Dateline Rice for May 7, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Skyspace turns eyes heavenward at Rice campus
An article discusses artist James Turrell’s skyspace at Rice. Rice President David Leebron; trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77; Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music; and Molly Hipp Hubbard, university art director; are quoted. Kurt Stallmann, associate professor of composition and theory and director of the Rice Electro-Acoustic Music Labs, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Zest section.)
A first look at the luminous skyspace: Rice’s art game changer is introduced to the world
Seeing is believing: James Turrell reveals the secrets of his mind-bending skyspace at Rice

The Art Car Parade, all grown up
An article about the Houston Art Car Parade discusses Rice’s entry in the parade. Jay Miller, a visiting professor in philosophy, is quoted. Alumnus Greg Marshall ’86, director of university relations; Richard Carter, adjunct professor of computational and applied mathematics; and Lovett College senior Claire Schaffer are mentioned. A photo slideshow accompanying the article includes photos of Schaffer and Brown College freshman Boying Meng preparing Rice’s art car entry.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

A team of graduating Rice seniors has created a system for public transit that would continually clear the air of pathogens that can lead to tuberculosis, flu and pneumonia. Brown College senior Joey Spinella is quoted.
Device may prevent getting sick on the bus
Seattle Post-Intelligencer


BBC ‘Newshour’
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, appeared on an episode of BBC "Newshour" to discuss energy policy. Jaffe appears approximately 10 minutes into the clip.
StateImpact Texas live! From the Houston Ship Channel!

Argentina’s gas and oil fields are risky but lucrative for Big Oil
Argentina’s hostile takeover of YPF was to many economists a blunder that would only curtail foreign investment in a country starving for cash. But as Argentina’s congress approved the expropriation, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s government was gambling that the recent discovery of what could be billions of barrels of oil and gas in Patagonia would be too big a lure for energy companies to pass up. David Mares, scholar for Latin American energy studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Washington Post

Wireless charger could power tiny heart pump
A wireless device that sits a centimeter under the skin may one day give heart patients a life-saving charge. Alumnus Michael Cuchiara ’10 and Wiess College senior Tyler Young are quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured. (This article also appeared on

On applying for a Fulbright
John Garrison Marks, a graduate student in history, authored this op-ed about applying for Fulbright Scholarships.
Inside Higher Ed

Educators, legislators meet to discuss Latino student success
At a forum on improving Latino student success, legislators, teachers and administrators from all levels of Nevada’s education system came together at the College of Southern Nevada’s Charleston Campus to both discuss the situation and explore ideas for improvement. Michael Cline, research scientist in sociology, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Las Vegas Sun.)

Mix one part hot glue, one part plastic sheeting and you have a beautiful, bizarre art installation
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Oishi’s Rice Gallery installation.


Rice University student robbed at gunpoint
Rice University police are trying to track down two suspects who robbed a student at gunpoint late Sunday. Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

The US Senate candidate forum
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 and abstinence-only sex education. Jones is also quoted in an article about Argentina’s plans to nationalize its largest energy company.
Texas Tribune
Senator Carlos Uresti’s interim report — Senate voting study finds productive middle ground
Leakey Star
Significantly and substantively the most conservative in HD 19 GOP primary — The tried and true conservative State Rep. James White
Abstinence can be taught along with contraception
San Antonio Express-News
Tierra sin fuego — nationalizing Argentina’s energy

Geeking out: Playing with all the tech toys at the GE Garages in the Rice University pop-up stop
An article discusses the GE Garage, a manufacturing co-lab that was at Rice April 23-May 3.

John Arnold to focus on philanthropic ventures
Rice is mentioned in an article about John Arnold’s decision to wind down his Centaurus hedge fund to concentrate on philanthropy full time.
Houston Business Journal

Rice nanosponges show promise for environmental cleanup
By adding boron to carbon nanotubes, Rice scientists have created spongy, reusable blocks that absorb oil spilled in water. Daniel Hashim, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, is pictured.

Former EWS head of school to lead Dallas’ Yavneh Academy
An article reporting that David Portnoy has been appointed head of school of the Yavneh Academy of Dallas mentions his wife, Shira Lander, lecturer in Jewish studies.
Jewish Herald-Voice

GOP Texas Senate races: Smith in District 9, Shelton in District 10
Rice research is cited in an editorial endorsing various candidates for Texas Senate.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Four Pasadena Independent School District seniors named Dell Scholars
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that four Pasadena Independent School District students have been named Dell Scholars for 2012. (This article also appeared on

Texas A&M-Kingsville student selected for summer enrichment program
Rice is mentioned in an article about a student selected to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center’s summer enrichment program.
Victoria Advocate


KTRK-TV’s ‘Visions’
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRK-TV’s "Visions" to discuss increased animosity between North and South Korea.


Meeting at UTEP: Higher ed growth key
El Paso, Texas, officials convened at the University of Texas at El Paso to hear experts talk about the ever-growing Hispanic population in Texas and across the nation, discuss the economic boost of college degrees and debate in small groups about how El Paso can get more kids to go to college. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. (This article also appeared in the El Paso Times.)


Q-and-A with incoming TU president Geoffrey Orsak
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85, who was recently named president of the University of Tulsa, participates in a Q-and-A about his life and career.
Tulsa World (Okla.)

Foes of school’s nondiscrimination policy point to Harvard
Rice is mentioned in an article about a group opposing a nondiscrimination policy at Vanderbilt University.
Lansing State Journal (Mich.)


Silver Glove goes to Owls
Articles recap the annual Silver Glove series between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle
All-Silver Glove Series team
Houston Chronicle
Rice wins baseball series with UH for 12th straight year
Houston Chronicle
Instant analysis: Cougars end the streak against Rice
Houston Chronicle
UH’s 11-6 win over baseball rival Rice first since 2009
Houston Chronicle
Aided by UH errors, Rice wins in 10 innings
Houston Chronicle
Owls defeat Houston 8-2 Sunday in finale of weekend series
Cypress Times (Texas)
Rice rallies past Houston in 10 innings, 4-3
Cypress Times (Texas)
Cougars dominate No. 6 Rice in 11-6 win at Reckling Park
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this series also appeared on and three times on

Owls, Beazant conquer C-USA postseason awards
Hanszen College freshman Natalie Beazant was named Conference USA Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. The article also notes several other awards earned by the Rice Owls women’s tennis team.
Houston Chronicle

It’s official: C-USA expands
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference USA expansion.
Pitt County Daily Reflector (Penn.) (Coverage of this topic also appeared in the Tennessean, the Alexandria Town Talk, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, the South Florida Business Journal,,, [Tyler, Texas], [Longview, Texas], [El Paso, Texas], [El Paso, Texas],,, [Oklahoma City], [Tulsa, Okla.],, [New Bern, N.C.], [Jackson, Miss.], [Jonesboro, Ark.], [Lafayette, La.], [Shreveport, La.], [Waco, Texas] and [Baton Rouge, La.].)

Luke Willson, Shea Pierre go to Argonauts
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. (This article also appeared in the Edmonton Journal, the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, the Ottawa Citizen, the Vancouver Sun, the Victoria Times-Colonist, the Regina Leader-Post and the Montreal Gazette.)

Reinheimer on shortstop-of-the-year list
McMurtry College freshman Ford Stainback was one of four freshmen named to the 2012 Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award Watch List. (New Bern, N.C.) (This article also appeared on

Six prospect autographs to watch in 2012 Bowman Baseball
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in an article about the 2012 Bowman Baseball trading card series.

Cincinnati Reds’ 2011 third round pick, Tony Cingrani heating up
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is profiled for his performance with the Cincinnati Reds.

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.