Dateline Rice – Nov. 9


Facial blemishes hurt chance of landing job
People with birthmarks, scars and other facial disfigurements are more likely to receive poor ratings in job interviews, according to a new study. Mikki Hebl, professor of psychology and management, is quoted. showcases “Breaking News from the Future.” This is the 121st Rice story to be featured on since the website began in June 2009.


US Congress, Energy Department eye natgas exports
U.S. lawmakers urged the Obama administration to weigh the risk of rising domestic natural gas prices as it considers allowing more exports, putting liquefied natural gas in the political spotlight for the first time in six years. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.

CNN-TV’s ‘American Morning’
Edward Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about civil unrest in Syria. Djerejian also appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions. A link to the broadcast version of this story is not available.
Should the US take military action against Iran?
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared on

Ex-Enron executive returns to energy sector
A former Enron Corp. official convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud is back in the energy business. Duane Windsor, the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) (This article also appeared on

Argentine farms hold grains, press for export okay
Argentine farmers are holding back domestic corn and wheat sales in hope the government will open the door wider to exports, boosting dollar reserves at the risk of fueling already high inflation. Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Globe and Mail (Canada)

Virtues and veracity of the second life
Rice is mentioned in an article about online communities.
Business Standard (India)


Methane may be answer to 56-million-year old question
The release of massive amounts of carbon from methane hydrate frozen under the seafloor 56 million years ago has been linked to the greatest change in global climate since a dinosaur-killing asteroid presumably hit Earth 9 million years earlier. New calculations by researchers at Rice University show that this long-controversial scenario is quite possible. Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science; George Hirasaki, the A.J. Hartsook Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Guangsheng Gu, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Pearland Arts League hosts First Annual Best of Show juried awards exhibition
Sean O’Neal, a graduate student in music, is mentioned in an article about the Pearland Arts League’s Best of Show exhibition.
Pearland Journal

Music ensemble to perform at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Alumnus Peter Seymour ’07 will perform as part of PROJECT Trio Nov. 12 in the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center.


Hawking for Smartmatic
Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned in an op-ed about Smartmatic voting machines.


Paranormal America: An interview with Jeffrey Kripal
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is interviewed about his book, “Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics and the Paranormal.”

A BigSweetDeal for South Jersey
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal website

New ‘Country Houses’ book explores estates built by upper class around Cherokee Park
Alumnus R. Scott Gill ’87 will present a lecture about his book, “Country Houses of Louisville: 1899-1939,” Nov. 10.
Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)


Rice quarterback Nick Fanuzzi sheds backup role
Will Rice College senior Nick Fanuzzi is profiled for his performance with the Rice Owls football team. Head coach David Bailiff is also quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Bellaire grad enjoys playing for Rice
Lovett College sophomore Matt Simonett is profiled for his performance with the Rice Owls football team.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner and

Rice vs. Northwestern: Wildcats looking for third straight win
Articles preview a football game between Rice and Northwestern University.
Tuesday practice report (subscription required)
Big Ten football: Previews and predictions for week 11 matchups

Tip-off dinner prelude to Rice hoop season
Held in conjunction with the Owl Club, the Rice University basketball team and Three Point Club held a preseason dinner to tip off the 2011-12 season. Several Rice alumni and people are mentioned.
Cypress Times (Texas)

50 schools that party harder than they play college football
Rice appears in a photo slideshow of schools that “party harder” than their football teams play.

Crew club rows in first regatta of season
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 27th annual PumpkinHead Regatta.


Looks do matter
People with birthmarks, scars and other facial disfigurements are more likely to receive poor ratings in job interviews, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University and the University of Houston.

Cowboys, Eagles, Lions top NFL tweets midway through season
Midway through the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions have been tweeted most by football fans during game action. Using millions of Twitter subscribers as living “sensors,” engineers from Rice University and Motorola Mobility announced in October that they found a way to monitor fans’ levels of excitement and to keep track of the action in NFL games via Twitter.

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