Dateline Rice for May 17, 2012


BBC The World Today
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. Lovett College junior Melissa Yuan is interviewed.

Meet the newest battery saver: less accurate but still useful chips
Researchers at Rice University have built yet another prototype of their probabilistic chip that is faster and more energy-efficient. Avinash Lingamneni, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Rice Business Plan Competition: Hail to the champions
An article discusses the results of the Rice Business Plan Competition. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted.

Republicans step out of Ron Paul’s shadow in Texas 14th
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 articles about candidates vying to replace retiring Rep. Ron Paul, the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat and his research showing that conservative Texas Republicans are most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach.
U.S. News & World Report
PAC gives Cruz a big boost in Senate race against Dewhurst
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Conservative Texas Republicans most likely to use electronic technology in voter outreach, according to new Rice study
Cypress Times (Texas)

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.
Deccan Chronicle (India) (This article also appeared in the Asian Age, the Times of Malta and the Malaysian Insider.)


Experts deliver another round of Eagle Ford bullishness
The development of the Eagle Ford Shale continues to prompt dazzling assessments and predictions from experts, who said at an energy symposium that in four years, the oil-rich formation could become the nation’s second-most-productive shale play. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Antonio Express-News.)

In Texas, seven in 10 children under age 1 are minorities
For the first time, as of 2011, more than half of the children under age 1 in the U.S. were minorities, the newest benchmark illustrating the widening age gap between mostly white, older Americans and fast-growing, younger minority populations. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. A letter to the editor in the Wichita Falls Times Record News cites a quote by Murdock.
Austin American-Statesman
Letters to the editor
Wichita Falls Times Record News

University museums build off-campus reputations
An article about university art exhibitions mentions artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation. Onishi is pictured with his work.
San Antonio Express-News

The oil spill ethics discussion revisited
An article discusses a presentation by Rusty Riese, adjunct professor and lecturer of Earth science, at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Houston-based duo makes wines that are more than nice
Alumnus Ryan Levy ’97 is featured for his work as co-founder of Nice Winery.
Cypress Creek Mirror

Houston’s Menil Collection celebrates silver anniversary
An article about the Menil Collection’s 25th anniversary mentions that the museum is planning to build a café designed by Rice architecture students.
San Antonio Express-News

Dancing outside of the jewel box
Rice is mentioned in an article about dance events in Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Texas agency defends awarding grant without review
Leaders of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas explain why a scientific review wasn’t needed for a commercialization grant awarded to Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and nearly 45 other media outlets.)
Asking questions about how Texas is spending its cancer research windfall
Houston Chronicle
State cancer agency defends $20 million grant, skips science review (Dallas)

Viewpoints: Sen. Alexander Proposes a Medicaid-school funding swap

Ware, Gomez are top Sands graduates
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates of Sands High School in Lamesa, Texas.
Lamesa Press Reporter


Because of medical technology more people are experiencing and coming forward with near-death experience stories. Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted.


Could Texan demographics doom the GOP?
An article about how Texas’ shifting demographics may affect national politics quotes Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

First annular eclipse since 1994 on Sunday
An article about the May 20 partial solar eclipse quotes Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy. (This article also appeared on

Worthwhile gap year requires well thought-out plan
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. (Jackson, Miss.) (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post, [Steubenville, Ohio], [Roanoke, Va.], [Nev.], [Atlanta], [Charleston, S.C.], [Orlando, Fla.], [Charlotte, N.C.], [Hattiesburg, Miss.] and [Savannah, Ga.].)


No. 1 UCLA next up for Rice in NCAA women’s tennis tourney
An article previews a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Houston Chronicle

C-USA title on the line as Rice, UCF go at it
Articles preview a baseball series between Rice and the University of Central Florida.
Houston Chronicle
No shortage of drama when Rice meets UCF for C-USA baseball title
Houston Chronicle
Rice meets UCF for C-USA lead
West University Examiner (Texas) (Previews of this series appeared in Florida Today,, and

ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’
Alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 has been selected to join the College Football Hall of Fame.
KTRK-TV (Similar stories appeared on KIDY-TV [San Angelo, Texas], KABB-TV [San Antonio], KSAT-TV [San Antonio], KAVU-TV [Victoria, Texas], KIII-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas], KBMT-TV [Beaumont, Texas], KCEN-TV [Waco, Texas], KWKT-TV [Waco, Texas], KFXK-TV [Tyler, Texas], KWTX-TV [Waco, Texas], KETK-TV [Tyler, Texas], KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas], WNCF-TV [Montgomery, Ala.], KPTM-TV [Omaha, Neb.] and WDAY-TV Fargo, N.D.].)

Houston Texans: How James Casey’s utility role will keep them moving forward
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak announced that alumnus James Casey ’11 will be playing multiple roles in the 2012 season.

Houston’s Babies play vintage baseball
An article about a vintage baseball league in Houston mentions William Marsh Rice, founder of Rice University.
Houston Press


Rice political scientist available to comment on hotly contested Texas US Senate race
As the race to replace outgoing United States Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison heats up, who will emerge victorious in the May 29 primary? Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to comment on the hotly contested race to be Texas’ next U.S. senator.

Sunday eclipse will be quite a show
Rice University’s Pat Reiff, an expert on eclipses, recommends astronomy fans break out their protective eyewear for Sunday’s partial eclipse of the sun.

Computing experts unveil superefficient ‘inexact’ chip
Researchers have unveiled an "inexact" computer chip that challenges the industry’s 50-year pursuit of accuracy. The design improves power and resource efficiency by allowing for occasional errors. Prototypes unveiled this week at the ACM International Conference on Computing Frontiers in Cagliari, Italy, are at least 15 times more efficient than today’s technology.

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.