Dateline Rice for May 15, 2012


What does Facebook’s stock listing mean for users?

Facebook’s entry to the stock market will be a timeline-shaking corporate event, but users may find nothing new to like or dislike. James Lenz, associate director of the finance center at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted. (This Agence France-Presse article also appeared in the Manilla Bulletin, the Times of India, the Hindustan Times, the Economic Times of India,,,,,, and

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.

‘Reverse of Volume RG’ Installation/Onishi Yasuaki
Articles discuss artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.
The latest extraordinary, space-defying installation by Yasuaki Onishi now on show at the Rice Gallery
Yasuaki Onishi by Mark and Angela Walley


Francesca’s CFO fired over use of social media
Francesca’s Holdings announced it was terminating CFO Gene Morphis over his use of social media. Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Scientific review panel joins criticism of cancer institute
The scientific review panel for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas contends that it should have had input on a commercialization proposal from Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center. The proposal was reviewed and approved by CPRIT’s commercialization panel, which is made up of independent business experts from outside of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & States section and also on

Leaders call for support of Tier One
San Antonio leaders rallied behind the University of Texas at San Antonio’s campaign to become a major research university despite state funding cuts. The article notes that Rice is one of three Tier One institutions in Texas.
San Antonio Express-News


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 KRIV-TV to discuss Rep. Ron Paul’s decision to no longer actively campaign in the remaining GOP presidential primaries.

KVRR-TV (Fargo, N.D.) (This story also appeared on KTBC-TV [Austin, Texas].)
Bioengineering students at Rice University invented a device that uses suction to lift 30 pounds of fat off the patient’s diaphragm. Brown College senior Gabriel Ochoa and Duncan College senior Justin Yun are quoted.


125 people of impact in accounting
Stephen Zeff, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, appears on a list of 125 people who have made a significant impact on the accounting profession since 1887.
Journal of Accountancy

Research, investment still needed for oil spill cleanup technology
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010 shed light on the limitations of current oil spill clean-up technology. Since then, research into increased understanding and improvement of oil spill cleanup tools has grown. Rice research to create reusable carbon nanotube sponges that absorb oil spilled in water is noted.


Diabetes, divorce, displacement: He still won a fellowship
Alumnus Sahil Gujral ’09 was chosen to receive a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Austin Peay State University President Tim Hall reflects on career
An article about Austin Peay State University President Timothy Hall mentions that he attended Rice.


Rice, UT, Baylor in women’s tennis Sweet 16
Articles report on the performance of the Rice Owls women’s tennis team, which earned its first berth in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Sweet 16 tournament.
Houston Chronicle
Rice sets date with top seed UCLA in Sweet 16
Houston Chronicle
Rice captures first win in NCAA Tournament history
Houston Chronicle
Owls rally to stun Illinois, advance to NCAA Regional Final (Coverage of Rice’s women’s tennis team also appeared on and

Owls drop series finale in 12 innings
Articles recap a baseball game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Memorial and Katy HS grads help Rice take down UAB

Stainback’s tennis past helping baseball future
McMurtry College freshman Ford Stainback is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls baseball team. Wiess College junior Christian Stringer is quoted. A separate article reports that Stainback was named Conference USA hitter of the week.
Houston Chronicle
Rice’s Stainback picks up C-USA weekly award
Houston Chronicle

Rice Owls Preview 2012
Articles preview the 2012 Rice Owls football team.
Rice Owls preview 2012 — Offense
Rice Owls preview 2012 — Depth chart
Rice Owls preview 2012 — Defense

Owls fail to rise but at least hold steady in latest Baseball America poll
After going 3-1 last week, Rice remained No. 5 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll.
Houston Chronicle
Owls ranked fifth for another week
Baylor falls five spots in Baseball America poll

Viking legend Tommy Kramer featured at St. Michael football camp
Alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 appeared at a St. Michael-Albertville, Minn., football camp. A separate article reports that Kramer is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame.
2012 College Football Hall of Fame class: Local candidates come from Rice and Texas A&M

Former Rice star Rendon on the mend from ankle injury
Articles report on an injury sustained by former Rice standout Anthony Rendon.
Houston Chronicle
Rendon’s season ‘likely over’ due to ankle injury

Athletes sign scholarships
Rice is mentioned in a news brief about John Cooper School student-athletes.

Joe Chapman’s return would be boost for Newcastle Eagles
A news brief reports that a Newcastle Eagles basketball player has accepted a full basketball scholarship at Rice.
Newcastle upon Tyne Journal (U.K.)


Conservative Texas Republicans most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach, according to new Rice study
Conservative Texas Republicans are most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach, according to a new study from researchers at Rice and the Universidad de Monterrey.

This ‘mousetrap’ may save lives
Instead of building a better mousetrap, a team of Rice University freshmen took a mousetrap and built a better way to treat dehydration among children in the developing world.

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.