Dateline Rice for May 16, 2012


‘Twilight Epiphany’ awes art lovers
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

Rice’s Kramer, A&M’s Slocum elected to College Football Hall of Fame
Alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 has been selected to join the College Football Hall of Fame.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)
What others are saying about Tommy Kramer
Houston Chronicle
Ex-Rice quarterback Kramer selected for College Football Hall of Fame
Houston Chronicle
Four from San Antonio in College Football Hall of Fame
San Antonio Express-News
Tommy Kramer: College Football Hall of Fame
San Antonio Express-News (News items about Kramer also appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Durham Herald-Sun, Comcast Sportsnet Mid-Atlantic, KHOU-TV,,, and twice on


Net happiness in the world
An article about Salman Khan, founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy, mentions that Khan served as commencement speaker at Rice’s 99th graduation ceremony May 12.
South Asian Youth News Network

College students can use their skills to help others
An article about how university students are working to help others mentions that a team of Rice University seniors known as Helping Hands is working on a way to restore strength and flexibility to the hands and wrists of children with cerebral palsy. Baker College senior Jessica Joyce is quoted.
U.S. News University Directory

Facebook IPO to bring cash
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.
Oman Daily Observer (This article also appeared in the Manila Bulletin, the Brunei Times, the China Post, Japan Today, the Kenya Daily Nation and the Malaysia Sun.)

Planning a post-high school gap year? Consider cost, structure and commitment to college plans
Duncan College junior Becca Conard is quoted in an op-ed offering advice to students considering taking a year off between high school and college. (This op-ed also appeared in the Corner Brook Western Star, the Moose Jaw Times-Herald, the Pictou County News, the Summerside Journal Pioneer, the Truro Daily News, the Prince Albert Daily Herald, the Weyburn Review, the Westman Journal, Yorkton This Week, the Estevan Mercury, the Whistler Question, the Brandon Sun, the Brampton Guardian, the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Defiance Crescent-News, the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the Danbury News-Times, the Albany Times-Union and the Wooster Daily Record.)


Rice University to hold dance classes for the public
Rice University will offer beginning and intermediate salsa and dance stretch classes this May and June.

Promoting the business of cancer research
An editorial about how the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas reviews commercialization grants mentions Rice.
Dallas Morning News


KHOU-TV’s ‘Great Day Houston’
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, appeared on KHOU-TV’s "Great Day Houston" to discuss the new book "Lessons from Hurricane Ike."

KFJX-TV (Joplin, Mo.)
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.


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. (This article also appeared on and

Lockheed Martin gives innovation new wings
Rice is mentioned in an article about research at Lockheed Martin.


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. (This article also appeared on

Pendleton receives scholarship
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in a news brief about a documentary by the Marvo Entertainment Group.
Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)

‘Big Government’ stifles biomedical research
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi authored this op-ed about government involvement in biomedical research.

Aligning marketing data strategy with talent
Alumnus Brad Terrell ’92 authored this op-ed about marketing data strategies.

IU Bloomington saxes win Fischoff competition
Rice’s Noctua Wind Quintet placed third in the Senior Wind Division at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
South Bend Tribune (Ill.)

Rajeev Alur to lead $10 million project on talking computers
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering project.

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.


Rice vs. Sam Houston State baseball: Owls shut out Bearkats 5-0
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Sam Houston State University.

Stock report: Week 13
Rice is mentioned in articles about NCAA baseball.
Baseball America
Rice to host, Texas A&M on the bubble
Baylor expected to be a host

NBA great receives diploma 30 years later
An article reports that that former Rice basketball player Ricky Pierce graduated from Rice May 12.

Rice is … Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team.

Fort Bend Christian Academy announces new volleyball coach
Alumna Gillan Kruse ’09 authored this article about a new volleyball coach at Fort Bend Christian Academy.

What Title IX means to me
This essay about Title IX was written by a high school student-athlete who has committed to Rice.

Pitching paves way for Episcopal’s third straight crown
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Episcopal High School baseball team.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University Hispanic studies professor available to comment on passing of Mexican author Carlos Fuentes
Rice University’s Manuel Gutiérrez is available to comment on the passing of Carlos Fuentes, one of the best-known and most prolific Spanish-language authors.

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.