Dateline Rice for May 24, 2012


New and frozen frontier awaits offshore oil drilling
Barring a successful last-minute legal challenge by environmental groups, Shell will begin drilling test wells off the coast of northern Alaska in July, opening a new frontier in domestic oil exploration and accelerating a global rush to tap the untold resources beneath the frozen ocean. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in this front-page article.
New York Times

A difference of opinion over CPRIT grant award
Bill Gimson, executive director of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho authored these op-eds about a CPRIT grant awarded for the Houston-Area Translational Research Consortium.
Houston Chronicle
A disservice to work of cancer institute
Houston Chronicle

James Turrell’s skyspace, Houston
An article discusses artist James Turrell’s skyspace at Rice.
Texas Monthly (subscription required)

‘Cronkite’ biographer Brinkley anchors the man in his moment
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is profiled for his new biography of Walter Cronkite. Brinkley will speak about Cronkite May 29 in Connecticut. A separate article reports that Brinkley will appear on "Face the Nation" May 27. Brinkley is also quoted in an article about plans to auction a vial purportedly containing the dried remains of a blood sample taken from President Ronald Reagan.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Morristown Daily Record, the Journal News and the Bridgewater Township Courier News.)
News legend discussed
Wilton Bulletin (Conn.)
Sunday on ‘Face the Nation:’ Lugar, presidential roundtable
At auction, Reagan’s blood is pricey but a bargain compared to flag signed by Fidel (This article also appeared on, [Washington, D.C.], [New York], [Boston], [New Hampshire], [Oregon], [Missouri], [Wisconsin], [Ohio], [New York], [Washington], [Vermont], [Michigan], [Calif.] and [Colorado].)

Internet a key player in US foreign policy
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


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 articles about elections in Texas.
Bloomberg Businessweek
Silvestre Reyes target of super PAC aiming to defeat ‘entrenched incumbents’

Neil Armstrong breaks his silence to give accountants moon exclusive
An article about astronaut Neil Armstrong mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
The Guardian (U.K.) (This article also appeared on


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. A separate article also discusses the installation.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)
Yasuaki Onishi ‘Rreverse of Volume RG’

Let’s not be last in space
A Houston Chronicle editorial about encouraging private space flight in Texas mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

It’s not about the guv
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is mentioned in a review of the book "As Texas Goes…" by Gail Collins.
Texas Monthly (subscription required)

Endeavor names Midkiff new general counsel
Alumnus Ralph Midkiff ’81 has joined Endeavor International as senior vice president and general counsel.
Houston Business Journal

Lone Star College-Tomball graduate honored at Rice University
A 2009 Lone Star College-Tomball graduate was honored by the Rice University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa on May 11 for being the top male student of his graduating class.

Graduating with class
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school graduates in Atascosa County, Texas.
Pleasanton Express


Is there money in flash memory alternatives?
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 quoted in an article about research to create flash memory-based "solid state drives."


This lawyer’s mission: To inspire and motivate
Alumnua Lawrencina Mason Oramalu ’93 is profiled for her career in law.
Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder

Three amigos riding high for Deerfield softball
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates from Deerfield High School in Illinois.


Rice avoids scare, rallies past UH in C-USA tournament
Articles recap a baseball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)
Owls rally for 7-5 win over Cougars in C-USA tourney opener
Houston Chronicle

Hot-hitting Memphis next on tap for Rice at C-USA tourney
An article previews a baseball game between Rice and the University of Memphis.
Houston Chronicle

What to watch during conference tournaments
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference USA baseball tournament. (Similar articles appeared in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Hattiesburg American, the Pitt County Daily Reflector and [Birmingham, Ala.].)

National seed race
Rice is mentioned in articles about the NCAA baseball tournament.
2012 NCAA baseball projections: Texas A&M, Rice expected to host a regional

Brotherly love evident at Bay City football camp
Alumnus Mike Smith ’12 is featured in an article about the Andrew Smith Jr. Football Camp.
Victoria Advocate (Texas)

Berkman moves surgery to Houston
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman announced he will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his damaged right knee.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius: Source of controversy or inspiration?
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Charleston Post and Courier (S.C.)

Rice loses women’s hoops assistant to Colorado State
Rice women’s basketball assistant coach Kim Mbadinga-Nzamba has left the program to return to her alma mater Colorado State.
Houston Chronicle


Rice experts available during 2012 hurricane season
Several Rice experts are available leading up to and throughout the 2012 North Atlantic hurricane season.

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.