Dateline Rice for March 28, 2012


Houston architecture rocks: 2012 AIA winners announced
Rice’s Brockman Hall for Physics, the InHouse OutHouse, a Rice student architecture project, and veloCity, a project by alumnus Peter Muessig ’11, received American Institute of Architects Houston 2012 Architecture Design Awards. Brockman Hall is pictured in the second slide in the Houston Business Journal photo slideshow. The InHouse OutHouse is on slide 17 and veloCity appears on slide 18. Muessig and alumni Andrew Daley ’11 and Jason Fleming ’11 designed the InHouse OutHouse.
Houston Press
AIA Houston unveils 2012 Architecture Award winners
Houston Business Journal
American Institute of Architects, Houston announces 2012 Architecture Design Awards
Cypress Times

Nano ‘starfruit’ may be imaging gold
They look like fruit, and indeed the nanoscale stars of new research at Rice University have tasty implications for medical imaging and chemical sensing. Starfruit-shaped gold nanorods synthesized by chemist Eugene Zubarev and Leonid Vigderman, a graduate student in Zubarev’s lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, could nourish applications that rely on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Zubarev is quoted. Stephan Link, assistant professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned.

Alumni Henry Richardson ’09, Ted Dimitry ’02 and Julie Sudduth ’01 were named to the Houston Business Journal’s "40 Under 40" for 2012.
Henry Richardson
Houston Business Journal
Ted Dimitry
Houston Business Journal
Julie Sudduth
Houston Business Journal


Transparent 3-D chips to power next-generation computers
Transparent and flexible memory chips that can shrug off temperatures twice as hot as a kitchen oven and survive other hostile conditions are likely to usher in the next-generation keychain drives, cellphones and computers. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted. A separate article reports that Tour will appear on an episode of BBC World News Horizons.
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BBC World News Horizons examines advances in nanotechnology


How conservative is David Dewhurst?
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, authored this op-ed about Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Research by Jones is also cited in an article about media attacks on Texas Sen. Jeff Wentworth.
Texas Tribune
Wentworth: Liberal Republican or middle of the pack?
San Antonio Express-News

Rice University linebacker making waves with free Christian rap album and Marvin Sapp remake
Former Rice football player Ronnie Lillard is interviewed about his work as a Christian rap artist.
Houston Chronicle

UT students compete in business battle
A group of graduate students from the University of Texas at Austin will compete at the 2012 Rice Business Plan Competition.
Austin Business Journal


WTXL-TV (Tallahassee, Fla.) (This story also appeared on WTLV-TV [Jacksonville, Fla.], WAOW-TV [Wausau, Wis.], WCPO-TV [Cincinnati] and KTXS-TV [Abilene, Texas].)
Rice University’s quidditch team is featured.

KAUZ-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas) (This story also appeared on WOAI-TV [San Antonio], KVUE-TV [Austin, Texas] and KCEN-TV [Waco, Texas].)
A brief story discusses research by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy showing that younger people are more willing to drive less for environmental reasons.

Radio Saigon Houston
Radio Saigon Houston promoted Rice’s Vietnamese College Day, the Asian Film Festival and the UnConvention. A link to this broadcast is not available.


‘Prisoner’ bacteria follow game-theory rules for survival
Bacteria under stress may carry out the often sophisticated principles of game theory to decide whether to hide from danger or brace themselves amidst hostile conditions. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Game theory for bugs: bacteria face ‘the prisoner’s dilemma’
Pacific Free Press
Bacteria use ‘chemical Twitter’ and ‘prisoner’s dilemma’ to make decisions

A mouse tale like no other
House mice in Germany and Spain have acquired resistance to a group of widely used rodent poisons through hybridization with a different species. Michael Kohn, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted.
Pest Control Technology


Consumers put brakes on gas use to cut costs
Consumers have determined there’s only one way to combat rising gasoline prices: Consume less fuel. 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. (Knoxville, Tenn.)
Connecticut gas prices rise, $4-plus a gallon

Archbald to guide UMPD through transition phase
An article about the new interim police chief at the University of Massachusetts Amherst mentions that Johnny Whitehead, the former police chief, has been appointed Rice’s chief of police and director of public safety.

Who would take over after al-Assad?
For 12 horrific months, Syrian dissidents and world leaders have dreamt of one outcome for the Syrian crisis: the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. But who would take over the embattled country remains a mystery. Edward Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on and [Spokane, Wash.].)

MIT/Harvard scientists build camera to see around corners
A combined effort from researchers at MIT, Harvard, and Rice University have built on existing MIT technology to create a camera that is capable of seeing around corners. (Salt Lake City)

Colorado College names new dean
Alumna Sandi Wong ’82 has been named dean of Colorado College and dean of the faculty. (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

North Penn High School decathlon team earns top honors at state competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about the North Penn High School Academic Decathlon team.


Rice coasts past Lamar in Beaumont 17-2
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Lamar University.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Matthew Reckling named C-USA baseball co-pitcher of the week
Hanszen College senior Matthew Reckling was named Conference USA co-pitcher of the week.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Rice’s Ennis, Reischel to transfer
Rice freshman point guard Dylan Ennis and forward Jarelle Reischel plan to transfer from the basketball program, according to head men’s basketball coach Ben Braun.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Students should take the trip to the Final Four
A column requesting that the University of Kansas give NCAA Final Four tickets to students mentions Rice.

Ventura’s Ramljak headed to Rice
Ventura College shooting guard Austin Ramljak has committed to Rice University.
Ventura County Star (Calif.)

Waltrip hopes to send out Teel in style
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Waltrip High School baseball team.
Houston Chronicle


Transparent memory chips are coming
Want a see-through cellphone you can wrap around your wrist? Such a thing may be possible before long, according to Rice University chemist James Tour, whose lab has developed transparent, flexible memories using silicon oxide as the active component.

States keep up with ozone mandates
States are doing an effective job of monitoring air quality, but the federal government remains the primary player in clearing the air, according to a new study by Rice University.

High gas? Bye, gas!
A Rice student club will field the university’s first solar car in this week’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Discovery Green in downtown Houston.

‘Geronimo’ debuts at Rice University’s BRC March 29
The opening reception for John Sparagana’s "Geronimo" exhibition at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative will be March 29.

Expert Alert: Is ‘Obamacare’ right for America?
The U.S. Supreme Court is listening to arguments today on the Affordable Care Act, or so-called "Obamacare." At the heart of today’s consideration is the legality of the health plan’s mandate that requires Americans not covered by employer- or government-sponsored health insurance to purchase health insurance or face a penalty. Vivian Ho, chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to discuss the economics of the health care plan.

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.