Dateline Rice for May 2, 2012

(Editor’s note: Mahmoud El-Gamal is a Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Yesterday’s Dateline cited his previous title at the Baker Institute.)


Science Magazine prize goes to Rice University Global Health Technologies Course
Doctors in the African nation of Malawi may be able to save more lives among gravely ill infants because of a device developed by Rice University freshmen taking a course in developing new technologies to respond to global health challenges. Called Appropriate Design for Global Health, the curriculum module has been chosen by the journal Science to receive the Inquiry-Based Instruction Prize. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, is quoted. Duncan College senior Lila Kerr, Wiess College senior Lauren Theis and alumna Kelly O’Connor ’11 are pictured. This article was featured on the home page.


Using radio waves to bake tumors
An article discusses work to destroy cancer cells using nanotechnology by Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry.

Men believe women in red ‘more likely to have sex on first date’
A photo slideshow accompanying an article about human sexual behavior research includes a slide about Rice "sexual scent" research.


Transformative Turrell
An article discusses artist James Turrell’s skyspace on the Rice campus. Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 and Rice’s centennial are mentioned.

Former BP adviser lashes out at media, feds for spill response
News items about the Offshore Technology Conference mentions a presentation by Rusty Riese, adjunct professor and lecturer of Earth science. Riese is quoted in the article.
When ethical introspection becomes preaching to the choir
Houston Chronicle

Texas has no voice in picking GOP nominee
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 news items about Mitt Romney’s presidential bid and immigration reform and protests held May 1 in favor of immigrant rights. A link to the KXLN-TV broadcast is not available. (Nacogdoches, Texas)
Hell hath no fury like 25 million Texans scorned: Mitt blows off Texas GOP convention

Student-devised process would prep shale gas for sale
Rice University chemical engineering students have designed a process to make Chinese shale gas profitable and environmentally friendly. Hanszen College senior Apoorv Bhargava; McMurtry College senior Kavita Venkateswar; Richard Strait, adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Kenneth Cox, professor in the practice of chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Rice senior Erte Xi are quoted. Bhargava, Xi, Venkateswar, Duncan College senior Valicia Miller, Sid Richardson College senior Shelby Reinhardt and Baker College senior Prachi Bhawalkar are pictured.
Cypress Times

A music junkie’s paradise: Texas Music Festival to offer 50 concerts this summer with some bold twists
An article about concerts in Houston mentions a concert that will include a performance of a work by Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory.

Energy demand pushes tech breakthroughs
A photo slideshow accompanying an article about the Offshore Technology Conference includes a photo of Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.

Babalung sensor gets babies breathing again
An inexpensive, battery-powered neonatal monitor may save the lives of infants in the developing world. Wiess College seniors Andrea Ulrich and Rachel Gilbert are quoted. Lovett College senior Rachel Alexander and Martel College seniors Bridget Ugoh and Jordan Schermerhorn are mentioned.

Inside the brilliant head of Gary Tinterow
Rice is mentioned in an interview with Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Houston saddles up for downtown bike-share program
Rice research is cited in an article about Houston’s first bike-share program.
Houston Chronicle

Home-schooled Bangs student wins National Merit Scholarship
Rice is mentioned in an article about the winner of a National Merit Scholarship.
Abilene Reporter-News

Local students receive scholarships from Lubbock Area Foundation
Rice is mentioned in an article about winners of scholarships from the Lubbock Area Foundation. (Lubbock, Texas) (The broadcast version of this story appeared on KCBD-TV.)


Breaking the ice
Kamran Khan, vice provost for information technology, is mentioned in an article offering advice to help vendors and IT leaders forge a more productive relationship.
Campus Technology

Days of powder and planets
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, is mentioned in a column about the ExoClimes 2012 Conference.
Sky and Telescope

All in the family: Architectural DNA
Baker College freshman Andrea Bucher Rogers is mentioned in a story about families of architects.
Architectural Record

Six Indian-Americans win fellowships
Alumnus Sahil Singh Grewal ’92 won a 2012 Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellowship to pursue an advanced degree. (This article also appeared on


Jeff Falk is leaving his University of Minnesota (UofM) post as assistant director for the news service to become associate director of national media relations at Rice University. He joins Rice Vice President for Public Affairs Linda Thrane, former UofM vice president for university relations, and Rice Director of National Media Relations David Ruth, former UofM associate director for national media relations.

Can billboards kill religion?
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, authored this op-ed about atheist billboards.


Punter from Spearfish gets offer from Chargers
Martel College senior Kyle Martens has signed a three-year free agent contract to play football for the San Diego Chargers.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel, the Greenfield Daily Reporter, the Rapid City Journal, the Sioux Falls Business Journal, the Mississippi Press, the Staten Island Advance, the San Antonio Express-News, the Syracuse Post-Standard, the Oregonian, the Newport Beach Daily Pilot, the Aberdeen American News, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Yankton Press & Democrat, the Washington Examiner, the Mitchell Daily Republic,, [Dallas], [New Orleans] and [Sioux City, Iowa].)

East Texans set to square off on mound
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is mentioned in an article previewing a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

17-5A playoff runs get under way
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Cy Ranch High School baseball team.
Houston Chronicle


Media preview of Turrell skyspace at Rice University May 6
The new James Turrell skyspace at Rice University will not open to the public until June 14, but media can get a sneak preview of this work of art Sunday evening, May 6.

Skin no barrier for cardiac charger
Heart-failure patients may someday get a life-saving charge from technology developed by students at Rice University.

Outlook for 2012 college grads looking brighter
Nicole Van Den Heuvel, director of Rice University’s Center for Career Development, is available for news media interviews to discuss the outlook for this spring’s college graduates.

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.