“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

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!”

Most Read Online

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.