Dateline Rice for June 6, 2012


New online tool helps property owners determine storm risk
With the start of hurricane season comes a new tool developed by Rice to let residents and business owners see the storm-related risks associated with any location in Harris County. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle
City unveils innovative tool to calculate your hurricane risk
Houston Chronicle
Storm risk calculator for Harris County homeowners

Protein folding evolved in knotty puzzle
José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and professor of chemistry, is mentioned in an article about protein folding research at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


‘Reverse of Volume RG’
Articles discuss artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation. An English translation of the Surface article is not available.
The negative space

Exercise not as beneficial for black girls as whites, study says
While diet and exercise have long been considered the magic bullet in helping curb the obesity epidemic among adolescents, new research shows that black girls do not reap the same benefits from exercise as whites.


Rice study exposes vulnerability of Galveston-area bridges in hurricane winds
Preliminary results from research at Rice University show more than a dozen Gulf Coast bridges on or near Galveston Island would likely suffer severe damage if subjected to a hurricane with a similar landfall as Hurricane Ike but with 30 percent stronger winds. Jamie Padgett, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the Deer Park Broadcaster, the Friendswood Journal, the Bay Area Citizen, the Pasadena Citizen, the Pearland Journal and the Cypress Creek Mirror.)
Research from Rice University shows Gulf Coast bridges at risk during hurricane conditions

Karaoke gathering a ‘Beacon’ to brothers who died tragically
The Stone and Holt Weeks Foundation will present the third edition of We Kare-eoke Houston June 9 to benefit the Beacon, a day center in downtown Houston that offers hot meals, private showering, lavatory facilities and laundry service for people who live on the streets. Stone was a James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy faculty assistant and Holt was a Baker Institute summer research intern, when they were killed in a 2009 automobile accident.

Portuguese minister of foreign affairs to speak at Rice
Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of State Paulo Portas will speak at Rice’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy June 7. (This article also appeared on

Hawkins teacher selected for special summer institute
Allen Matusow, the William Gaines Twyman Professor of History and director of academic affairs at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, and Nicole Waligora-Davis, assistant professor of English, are mentioned in an article about a University of Houston summer teacher institute.
Big Sandy-Hawkins Journal

Cosmonaut, astronaut touching down outside parks office
Russian benefactors are bestowing upon Houston a bronze statue of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned. Kennedy’s speech is also mentioned in an op-ed encouraging more funding for NASA.
Houston Chronicle
NASA could do great things with more funds

Haddox earns doctorate from Drew University
Alumnus Jason Haddox ’92 received a doctorate in liturgical studies from Drew University.
Baytown Sun

Fresh finds at farmer’s market
Rice is mentioned in an article profiling a local farmer.
Houston Chronicle


KCUR-FM’s ‘Up to Date’ (Kansas City, Mo.)
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KCUR-FM’s "Up to Date" to discuss his new biography of Walter Cronkite.

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, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss the Wisconsin recall election.


Carbon capture technology breakthrough
A recently analysis has revealed new materials that could help electricity producers slash carbon capture costs by up to 30 percent. Rice is mentioned.


Analysts try to define Romney’s foreign policy
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy positions. (Washington)

Hiding who you are at work
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, is quoted. (Fargo, N.D.)

Darien students earn college degrees
Articles report that Grant Parks ’12 and Eric Pan ’12 graduated from Rice May 12.
Eric Pan graduates from Rice University

Bicycle convoy takes cause through River Parishes
McMurtry College senior Skye Kelty is quoted in an article about a Ride for the Future bicycle convoy to raise awareness for alternative energy.
L’Observateur (La.)

Want a gap year? Make a 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. (This article also appeared in the Detroit Free Press.)


Twins take another pitcher in the second round
Brown College junior J.T. Chargois was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Several articles also note that Lovett College junior Tyler Duffey was also drafted by the Twins.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Twins focused on pitching in early rounds of draft
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Twins select a second pitcher from Rice University
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
MLB draft round two: Twins go for bullpen fixes with two picks
Minnesota Twins draft Rice reliever J.T. Chargois 72nd overall
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)
Rice’s Chargois selected in the second round of MLB draft
Houston Chronicle
Klein Collins standout heads list of local draft picks
Houston Chronicle
Bellaire’s Duffey to Twins in fifth round of MLB Draft
Bellaire Examiner (Texas)
Twins select more power arms (St. Cloud, Minn.) (Coverage of Chargois also appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Columbus Republic, the Bemidji Pioneer, the Mississippi Press, the Staten Island Advance, the Brainerd Dispatch, the Franklin Daily Journal, the La Crosse Tribune, the Duluth News Tribune, the Oklahoman, the Greenwich Time, the Greenfield Daily Reporter, the Bergen County Record, the Washington Examiner,,,,, [Minneapolis],,, [Mankato, Minn.], KAAL-TV and [Mason City, Iowa],, [Minneapolis], [Fargo, N.D.], [La Crosse, Wis.], [Rockford, Ill.] and [Eau Claire, Wis.].)

Rice extends contract for Wayne Graham
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham received a multiyear contract extension.

Dodgers announce selections from MLB draft
Alumnus Jeremy Rathjen ’12 was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB draft.
Dodgers select Memorial grad Rathjen in 11th round
Memorial Examiner (Texas)
Kinkaid grad Reckling goes to Dodgers in 14th round
Memorial Examiner (Texas)

Rice catcher Manuel taken by Nationals in MLB draft
Alumnus Craig Manuel ’12 was selected by the Washington Nationals in the MLB draft.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of Manuel also appeared on


Vaccination aid helps keep records straight
Today the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering awarded a team of students from three Houston institutions first prize in the Go Viral to Improve Health collegiate challenge for the team’s social-network-connected system to track vaccinations.

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.