Dateline Rice for April 16, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


A peek inside the hedges: Rice University holds an UnConvention, opening up the school to all
An article discusses the Rice UnConvention.

Business teams battle in Rice contest
Articles discuss the Rice Business Plan Competition. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted or mentioned in several articles.
New York Daily News (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Rice Business Plan Competition award winners cash in
Houston Business Journal
60 seconds to pitch Warren Buffett your business plan (This article also appeared in the Denver Post, the Cincinnati Enquirer,,,, [San Francisco], [Pittsburgh],,, and
How do you win a biz plan competition?
A Googler’s advice to budding entrepreneurs
From the Rice million-dollar business plan competition

BBC Horizons
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, appeared on BBC Horizons to discuss advances in nanotechnology. Gedeng Ruan, a graduate student in chemistry, and alumnus Zhengzong Sun ’10 appeared on the show. The broadcast aired four times over the weekend on BBC World in more than 200 countries.

Rice, NASA seek synergies at university’s space institute
David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, and Michael Massimino, executive director of the institute, authored this op-ed about how they plan to work with Johnson Space Center. Rice’s centennial is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Carbon nanotube sponge devours oil
By adding boron to carbon nanotubes, Rice scientists have created spongy, reusable blocks that absorb oil spilled in water. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and Daniel Hashim, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Nanosponges soak up oil again and again


Obama keeps eye on US politics at Latin America summit
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about President Barack Obama’s trip to a summit in Latin America. (This article also appeared in BusinessWeek.)


Senate race goes from cool to lukewarm
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 articles about the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat. Jones is also quoted in an article about a conflict between Argentinian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and YPF, the country’s largest oil and gas producer.
Ted Cruz leads the nation in support from independent expenditure committees
Houston Chronicle
The Brief: Top Texas news for April 13
Texas Tribune
Argentina, YPF no closer to resolution

Rice sociologist estimates Texas’ largest increase in growth
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, recently discussed some of the 2010-2011 census population estimates showing Texas’ remarkable growth.

Menil Collection plans new building for Drawing Institute; four architecture firms named as finalists
Four finalists have emerged from the Menil Collection’s extensive international search to select an architect to design its Menil Drawing Institute, the first major project to be built as a part of the museum’s long-range master plan. Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted.

Biking with the mayor: Parker says bikers shouldn’t have to ride together to feel safe on roads
Rice alumna/Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 is quoted in an article about Houston’s celebration of National Bike to Work Day.

Yasuaki Onishi builds from the ceiling down in new installation at Rice
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.
Houston Press

Outgoing Sierra Club leader looks to water’s future in Texas
Alumnus Ken Kramer ’77 is interviewed about his work with the Sierra Club and the future of environmentalism in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Universities showcase southeast Asian dances
Rice is mentioned in an article about a University of Houston Nasha dance competition.

Honorary degrees — who gets them, and why
An article about honorary degrees mentions that Rice does not award honorary degrees.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss North Korea’s recent missile launch. The interview begins approximately 12 minutes into the clip.

KHOU-TV (This story also appeared on KXLN-TV)
A story reports that Rice scientists have developed a tool that could indicate how much hurricane damage will be done to a home.


New ‘rapid’ test diagnoses oral cancer
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.
‘Revolutionary’ dentist test could spot oral cancer in 20 minutes
Lab on a chip ‘could diagnose oral cancer in 20 minutes’
Another reason to visit the dentist
‘Lab on a chip’ could detect oral cancer in minutes

Rice team creates HeadCase to increase immobility
Rice students have developed a new version of the cervical collar used on trauma victims.


Can’t touch this: plants have radical touch defenses
When touched, plant defenses go into overdrive to fight off fungal infections and insect invaders, according to Rice research.

Houston Baptist might drop ‘Baptist’ from name
Rice is mentioned in an article about the possibility that Houston Baptist University may change its name.
Baptist Press (This article also appeared on, and [Sacramento, Calif.].)

New marijuana strain eases pain without the high
Alumna Leslie McAhren ’05 is quoted in an article about a medicinal marijuana grower in New Mexico.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (subscription required)


Rice baseball team defeats Marshall 5-1 Saturday afternoon on the road
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and Marshall University.
Rice completes weekend sweep of Marshall with 3-1 win Sunday
Cypress Times (Texas)
Rice defeats Marshall 5-1 on the road
Cypress Times (Texas)
Rice pulls away late to defeat Marshall 9-0
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this series also appeared in the Charleston Gazette,,, and twice on

Rice’s Smarr heading to ITA Hall of Fame
Head men’s tennis coach Ron Smarr has been selected for induction into the ITA Men’s College Tennis Hall of Fame.
Houston Chronicle

Kuster earns team MVP honor again
The Rice Owls women’s basketball team conducted its year-end season banquet and handed out its team awards.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Doesn’t get easier for Graham’s owls
An article discusses the performance of the Rice Owls baseball team this season and previews their upcoming games. (Houston)


Nanosponges soak up oil again and again
Researchers at Rice University and Penn State University have discovered that adding a dash of boron to carbon while creating nanotubes turns them into solid, spongy, reusable blocks that have an astounding ability to absorb oil spilled in water.

Rice’s Luay Nakhleh wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Rice University computer scientist Luay Nakhleh has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship to further his research to create new tools and methods for tracing genetic histories and the genetic links between species.

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.