Dateline Rice for June 15, 2012


June 14 brought the first public light show of the James Turrell Skyspace "Twilight Epiphany." President David Leebron is quoted in the article.
James Turrell’s ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace opens at Rice University


Voice of America News
NASA has ambitious plans for exploring Mars, but a long-range plan to send a human crew there by 2030 is under fire from critics. David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.


UT system clears MD Anderson but questions remain
A University of Texas System review of a proposal to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas exonerated MD Anderson Cancer Center of any wrongdoing. The story appeared on the front page.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
UT review finds no problems in controversial cancer grant

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
UT says no irregularities in $20 million cancer grant (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the El Paso Times, the Courier of Montgomery County, the Washington Examiner, [Amarillo, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Lufkin, Texas],, [Dallas],,, [Bryan/College Station, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [San Antonio], [El Paso, Texas], [Beaumont, Texas], [Houston], [Lubbock, Texas], [Tyler, Texas],,, [Lawton, Okla.], [Ada, Okla.], [Atlanta], [Shreveport, La.], [Steubenville, Ohio], [Orlando, Fla.], [Lake Charles, La.], [San Francisco], [Johnstown, Penn.] and [Columbus, Ohio].)

City, Rice launch online tool that calculates storm risks
With the start of hurricane season comes a new tool developed by Rice 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; Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, are quoted.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Not so fast: Real estate leader says new Houston-Rice Storm Risk Calculator has only limited usefulness
A local real estate leader is sounding a note of caution about relying on the new Storm Risk Calculator developed by Rice to determine home values.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner and the Rancher.)

Houston Friends of Chamber Music announces 2012-13 lineup
Rice is mentioned in an article about Houston Friends of Chamber Music’s 2012-13 season.
Houston Chronicle

Education briefs
Articles report on several students who graduated from Rice May 12.
Friendswood Journal
David Ryan graduates from Rice University
Roanoke Times (Va.)

Faculty to discuss innovation and incubation at IIT Madras
Rice is mentioned in an article about a trip to Houston by a delegation from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.


Paper and plastic HIV test
A DNA test to detect HIV in infants in resource-poor countries is a step closer, thanks to a technique to amplify DNA samples developed by U.S. scientists. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, is mentioned.
Chemistry World

Efficiency vs. accuracy
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 mentioned.
Low-Power Engineering

Salman Khan double dips: Delivers commencement addresses at MIT and Rice
An article discusses Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s commencement speeches at Rice and MIT. (This article also appeared on,, and


Houston pride: Dancing, dining, divas and diving on the bayou
Rice is mentioned in an article about gay pride celebrations in Houston. (This article also appeared on,,,,,, and

Ride for the Future: Students hope trek draws attention to renewable energy
McMurtry College senior Skye Kelty is quoted in an article about a Ride for the Future bicycle convoy to raise awareness for alternative energy.
Lafayette Daily Advertiser (La.)

Student diversity
A letter to the editor responding to a recent George Will op-ed mentions that three researchers from the University of California, San Diego recently moved their labs to Rice.
Miami Herald

Sullivan attacks Lt. Cmdr. Bridenstine for ‘missing votes’
Alumnus Jim Bridenstine ’97 is mentioned in an op-ed discussing an Oklahoma legislative race. (Okla.)


Design for new Rice University tennis facility to begin
Design of a new $7 million tennis facility at Rice University is scheduled to begin this summer. The university has received donations totaling approximately $5 million for this project and will begin construction on the new facility when an additional $2 million is raised. The project is subject to the Rice University Board of Trustees’ approval. (This article also appeared on

Lions sign wide receiver Dillard
The Detroit Lions have signed alumnus Jarett Dillard ’08.

Strykers power past Alexandria
McMurtry College senior Michael Aquino is mentioned in an article recapping a baseball game between the Woodlands Strykers and the Alexandria Aces.
Courier of Montgomery County (Texas)

Tanner, USC sit atop the college baseball world
An article profiling University of South Carolina head baseball coach Ray Tanner mentions Rice head baseball coach Wayne Graham.
The State (S.C.)


President Lovett’s office
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at former Rice President Edgar Odell Lovett’s historic office.

Electrified graphene a shutter for light
An applied electric voltage can prompt a centimeter-square slice of graphene to change and control the transmission of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths from the terahertz to the midinfrared.

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.