Dateline Rice for May 14, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


KTRK-TV’s ‘City View’
Rice President David Leebron appeared on KTRK-TV’s "City View" to discuss increasing connections between Rice University and Brazil. The program focused on Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s recent trade mission to Brazil. Leebron was a member of the delegation.

One of the world’s ‘most influential’ will try to inspire Rice grads
A Q-and-A with Salman Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy, mentions that Khan served as commencement speaker at Rice’s 99th graduation ceremony May 12.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the New York Daily News and

Rice professor doesn’t limit bird photo artistry to owls
Robert Flatt, adjunct professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is profiled for his work as a photographer.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared above-the-fold on the front of the City & State section.)

Art car parade lives up to wacky reputation
A photo slideshow accompanying an article about the Houston Art Car Parade includes photos of Rice’s entry, which came in third place in the parade. Lovett College senior Claire Schaffer, Brown College freshman Boying Meng and Hanszen College senior Ann Wawrose are pictured. Rice’s centennial is mentioned. A KUHF-FM story about the parade mentions the class at Rice for which students built this year’s art car for the parade.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared above-the-fold on the front of the City & State section.)


Prototype device could take a load off of obese patients during surgery
A new prototype device developed by Rice students lifts weight from the abdomens of obese patients who might otherwise have trouble breathing during surgery. A Rice-produced video is featured.

Latino births deliver new political power and battles in Texas
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about the effect of Texas’ shifting demographics.

Tobacco company ads take aim at Proposition 29
An article about a possible tobacco tax increase in California quotes University of California, San Diego professor Herbert Levine and notes that he will be joining the faculty at Rice this summer. Levine will be the Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering at Rice.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Baltimore Sun and


Graduation weekend kicks off at UH
Rice University is cited among the local universities holding commencement ceremonies Saturday in a cutline accompanying a photo from Friday’s University of Houston graduation. The photo appeared on the front of the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle

Candidates count on early vote ahead of delayed primary
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 an article about the Texas GOP primary. A report by Jones is cited in a letter to the editor about the primary.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
State representative race
Freestone County Times

Leafrollers take cover while they damage canna foliage
Research by Evan Siemann, professor and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary biology, is cited in a Houston Chronicle gardening advice column.
Houston Chronicle

Conservative credentials define District 88 race
Rice research is cited in an article about the race for the Texas House of Representatives District 88 seat.
Amarillo Globe-News (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)


KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers’
Stephen Klineberg, professor of history and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, discusses the Kinder Houston Area Survey.

With the start of the 2012 hurricane season approaching, a new book summarizes lessons learned from Hurricane Ike. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.


Fluoropolymer drops graphene’s resistance
By laminating graphene with a fluoropolymer layer, researchers have made flexible, transparent and highly conductive films. 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.
Chemical & Engineering News

Nanotech embodies radical change
Rice is mentioned in an article about carbon nanotube research.


Nanotube sponge cleans up oil spill
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.
Nanotube ‘sponge’ holds potential for oil spill cleanup (This article also appeared on

Professors consider nature of religion
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab American Educational Foundation Professor in Arabic Studies, is quoted in an article about a three-day conference on religious violence.

Business students win social media competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Halliburton Social Media Competition.

APSU President Tim Hall reflects on life and Austin Peay’s future
An article about Austin Peay State University President Timothy Hall mentions that he attended Rice.


No. 5 Rice suffers costly extra-inning loss to UAB
Articles recap a baseball game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Houston Chronicle
UAB 6, Rice 5 (12 innings)
Houston Chronicle
Owls fall to UAB in 12 innings, 6-5
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of this game also appeared on and twice on [Birmingham, Ala.].)

Rice Owls Men’s track-and-field team places sixth at C-USA outdoor championship
The Rice Owls men’s track-and-field squad placed sixth at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track-and-Field Championship.
Cypress Times (Texas)

Stories report that former Rice basketball player Ricky Pierce graduated from Rice May 12.

Former Rice defensive end signs with Bears
Alumnus Cheta Ozougwu ’11 has signed a one-year deal to play with the Chicago Bears.
Houston Chronicle

Langwell promoted, Berger returns and Aeros homestand continues
Former Rice baseball player Matt Langwell was promoted to Triple-A Columbus.
Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio)

A sort-of update on Washington Nationals’ 2011 first round pick Anthony Rendon
An article discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s performance with the Washington Nationals.

Rice assistant coach Morcos leaves program
An article reports that assistant men’s basketball coach Marco Morcos will not return next season.
Houston Chronicle

McCanna leads slew of Highlanders on All-District 14-5A team
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands High School baseball team.
Courier of Montgomery County (Texas)

UIL baseball playoffs: Kempner overcomes obstacles, Deer Park to advance
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Kempner High School baseball team.


Bedient hopes ‘Lessons from Hurricane Ike’ prompts action
In the new book "Lessons from Hurricane Ike," Rice University severe-storm expert Phil Bedient and more than 20 researchers from the Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center give a 194-page accounting of all they have learned in more than two years of studying Ike, which caused nearly $25 billion damage and killed dozens.

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.