Dateline Rice for May 31, 2012


Companies are removing oil from their products to cut costs
Rising crude prices are fueling a boom in bioplastics as manufacturers took for alternatives to petrochemicals in car seats, beverage containers, solar panels and other goods. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Rochester Post-Bulletin and the Charlotte Observer.)

Hispanic candidate headed to run-off in Texas GOP primary
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 primary elections. A link to the KTRH-AM broadcast is not available. An English translation of the and El Nuevo Herald articles are not available. Jones is also quoted in a story about how Texas’ shifting demographics will affect national politics.
Ted Cruz will go to the second round for a seat in the senate to represent Texas
Texas senate race may head for runoff
Toronto Star
Texas GOP primary leaves leadership unsettled
Houston Business Journal
Senate race heats up again, this time for runoff
Houston Chronicle
Dewhurst, Cruz face runoff
Amarillo Globe-News (This article also appeared in the Bryan/College Station Eagle, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the El Paso Times, the Victoria Advocate, the Houston Chronicle, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Columbus Republic,, [Waco, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Brownsville, Texas], [Lufkin, Texas],, [El Paso, Texas], [San Antonio], [Longview, Texas], [Lubbock, Texas], [Austin, Texas], [Corpus Christi, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas],, [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Amarillo, Texas],,,,,, [Lake Charles, La.] and [Ada, Okla.].)
Republican primaries in Texas
El Nuevo Herald
Cruz, Dewhurst are top GOP hopefuls for Senate
Henderson Daily News
Hispanic candidate headed to run-off in Texas GOP primary
Low turnout for runoff (This article also appeared on
WOAI-TV (San Antonio)
Hispanic candidate headed to run-off in Texas GOP primary
Public Radio International’s ‘The World’

Spirituality center Esalen is searching for its own identity
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted in an article about the Esalen Institute.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Washington Post, Florida Today, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Salem Statesman Journal, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and

The consequences of closing university presses
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about university press closures.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Muslim council reassigns fiery Houston imam at members’ urging
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 in an article about the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Levee, floodgate among proposals in new Ike book
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.
Galveston Daily News

Rice student wins First Amendment award from Hugh Hefner
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin was selected as one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.
Houston Chronicle
Zach Kopplin receives Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award
Baton Rouge Magnet High graduate wins award
Baton Rouge Advocate

Cancer institute will re-evaluate controversial grant
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center component of a $20 million grant awarded by the state cancer institute will be re-evaluated following concerns about conflicts of interest and the review process. Rice is mentioned in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
M.D. Anderson offers to resubmit controversial grant application
Houston Chronicle

Musicians feel right at home in Houston
Andrew Staupe, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition. Staupe, along with other performers, is pictured at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle

Nothing small about her research
An article about a Hightower High School student mentions that she has been working in the lab of Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, and with Alvin Orbaek, a graduate student in chemistry. (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)

Commencement ceremonies set for Katy ISD
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school graduates from Katy, Texas.
The Rancher


Scientists find absorbent material for more energy efficient carbon-capture technology
A team of American researchers have found that commonly used industrial materials called zeolites could be used to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions, with a lower energy cost then current systems. Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Heat intensifies in ‘Flame’ malware probe
With Iran’s computer-emergency response center now decrying the Windows-based cyber-espionage software known as Flame, the uproar is reaching into the United Nations, which is investigating the malware. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on,, and

Top 10 health innovations of the week
A round up of health news notes that a team of Rice University undergraduates has invented a device they hope will make the process of distraction osteogenesis safer and easier.

Apparel’s 2012 top innovators
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is referenced in an article about fashion designer Chloe Dao.
Apparel Magazine


Hillsborough senior earns 9.3079 GPA, shattering record
Rice is mentioned in an article about a student at King High School in Tampa, Fla.


Rice knows to take nothing for granted in regional
Articles discuss the NCAA Rice regional baseball tournament.
Houston Chronicle
2012 NCAA baseball tournament, Rice regional: Early analysis and prediction (Coverage of this tournament appeared in the Washington Examiner, the Arkansas News, the Greenwich Time, the Greenfield Daily Reporter, the Columbus Republic, the East Orlando Sun and [El Paso, Texas].)
Eight area grads at Rice regional
Courier of Montgomery County (Texas)
Simms to start region opener for Rice

Lynx forward McWilliams-Franklin to coach at Rice
Taj McWilliams-Franklin has been named assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice University.
Longtime WNBA standout named assistant hoops coach at Rice

Rice’s Wayne Graham ready to testify for Roger Clemens
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham will testify on behalf of Roger Clemens.

2012 college football season preview: Rice Owls
An article previews the 2012 Rice Owls football season.

Breaking down the conference home games
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Texas at El Paso football team.

College Park coach Carson recovers from brain surgery
Rice is mentioned in an article about the College Park High School football team.
Woodlands Villager (Texas)


Former US ambassador available for interviews about developments in Syria
Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Edward Djerejian, the founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on the current developments in Syria and the United States’ current position.

Hiding true self at work can result in less job satisfaction, greater turnover, according to new Rice study
Hiding your true social identity — race and ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or a disability — at work can result in decreased job satisfaction and increased turnover, according to a new study from Rice University, the University of Houston and George Mason University.

Liberals versus conservatives: How politics affects charitable giving
Americans are more likely to donate to a charity that reflects the values of their political affiliation, according to a new study from Rice University, the University of Texas at San Antonio and Pennsylvania State University.

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.