Dateline Rice for April 26, 2012


Commercial benefits of college research touted
Provost George McLendon appeared before a U.S. House of Representatives committee to discuss the importance of research universities to Texas’ economy.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on


Students create automated bone-lengthening device
A team of Rice University undergraduates has invented a device they hope will make the process of distraction osteogenesis safer and easier. Jones College senior Raquel Kahn is quoted. McMurtry College senior Alvin Chou; Jones College senior Mario Gonzalez; Hanszen College senior Stephanie Herkes; and Sid Richardson College senior Elaine Wong are mentioned.
Rice students automate process of lengthening limbs

Hurt by Arizona immigration law, Hispanics organize: video
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear Arizona defend its crackdown on illegal immigrants, Hispanics in the state are responding to the two-year-old measure with a surge of activism ranging from civil rights classes to a revved up effort to get out the vote this election year. 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. Jones appeared on KTMD-TV to discuss the same subject. A link to this broadcast is not available. Jones is quoted in a story about Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid. Jones appeared on BBC 5 Radio to discuss the European Union’s response to the recent nationalization by Argentina of the country’s largest energy company and on KXLN-TV to discuss Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to Houston. Links to these broadcasts are not available. (This article also appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Edmonton Journal, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, [Green Bay, Wis.] and [Wausau, Wis.].)
BBC Radio 5

This is how asteroid mining will work
An article about Planetary Resources’ plan to mine asteroids mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Mexico oil opening first time since 1938 shows revival
For the first time in 74 years, Mexico may allow private investment in its oil and gas, the third-largest reserves in Latin America. Rice research is cited.

A faster Fourier transform
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s Connexions open-education project, is mentioned in a sidebar accompanying an article about research on the fast Fourier transform.
MIT Technology Review


Mexican president talks business with Houston leaders
News items about Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to Houston mention that he had a private meeting at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. The Houston Chronicle article includes a photo of Calderón at the Baker Institute. A link to the KROI-FM broadcast is not available.

Calderón says immigration should not divide US, Mexico
Houston Chronicle
KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (Similar stories appeared on KIII-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas], KAUZ-TV [Wichita Falls, Texas], KWTX-TV [Waco, Texas], KAVU-TV [Victoria, Texas] and KWES-TV [Odessa, Texas].)

Councilwoman responds to staff resignations
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about resignations in the office of Houston City Councilmember Helena Brown. (This article also appeared on

Rice hosts lecture on online harassment
Philosopher and author Martha Nussbaum will speak on "Internet Harassment and the Objectification of Women" April 27 at Rice’s Fondren Library.

A&M ranked high in payoff study
Rice placed 29th in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranking of the return on investment for U.S. colleges.
Bryan/College Station Eagle


A story discusses the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey, conducted yearly by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Klineberg is quoted.


87 percent of Palo Alto’s low-income grads go to college
Rice is mentioned in an article about low-income students who graduated from Palo Alto, Calif., high schools.


Owls to open 2013 football season at Texas A&M
Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, announced that Rice has reached agreement with Texas A&M University to bring the two former longtime Southwest Conference rivals back together on the football field as they kick off the season August 31. A link to the KILT-AM broadcast is not available.
Houston Chronicle
A&M, Rice kick off 2013 season
San Antonio Express-News
Rice, Texas A&M to play during 2013 football season
Rice Owls and Aggies open 2013 football season
Rice and Texas A&M to open 2013 football season (Bryan/College Station, Texas)
Aggies will start new season against Rice (Tyler, Texas)

Best QBs to come through Houston
A photo slideshow of great Houston quarterbacks includes alumni Tobin Rote ’50 and Tommy Kramer ’77.
Beaumont Enterprise

Gang Green Nation interviews Kyle Martens
Martel College senior Kyle Martens is interviewed about his career in football.

Reckling named Conference USA pitcher of the week for third time this season
Hanszen College senior Matthew Reckling was named Conference USA pitcher of the week.
Cypress Times

Sugar Land gets its own opening day: Skeeters insist Astros are not competition, plan a baseball circus
Alumnus Lance Pendleton ’07 is mentioned in an article about opening day for the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team.

Ross lands basketball scholarship in the USA
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College student-athlete.


Electron politics: Physicists probe organization at the quantum level
A new study this week finds that "quantum critical points" in exotic electronic materials can act much like polarizing "hot button issues" in an election. Reporting in Nature, researchers from Rice University, two Max Planck Institutes in Dresden, Germany, and UCLA find that on either side of a quantum critical point, electrons fall into line and behave as traditionally expected, but at the critical point itself, traditional physical laws break down.

Israeli energy minister to discuss natural gas discoveries May 2 at Baker Institute
Uzi Landau, Israeli minister of energy and water resources, will discuss new natural gas discoveries off the coast of Israel, their impact on the nation’s standing in the Middle East and the importance of this new energy resource in the context of current regional events May 2 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.