Dateline Rice for April 13, 2012


Inquiring minds can hit it big in Rice business event
News items discuss the Rice Business Plan Competition. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted. A member from the Johns Hopkins University team appeared on CNN en Español to discuss the competition. A link to the broadcast is not available.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Business section and also on
CNN en Español

Fox News Channel’s ‘Studio B with Shepard Smith’
Edward Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Fox News Channel’s "Studio B with Shepard Smith" to discuss the civil unrest in Syria.

New cervical collar keeps necks safe
Rice students have developed a new version of the cervical collar used on trauma victims. Hanszen College senior Kelsey Horter; Martel College senior Elias Hoban; Brown College senior Oviea Akpotaire; Lovett College senior Georgia Lagoudas; Will Rice College senior Sailesh Prabhu; Maria Oden, professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen; and Baker College senior Michael Zylberman are quoted. Horter is pictured. A Rice-produced video is featured.


Argentina, YPF no closer to resolution
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 a conflict between Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and YPF, the country’s largest oil and gas producer. Jones is also quoted in an article about the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat.
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Debate to spotlight low-key US Senate race
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)

How your dentist could spot oral cancer in 20 minutes in quick ‘lab on a chip’ test
A researcher from the University of Sheffield is working with Rice to develop a revolutionary technique that could allow dentists to diagnose oral cancer in 20 minutes or less.
Daily Mail (U.K.) (This article also appeared on
Cutting edge trial puts Sheffield research top of the league

Grant helps university carry out global medical studies
A new £500,000 grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council will help Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth and Human Computer Interactions research group take a leap forward. Rice is mentioned.


Pianist Parker to play with symphony
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is profiled for his career in music and his upcoming performance with the Houston Symphony.
Houston Chronicle

Rice University to launch space studies degree
Rice University will launch a master’s degree for space studies beginning this fall.
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)

Rice University has highest-paid profs in state
Faculty salaries at Rice University are among the top 25 highest in the country and the highest in Texas according to data published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)
Rice University tops state list of professor salaries (This article also appeared on

Obamacare is bad medicine for patients, taxpayers: People are not numbers
Rice research is cited in an op-ed about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Julia Morgan, professor of Earth science, is quoted in a story about the increased frequency of earthquakes.


Alcoa shakes up its law department with new chief legal officer and general counsel
Alumnus Max Laun ’83 has been named general counsel for global aluminum corporation Alcoa.


Houston Baptist University considers dropping ‘Baptist’
Rice is mentioned in an article about the possibility that Houston Baptist University may change its name.

Moeller presents trombone recital
Alumnus Jeremy Moeller ’00 will present a recital in DeKalb, Ill., April 13.
DeKalb County Daily Chronicle

One last look-back at the London International String Quartet Competition
Rice’s Dover Quartet is mentioned in an article about the London International String Quartet Competition.
ASQ4 On Tour


Herd takes on No. 9 Rice in three-game set at the APP
An article previews a baseball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Charleston Gazette (W.Va.)

Rice will play in 2012 Anaheim Classic
The Rice Owls men’s basketball team will play in the 2012 Anaheim Classic Nov. 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Rice Owls head coach to speak at luncheon
Head football coach David Bailiff will speak at the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon April 17.

College football: 10 programs that are as clean as a whistle (we think)
The Rice Owls football team appears in a photo slideshow of teams that have avoided becoming entangled in scandal and NCAA sanctions.

Women’s tennis
A news brief mentions a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of Texas-Pan American.

Nats top prospect Rendon has partial ankle fracture
An article reports on an injury sustained by former Rice standout Anthony Rendon.
Washington Examiner

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.