Dateline Rice for May 3, 2012


A new study shows that the outlook for 2012 college graduates looks bright, especially for those with engineering, business, accounting, computer science and economics degrees. Nicole Van Den Heuvel, director of Rice’s Center for Career Development, and Hanszen College senior Nicholas Hartman are quoted.


Billy Graham backs North Carolina anti-gay marriage amendment
The Rev. Billy Graham urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment to the state constitution banning gay marriage. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Politico,,, and 110 other media outlets.)


Fly us to the moon! With Newt, truth is stranger than (science) fiction
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 the suspension of Newt Gingrich’s campaign and the increasingly negative ad war between the GOP Senate candidates. The KPFT-FM interview begins approximately 10 minutes into the clip. A link to the KTRH-AM broadcast is not available.
Houston Chronicle

Some career tips for women from Rice Energy Forum head Amy Jaffe
A news brief reports on a speech by Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Tier One: Where is UTA in the race?
An article about the University of Texas at Arlington’s efforts to reach Tier One status mentions that Rice is one of three Tier One institutions in the state.


Wireless power transmission that might energize implanted medical devices
A team of Rice seniors designed and built a transcutaneous energy-transfer unit to power a minimally invasive ventricular assist device being created by a Houston company. A Rice-produced video is featured.


Tulsa University chooses Geoffrey Orsak as Upham’s replacement as president; formerly a dean at SMU
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85 has been named president of the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa World (Okla.)
TU names Geoffrey Orsak as new president

Tulsa World (Okla.) (This article also appeared on
SMU dean tapped as new Tulsa president
The Oklahoman (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, the Mansfield News Journal, [Oklahoma City], [Amarillo, Texas], [Pittsburg, Kan.], [Tulsa, Okla.], [Tulsa, Okla.], [Tulsa, Okla.], [Dayton, Ohio], [Steubenville, Ohio], [Orlando, Fla.], [Ada, Okla.], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Tulsa, Okla.] and [Wichita Falls, Texas].)
KOTV-TV (Tulsa, Okla.)

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker enraptured by ‘Rhapsody’
An article previews a performance by Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, with the San Diego Symphony. Parker is quoted.
San Diego Union-Tribune


Rice avoids big blow with 11-inning win over TSU
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Texas Southern University.
Houston Chronicle

Rice’s Beazant, Harmath qualify for NCAA tournament
Hanszen College freshman Natalie Beazant and Will Rice College sophomore Dominique Harmath will compete in the NCAA women’s tennis tournament.
Houston Chronicle

Here’s a lot of words about Rice football, ‘the lovely underdog tale’
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team.

Busy roster day for the Schaumburg Boomers
Former Rice baseball player Chad Mozingo is mentioned in an article about the Schaumburg Boomers.

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.