Dateline Rice for May 18, 2012


‘Faulty’ computer chip is 15 times more efficient
Researchers at Rice University have built yet another prototype of their probabilistic chip that is faster and more energy-efficient. Krishna Palem, the Ken and Audrey Kennedy Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Avinash Lingamneni, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, are quoted.
Meet the newest battery saver: less accurate but still useful chips
Hot trend in computing: Chips that sometimes get it wrong
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also on
This imperfect processor is 15 times more efficient than yours
‘Inexact’ computer chip makes mistakes, but is 15x more efficient
‘Inexact’ chips save power by fudging the maths
This super-efficient chip is ‘inexact’
‘Inexact’ computer chip 15 times more efficient than current models unveiled (This Asian News International article also appeared on
‘Inexact’ chip is 15 times more efficient; to be used in I-Slate for Indian classrooms
‘Inexact’ chip offers improved efficiency
Computing experts unveil ‘inexact’ chip that is 15 times more energy efficient
‘Inexact’ computer chips offer improved efficiency
‘Inexact’ computer chip is 15 times more efficient than perfect counterparts
‘Inexact’ computer chip is 15 times more efficient than current models
‘Inexact’ CPU tech trades accuracy for 15 times power efficiency


Milestone for US as more than half of births come from minority groups
America has crossed a landmark in its demographic makeup, presaging a monumental shift in the country’s culture, politics and economics, with minority groups for the first time in U.S. history accounting for more than half of all births. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
The Guardian (U.K.)
In Texas, seven in 10 children under age 1 are minorities
On the records: Texas one of five ‘minority-majority’ states
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the San Marcos Mercury.)
Census story of a changing America is older in Texas
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
‘Majority minority’ old hat for Texas
San Antonio Express-News

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.
Winnipeg Free Press (This article also appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times, the Times of Northwest Indiana and


The talk of the art world: Yasuaki Onishi’s stunning Rice Gallery work draws national attention
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation. Joshua Fischer, assistant curator at Rice Gallery, is quoted.

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes dies
An obituary for Mexican author Carlos Fuentes quotes Manuel Gutiérrez, assistant professor of Hispanic studies.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Salman Khan: World’s most influential online educator
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.

Rice University students design device that helps obese patients breathe during medical procedures
A new prototype device developed by Rice students lifts weight from the abdomens of obese patients who might otherwise have trouble breathing during surgery. Rice student Daeun Yoon is quoted. Duncan College senior Norman Truong and Justin Yun; Wiess College senior Marisa Prevost; Brown College senior Gabriel Ochoa; and Maria Oden, professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, are mentioned.

Same-sex marriage a non-issue for the US Senate race?
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 race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat. Jones is also quoted in an op-ed about conservatism in Texas and in a story about a Texas congressional race.
Houston Chronicle
Conservative — but how, exactly?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Rice University students engineer feeders for giraffes, orangutans
Two teams of students at Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering have designed feeders for giraffes and orangutans at the Houston Zoo. Several Rice students are mentioned.

Changing times? All-white jury in police beating acquittal seems strange in diverse Houston
Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute’s Race Scholars at Rice program, is quoted in an op-ed about diversity in Houston.

Rice study shows alternative to medical education may increase interest in geriatrics
Medical education techniques focused on attitude-based learning may help increase interest in the much-needed field of geriatric health, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California-San Diego. Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.

Mayor Parker recommends board for crime lab overseer
Mayor Annise Parker has recommended a nine-member board of directors for the proposed Houston Forensic Science Local Government Corporation. Enrique Barrera, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, is mentioned.

Rice students’ device strengthens hands, wrists of young cerebral palsy patients
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 is quoted. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Desmarais’ name has been requested.)

Light show on Sunday: Catch annular solar eclipse quickly before sunset, with eyes protected
An article about the May 20 partial solar eclipse quotes Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner, the Memorial Examiner and the Cypress Creek Mirror.)

Nothing small about her research
An article about a Hightower High School student mentions that she has been working in the lab of Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, and with Alvin Orbaek, a graduate student in chemistry.


CPRIT leaders defend $20 million incubator grant
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.

America can be the oil capital of the world, and North Dakota can be like Kuwait
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about domestic energy production.

Lab-grown nanotubes could trim solar cell cost
By replacing platinum with carbon nanotubes, Rice researchers hope to make efficient dye-sensitized solar cells at a fraction of the current cost for silicon-based solar cells. Jun Lou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.


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. (Wichita, Kan.)

Chalmette High’s Class of 2012 to graduate tonight
Rice is mentioned in articles about graduating high school seniors.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Douglas County seniors get ready to graduate (This article also appeared on

CSUSB students take second in international business competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition.
Highland Community News (Calif.)


UCLA beats Rice women’s tennis in Sweet 16
Articles recap a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Women’s tennis advances to NCAA quarterfinals after snapping Rice’s Cinderella-story streak

UCF baseball claims 8-3 lead over Rice before game interrupted by storm
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Central Florida.
Orlando Sentinel (Coverage of this game also appeared in Florida Today,, and WFTV-TV [Orlando, Fla.].)

Places to be this weekend
Articles preview a baseball series between Rice and the University of Central Florida.

C-USA adds Old Dominion beginning in 2013
An article discusses the Conference USA expansion.
Conference USA adds Old Dominion as 14th member
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of the expansion also appeared in the Tennessean, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, and [Tulsa, Okla.].)

Ravens’ O.J. Brigance offers faithful lift to Calvert Hall students
Alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 spoke at a Calvert Hall College High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting.
Baltimore Sun

Beginner’s luck
Former Rice baseball player Mark Quinn is mentioned in a news brief reporting that Boston Red Sox rookie Will Middlebrooks became only the third player in Major League Baseball history to hit at least four homers and knock in 13 runs in his first 10 games.
Houston Chronicle

Four DVRs, no waiting
David Saltzman, who has called Rice football and other events since 2007, says he will depart as IMG moves to hire a full-time person to do play-by-play and handle sales and marketing duties.
Houston Chronicle

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.