Dateline Rice for May 4, 2012


Under-skin device powers tiny heart pump
A wireless device that sits a centimeter under the skin may one day give heart patients a life-saving charge. Wiess College senior Tyler Young is quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.


In Soros mold, ex-Enron gas trade whiz Arnold turns giver
Rice Board of Trustees Chair Jim Crownover ’65 is quoted in an article about John Arnold’s decision to wind down his Centaurus hedge fund to concentrate on philanthropy full-time. Trustee Laura Arnold is mentioned.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Economic Times of India, USA Today, the Imperial Valley Press, the South Bend Tribune,,,, [Holland, Mich.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Green Bay, Wis.] and [Duluth, Minn.].)

Billy Graham issues statement supporting NC marriage amendment; ads to run in 14 newspapers

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.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in USA Today and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

United fights Southwest in Texas to keep grip on busy hub
United Continental’s grip on Houston, home to its busiest hub, is under attack from Southwest Airlines. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. Klineberg is also quoted in an article about a screening of the documentary "Interesting Times: Tracking Houston’s Transformations Through 30 Years of Surveys" at the Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce First Friday Networking Luncheon. Klineberg, along with David Medina, director of multicultural community relations in the Office of Public Affairs, appeared on KTMD-TV to discuss the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey. A link to this broadcast is not available.
‘Interesting Times’ comes to Chamber luncheon
Tomball Potpourri

Nature’s call draws views for a Texan’s political ad
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 various elections in Texas. A link to the KUHT-TV broadcast is not available.
New York Times
Senate campaign ad wars heat up
Tuffy Hamilton — still the second most liberal Republican in the Texas House

Making Israeli natural gas attractive — in Texas
As Israel’s presence in the natural gas market grows, the country should continue to strengthen its growing ties with Texas, according to Israeli Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau. The article notes that Landau spoke at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy.
Jerusalem Post

Business students win green for green energy ideas
An article about green energy startups mentions that MIT’s SolidEnergy won the DOE Clean Energy Prize at the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Okay, we’ll talk about Obama’s ‘compressed’ girlfriend
Statements made by Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, were cited in a broadcast of the Rush Limbaugh Show. A link to the broadcast is not available. A transcript of the segment is linked.


Alief students win prize for interfaith comic book
An article discusses the winner of a comic book contest sponsored by Rice’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
Houston Chronicle

SMU’s engineering dean is new president of Univesity of Tulsa
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85 has been named president of the University of Tulsa.
Dallas Morning News
New TU president a perfect fit
Tulsa World (Okla.)

Rice’s Luay Nakhleh wins Guggenheim Fellowship
Luay Nakhleh, associate professor of computer science and of biochemistry and cell biology, was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to further his research in creating new tools and methods for tracing genetic histories and the genetic links between species. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Nakhleh’s name has been requested.) (This article also appeared on

Three Rice students named Goldwater Scholars
Sid Richardson College senior Juhye Lee, Jones College junior Stephanie Tzouanas and Martel College junior Jeanette Wat were named Goldwater Scholars for 2012. (This article also appeared on

Energy industry thin-skinned to criticism
Rice is mentioned in a column about the energy industry.
Houston Chronicle

Entrepreneur’s search for inspiration ended when he lent a hand
Alumnus Ali Asgher Sunelwala ’03 is profiled for his work as president of Saifee Signs & Graphics.
Houston Business Journal

Zipcar auto rental, a favorite on campus, wants to be your main wheels
Rice is mentioned in an article about the launching of a Zipcar rental service at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Dallas Morning News


Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in a story about five men who plotted to bomb an Ohio bridge.

KAET-TV’s ‘Horizonte’ (Phoenix)
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is mentioned in an interview with Bill Hart, senior policy analyst with Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

WTVT-TV (Tampa, Fla.)
Rice is mentioned in an article about a student at King High School in Tampa, Fla.


Atlanta Opera High School Opera Institute students to perform in annual spring concert
Hanszen College sophomore Kaitlyn Johnson is mentioned in an article about a performance by graduates of the Atlanta Opera’s High School Opera Institute.
The Weekly (Atlanta)

Foes of Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy point to Harvard
Rice is mentioned in an article about a group opposing a nondiscrimination policy at Vanderbilt University.
The Tennessean (This article also appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal and Florida Today.)


Rice’s cloud over UH has Silver Glove lining
An article previews a baseball series between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle
Owls host Houston tonight at Reckling Park
Cypress Times (Texas)

Rice tight end Willson selected in CFL draft
Lovett College senior Luke Willson, who recently signed to play with the Toronto Blue Jays, was drafted by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Houston Chronicle
LaSalle’s Willson drafted by Argos in CFL Draft
Windsor Star (Ontario)
Willson, Pierre go to Argos
Windsor Star (Ontario)

Owls, Beazant earn NCAA tournament berth
Hanszen College freshman Natalie Beazant is profiled for her performance on the tennis court. Beazant will compete in the NCAA women’s tennis tournament. Head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt is also quoted. (Houston)

Proudfoot named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
McMurtry College freshman Ford Stainback was one of four freshmen named to the 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List.

Rice recruiting offensive line inside and out
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team’s recruiting efforts. (subscription required)

Rice rallies for 6-5 win in 11 innings over Texas Southern
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Texas Southern University.
Cypress Times (Texas)

University of North Texas is moving to Conference USA
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that the University of North Texas will join Conference USA.
Houston Business Journal

KHOU-TV Sports’ Daniel Gotera sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’
KHOU-TV sports reporter Daniel Gotera sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at a Rice Owls baseball game as part of the first annual Caray Cup.


Commencement settings at Rice University
In this week’s Centennial Video Series, Centennial Historian Melissa Kean and video producer Brandon Martin take a look back at the various locations that Rice has held Commencement.

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.