Dateline Rice for April 23, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Mass transit gains momentum in Houston Area Survey
This year’s Kinder Houston Area Survey found strong support for mass transit and a growing number of people who say they want to live within walking distance of work and shopping. This reflects what survey founder Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, predicts will become a fundamental shift in one of the nation’s most car-centric cities.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared on
No lack of ‘Interesting Times’ in Houston
Houston Chronicle

In the 21st perfect game, another sigh for the Mets
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber threw the first perfect game in the majors in almost two years and led the Chicago White Sox to a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners Saturday. Several of the articles report on reactions to Humber’s accomplishment by current and former Rice Owls baseball players and staff, including Coach Wayne Graham.
New York Times
Owls celebrate former pitcher Humber’s perfect moment
Houston Chronicle
Berkman proud of fellow Rice alum Humber
ESPN-TV’s ‘SportsCenter’
White Sox’s Philip Humber throws perfect game against Mariners
Seattle Times
Humble Philip Humber an unlikely candidate for perfection
Chicago Sun-Times
White Sox’ Philip Humber quiets Mariners’ lumber with perfect game
Boston Herald
Phil Humber pitches perfect game for White Sox
USA Today
Journeyman Humber savors perfect game
Globe and Mail (Canada)
Philip Humber throws perfect game for White Sox
Newsday (New York City)
Chicago White Sox Philip Humber throws perfect game, only 21st in MLB history
International Business Times
Pelfrey, ex-teammate of Humber, applauds perfection
Newsday (New York City)

Two prospects, one no-no
Wall Street Journal
Cubs take notice of Humber perfecto
Humber takes a wayward path to perfection
White Sox never counted out Humber
Humber perfect game testifies to pitcher’s era that’s not ending soon
Sports Illustrated
White Sox pitcher Phil Humber throws perfect game
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Hum-dinger: White Sox’s Humber tosses perfect game
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas)
Perfection in Seattle
Orange Leader (Texas)

Former Rice pitcher Philip Humber fires perfect game for Chicago White Sox
Dallas Morning News
Chicago’s Humber tosses perfect game
San Angelo Standard-Times (Texas)
Tylerite pitches perfect game
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Coverage of Humber also appeared in the National Journal, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Riverside Press-Enterprise, the Sacramento Bee, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and nearly 100 other media outlets.)


Obama’s oil plan could increase price swings
President Barack Obama’s bid to dampen the influence of oil speculators by having regulators set trading margins could backfire and potentially make prices even more volatile and leave crude dominated only by those with the deepest pockets. 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 authored an article reporting on statements made by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Baker Institute and was quoted in an article about increased deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune,, and
Opportunities and challenges lie ahead for Liberia’s nascent oil sector
Drilling in deep Gulf getting busy again
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

What space shuttle Discovery has inspired in us
An op-ed about the space shuttle Discovery mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Tim League wants film buffs to remember Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Alumnus Tim League ’92 is profiled for his work as chief executive and co-founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. His wife, alumna Karrie League ’92, is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared on


Backyard chicken wranglers should be good neighbors
Alumna Claire Krebs ’09 and Loren Raun, a faculty fellow in statistics, are quoted in an article about efforts to change a Houston ordinance concerning raising chickens in one’s backyard. Raun is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Air war: Dewhurst vs. Cruz
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 the Texas U.S. Senate contest.
San Antonio Express-News

Unusual collaboration sings the praises of mothers
Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory, is quoted in an article about a performance by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra that featured one of his works.
Houston Chronicle

Rice students create better cervical collar
Rice students have developed a new version of the cervical collar used on trauma victims. Hanszen College senior Kelsey Horter is quoted.


KRIV-TV’s ‘The Black Voice’
Rice is mentioned in a discussion of Houston’s "Big Brothers, Big Sisters" program.


They used to call it fretwork
Alumnus Ned Cramer ’93 authored this piece about fretwork in architecture and design.


10 amazing discoveries you missed this week
By adding boron to carbon nanotubes, Rice scientists have created spongy, reusable blocks that absorb oil spilled in water.

Five of South Asian origin named Truman Scholars
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi was among the 54 college students nationwide named 2012 Truman Scholars.

No surprise: Anti-LSEA bill fails
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is mentioned in an article about efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

LPEA announces scholarship winners
Rice is mentioned in an article about Colorado high school students.
Durango Herald (Colo.)

America’s top universities for food lovers
Rice appears in a photo slideshow of U.S. universities with the best food.


College baseball: No. 7 Rice falls to East Carolina
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and East Carolina University.
Houston Chronicle
No. 7 Rice wins on Manuel’s walk-off grand slam
Houston Chronicle
Baseball team defeats East Carolina 6-2 Saturday in 10 innings
Cypress Times (Texas)
Rice blanks East Carolina 2-0
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Winston-Salem Journal and twice each in the Pitt County Daily Reflector and [Washington, N.C.].)

2012, 2013 ‘Bayou Bucket’ at Reliant Stadium
The University of Houston and Rice agreed to play their annual Bayou Bucket game at Reliant Stadium through 2013.
Bigger men than Texas and Texas A&M? UH and Rice to continue football rivalry post split
Owls, Cougars extend Bayou Bucket (Houston)
Houston, Rice extend Bayou Bucket series through 2013
Cypress Times (Texas) (This article also appeared on

Rice’s Martens hopes to continue Texas punting tradition
Martel College senior Kyle Martens is profiled for his performance in football.
Houston Chronicle

Jennings leads Rays to 6-2 win over Twins
News items report on the performance of former Rice standout Jeff Niemann at a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Minnesota Twins.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe,,,, and nearly 150 other media outlets.)
Jeff Niemann unable to pitch like college teammate

Power ranking all 124 college football stadiums
A photo slideshow discussing college football stadiums includes Rice Stadium.


Flat boron may take many forms
Theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his team at Rice University have taken an unusual approach to analyzing the possible configurations of two-dimensional sheets of boron, as reported this week in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.

LinDi a stretch for student engineers
A team of Rice University undergraduates has invented a device they hope will make the process of distraction osteogenesis safer and easier.

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum to speak on Internet harassment April 27
Philosopher and author Martha Nussbaum will visit Rice University and discuss "Internet Harassment and the Objectification of Women" April 27 in Fondren Library’s Kyle Morrow Room.

Centennial video series: Autry House, Rice’s first student center
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look back at Autry House.

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.