Dateline Rice for May 11, 2012


KHOU-TV’s ‘Great Day Houston’
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses the Kinder Houston Area Survey.


Oil rig workers make nearly $100,000 a year
It may be dangerous, difficult work, but oil drillers are well-compensated for the job: In 2011 the average salary for rig workers and other industry personnel was $99,175. Nicole Van Den Heuvel, director of Rice’s Center for Career Development, is quoted. (This article also appeared on, [Kansas City, Mo.] and nearly 40 other media outlets.)

Nanotube ‘sponge’ has potential in oil spill cleanup
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that a carbon nanotube sponge that can soak up oil in water with unparalleled efficiency has been developed with help from computational simulations performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (Similar articles appeared on,, and the Oak Ridger.)

Marc Bamuthi Joseph brings spirit to poems, festivals, ICA
Rice is mentioned in an article about a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Boston Globe

Behind Europe’s workday club craze
Rice is mentioned in an article about weekday dance clubs in Europe.

New site aims for Mideast view, in English
Rice is mentioned in an article about the website


Area colleges, universities set commencements
An article about commencement events in Houston mentions that Salman Khan, founder of Khan Academy, will present the commencement address at Rice’s 99th graduation ceremony May 12.
Houston Chronicle

Leader quits Texas cancer initiative over grant-review concerns
The top scientific officer of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas is resigning. Rice is mentioned. Provost George McLendon is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (This article, which appeared on the front of the City & State section, also appeared on A similar Associated Press article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Beaumont Enterprise, [Dallas], [San Antonio] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
Texas cancer agency’s top scientific officer to resign over funding system
Dallas Morning News
Nobelist steps down as scientific leader of Texas cancer fund

Interpreting biblical texts is as old as the Bible
Matthias Henze, the Watt J. and Lily G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies and associate professor of religious studies, discusses Biblical interpretation.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Rice celebrates centennial with owl parade car
A team from Rice University will enter its Centenni-Owl vehicle into the 25th annual Houston Art Car Parade May 12. 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 alumna Natali Leduc ’07 are mentioned.

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. Brown College senior Jenna Desmarais and Baker College senior Jessica Joyce are quoted. Jones College senior Allison Post, Wiess College senior Kurt Kienast, Duncan College senior Lawrence Lin and Hanszen College senior Leslie Miller are mentioned.
Cypress Times

Jews debate Judaism at Boniuk Center
Rabbis and practitioners from Judaism’s three main movements led an intrafaith dialogue discussion, which was sponsored by Rice’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance. Alumnus Yan Digilov ’11 is quoted.
Jewish Herald-Voice

NPR to feature 2 Houston teen musicians
Rice is mentioned in an article about two young Houston musicians who will appear on an episode of National Public Radio’s "From the Top."
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

University of Houston professor to host talk on San Isidro Cemetery
Alumna Marie-Theresa Hernandez ’01 will give a free presentation on the history of the San Isidro Cemetery May 15 at the George Memorial Library.

Position 7 candidate responds to Tea Party questionnaire
Alumnus Neal Howard ’81 responds to a questionnaire from the Katy Tea Party Patriots.
Katy Times

‘Avodath Hakodesh’ a once-in-a-generation musical event
Ernest Bloch’s "Avodath Hakodesh" will be performed at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall May 19.
Jewish Herald-Voice


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 on KXLN-TV and KTMD-TV to discuss President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for same-sex marriage. An English translation of the KXLN-TV broadcast is not available. A link to the KTMD-TV broadcast is not available. Jones is also quoted in articles about the Texas GOP Senate primary.
Leppert asks cable TV to yank pro-Dewhurst super PAC’s ad
Dallas Morning News
Tea party in Texas energized after Lugar defeat, Palin endorsement

Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss a failed al-Qaida bombing plot. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Is the end near for textbooks?
Rice’s open-education platform Connexions wants to shake up the $4 billion college textbook industry by building a library of free online publisher-quality textbooks for five of the country’s most-attended college courses. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s Connexions open-education project, is quoted.


Top 26 scholars in Cumberland County honored
Rice is mentioned in an article about an event honoring the top five students from high schools in Cumberland County, New Jersey.
News of Cumberland County (N.J.)

For the Love of Music presents ‘Songs, Dances and Dreams for Viola and Piano’
Alumna Kathryn Christensen ’06 will perform in Bisbee, Ariz., May 19-20.
Sierra Vista Herald

Wellesley Symphony performs Mother’s Day tribute to Jascha Heifitz
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, is mentioned in an article about a performance by violinist Lisa Park.

Art installation by Yasuaki Onishi makes visible the invisible
Articles discuss artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.
Yasuaki Onishi captures impressions of negative space in ‘Reverse of Volume RG’

Zipcar auto rental, a favorite on campus, wants to be your main wheels
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Zipcar rental service at the University of Texas at Dallas.
New Orleans Times-Picayune


Rice’s Ratterree coming out of his slump
Sid Richardson College junior Michael Ratterree is profiled for his performance with the Rice Owls baseball team. Head coach Wayne Graham, assistant coach Patrick Hallmark and Lovett College senior Andrew Benak are quoted.
Houston Chronicle

2012 NCAA baseball regional projections: Baylor hosts, Texas and TCU play in Houston
Rice is mentioned in an article about NCAA baseball.

Liberty faces familiar foe
McMurtry College freshman Trevor Simms is mentioned in an article about the Liberty Christian School baseball team.
Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas)

Commanding the strike zone
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Stratford High School student-athlete.
Brenham Banner-Press (Texas) (subscription required)


Alternative approach to medical education may increase interest in and meet demand for careers in geriatric health
Medical education that focuses on attitude-based learning may increase interest in geriatric health careers, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California-San Diego.

Commencement speakers over the years 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 speakers that have graced the stage at Rice’s graduation.

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.