Dateline Rice for May 21, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Rice clinches Conference USA baseball title
The Rice Owls baseball team defeated the University of Central Florida to earn their 17th consecutive regular season or tournament conference title and a top seed at the C-USA tournament.
Houston Chronicle
C-USA Championship: Top seed Rice, UH to meet on day one
Houston Chronicle
Rice bounces back to defeat UCF in Friday’s late game, 9-2
Cypress Times (Texas) (Coverage of Rice’s victory appeared in the Hattiesburg American, Florida Today, the Orlando Sentinel, the South Florida Sun Sentinel,, [Washington, N.C.],,,, [Jackson, Miss.], [Orlando, Fla.], WFTV-TV [Orlando, Fla.], WESH-TV [Orlando, Fla.], Central Florida News 13, WKMG-TV [Orlando, Fla.], WCAX-TV [Burlington, Vt.], WJTV-TV [Jackson, Miss.], WREG-TV [Memphis, Tenn.] and
Rice wins conference title for 17th straight season
West University Examiner
C-USA champion Rice to face UH in conference tournament
Rice earns top seed

Houston expected to see just some of Sunday’s solar eclipse
A front-page article about the May 20 partial solar eclipse quotes Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy. Reiff also appeared on KTRK-TV to discuss SpaceX’s expected Tuesday launch.
Houston Chronicle

Reversible doping: Hydrogen alters ‘weird’ metal
Thanks to a new study by physicists at Rice, scientists have a new way to reversibly alter vanadium oxide’s electronic properties by treating it with one of the simplest substances — hydrogen. Douglas Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.


‘Inexact’ computer chip 15 times more efficient than current models unveiled
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. (This Asian News International article also appeared on, and
‘Inexact’ processor is more power efficient
EE Times (This article also appeared on
Researchers tout efficiency breakthrough with new ‘inexact’ chip
This imperfect processor is 15 times more efficient than yours
‘Inexact’ chip allows errors to increase efficiency — massively
Computing researchers show super-efficient ‘inexact’ microprocessor
Hot trend in computing: Chips that sometimes get it wrong
New CPUs that don’t sweat the small stuff
New ‘inexact’ chip design exponentially increases efficiency
First ‘inexact’ computer chip aimed at developing world
‘Inexact’ chips are 1500 percent more efficient than today’s processors

Ron Paul has Texas-size influence in Minnesota GOP
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 Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s influence on the Minnesota Republican Party. Jones is also quoted in articles about the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat. Research by Jones is cited in a letter to the editor about Texas State Sen. Kel Seliger.
Dewhurst’s advantages may not be enough to avoid a runoff
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Fightin’ Dave Dewhurst: ‘Everybody else is in diapers compared to me’
San Antonio Express-News
‘In the tank’ for Seliger
Amarillo Globe-News

Students develop mousetrap IV drip to tackle dehydration in developing world
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 quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.


Hospitals prepare for a plus-size future
Hospitals and clinics are preparing for a future in which almost half of the population will be obese. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Challengers aim to unseat Cagle from Precinct 4
Precinct four commissioner Jack Cagle ’83 is facing two primary challengers as he hopes to earn his seat by election rather than appointment. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ’71 and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 are mentioned. A Houston Chronicle editorial endorses Cagle for precinct four commissioner.
Houston Chronicle
Republicans should support Jack Cagle in Precinct 4
Houston Chronicle (This editorial also appeared on

Cancer grant raises troubling questions
A Houston Chronicle editorial discusses the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ review process. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

For college-bound students, it’s decision time
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school students applying to college.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Dancing at the Waterwall: Houston’s great outdoors sets the stage for unique dance festival
Rice is mentioned in an article about dance events in Houston.

Mars and beyond
Alumnus Bob Birchak ’64 authored this letter to the editor responding to a Houston Chronicle op-ed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Houston Chronicle

To recruit college talent, Austin tech companies are pooling their resources
Rice is mentioned in an article about college recruiting by Austin, Texas, tech startups.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on

SHSU honors staff
Rice is mentioned in an article about recently honored Sam Houston State University employees.
Huntsville Item (A similar article appeared on [Bryan/College Station, Texas].)

This is an obituary for alumnus Walter Coffer ’50.
Houston Chronicle


A Harris County Civil Court judge says he is disappointed that a series of radio and robo-call campaign ads by a well-funded opponent are targeting his drunk driving arrests that happened three decades ago. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Rice is mentioned in stories about a Midnight Madness Marathon charity baseball game to raise money for a local teen with muscular dystrophy.


Texas A&M hosting bio-optics conference
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, will participate in the BioMedOpTex Symposium May 23-25 at Texas A&M University.

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.

Shale gas is poised to become international phenomenon
Rice research is cited in an article about the growth of shale gas production.

Heidi Pozzo: Large private companies winner
Alumna Heidi Pozzo ’07 is profiled for her work as Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging’s chief financial officer.
Portland Business Journal


Worthwhile gap year requires thought, planning
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.
Indiana Gazette (This article also appeared on in the Ponca City News, the Sheboygan Press, the Prattville Progress, the Montgomery Advertiser, the DeKalb County Daily Chronicle, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Springfield News-Leader and the Berkshire Eagle.)

Strike up the band
An article about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s 60th anniversary season mentions that Andriy Dyachenko, a graduate student in music, has been selected as principal clarinetist.
Memphis Daily News (Tenn.)

Fox Valley high schools nominate students for Post-Crescent 2012 Academic All-Stars
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Academic All-Stars nominees.
Appleton Post-Crescent (Wis.) (This article also appeared in the Fond du Lac Reporter, the Stevens Point Journal and the Sheboygan Press.)

College mergers often fail
Rice is mentioned in an article about attempted college mergers.
South Jersey Courier-Post (N.J.)

Moreland Hills, Shaker Heights residents among inductees into Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
Rice is mentioned in an article about inductees into the Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Devon Prep ‘Eagles’ learn lifelong lessons
Rice is mentioned in an article about Devon Preparatory School students who achieved the rank of Eagle scout.


Defending national champion Baylor coming to Tudor Fieldhouse
Rice has reached a tentative agreement to play defending women’s basketball national champion Baylor University at Tudor Fieldhouse next season. Head women’s basketball coach Greg Williams is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Dominant performance earns Rice’s Duffey C-USA honor
Lovett College junior Tyler Duffey was named Conference USA pitcher of the week.
Houston Chronicle

Guerry, Gilbert finally in
Alumnus Zan Guerry ’71 was officially inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.)

Reflecting on Ty Detmer’s career, praise comes easy
An article about football player Ty Detmer mentions that alumnus Tommy Kramer ’77 has been selected to join the College Football Hall of Fame.
Deseret News (Utah)

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.


Reversible doping: Hydrogen flips switch on vanadium oxide
If you are not a condensed matter physicist, vanadium oxide may be the coolest material you’ve never heard of. It’s a metal. It’s an insulator. It’s a window coating and an optical switch. And thanks to a new study by physicists at Rice University, scientists have a new way to reversibly alter VO2’s electronic properties by treating it with one of the simplest substances — hydrogen.

Rice political scientist available to comment on Texas primary election
With the Texas primary right around the corner, Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to comment on the various local and statewide races.

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.