Dateline Rice for May 25, 2012


The 18 best commencement speeches of 2012
A list of the best graduation speeches for 2012 includes a video of Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s commencement speech at Rice.


Egypt’s poor turn to age-old help in hard times
Many Egyptians are struggling to cope financially in the aftermath of former President Mubarak’s resignation. Mahmoud El-Gamal, Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Cruz reaches for 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 articles about elections in Texas.
National Review
Dewhurst builds poll lead as Cruz picks up Santorum endorsement
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Will Texas’ Republican establishment take a hit in US Senate election?
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.)
A very long engagement in SD-25
Texas Tribune (subscription required)

Josh Earnest went from baseball in Kansas City to hardball at White House
Alumnus Josh Earnest ’97 is profiled for his career path that led from baseball to principal deputy White House press secretary. (This article also appeared in the Kansas City Star, the Modesto Bee, the Sacramento Bee, the Myrtle Beach Sun-News, the Centre Daily Times, the Rock Hill Herald, the Bradenton Herald, the Bellingham Herald, the Charlotte Observer, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Macon Telegraph, the Tri-City Herald, the Fresno Bee, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Anchorage Daily News, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the State, the Merced Sun-Star, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Wichita Eagle, the Bellville News-Democrat, the Hilton Head Island Packet and the Olympian.)

University of Missouri Press to close after 54 years
Rice is mentioned in an article about the closure of the University of Missouri Press.
Los Angeles Times


A tale of three cities: Mumbai, Stockholm and New York
Alumnus Dan Mayur ’71 is profiled for his career as an author.

Healthy eating pioneer and farm fresh restaurant owner dies at age 62
An article remembers alumna Georgia Bost ’72.

Rice Radio’s cultural peek at the Indian drama festival — Natyotsav 2012
KTRU is mentioned in an article about the Natyotsav drama festival.

Houston Young Artists Concerts celebrates 25 years
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 25th anniversary of the Houston Young Artist Concerts.
Houston Chronicle


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss relations between Pakistan and the U.S. The interview begins approximately one minute into the clip.

KSAT-TV (San Antonio)
Alumnus Thomas Rodriguez ’05 received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center.


‘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 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.
Des Moines Register (Iowa) (This article also appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the Baxter Bulletin and nearly 40 other media outlets.)
At auction, Reagan’s blood is pricey but a bargain compared to flag signed by Fidel (Springfield, Mo.)

China’s microbloggers ask: ‘What’s the net worth of our government officials?’
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and associate director of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Studies, is interviewed about political developments in China.

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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

‘Inexact’ computer chip is 15 times more efficient by making a few mistakes
Researchers at Rice University have built yet another prototype of their probabilistic chip that is faster and more energy-efficient. Avinash Lingamneni, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Weekly roundup
A roundup of art news mentions artist James Turrell’s skyspace at Rice. A video of the skyspace is included.

University Women gives awards
Baker College junior Kathleen Abadie is a recipient of an Ivania Portocarerro Scholarship from the Half Moon Bay, Calif., branch of the American Association of University Women.
Half Moon Bay Review

Norcross High senior class of 2012 graduate
Rice is mentioned in an article about Norcross High School graduates.

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. (A similar article appeared on

Worthwhile gap year requires well thought-out plan
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.
Foster’s Daily Democrat (N.H.)


Rice’s loss ends chance at national seed in NCAA Tournament
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Memphis.
Houston Chronicle
Win over Rice puts Tigers in title matchup
Memphis Commercial-Appeal (Tenn.)

The best coach in the history of every college football team
A photo slideshow of great college football coaches includes Phillip Arbuckle, Rice’s first football coach.

Five new schools to contribute a lot to Conference USA
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference USA expansion.

Berkman set for knee surgery today
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his damaged right knee.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (This article also appeared on


Adams, Taylor and Chao elected Rice University trustees
Edward "Teddy" Adams Jr., Robert Taylor Jr. and Albert Chao were elected to the Rice University Board of Trustees at its May 17 meeting.

Acclaimed vocal instructors to join Shepherd School of Music
Two nationally acclaimed vocal instructors — Barbara Paver and Julie Simson — will join Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music faculty next year. Paver, currently with the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Simson, currently with the University of Colorado-Boulder, will become members of the Shepherd School faculty in July 2013.

The first physics building at Rice
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice’s original physics building.

Higher prices at the pump could return this summer if talks with Iran break down
Gas prices may appear to be plummeting, but a Rice University energy expert cautions against too optimistic of an outlook as Americans head into the busy summer driving 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.