Dateline Rice for June 1, 2012


Oh, that’s near enough
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.
The Economist

Politics drive a wedge in charitable giving
Americans are more likely to donate to a charity that reflects the values of their political affiliation, a series of studies shows. Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

To be happy at work, be true to yourself
Hiding your true social identity at work can result in decreased job satisfaction and increased turnover, a new study shows. Mikki Hebl, professor of psychology and management, and alumni Eden King ’01 and Juan Madera ’05 are quoted.
Hiding true self at work hurts bottom line
United Press International
Why being yourself at work pays off
Don’t hide your true identity at work
Times of India (This Asian News International article also appeared on,,,, and
Concealing true identity at work may backfire


Russia’s Putin — not sanctions — could end Syrian violence
Edward Djerejian, founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Russian President Vladimir Putin and civil unrest in Syria.
U.S. News & World Report

Summer movies that make scientists chuckle
Douglas Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article listing eight scientifically amusing moments in summer blockbuster movies.

This new ballistics tester will play catch with Air Force artillery
Rice students have created a device to stop high-velocity projectiles without destroying them. Rice student Duncan Eddy is quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured. (This article also appeared on

UT system probing Anderson cancer grant

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will resubmit its proposal for the Institute for Applied Cancer Science to the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to be re-evaluated. Rice’s proposal for the Houston-Area Translational Research Consortium is not part of the re-evaluation.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared above-the-fold on the front page.)
Texas cancer institute to re-review controversial grant
Texas research fund will re-review MD Anderson drug-discovery proposal
MD Anderson president goes on CNBC, extols his own company
Houston Chronicle

Tea party flexes its muscles in Texas
Rice research is cited in an article about the Texas Republican primary elections.
The Nation


Texas primary turnout was low; runoff may be lower
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. An English translation of the Charlotte Observer article is not available. Jones is also quoted in an article about Texas presidential donations.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This article also appeared in the Midland Reporter-Telegram, the Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune and [New Mexico].)
Hispanic candidate forces runoff in Texas Republican primary (This article also appeared in the Latin American Herald-Tribune.)
Republican primaries in Texas go to a second round
Charlotte Observer
Palin ad really helped
Texas money is key to GOP success in November

Send in the clones
The recent attack on one of Mexico’s largest snack food distributors has highlighted a new tactic of the drug cartels. Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Retool the workforce
Rice is mentioned in a Houston Chronicle editorial about workforce reform.
Houston Chronicle (This editorial also appeared on

As hurricane season arrives, Rice SSPEED Center plans for ‘next big one’
Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is busy preparing for the next major hurricane. James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner and the River Oaks Examiner.)

Graduations scheduled for Friday, June 1
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school graduates in Upshur County, Texas.
Gilmer Mirror


KENS-TV (San Antonio)
Because of medical technology, more people are experiencing and coming forward with near-death experience stories. Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted.


New materials to cut costs for CO2 capture
A team of American researchers has found that commonly used industrial materials called zeolites could be used to remove carbon dioxide from power-plant emissions, with a lower energy cost than current systems. Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Catching CO2 more cheaply
Zeolites can reduce carbon capture energy costs by 30 percent
New database for carbon capture materials created

Iran’s discovery of ‘Flame’ malware turning into political hot potato
With Iran’s computer-emergency response center now decrying the Windows-based cyberespionage 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.


Companies adopting oil alternatives
Rising crude prices are fueling a boom in bioplastics as manufacturers look 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.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (This article also appeared in the Ogden Standard-Examiner.)


Five things to watch from Rice at the Houston Regional
Articles discuss the NCAA Rice regional baseball tournament.
Houston Chronicle
NCAA Tournament preview: South Carolina, Florida lead storylines
Sports Illustrated (Coverage of the tournament also appeared in the Little Falls Times, the Pensacola News Journal, the Greenwich Time, the Huntsville Item, the Greenfield Reporter, the Columbus Republic, the Las Cruces Sun-News,,,,,, [Bryan/College Station, Texas], [Tucson, Ariz.], KTVE-TV [Monroe, La.], KNWA-TV [Fort Smith, Ark.] and [Memphis, Tenn.].)
College baseball – regional roundup (This article also appeared on

Woodlands Strykers open inaugural TCL season Friday night
McMurtry College senior Michael Aquino is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands Strykers baseball team.
Woodlands Villager (Texas)

Wilson named Louisville Slugger All-American
Alumnus Matthew Reckling ’12 was named to a Louisville Slugger All-American team. (Tenn.)

After blockbuster move, Reds ready to reload
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is mentioned in an article about the Cincinnati Reds.

Harding, George: Fast friends, middle-men each seeking 400-metre titles, Ellenwood out
Rice is mentioned in an article about two members of the Coquitlam Cheetahs track and field club.
The Province (Canada)

Rice to break ground on new tennis facility by year’s end
Rice plans to begin construction of a tennis facility by the end of the year. Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle


An invention with impact
Rice students have created a device to stop high-velocity projectiles without destroying them.

Protein pathways provide clues in leukemia research
Scientists at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have successfully profiled protein pathways found to be distinctive to leukemia patients with particular variants of the disease.

Centennial video series: The owl and the shield
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice’s mascot and shield.

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.