Dateline Rice for June 14, 2012


Rice skyspace performs at twilight
After months of anticipation June 14 brings the first official light show of artist James Turrell’s Rice skyspace "Twilight Epiphany." Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 and Emily Stein, Turrell skyspace manager, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)
New way to watch Houston sunsets at Rice University
To the skyspace and beyond: James Turrell’s next big Houston art project? Holograms!
The Turrell skyspace at Rice University

A better way to predict how proteins fold
A new tool is advancing the art of predicting the form and function of proteins. 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 quoted.

Corporate political gifts go unrewarded
Corporate political activity doesn’t necessarily improve the bottom line, a new Rice study shows. Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Corporate spending on political donations, lobbying doesn’t always pay off
Florida Current
US corporate political efforts don’t guarantee returns
No return from corporate political activity
Why we need to keep corporations accountable post-Citizens United
The politics of rising electricity prices
Electric Light & Power


Oil boom: North Dakota is the next hub of US energy
The austere North Dakota prairie is the unlikely center of one of the biggest oil booms in decades. But will drilling there and in other domestic oil patches help the country move closer to the elusive goal of energy independence? Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Popular Mechanics

Would you live in one of the 10 best homes in America?
Rice’s McMurtry and Duncan Colleges received 2012 Housing Awards from the American Institute of Architects.
Daily Mail (U.K.)

Stuxnet and Flame share code, developers
The recently discovered Flame cyber-espionage malware has a direct connection to the Stuxnet malware used to attack programmable logic controllers at Iranian nuclear facilities two years ago, which indicates Flame and Stuxnet share some technical code that reveals a common development effort of some sort. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.,1

Maldivian atolls formed over volcanic plateau
An article discusses a recent lecture by Andre Droxler, professor of Earth science and director of the Center for the Study of Environment and Society.
Haveeru Daily (Maldives)

And the hottest internship in tech is …
Wiess College senior Gbenga Badipe is quoted in an article about interning for Microsoft. (This article also appeared in the Globe and Mail,,,,,,, and

Texas educators sanctioned in cheating scandals get recycled at other schools
An article discussing whether school districts do enough to vet applicants who have been embroiled in testing-related disciplinary disputes mentions a teacher who falsely claimed to have a degree from Rice. (This article also appeared on


ESCAPE programs focus on preventing child abuse
Alumna Lidya Osadchey ’81 is featured in an article about the ESCAPE Family Resource Center.
Memorial Examiner

Emails flag conflict at Texas cancer agency
An editorial discusses the re-evaluation of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s proposal to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Dallas Morning News


Li named Wells Fargo Faculty Scholar at Wake Forest Baptist
An article reporting that King Chuen Peter Li has been the Wells Fargo Faculty Scholar at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center mentions that he taught at Rice.
Greater Triad Business Journal (N.C.)


New study looking deep under Mount St. Helens
A new study of Mount St. Helens aims to look deep — about 60 miles down to the zone where tectonic plates collide and magma rises. Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Earth Science, is mentioned.
The Olympian (Wash.) (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Everett Herald, the Bryan/College Station Eagle and nearly 50 other media outlets.)
Researchers target Mt. St Helens (Portland, Ore.)
Northwest Cable News

Voting could be the latest red-blue casualty
An op-ed column on voter turnout mentions a 2004 report by Chandler Davidson, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Sociology.
Rochester Post-Bulletin (N.Y.)

Nanocable for energy storage
Researchers at Rice University have recently discovered a previously overlooked microcapacitor with the highest capacitance reported for something of its size.

Congrats to Burtonsville and Takoma Park grads
An article reports that Elan Michael Feinstein graduated from Rice May 12.

Subprime college educations
An op-ed about value in college education mentions that three researchers from the University of California, San Diego recently moved their labs to Rice.
Beloit Daily News (Wis.) (This op-ed also appeared in the Defiance Crescent-News, the Kansas City Star, the South Bend Tribune, the Abilene Reporter-News and


Back but certainly not bitter
Alumnus Jimmy Comerota ’09 is profiled for his career in baseball.

Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Brian Friday in baseball games between the Indianapolis Indians and the Rochester Red Wings.
Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
Bellaire Episcopal High School grad Brian Friday fuels Indianapolis

McKanna selected as THSCA all-star
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Woodlands High School student-athlete.
Houston Chronicle

Tulane’s Michael Mainguy receives Conference USA postgraduate scholarship award
Articles discuss winners of Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. The awards are named for late Rice faculty member Jim Castañeda.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Gale wins scholarship
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

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.