Dateline Rice for May 22, 2012


Graduation speeches 2012: The best inspirational, funny commencements from Barack Obama to Jane Lynch
An article about 2012 graduation speeches includes a video of Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s commencement speech at Rice. An photo slideshow includes Khan speaking at Rice.
International Business Times
2012 commencement speakers


American Public Media’s ‘Marketplace’
As soon as next week, Southwest Airlines could get clearance to build a brand new international terminal at Houston’s Hobby airport. But United Airlines — which has a huge hub at another Houston Airport — is appealing to city officials to keep the plan grounded. Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

What you need to know about taking a gap year
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.
Chicago Sun-Times (This article also appeared in the Gainesville Sun, the Delmarva Daily Times and


Cruz says, ‘We’re headed to a runoff’
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. Research by Jones is cited in articles on the same subject.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
A Republican showdown in Texas
Conservatives who want to grow government

Professor’s book aims to ensure Ike legacy is wisdom
With the start of the 2012 hurricane season approaching, a new book summarizes lessons learned from Hurricane Ike. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.

Valley schools fuel graduation growth
The Rio Grande Valley has graduated significantly more high school seniors since 2007, a trend matched in other Texas regions with high Hispanic populations, Texas Education Agency data show. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Rio Grande Valley Monitor

Students slap down bullying in record style
MacArthur High School senior Darik Dillard set a new Guinness World Record of the most "high fives" in an hour. Dillard will play football for the Rice Owls in the fall and is the brother of alumnus Jarett Dillard ’08.
San Antonio Express-News


Baker Hughes appoints Lynn Elsenhans to board of directors
Trustee and alumna Lynn Laverty Elsenhans ’78 has been appointed to Baker Hughes’ board of directors.

UK researchers follow silicon-oxide ReRAM route
Researchers from University College London have developed a silicon oxide based non-volatile resistive memory structure by following a promising line of research similar to that pursued by teams at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is mentioned.
EE Times (This article also appeared on, and

New chip challenges traditional thinking
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.
Can probabilistic computing save Moore’s law?
Variety of options exist to create more energy-efficient processors
Scranton Times-Leader (Penn.)


George Zimmerman will never be convicted of murdering Trayvon Martin
David Dow, the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History, authored this op-ed about the George Zimmerman trial.

Corporate art at Artomatic: Bob Elliott, painting
An article discusses an art installation by alumnus Bob Elliott ’91.

Curtain falls on Davidson seniors’ high school careers
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School.
Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (This article also appeared on


Rice enters C-USA tourney with highest national ranking of the season
After clinching the Conference USA regular-season title over the weekend, Rice moved to No. 4 — its highest ranking of the season — in this week’s Baseball America Top 25 poll.
Houston Chronicle
College baseball rankings: Baylor Bears finish regular season at No. 6
LSU, Rice And Texas A&M all in top 10

Tudor Fieldhouse to host Griner, Baylor
A Houston Chronicle "Rice Notebook" article reports that 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. The article also reports on recent events in Rice Owls tennis and track-and-field.
Houston Chronicle

Last chance for bubble teams
Rice is mentioned in articles about the Conference USA baseball championship.
2012 C-USA college baseball tournament: everything you need to know
Tigers look to carry momentum into 2012 Conference USA championship (Similar articles appeared on and [New Bern, N.C.].)

Black Bears add five players from California, Texas
Brown College sophomore Ryan McCarthy has agreed to play for the Cowlitz Black Bears in June.
Longview Daily News (Wash.)

Everything — including trivia — is big in Texas
An article of Texas trivia mentions that the Heisman Trophy was named after John William Heisman, who was Rice University’s first full-time football coach.
Prescott Daily Courier (Ariz.)


Social media and the Internet allowed young Arab women to play a central role in the Arab Spring uprisings, new Rice study says
Over the course of 2011’s momentous Arab Spring uprisings, young women in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain and Yemen used social media and cyberactivism to carve out central roles in the revolutionary struggles under way in their countries, according to a new study commissioned by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Internet politics, policies have rapidly become integral to the United States’ international affairs, according to new Rice study
Internet governance policy has rapidly risen from a relatively marginal issue for the United States’ foreign policy establishment to a significant component of the country’s international affairs and national security strategy, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Cassini reveals details about charged ‘nanograins’ near Enceladus
In a new study, Rice University physicist Tom Hill and colleagues describe what they found in the data from Cassini: a new class of space particles — submicroscopic "nanograins" of electrically charged dust.

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.