Dateline Rice for May 10, 2012


Belly lift device helps obese patients breathe
A new prototype device developed by Rice students lifts weight from the abdomens of obese patients who might otherwise have trouble breathing during surgery. 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. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Too fat for anesthesia? Suction cups hold up patients’ guts during surgery
Belly lift device could help obese patients breathe easier (This article also appeared on

KHOU-TV’s ‘Great Day Houston’
Alumnus Greg Marshall ’86, director of university relations, and Jay Miller, a visiting professor in philosophy, discussed Rice’s entry in the Houston Art Car Parade during a segment of KHOU-TV’s "Great Day Houston."


Screening test: Are al-Qaida’s airline bombing attempts becoming more sophisticated?
Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about a failed al-Qaida bombing attempt.
Scientific American

Why (some) scientists avoid the public
Female scientists and researchers with kids are the most likely to reach out and communicate their science to the public, a new study finds. Elaine Howard Ecklund, associate professor of sociology, director of the Religion and Public Life Program and Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

10 commandments of Twitter for academics
An op-ed offering guidelines for academics using Twitter lists Rebecca Goetz, assistant professor of history, as having a Twitter account worth following.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Textbook alternative
Rice is mentioned in an article about open-source textbooks at the University of Minnesota.
Inside Higher Ed

Unreconstructed: The federal government builds a shrine to its archenemy
The Papers of Jefferson Davis at Rice project is mentioned in an article about the former Confederate president.
Harper’s (subscription required)


James Turrell dinner salute solidifies bond between Rice and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
An article discusses a dinner in honor of artist James Turrell’s skyspace at Rice. Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 and Molly Hipp Hubbard, university art director, are mentioned and pictured.

Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin; Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano; and Desmond Hoebig, professor of cello, will perform in two Chamber Music International concerts.
Dallas Morning News

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
Rice is mentioned in an article about KVRX-FM, the student radio station at the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin Chronicle


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, appeared twice on KRIV-TV to discuss President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for same-sex marriage. Jones is also quoted in an article about Argentina’s plans to nationalize its largest energy company.
Argentina sets plan to take over YPF, boost its output
Platt’s Oilgram News

A KPRC-TV weather report mentions Rice’s May 12 commencement ceremony.


Targeted nanovectors could enhance cancer therapy
A team of researchers from Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a new nanoparticle-based strategy that could enhance the treatment of head and neck cancers. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.


Parker: ‘I consider myself a role model’
The Equality Forum honored Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 at its annual dinner in Philadelphia on May 5. (This article also appeared on,,,,,,,, and

‘Public media’ joins ‘gang greens’ in colluding with frackers
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in an article about National Public Radio’s coverage of the natural gas industry.

‘Reverse of Volume RG’ by Yasuaki Onishi
Articles discuss artist Yasuaki Oishi’s Rice Gallery installation. An English translation of the article is not available.
Yasuaki Onishi puts art into reverse
Reverse of volume


Rice blanks Stephen F. Austin 6-0
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Stephen F. Austin University.
Cypress Times (Texas)

KNBN-TV (Rapid City, S.D.)
Martel College senior Kyle Martens has signed a three-year free agent contract to play football for the San Diego Chargers.

Rice shortstop Hamilton leaves program
Hanszen College sophomore Derek Hamilton has left the Rice Owls baseball program.
Houston Chronicle
Rice Owls baseball news: Derek Hamilton leaves program


Khan Academy founder Salman Khan to give commencement address at Rice on Saturday
Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, will present the commencement address at Rice’s 99th graduation ceremony May 12.

Feeding without the frenzy
Two teams of students at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have designed devices to efficiently, durably, safely and inexpensively meet the feeding needs of orangutans and giraffes at the Houston Zoo.

Helping Hands reaches out to patients with cerebral palsy
With the aid of multiple force sensors and a digital dinosaur, a team of Rice University seniors known as Helping Hands hopes to restore strength and flexibility to the hands and wrists of children with cerebral palsy.

Rice’s art car celebrates the Owl in the school’s centennial year
Rice University will celebrate the 25th annual Art Car Parade this weekend by entering an Owl-designed vehicle — called "Centenni-Owl" — in recognition of the school’s centennial year. The unconventional event, boasted as the largest art car parade in the world, runs from 1 to 3 p.m. May 12 along Allen Parkway, from Waugh Drive to Bagby Street in Houston.

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.