“Life in the Pandemic,” our special Summer 2020 issue, drew lots of feedback and commentary. Here is a sampling of reader responses drawn from emails, an online survey and Google Analytics. 


78% of readers say that Rice Magazine helps them stay connected to Rice University.

“I’m an alumna and I just wanted to say that the July issue is my favorite ever. The art was amazing and the writing was so interesting, moving and wide-ranging. It feels like a gift.” — Jen Tucker Farra ’98

“Thank you so much for the many voices and excellent art in the summer issue. The photos of the Thresher staff [“Stop the Presses”] showed me how diverse Rice has become. We have so far to go as a country, and Rice makes me hopeful that we can make fundamental changes.”
— Sarah “Sally” Smith ’63

“I have never really had a reason to write to Rice Magazine. I have read it (the various versions of names and such) since my graduation in 1998, and often I read a few parts but find most not to be of great interest to me. The Summer 2020 ‘Life in the Pandemic’ issue is a welcome exception. I read it from cover to cover. As someone who teaches at a community college in Texas and has four kids of my own, spanning from college to elementary school, the experience of the pandemic has upended our lives since spring break, just as it has for everyone else. I was alternately left sitting there and thinking or a bit choked up after finishing each article. I especially loved the ones dealing with education, as that is my own specialty. ‘Survival Pedagogy’ spoke most directly to me, both as my family and college made it through the spring and as we all look ahead to the fall. I have also passed on a number of the articles to my community college students this summer as they have brought their own experiences to my American History to 1877 class, and I share whatever I can with them as well. I wish all of us the best in the situations we find ourselves in.”

— Scott Williams ’98

You Enjoyed

“Pivoting in a Pandemic”
Pathology resident and researcher Freddy Nguyen ’02 explains how he refocused his work to evaluate plasma treatments for COVID-19 patients.

“It felt like I was getting an informed insight into a field that I wouldn’t have access to otherwise.”

“Paradise of the Lost”
This photographic essay by Terrence Liu ’20 captures the loneliness and abandonment of anonymous sites around Galveston Island.

“Evocative photos!”

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Zachary Dreyfuss outside his home in Dallas. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo.

“Mission Critical”
Critical pulmonary care physician Zachary Dreyfuss ’07 shares insights and realities of his work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Illustration by Kim Rosen

“From Rice EMS to Chicago Med”
Hashim Q. Zaidi ’11 provides an insider’s perspective on COVID-19 from within the University of Chicago Medical Center’s ER.

Illustration by Allison Kerek

“Face Time”
Chethan Ramprasad ’12 and Simone Elder ’12 are helping each other through demanding residencies in New York City.