Dateline Rice for April 6, 2012


Clock ticking on US Strategic Petroleum Reserve release to avert summer gasoline spike
President Barack Obama faces an unforgiving foe in his bid to marshal global support for releasing strategic oil reserves: time. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on [South Bend, Ind.].)\

A rising star
The National Parks Conservation Association and several local organizations are crafting a proposal for the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, which would add another layer of protection from hurricanes to Texas’ gulf coast and bring the National Park Service to the region with its associated economic boost. Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.
National Parks

These nanostars kill cancer without ever penetrating a cell
Researchers have developed nanoscale gold stars that can kill cancer cells without ever entering them. The article includes a photo credited to Jason Hafner, associate professor of physics and astronomy and of chemistry.



News items report on an attempted robbery that happened Wednesday north of Rice stadium. Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, is quoted. Links to the KTRK-TV and KROI-FM broadcasts are not available.
Woman robbed at Rice University

Houston Chronicle
Rice worker becomes crime victim on campus

‘Romantic’ chamber music has broad scope
Norman Fischer, professor of cello, is quoted in an article about the "Spotlight on Music: Unabashedly Romantic" event at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music this weekend.
Houston Chronicle

Rick Perry and puppies: Perfect together?
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 an article about Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Jones is also quoted in an article about the Texas redistricting lawsuit.
Houston Chronicle
Federal challenge to redistricting hits Texas taxpayers

Houston diversity leads nation
An op-ed discusses research by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research showing that Houston is the most diverse city in the nation.
Houston Business Journal


College grad contest could bring Houston $1 million
Alumnus James Casey ’11 joined Houston Mayor Annise Parker to launch the My Degree Counts initiative. (York, Penn.)

People and achievements in the greater Ann Arbor area
Rice is mentioned in a news brief about a $10 million National Science Foundation project that aims to make computer programming faster, easier and more intuitive.

In Houston’s ‘tunnel,’ he shines God’s light
Alumnus Lee Hsia ’95 is featured in an article about Houston’s First Baptist Church downtown campus.
Baptist Press (This article also appeared on

Nashua software company Ektron announces layoffs
An article reporting on layoffs at Ektron, a software company in New Hampshire, mentions that Rice is one of the company’s customers. (This article also appeared in the Boston Herald and


Tulane Green Wave unable to keep up with Rice Owls in series opener
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Tulane University.
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Coverage or this game appeared in the Cypress Times and

Aggies thwart Owls
An article recaps a men’s tennis match between Rice and Texas A&M University.

Braun’s Owls take time to regroup
An article discusses the performance of the Rice Owls men’s basketball team this past season and their preparations for the upcoming season. (Houston)

Men’s football
Alumnus Scott Mitchell is mentioned in an article about the Canadian Football League draft.

Former Owls goalkeeper Fitzsimmons signs pro contract
Alumna Catherine Fitzsimmons ’11 has signed a professional contract to play for Forfar Farmington of the Scottish Women’s Premier League.
Houston Chronicle


Rice to open its doors for UnConvention April 12-14
As part of its centennial year celebration, Rice University will open its campus up to all Houstonians April 12-14 for the UnConvention, the most unconventional open house in Rice’s history.

Centennial video series: The Chemistry Building
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the building of Rice’s Chemistry Building and Valhalla.

Copper chains: Study reveals Earth’s deep-seated hold on copper
Earth is clingy when it comes to copper. A new Rice University study this week in the journal Science finds that nature conspires at scales both large and small — from the realms of tectonic plates down to molecular bonds — to keep most of Earth’s copper buried dozens of miles below ground.

Population estimates show Texas has largest increase in growth
Rice University sociologist and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau Steve Murdock is available to discuss the 2010-2011 Census population estimates released today showing that Texas has the largest increase in growth of any state in the nation.

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.