Dateline Rice for May 29, 2012 (Weekend Edition)

Note: The Dateline editors are out of the office today, so this is a partial listing of the coverage from the holiday weekend. More media coverage from the weekend will appear in Wednesday’s Dateline.


Driving season begins, as does griping about gas
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about gasoline prices.
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Businessweek, the Boston Globe, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune,,,,,,,, and more than 400 other media outlets.)

The way it is: Walter Cronkite’s life
The cover of the Zest section in Sunday’s Houston Chronicle featured a new biography of journalist Walter Cronkite written by Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Zest included a Q-and-A with Brinkley about Cronkite and an article written by Brinkley.
Houston Chronicle
Walter Cronkite found ambition growing up in Houston
Houston Chronicle


Tea Party takes on establishment Republican in Texas Senate race
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 Texas elections. He also wrote a Houston Chronicle op-ed about Texas primaries.
Reuters (This article also appeared on
Amnesty, race become issues in US Senate campaign
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in the Columbus Republic.)
Dewhurst-Cruz contest rife with national implications, celebrity endorsements
San Antonio Express-News
Governor endorses Reps. Landtroop, Perry
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Races hurt GOP unity
Amarillo Globe-News
Strange election calendar spurs early voting in Texas
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Fear and loathing on the Texas Senate campaign trail (Or, my Ted Cruz endorsement)
Rice professor calls Dewhurst amnesty attack on Cruz ‘desperation ploy’
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
Eight months of polling shows Dewhurst a clear Senate frontrunner
Houston Chronicle
The primacy of the Texas primaries
Houston Chronicle

Egypt: Why is the United States afraid of Arab democracy?
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies and professor of history, authored this op-ed about elections in Egypt.

How to avoid wasteful work meetings
Research by Jing Zhou, the Houston Endowment Professor of Organizational Behavior and professor of psychology, and Jennifer George, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and professor of psychology, is cited in an article about creating effective meetings.


Hispanic dropout rate raises concern in Houston
Houston’s Hispanics are dropping out of school at an alarming rate and only a small group is going on to college, creating a daunting problem for a city that is 40 percent Hispanic and growing. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in this article, which appeared on the front of the City&State section.
Houston Chronicle

Part of controversial cancer grant bypassed review, official says
Rice is mentioned in articles about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas’ grant review process. Cindy "Mary" Farach-Carson, vice provost for translational bioscience, scientific director of the BioScience Research Collaborative and professor of biochemistry and cell biology and bioengineering, is mentioned in the Houston Chronicle front-page article.
Houston Chronicle
Standard procedures discarded in review of $20 million in Texas funds for project led by wife of MD Anderson president
Cancer Letter (subscription required for full article)
More controversy over $20 million Texas cancer incubator
Science Insider

Bring space travel to Texas
An editorial about encouraging private space flight in Texas mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
Denton Record-Chronicle

College notes from the Coastal Bend
A news brief reports that William Buck graduated from Rice May 12 with a Master of Science degree in nanoscale physics.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

State Rep. Marisa Marquez faces role reversal with rival
Rice research is cited in an article about Texas Rep. Marisa Marquez.
El Paso Times

Central High top students credit teachers for success
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduating high school seniors.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Students named area’s top scholars
Wichita Falls Times Record News
Pinellas County’s 2012 private school valedictorians and salutatorians
Tampa Bay Times (Fla.)


‘Inexact’ computer chip 15 times more energy efficient
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.

NuMat Technologies tops $1.1 million in business plan awards
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about the 2012 Clean Energy Challenge.


From Playboy honor to jet-setting governor
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin was selected as one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.
Alexandria Town Talk (La.) (This article also appeared in the Opelousas Daily World and the Monroe News-Star.)
Student who challenged state’s Science Education Act gets Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award
Monroe News-Star (La.)

Yasuaki Onishi’s gorgeous casting of invisible mountains
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation.

Stock splits; winners or losers?
Research by David Ikenberry, former associate professor of management at the Jones Graduate School of Management, is cited in an article about stock splits.

10 western colleges worth a summer road trip
Rice appears on a list of colleges in the west worth visiting.

Prof champion of social justice
An article remembering Miami University professor emeritus Roy Bowen Ward Jr. mentions that he once served as a visiting professor at Rice.
Middletown Journal (Ohio) (This article also appeared in the Hamilton Journal News.)

Press closure by university shocks many
Rice is mentioned in an article about the closure of the University of Missouri Press.
Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.)


College Baseball: Michael Fuda, Rice University
Articles recap a baseball game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Rathjen collects hit, RBI in Rice loss to Southern Mississippi

Sixteen regional hosts unveiled
Rice was among the 16 schools awarded NCAA baseball regionals.
Rice, Baylor, Texas A&M to host NCAA baseball regionals
Houston Chronicle
2012 NCAA baseball tournament: Rice, Texas A&M named as regional hosts

Cooper athletes sign with top schools
Rice is mentioned in an article about John Cooper School student-athletes.

2012 NCAA baseball tournament projections: Texas A&M, Rice still expected to host a regional
Rice is mentioned in an article about the NCAA baseball tournament.

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.