirement for admission even before the pandemic forced them to announce a temporary pause. “It adds very little value to the prediction of who is going to succeed and who won't and that minor value added is far outweighed by the problems it creates.”Disclosure: Baylor University, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, St. Edward's University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.chron.com
UT-Austin won’t require SAT or ACT scores for 2022 applications due testing limitations because of COVID-19
(TEXAS TRIBUNE) – Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? The University of Texas at Austin is suspending the SAT and ACT test score requirement for fall 2022 applicants, citing continued limited access to testing opportunities for students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AdLast year, multiple Texas universities temporarily scrapped the testing requirement for the 2021 applicants, including Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University. In Austin, St. Edward's University had been planning to permanently waive ACT and SAT requirements for months, Dean of Admissions Drew Nichols told The Texas Tribune last spring. AdDisclosure: Baylor University, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, St. Edward’s University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University and University of Texas at Austin have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
How the Texas power grid failed and what could stop it from happening again
No power source was immune — coal, natural gas, crude, wind and solar production all dipped. Pipeline freezes impeded the flow of natural gas and crude oil. "Texas has chosen to operate its power grid as an island," noted Rice University's Cohan, which means the state can't import power from other states when it's most needed. Power prices jumpWith utilities scrambling to keep the lights on, power prices are surging across Texas as contractual obligations force companies to buy at any price. Natural gas prices jumped 3% on Wednesday, after surging more than 7% on Tuesday.cnbc.com
Power outage leaves health officials scrambling to administer 5,400 doses of coronavirus vaccine
HOUSTON – Harris County health officials scrambled Monday to administer 8,430 doses of the coronavirus vaccine after a power outage caused some of the vials to thaw. That led to 8,430 doses of the Moderna vaccine to thaw. County officials contacted Moderna and were given guidance from the vaccine-maker that the remaining doses could be refrigerated and used later. Houston Methodist’s statementIn a statement, Houston Methodist officials said they had received 1,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from the batch of thawed shots. Ad“We didn’t waste a drop,” said Robert Schwartz, executive vice president of Houston Methodist Hospital.
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Celebrate the Year of the Ox at these Houston restaurants For some extra bells and whistles to ring in the Lunar New Year, head to these joints. Houston rapper Fat Tony switches perspectives on 'Exotica' Rapping from the outside looking in, "Exotica" is able to speak to relationships, addictions,...chron.com
Rice University named No. 1 ‘think tank’ institution globally, report says
HOUSTON – Two institutes at Rice University are recognized as top “think tanks” within the U.S. and worldwide. In a global report named ‘2020 Go-To Think Tank Index” conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania, Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy jumped to No. 1 think tank for energy and resource policy for the third consecutive year, the University said in a news release. 15 out of 110 in the U.S. and is listed among one of the top think tanks for “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedures” according to the University. The other top think tank universities ranked above The Baker Institute are the London School of Economics and Political Science in London and The University of Sussex Institute of Development Studies.
Energy Policy Could Be Opportunity For Bipartisan Action, According to Baker Institute Report – Houston Public Media
Criticism and support for the President’s actions on climate change largely fall along party lines, a policy brief from Rice University’s Baker Institute says energy and climate are potential areas for bipartisan action. But a new policy brief from Rice University's Baker Institute says climate policy could be an opportunity for bipartisan action. That's why Medlock and his fellow authors focused their policy brief on potential bipartisan action. Story continues below:Still, the first week of Biden's presidency has outraged some Republicans with regard to climate policy. The Baker Institute policy brief emphasizes bipartisan legislation, not unilateral action.houstonpublicmedia.org
Baylor students must test weekly for COVID-19. Those who keep missing tests could lose Wi-Fi access.
Diagnosticians process COVID-19 testing samples at the new state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing lab and research facility in Waco, developed through a new partnership between Baylor University and My Labs Direct. Baylor University began the spring semester on Jan. 19, with weekly testing an important part of comprehensive COVID-19 measures to ensure a safe learning community. If they miss three tests, they’ll also lose Wi-Fi access on campus, with the goal of limiting student activity in campus buildings. Officials would not share how much the multimillion-dollar lab and weekly testing costs. All students, faculty and staff were also required to have a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus at Baylor.
Rice University will start spring semester online amid increase in COVID-19 cases
HOUSTON – Rice University announced on Friday that it would begin its spring semester online and would remain remote through mid-February in an attempt to mitigate the spread of coronavirus amid an increase in cases reported over winter break. “All of the infections were traced to off-campus activities over the winter recess,” Rice University’s president David Leebron wrote in a statement addressed to the Rice community. Leebron wrote that Rice officials have applied to the state to receive enough doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to inoculate every student, faculty, and staff member. In the interim, students will begin online coursework Jan. 25. and are expected to remain remote through mid February. Only essential staff should return to campus before Feb. 8, Leebron wrote.
Rice Moves All Classes Online, Delays Student Move-In Thanks To COVID-19 Surge
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. But in a message to the Rice community Friday morning, university president David Leebron announced that in-person classes won’t be getting bigger in January after all. In fact, there won’t be any in-person classes at all to start the semester thanks to the worsening local pandemic and a record-high number of positive cases. Those modifications include moving all classes online only for the time being, and delaying move-in day for on-campus students from January 19 to February 15. Before these restrictions, Rice was planning to offer a hybrid of online and in-person courses as it did in the fall.houstonpress.com
Rice stuns No. 15 Marshall
HOUSTON – Rice was the underdog heading into Saturday’s road game against a 7-0 Marshall team. Not only because Marshall is ranked, but because Rice was without their starting quarterback Mike Collins and wide receiver Austin Trammel. But somehow, someway... Mike Bloomgren and the Owls stunned Marshall with a 20-0 win on the road. The Owls defense held Marshall’s offense to just 245 yards. According to the school, Rice shut out a ranked opponent for the first time since 1960.
Rice uses 5 interceptions to upset No. 15 Marshall 20-0
The Rice defense held — and took its frustrations out on the Thundering Herd the rest of the game. Safety Naeem Smith returned one of five Marshall interceptions for a touchdown and Rice shocked the 15th-ranked Thundering Herd 20-0 on Saturday for their first loss. Marshall had not played in three weeks, while Rice was playing only its fourth game of the entire season. Marshall: The Thundering Herd were shut out for the first time since 2000 and for the first time at their home stadium. The Thundering Herd had been scheduled to play at Florida International the same night, but Conference USA announced Saturday that the game has been canceled.
‘Christmas Star’: Jupiter and Saturn to align in rare phenomenon for first time since Middle Ages
HOUSTON – Houstonians and the rest of the Earth may want to look up into the night sky on Friday, Dec. 18. This upcoming winter solstice, the Earth will witness a sky-high event not seen in over 800 years, as planets Jupiter and Saturn will line up and appear to collide to create what is called a “Christmas Star” or “the Star of Bethlehem,” Forbes reported. Rice University Astronomer Patrick Hartigan told Forbes March 4, 1226 was the last time Earth has seen an alignment between two planets visible in the night sky. “Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” he told Forbes in an interview. The rare event begin around 45 minutes after sunset and sightings will last throughout the entire week, Forbes reported.
Two Houston universities take top rankings for entrepreneurship programs
The University of Houston and Rice University are officially home to the best undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship programs in the country, respectively. "The schools that made our ranking lists for 2021 all offer exceptional entrepreneurship programs," Princeton Review's editor-in-chief Rob Franek said in Princeton Review's survey release. TOP HONORS: Houston university gets high marks as best in Texas, No. 7 in the nationTo evaluate the best entrepreneurship programs in the nation, the Princeton Review gathered data from more than 300 schools with offerings in entrepreneurship studies. A 60-question survey assessed the universities' dedication to entrepreneurship development, from mentorship programs, scholarships, to the level of support for school-sponsored business plan competitions.chron.com
Houston Universities Have Kept COVID-19 Cases Manageable, For Now
The Houston Press spoke with coronavirus response leaders at Rice, UH and St. Thomas about what measures have led to their schools’ relative success in limiting the spread of COVID-19. Rice, UH and St. Thomas all require students, staff and faculty to wear face masks at all times on campus other than when eating or drinking. FacebookTwitterAt St. Thomas, on-campus students and athletes were tested at the beginning of the semester, and are required to get tested once a month. In lieu of mandatory testing, St. Thomas students who come on campus are required to answer a COVID-19 symptom screener questionnaire and have their temperatures taken each day at one of five locations across campus. “We might well do the same again if things get dramatically worse in Houston over the next couple of months.”houstonpress.com
Top 5 Ways Biden Can Reverse Trump On Climate Change
President-elect Joe Biden promised to make climate change a priority. With President-elect Joe Biden set to move into the White House a few short weeks from now, environmentalists are hopeful that Biden will keep his campaign promise to make fighting climate change a top priority. “I think that’s absolutely essential to get the United States in line with the rest of the world on climate,” Blackburn said. “It’s when you do 100 things that act together, or 1,000 things of a million things that interact, that’s where climate change comes from. “I would absolutely make a priority commitment to understand both the impacts that have already occurred from climate change, and to really project what the climate change future will look like,” Blackburn said.houstonpress.com
Texas unemployment rate rises to 8.3% in September, seven months into economic recession
Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.3% in September, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday, a sharp increase from the August unemployment rate of 6.8%. The announcement also shows that a lot of Texans are jobless seven months into the pandemic despite widespread business reopenings across the state. “What we saw with companies like the airlines and others is happening throughout the economy,” Rodriguez told The Texas Tribune. A spokesman for the workforce commission said next week’s release from the labor department will also show Texas' unemployment rate in September was 8.3%.
Mayor Turner hosts rally at University of Houston to introduce Early Voting Challenge for Houston-area universities
HOUSTON – As the first day of early voting begins Tuesday, Mayor Sylvester Turner is encouraging young people to participate in the 2020 election. Turner is joining students at two college campus events to announce the Mayor’s Early Vote College Challenge to inspire the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Rice University students to vote early. “Voting matters, who you vote for matters, and this election matters," Mayor Turner told students at a rally at the University of Houston. Early voting for the Nov. 3 general election begins Oct. 13 and ends Oct. 30. Click here to find early voting locations and hours in Harris County.
Rice University researchers’ inspection plan could help ease COVID-19 fears
HOUSTON – As states across the country allow businesses shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic to reopen, owners fear it won’t matter if people don’t feel safe venturing out. Researchers at Rice University’s Texas Policy Lab think they have a solution. They’ve developed an inspection program, run by the government, which would grade businesses on a list of common COVID-19 safety measures and could be customized for different industries, from offices to restaurants. The researchers say the infrastructure already exists for cities and states to quickly implement a grading program. The grading system is similar to those already in use for restaurants.
"This is Bad Policy": Trump Administration Proposes Restrictions for International Students – Again
The University of Houston and Rice University, which both enroll thousands of international students each year, are assessing the potential impacts of the Trump administration proposal to impose narrow time limits on international student visas. According to data from NAFSA, international students contribute nearly $41 billion to the United States economy. Now the ICE regulation only applies to new international students. Chun, the South Korean international student, said she believes international student enrollment will decrease if the proposal goes through. “And because the DHS continues to make so many proposals that go against international students, students in the future could prefer to pursue their education in their home country or in countries other than the United States.”houstonpress.com
With Barely a Break For a Tropical Storm, Rice Students Continue to Protest Willy's Statue
As Tropical Storm Beta approached Houston, a handful of Rice University student protesters weathered the rain outside in the school’s main quad, huddled under umbrellas and by the towering statue of the university’s founder, William Marsh Rice. “Students at this university will not settle for anything less than removing that statue,” Rahman, a Rice junior, said, adding that they’ll be sitting at the statue every day until the university commits to taking it down. Calls for Rice’s statue to be taken down began over the summer in a national wave of anti-racist activism that followed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Several comments point to the fact that the statue is a tomb marker — Rice’s ashes are interred in the base. I would rather not have any more Rice students have to walk by it again and that's not possible with its current location in the central quad.”houstonpress.com
New Orleans-inspired Museum District home highlights features
New Orleans-inspired Museum District home highlights features1819 Banks 1819 Banks Image 1 of / 6 Caption Close New Orleans-inspired Museum District home highlights features 1 / 6 Back to GalleryThis impressive home is located at 1819 Banks St. in the Rice/Museum District area, which is home to several revered neighborhoods such as Southampton, Boulevard Oaks and Ormand Place. It is also zoned to Poe Elementary and is within walking distance of schools, museums Rice University and the Rice Village shopping district. The kitchen, which opens to the family room, includes a breakfast bar, island without cooktop, walk-in pantry, pot filler, soft-closing drawers and under-cabinet lighting. The primary bath includes double sinks, separate shower and bath and vanity area. Property Profile Listing agent: Cindy Burns Listing agency: Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty Location: 1819 Banks St./Museum District Stories: 2 Living space: 4,801 square feet Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 5½ Price: $1,775,000For more information, visit www.sothebyshomes.com/houston.chron.com
What the feces? Houston launches new wastewater monitoring program to help slow spread of COVID-19
HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner presented a new initiative Thursday that could serve as a faster method of containing COVID-19. Since May, the Houston Health Department has monitored the wastewater at 38 treatment plants for the presence of the virus. The wastewater monitoring project is a collaboration between the Houston Health Department, Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine. The sewage wastewater is collected at the treatment plan before its process, according to Dr. Lauren Hopkins, of the Houston Health Department. “This will give us that early warning that we may have otherwise missed,” said Dr. David Persse of the Houston Health Department.
Health Department Says Proof Is In The Pooping For Houston's Slowing Spread of COVID-19
After the Star of Hope men's homeless shelter in downtown Houston suffered a coronavirus outbreak in May, the Houston Health Department wanted to make sure it didn't happen again. By comparing data from those samples week over week, the Houston Health Department can determine which zip codes are seeing an increase or decrease in the spread of COVID-19. Persse said that allows the health department to focus its resources on parts of Houston where the virus is spreading more quickly. That’s why the health department is now so confident that the wastewater data can be trusted, said Dr. Loren Hopkins, the Houston Health Department’s chief environmental science officer and a statistics professor at Rice. Persse was careful to caution that traditional individual COVID-19 testing is still extremely important.houstonpress.com
Rice University takes top ranking in U.S. News & World Report '2021 Best Colleges' list
Rice University takes top ranking in U.S. News & World Report '2021 Best Colleges' listJust weeks after Houston's Rice University earned its bragging rights as best college in Texas according to Niche.com, now the university has landed a top ranking on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report's '2021 Best Colleges' list. 16 spot among U.S. universities, and it's been crowned the best university in Texas, according to the 2021 Best Colleges List, released on September 14. less Just weeks after Houston's Rice University earned its bragging rights as best college in Texas according to Niche.com, now the university has landed a top ranking on the prestigious U.S. News & World ... more Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Rice University takes top ranking in U.S. News & World Report '2021 Best Colleges' list 1 / 1 Back to GalleryWeeks after Niche.com crowned Rice University the best college in Texas, the Houston university has landed a pair of top rankings on the U.S. News & World Report's "2021 Best Colleges" list. 16 spot among U.S. universities on U.S. News & World's list, as well as the distinction of best Texas college, as first reported by CultureMap. For a bigger picture of the university's rankings, here's a breakdown of how Rice University got high marks:No. 18 in best undergraduate engineering programsThe other Texas schools which grace the 2021 Best Colleges list include the University of Texas at Austin, which ranked as No.chron.com
Rice University incorporates outdoor classrooms into in-person teaching amid COVID-19
When Rice University decided months ago students and professors would return to in-class instruction in the fall, the university built four outdoor classrooms to adhere to coronavirus-related health precautions. So far students and professors are giving the hi-tech fabric structures a passing grade. One of the biggest concerns was how students and faculty would handle classes in the Texas heat. Many say they didn’t know what to make of the idea when they first heard about the “tents.”“When I heard tent I was thinking like the typical open tent, like air outside,” said student Derin Okunuvi. Rice University says it was important to offer face-to-face instruction as big part of the unversity’s culture.
Survey: Racial, Political Divide In Harris County On Mail-In Vote Expansion Amid COVID-19 Houston Public Media
COVID-19 or not, shes ready to vote, in person if she has to. And nearly 70 percent of respondents preferred voting by mail if thats an option. But shes still determined to vote in person, not by mail. I will wear my gloves, I will wear my mask, and I will go in and vote, Thomas said. I have family members who have died for the right for me to vote.Like Mills, Thomas is concerned about potential vote fraud.houstonpublicmedia.org
Rice Professor Wins the Pulitzer Prize For History
Caleb McDaniel, a Rice University history professor, has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book about Henrietta Wood, a woman who was enslaved twice and eventually sued her captor and won the largest financial settlement known in restitution for slavery. In Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, McDaniel, an associate professor and the incoming chair of the Department of History, traced the connections between slavery and the convict labor system the began after the Civil War. The work of black men and women was exploited through this system until the 1920s. This is a tremendous and well-earned recognition for Caleb McDaniel and his spectacular and important book, Sweet Taste of Liberty, said Rice President David Leebron. Caleb is not only an outstanding scholar who were grateful to have at Rice, but also a faculty member who contributes in every possible way to the success of our students and our university.houstonpress.com
Museum District home offers walkability factor
Museum District home offers walkability factorThis home, located at 5330 Cherokee in the Rice University/Museum District area, was designed by Reagan/Andre Architecture and built by The Southampton Group. This home, located at 5330 Cherokee in the Rice University/Museum District area, was designed by Reagan/Andre Architecture and built by The Southampton Group. Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Museum District home offers walkability factor 1 / 8 Back to GalleryThis elegant home, located at 5330 Cherokee in the Rice University/Museum District area, was designed by Reagan/Andre Architecture and constructed by The Southampton Group. The 6,956-square-foot residence is on a 16,117-square-foot subdivision lot on a tree-lined street, located just steps away from Rice University. More Information Property Profile Listing agent: Cathy Blum Listing agency: Greenwood King Properties Location: 5330 Cherokee, Rice/Museum District Stories: 2 Living space: 6,956 sq.chron.com
Rice University Opens 2 Dorms for Med Center Workers
Rice University which emptied out most of its dorms more than three weeks ago because of the coronavirus, has opened rooms at two of those dorms for temporary housing for medical personnel who work in the Texas Medical Center hospitals. "Enabling hospital staff to live nearby will give them a greater opportunity for rest and to work needed hours. We will do this by offering the use of two of our residential colleges, Wiess and Hanszen," wrote Leebron. "This will require that we move approximately 50 students and resident associates out of those two colleges to other colleges on our campus. Leebron said he regretted that some of them in the two dorms will have to move to make room for the medical center employees.houstonpress.com
Novel coronavirus prompts Rice University to cancel in-person classes for week
Novel coronavirus prompts Rice University to cancel in-person classes for weekLovett Hall at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA Lovett Hall at Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA Photo: Witold Skrypczak, Getty Images Photo: Witold Skrypczak, Getty Images Image 1 of / 37 Caption Close Novel coronavirus prompts Rice University to cancel in-person classes for week 1 / 37 Back to GalleryRice University has canceled in-person classes and undergraduate teaching labs this week to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the university announced Sunday. The university also created a travel registry that requires documentation of any international travel by students, faculty or staff. The Rice employee who tested positive for the coronavirus was self-quarantined. The university informed 14 doctoral students, faculty and staff who came in contact with the employee, and they were also self-quarantined. More information about Rice University's response to the coronavirus can be found here.chron.com
Rice University campus quiet after COVID-19 case confirmed
Rice University campus quiet after COVID-19 case confirmedRice University in Houston. Rice University in Houston. Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Rice University campus quiet after COVID-19 case confirmed 1 / 1 Back to GalleryThe morning after a coronavirus case was confirmed on the Rice University campus in Houston, the campus remains cautious but calm, students say. Matthew Burns, a junior physics major at Rice, said that the mood on campus has been calm since the announcement on Thursday. University officials have said the employee had limited contact with 14 people who have been under self-quarantine away from campus.chron.com
Acceptance rates for Texas universities: US News & World Report
Acceptance rates for Texas universities: US News & World ReportRice University recently announced its acceptance rate for the class of 2020: 11 percent. >>>These are the acceptance rates for other Texas colleges based on the fall 2020 entering class on U.S. News and World Report. >>>These are the acceptance rates for other Texas colleges based on the fall 2020 entering class on U.S. News ... more Photo: PAT SULLIVAN, AP Photo: PAT SULLIVAN, AP Image 1 of / 30 Caption Close Acceptance rates for Texas universities: US News & World Report 1 / 30 Back to GalleryTexas colleges are slowly becoming more selective, a glance at the latest U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Best Colleges roundup shows. That measure, implemented in 1997 and originally introduced as Texas House Bill 588, applies at several Texas schools, including Texas Tech, UT Dallas, University of Houston, Texas State University and University of North Texas. For instance, school data site Niches roundup of college acceptance rates in Texas tend to deviate roughly a few percentage points from U.S. News data.chron.com
The Ion, DivInc partner to spur inclusivity in Houston tech
The Ion, DivInc partner to spur inclusivity in Houston techRice University said it would begin renovations in May 2019 to the historic Sears building on Main Street, a project that aims to transform the Midtown property into the centerpiece of what leaders hope will become a thriving innovation district. Rice said the renovated 270,000-square-foot building will be renamed The Ion. TECH RODEO: Houstons tech community saddles up for 30+ eventsIn its most recent cohort, 30 percent of the participants were from Houston, LeFlore said. DivIncs Houston operations will start there, with a series of informational meetings, workshops and office hours to acquaint Houstons tech community with DivIncs offerings. DivInc will be the focus of a Houston Tech Rodeo event at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the 1301 Fannin titled Diversity's Impact on Innovation.chron.com
Iconic 'Be Someone' graffiti replaced with 'Wash Ur Hands' on bridge over I-45
The new message emblazoned across the bridge is now "Wash Ur Hands," which is the guidance from public health professionals to help slow the spread of COVID-19. On HoustonChronicle.com: Coronavirus fears disrupt Rice University, cancel CERAWeekIts uncertain who made the public service edit to the overpass. In the past, when the "Be Someone" message has been altered or defaced, it simply appears again. The graffiti artist behind the iconic message prefers to remain anonymous. A few years ago, Coleton Emr launched a move to preserve the "Be Someone" message as a protected landmark.chron.com
Coronavirus fears disrupt Rice University, cancel CERAWeek
Coronavirus fears disrupt Rice University, cancel CERAWeekStatue of Rice University founder William Marsh Rice on campus on Friday, June 7, 2019 in Houston. less Statue of Rice University founder William Marsh Rice on campus on Friday, June 7, 2019 in Houston. The university said an employee recently traveled overseas and was possibly exposed to the coronavirus, but it ... more Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Photo: Elizabeth Conley, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Coronavirus fears disrupt Rice University, cancel CERAWeek 1 / 1 Back to GalleryFears swirling around coronavirus has led to the cancellation of CERAWeek and sent a small group of Rice University staff members and students into self-quarantine. On HoustonChronicle.com: Coronavirus affecting U.S. churches, missionariesMore Information What are the symptoms of coronavirus? However, Rice students and employees are being asked to register any upcoming international travel plans on a campus website.chron.com
Coyotes spotted on Rice University campus, students and staffed warned to be watchful
Coyotes spotted on Rice University campus, students and staffed warned to be watchfulRice University police are warning students and staff to be on the lookout for coyotes on campus. Lyndia Johnson took this photo of a coyote in the Winchester Country subdivision where she lives, near White Oak Bayou. >>>See more for tips on what to do when you encounter a wild animal... less Rice University police are warning students and staff to be on the lookout for coyotes on campus. Rice student Alyson Resnick captured this video of a coyote near McMurtry College on Saturday, Feb. 22. A spokesman for Rice University said there have been no more coyote sightings since the notice was sent on Sunday.chron.com