Dateline Rice for May 9, 2012


Bioengineering students at Rice University invented a device that uses suction to lift 30 pounds of fat off the patient’s diaphragm. Duncan College senior Norman Truong, Wiess College senior Marisa Prevost, Rice student Daeun Yoon and Brown College senior Gabriel Ochoa are quoted. Duncan College senior Justin Yun; Maria Oden, professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen; and alumnus Alex Arevalos ’10 are mentioned. Ochoa and Yun are quoted in the KRIV-TV report.

Rice students work on weighty problem for doctors
Cypress Times

Artist dedicates his ‘Twilight Epiphany’ at Rice University
An article discusses the dedication of artist James Turrell’s skyspace at Rice. Rice President David Leebron; University Representative Y. Ping Sun; trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77; Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music; Molly Hipp Hubbard, university art director; and Kurt Stallmann, associate professor of composition and theory and director of the Rice Electro-Acoustic Music Labs are mentioned or pictured.
Houston Chronicle
James Turrell’s new skypace lights up at Rice University
Architectural Record


Two big ones, off the shelf
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an op-ed about startups using off the shelf technology.

A Presbyterian presidency?
At Davidson College, board members are preparing to spend the next several months studying a question of identity: whether a Presbyterian college needs a Presbyterian president. Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives, is mentioned.
Inside Higher Ed

Rice student robbed at gunpoint on campus
Rice University police are trying to track down two suspects who robbed a student at gunpoint Sunday night. Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, Wiess College freshman Gabrielle Ramirez and Rice student Steven Zhou are quoted.


Review: ‘Contemporary Asian Art’
A review of the exhibit "Contemporary Asian Art: Texas Connections" at the new Asia Society Texas Center mentions that Kim Davenport, director of the Rice Gallery, served as guest curator.
Arts+Culture Houston

Rice University researchers find potential advantages of two-dimensional boron
Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted in an article about Rice boron research. Evgeni Penev, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, and Arta Sadrzadeh, a graduate student in applied physics, are mentioned.

Two Rice seniors awarded Watson Fellowships
McMurtry College senior Rachael Petersen and Martel College senior Becky Wade have been awarded $25,000 Thomas J. Watson Fellowships for 12 months of world travel to study a topic of their choice.

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 a story about a dispute between Texas Sens. Dan Patrick and John Carona. Research by Jones was cited in an op-ed about the Texas Senate. Jones also appeared on KTMD-TV to discuss President Barack Obama’s recent statements in favor of the DREAM Act. A link to this broadcast is not available.
Senate voting study finds productive middle ground
San Antonio Express-News

Rice students work to sterilize air
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 seniors Joseph Spinella and Jerry Lue are quoted.

Rice University’s Beyond Traditional Borders wins magazine prize
Rice University’s hands-on engineering education program Beyond Traditional Borders has been awarded an Inquiry-Based Instruction prize from Science magazine for providing developing countries with low-cost health-care technologies. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, is quoted.

NPR’s ‘From the Top’ to tape in Houston: Step into Christopher O’Riley’s world of rising stars
Rice is mentioned in an article about Christopher O’Riley, host of National Public Radio’s "From the Top."


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss a foiled al-Qaida bomb plot. The interview begins approximately two minutes into the clip.

KWGS-FM (Tulsa, Oka.)
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85, who was recently named president of the University of Tulsa, is interviewed about his life and career.


Yasuaki Onishi: ‘Reverse of Volume RG’ at Rice Gallery
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Oishi’s Rice Gallery installation.

Ford, Tech Shop partner to nurture future Henry Fords
An article discusses the GE Garage, a manufacturing co-lab that was at Rice April 23-May 3.


Keuka’s 19th president is sworn in
Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, spoke at the inauguration of Jorgé Díaz-Herrera as president of Keuka College.
Penn Yan Chronicle-Express (New York)

So, how come we always vote on Tuesdays? And are voting centers and ID cards good ideas?
Research by Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, and alumnus Greg Vonnahme ’04 is cited in an article about U.S. voting practices.
Terre Haute Tribune-Star (Ind.)

These two Indian-Americans will be tomorrow’s leaders
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi was among the 54 college students nationwide named 2012 Truman Scholars.


Benak’s arm, Ratterree’s bat leads Rice past SFA
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Stephen F. Austin University.
Houston Chronicle

Aaron Luna’s medical journey will have an end
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Aaron Luna’s recovery from injury. (subscription required)

Tony Cingrani and Billy Hamilton win Reds Player of the Month awards
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani was named the Cincinnati Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April.

Silver Glove Series to survive realignment
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Houston baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

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.