Dateline Rice for June 7, 2012


Bon Jovi’s next hit could be an app for the homeless
The Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering awarded a team of students from Rice and two other Houston institutions first prize in the Go Viral to Improve Health collegiate challenge for the team’s social-network-connected system to track vaccinations.

Charles Darwin, Hugh Hefner and high-quality science education
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin was selected as one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.

Mozart and More! delivers less than it should
Desmond Hoebig, professor of cello, is mentioned in an article about a Winnipeg Chamber Music Society concert.
Winnipeg Free Press

Catch the speeding bullet
Rice students have created a device to stop high-velocity projectiles without destroying them.
New Zealand Herald


What damage can you expect in hurricane? New Rice-Houston predictor pinpoints water, wind, power loss risks
With the start of hurricane season comes a new tool developed by Rice University researchers that lets residents and business owners see the storm-related risks associated with any location in Harris County. Devika Subramanian, professor of computer science, and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, are quoted in these news items.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner and the River Oaks Examiner.)
City releases new online storm risk calculator
KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)

17 Galveston-area bridges vulnerable to hurricane damage
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. Padgett also appeared on KROI-FM to discuss this research. A link to this broadcast is not available.
Houston Business Journal

New cancer grant review will consider science and business
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s proposal for the Institute for Applied Cancer Science will undergo scientific as well as commercialization review when the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) re-evaluates the grant application. Rice’s proposal for the Houston-Area Translational Research Consortium is not part of the re-evaluation.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)

Urban rail vote delay is wise
Rice research is cited in an editorial about an urban rail project in Austin, Texas.
Austin American-Statesman

Sugar Land author signs new release at Katy Budget Books
Alumna Stephanie Evans ’09 will sign her new book, “Faithful Unto Death,” June 14.

Bun B: on the road with the Trill OG during Gumball 3000
An article about Houston rapper Bun B mentions that he co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Houston Press

No winners in this war
A letter to the editor responds to a Houston Chronicle op-ed by alumnus Joseph Locke ’09. (Editor’s note: The letter incorrectly identifies Locke as a Rice professor; he taught at Rice as a graduate student.)
Houston Chronicle


Turkish charter schools tied to Gulen movement
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about charter schools in Atlanta with ties to the Gulen movement.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Exercise not as beneficial for black girls as whites, study finds
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 is mentioned.

West Bloomfield’s Kizy Graduates from Rice University
Articles report on recent graduates from Rice.
Two Sharon residents graduate from Rice University
Sen Wang receives doctorate

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.
Genesee County Daily News (N.Y.)

Douglas County’s valedictorians, salutatorians share future plans
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school graduates in the Atlanta area.


Rice pitcher Benak selected by Yankees in MLB draft
Several Rice baseball players were selected in the MLB draft.
Houston Chronicle
Rice reliever Wall picked by Brewers in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle
Rice signees McCanna, Byrd taken in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle
Los Angeles Dodgers select pair of Owls in MLB draft
Houston Chronicle
Area players selected in MLB Draft, have decision to make
Cypress Creek Mirror (Texas)
Twins focused on pitching in early rounds of draft (Mason City, Iowa)

Correa goes first in MLB draft, makes history
Former Rice baseball stand-out Jose Cruz Jr. is mentioned in an article about a Houston Astros draft pick.

Locals McCanna, Helmink, Jackson selected
Rice is mentioned in an article about local MLB draft picks.
Woodlands Villager (Texas)

Trial gets testy as McNamee’s wife takes stand
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned in an article about the trial of Roger Clemens.


Houston unveils Storm Risk Calculator for 2012 hurricane season
The next time a hurricane approaches Houston, residents trying to decide whether to evacuate or shelter in place will be able to get real-time updates about the risks from storm surge, rainfall flooding, wind damage and power outages in their neighborhood, thanks to a new website created by Rice University researchers.

Rice, UCLA slash energy needs for next-generation memory
Researchers from Rice University and UCLA unveiled a new data-encoding scheme this week that slashes more than 30 percent of the energy needed to write data onto new memory cards that use “phase-change memory” — a competitor to flash memory that has big backing from industry heavyweights.

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.