Dateline Rice for May 23, 2012


Women dubbed ‘Twitterati’ of Arab Spring
During the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, young women in the region used social media and cyberactivism to carve out central roles in the revolutionary struggles under way in their countries. Commissioned by the James A. Baker III Institute of Public Policy, a new paper explores the activism of several key figures dubbed by influential media and pundits as "must-follows."


Ask an entrepreneur: How do small businesses benefit from federal research grants?
Alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 authored this piece about her company Rebellion Photonics and federal research grants. Alumnus Robert Kester ’10 is mentioned. (This article also appeared in the Denver Post,,, [Durham, N.C.] and

Texas Latino gain buoys Cruz bid in US Senate campaign
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 news items about the race for a Texas U.S. Senate seat.

An elusive audience with Neil Armstrong
An article about astronaut Neil Armstrong mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Jaw-dropping sculpture looks like vapor frozen in time
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.
Fast Company


Rice students build device to regulate IV fluids for children
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, Jones College junior Paige Horton, Will Rice College junior Kamal Shah, Lovett College sophomore Thor Walker, Jones College sophomore Taylor Vaughn and alumna Rebecca Hernandez ’12 are mentioned.

Conflicts of interest possible in Houston cancer grant
An article discusses the review process for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant to the Houston Area Translational Research Consortium. Mary "Cindy" Farach-Carson, vice provost for translational bioscience and scientific director of Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, is quoted in this front-page article. A Houston Chronicle editorial discussing CPRIT’s review process was reprinted in the El Paso Times and other news sites.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
Cancer grant raises troubling questions
El Paso Times (This Associated Press article also appeared on [Dallas], [Waco, Texas], [Jacksonville, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Amarillo, Texas],, [El Paso, Texas], [Lubbock, Texas], [Lufkin, Texas],, [Shreveport, La.], [Lake Charles, La.], [Ada, Okla.] and [Nevada].)

Valedictorians named for the Lamar CISD
Rice is mentioned in articles about high school valedictorians.
Meet the valedictorians, salutatorians for Meadowcreek, Norcross

Aurora Picture Show launches Kickstarter campaign for a smooth move to new space
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that the Aurora Picture Show has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bankroll costs associated with its upcoming move to a new studio.

‘Show Me City’ is a hit at the box office
Rice research is cited in an article about the film "Missouri City State of the City: The Movie."


YNN Hudson Valley
Rice is mentioned in a story about the 2012 Shell EcoMarathon.


Hot trend in computing: chips that sometimes get it wrong
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, is quoted.
American Scientist
Imperfect chip pretty darn good
Near enough
New Zealand Herald
Allowing computing errors boosts efficiency; hardware to emerge in 2013


Internet politics now integral to the United States’ international affairs
A new Rice University study says 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. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
New Rice University paper chronicles impact of the Internet on US foreign policy

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. (This article also appeared on

Planning for the gap
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.
Press of Atlantic City (N.J.)

History as college major: Studying the past, preparing for the future
An article about careers for history majors focuses on Rice’s history department.


Owls claim coach, pitcher of the year in C-USA baseball
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham was named Conference USA coach of the year. Alumnus Matthew Reckling ’12 was named pitcher of the year.
Houston Chronicle (Similar articles appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News and twice in the Hattiesburg American.)

Cougars look to catch lightning at C-USA tournament
An article previews the Conference USA baseball tournament game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Stringer’s bat a pleasant surprise as Rice enters C-USA tourney
Wiess College junior Christian Stringer is featured for his performance on the Rice Owls baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

Benak goes from spectator to game one starter
Lovett College senior Andrew Benak is featured for his performance on the Rice Owls baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

2012 NCAA baseball regional projections: Baylor to host Waco regional
Rice is mentioned in an article about the NCAA baseball tournament.

100 in 100 college football previews: No. 100 Rice Owls
An article discusses the 2012 Rice Owls football team.

Washington Nationals ‘attacked’ last three drafts in preparation for changes put in place for 2012 draft
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in an article about the Washington Nationals.


Israel’s United Nations representative to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute May 30
Ron Prosor, Israel’s permanent representative to the United Nations and one of the country’s most distinguished diplomats, will discuss "The Middle East at a Crossroads" May 30 at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice scientists, engineers awarded DOD grants 
Rice University scientists are set to lead one research team and are part of a second among the 23 awards announced by the Department of Defense under its Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program.

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.