Dateline Rice for March 12, 2012


Celebrating Diverse-city
A Houston Chronicle editorial discusses a report by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research showing that dramatic growth over the past 20 years has made Houston the most ethnically diverse large metropolitan area in the country and reduced its segregation. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

White House aide Joshua Earnest, former Beer Bike leader, celebrated in Houston
An article discusses alumnus Joshua Earnest’s ’97 work as deputy press secretary and his recent visit to Rice.

Woman needs home for dog
A column discusses the cancer fight of Tina Borja, faculty assistant at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, and her search for someone to take care of her dog.
Houston Chronicle (This column appeared on the front of the Star section.)


Deep in the heart of Texas?
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 in news items about President Barack Obama’s fundraising visit to Houston. Jones is also quoted in articles about Tuesday’s GOP primaries and a dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland and Malvinas Islands. An English translation of the Correio Brazilense article is not available.
After Santorum cruises in Kansas, can he maintain momentum in Alabama, Mississippi?
Houston Chronicle
Falklands or Malvinas?
Correio Brazilense (Brazil)


Atascocita Springs Elementary dedicates new science lab
Atascocita Springs Elementary School has partnered with Rice and ConocoPhillips to install a lab on the elementary school’s campus. Carolyn Nichol, executive director of the School Science & Technology program and lecturer in chemistry, is quoted.
Humble Observer (This article also appeared in the Atascocita Observer.)

Justin Cronin’s ‘The Twelve,’ coming Oct. 16
An article previews "The Twelve," the second entry in a post-apocalyptic vampire trilogy by Justin Cronin, professor of English, and links to an excerpt from the new book in Entertainment Weekly.
Houston Chronicle

A clear vision for development
Alumnus David Robinson ’93 is profiled for his career in architecture. (

Rice University, Houston Metal Arts Guild feature San Jacinto College faculty, student
San Jacinto College metalwork professor Jeff McGee and dance student Bryan Peck will present a dance and metal work performance March 28 at Rice.


KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)
News items discuss a drug policy forum at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted in the KRIV-TV story. Interviews with Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, mention that he appeared at the Baker Institute forum.
NORML debates government on marijuana (This article also appeared on
Democracy Now!

David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, is quoted in a story about a recent solar storm.

KUHT-TV’s ‘Living Smart’ (This interview also appeared on WCML-TV [Mount Pleasant, Mich.].)
Jill Carroll, adjunct associate professor of religious studies, appeared on KUHT-TV’s "Living Smart" to discuss the history of religious tolerance and why it is necessary for a civilized society.

Peter Hartley, professor of economics and the George and Cynthia Mitchell Family Chair in Sustainable Development, was interviewed on KROI-FM about Houston’s economy. A link to this broadcast is not available.

KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)
Rice is mentioned in a story about the Nano Day 2012 event at Methodist Hospital.

KSAT-TV (San Antonio)
Rice is mentioned in a story about charter schools in San Antonio.


Qatar Foundation, Rice University student-led colloquium inspires science diplomacy dialogue
Edward Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the 2012 Doha Colloquium.

’40 Under 40:’ Adrian Woolcock, ProSidian Consulting
Alumnus Adrian Woolcock ’96 was named one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s "40 Under 40."
Charlotte Business Journal (N.C.)


Questions linger in US on high-tech voting
Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about electronic voting in the 2012 elections.


Rice salvages last game of series against Stanford
Articles recap baseball games between Rice and Stanford University.
Houston Chronicle
Wilson leads Stanford past No. 5 Rice
San Francisco Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared in Newsday, Baseball America,, twice on and three times each in the Contra Costa Times, the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News.
Owls fall at Stanford 4-2 in 10 innings
Cypress Times (Texas)

Rice caps winning season with tournament invite
The Rice Owls men’s basketball team will make its first postseason appearance since 2005 after accepting an invitation to the Tournament. Head coach Ben Braun, McMurtry College junior Arsalan Kazemi and Hanszen College senior Lucas Kuipers are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Rice’s invite was also mentioned in articles appearing in the Shreveport Times, the Lafayette Advertiser, and

Arizona Baseball’s freshman closer tested before challenging week
Articles preview a baseball game between Rice and the University of Arizona.
Tucson Citizen (Ariz.)
Cats 13-2 after Refsnyder’s walk-off hit
Arizona Daily Star

‘Pitches for Pints’
Rice’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will co-host a blood drive March 14th.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Owls football opens spring practice
The 2012 spring Rice football practice schedule has been announced.
Cypress Times (Texas)


Rice University to celebrate Pi Day and founder’s birthday with 2,012 pies
March 14 is known as to math enthusiasts worldwide as "Pi Day," a celebration of the numerical value pi — 3.14 — but at Rice University, there’s one more reason to celebrate. March 14 is also the day the university’s founder, William Marsh Rice, was born in 1816. As part of Rice’s celebration of its centennial year (2012), the university will treat students to 2,012 pies on Pi Day.

All eyes on the South
With no clear front-runner in sight, all eyes are on the South as the Republican candidates for president compete in Alabama, Mississippi and Hawaii this week. Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss the candidates’ current standing in the Republican race for the White House.

About Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick McLaughlin is a news assistant in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs. Patrick is responsible for production of the daily newsletter Dateline Rice and maintaining databases of metrics of mentions of Rice in the news media.