Dateline Rice for March 19, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Healthier immigrants keep native tongue
Bilingual immigrants are healthier than immigrants who speak only one language, according to new research from sociologists at Rice University. Rachel Kimbro, assistant professor of sociology and Rice scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy; Bridget Gorman, associate professor of sociology; and alumna Ariela Schachter ’09 are quoted.
Two languages are better than one for immigrants’ health, study finds
Globe and Mail
Bilingual immigrants are healthier


Iran sanctions seen spurring more Saudi oil sales to US
Saudi Arabia is preparing to extend this year’s unexpected jump in oil sales to the United States, adding to speculation about the response of the world’s top oil exporter to sanctions against Iran and a rally in prices. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Jaffe also appeared on the Business News Network to discuss the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the New York Times, the International Business Times, the Qatar Tribune, the Qatar Peninsula, the South Bend Tribune, the Imperial Valley Press,,,,,,,, [Memphis, Tenn.], [Albany, N.Y.],, and [Wausau, Wis.].)
Business News Network (Canada)

Banks, accountants at risk from Falklands oil spat
Some of the largest banks and accounting firms in the world could be at risk of asset seizures if Argentina makes good on its threat to penalize companies that work with oil drillers exploring offshore the Falkland Islands. 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. Jones is also quoted in articles about a lawsuit filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott seeking to stop the Obama administration from ending federal funding of a key Texas health program for low-income women and about Argentina’s slowing economy.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Guardian, and
Abbott sues US over women’s health funding
Houston Chronicle
Gone with the wind

Creationism in Louisiana? Maybe not
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is mentioned in an article about efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.


KTRU Outdoor Show
A photo gallery shows Rice students at the annual KTRU Outdoor Show.

Economic and social growth of developing nations may increase obesity, says new Rice University study
Developing nations experiencing economic and social growth might also see growing waistlines among their poorest citizens, according to a new study from Rice University and the University of Colorado. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Cypress Times

Agenda 21’s a silly distraction
Rice is mentioned in an editorial about opposition to the U.N. nonbinding resolution Agenda 21.
Houston Chronicle (This editorial also appeared on

Operation Suits for Soldiers launches at Norton Ditto and President Bush, 41, is first to donate
The Rice University Veterans in Business Association is mentioned in an article about Operation Suits for Soldiers, a Houston-based nonprofit assisting soldiers transitioning from military into the workforce.

Authors exposed to new audiences
Joseph Campana, assistant professor of English, is mentioned in an article about the Visiting Writers Series, a joint project between Rice and the University of Houston to showcase major American and international authors.


IEEE Spectrum’s ‘Techwise Conversations’
Richard Baraniuk, founder and director of Connexions and the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is interviewed about the OpenStax College textbook initiative, which will debut the first of five free peer-reviewed electronic textbooks.

KNIN-TV (Boise, Idaho)
Jon Warren, head men’s track-and-field coach, appears in a segment offering advice for novice runners.


Rice ‘Owl Car’ makes progress says new article
Rice University is building an art car for the 2012 Houston Art Car Parade to commemorate the centennial of the university. The article notes that Alyson Ward, staff writer for public affairs, has reported on the current progress of the build.


Ohio climbs into gas processing
Chesapeake Energy said last week that it will work with partners to build a plant in Ohio capable of processing 600 million cubic feet of gas per day. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (This article also appeared on, and

New policy report says India cannot achieve growth like China without reforms
A new policy report from Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy has revealed that India would find it difficult to match China in terms of economic growth without carrying out reforms. Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at the Baker Institute, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Tennessee must invest in higher education
Rice research is cited in an editorial urging investment in Tennessee’s education system.
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle (Tenn.)

Daily coupon deals may not work for buyers, sellers
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.
St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (This article also appeared in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Lafayette Journal & Courier, the Lafayette Advertiser, Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Marion Star, the Observer & Eccentric, the Northwestern, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette and the Lansing State Journal.)

Night of music, day at the races
Alumna Anna Christy ’98 is mentioned in a column about Gala Bel Canto, the annual fundraiser to support the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ programs and scholarships.
San Jose Mercury News (This article also appeared in the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Pasadena Star-News.)


Rice 12, Grambling 1
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and Grambling State University.
Houston Chronicle
Grambling stuns Rice Owls
Rice baseball defeats Grambling State 12-1 at Reckling Park
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this series also appeared in the Monroe News Star, and

Rice men drop Drake in second round of CIT
News items recap a basketball game between Rice and Drake University.
Houston Chronicle
Rice hosts Drake second round CIT
Rice advances
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)
Recap: Rice vs. Drake
Kansas City Star (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Anchorage Daily News, the Tri-City Herald, the Charlotte Observer, the Macon Telegraph, the Centre Daily Times, the Bradenton Herald, the Bellingham Herald, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Sacramento Bee, the Idaho Statesman, the Belleville News Democrat, the Rock Hill Herald, the San Luis Obispo-Tribune, the Olympian, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, [Little Rock, Ark.], [Tampa Bay, Fla.], [Grand Rapids, Mich.], [Greensboro, N.C.], [Sarasota, Fla.], [Cleveland], [Knoxville, Tenn.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Macon, Ga.], [Minneapolis], [Atlanta], [St. Louis], [Denver] and [Washington, D.C.].)


Indian district plans to adopt 50,000 I-slate tablets
The Rice and Singapore-based creators of the I-slate educational tablet and local government officials in India’s Mahabubnagar District plan to adopt 50,000 of the low-cost electronic educational slates into middle and high school classrooms throughout the district over the next three years.

Filiu to discuss ‘Arab Awakening’ at Baker Institute
Historian and Arabist Jean-Pierre Filiu will discuss "Arab Revolution: Ten Lessons from the Democratic Uprising" at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 27. Baker Institute Founding Director Edward Djerejian will offer welcoming remarks.

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.