Dateline Rice for June 18, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


KTRK-TV’s ‘Viva Houston’
Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, appeared on KTRK-TV’s "Viva Houston" to discuss communicating the importance of education to Hispanic youth.

Star struck: James Turrell’s Rice skyspace draws sellout crowd that overflows to the lawn
June 14 brought the first public light show of the James Turrell Skyspace "Twilight Epiphany." Molly Hipp Hubbard, university art director, and trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 are quoted. Alumnus Raymond Brochstein ’55 is mentioned.

Yes, oil prices are cyclical
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about oil prices. Jaffe is also quoted in an article about Iowa’s bio-energy industry.
New York Times
Threats to Iowa’s Bio-energy Industry
Des Moines Register (Iowa) (This article also appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Indianapolis Star.)


Southern Baptists set for a notable first
The Southern Baptist Convention is poised to elect its first African-American president. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Lakeland Ledger, the Seattle Times and the Tampa Bay Times.)

In Texas, immigration change means hope and end of fear
President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. government would end deportations of some illegal immigrants who came to this country as children and make them eligible for work permits. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Businessweek and the Taipei Times.)

Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley lists the best and worst first fathers
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, lists the best and worst fathers of presidents.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Concord Monitor and the Denver Post.)

North Carolina to sea level rise: Go away
Climate scientists are watching anxiously as some state legislatures seek to restrict how state agencies and planners prepare for potential sea-level rise. The article cites a quote by John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, in a Miami Herald op-ed. Anderson is also quoted in a reprint of the Miami Herald op-ed in the Kansas City Star.
Add rising sea levels to the list of banned terms
Kansas City Star (This op-ed also appeared on, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Northwestern.)

Familiar faces offering advice, idealism and humor
An article about commencement speeches throughout the country cites Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s commencement speech at Rice. A separate article discusses Khan’s speech in detail.
New York Times
Salman Khan to Rice University grads: ‘Be a source of positivity’

China’s space launch: ‘wow’ or ‘meh’?
An article about China’s space exploration efforts mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Coquitlam musician wins award at Stepping Stone awards in Ottawa
Brian Yoon, a graduate student in music, won the 2011 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award.
Victoria Times-Colonist (Canada)


Houston announces website for hurricane season
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. Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted. Devika Subramanian, professor of computer science, and Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, are mentioned. (This article also appeared on

SMU spends $375 million on campus projects with hopes to construct a top-tier future
Rice is mentioned in an article about Southern Methodist University’s efforts to achieve Tier One status.
Dallas Morning News

Powers to incorporate student input to change honor code
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Texas at Austin’s honor code.


KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
Jill Foote, senior lecturer in finance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, discusses the state of the U.S. economy.

Newstalk’s ‘Futureproof’ (Ireland)
Volker Rudolf, assistant professor in ecology and evolutionary biology, appeared on Newstalk’s "Futureproof" to discuss cannibalism among animals. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Rice students figure out how to stop USAF-grade rounds
Rice students have created a device to stop high-velocity projectiles without destroying them. A Rice-produced video is featured.

UT says no irregularities in $20 million cancer grant
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. (Dayton, Ohio) (This article also appeared in the Columbus Republic and the Greenfield Daily Reporter.)

College news
Articles report on students who graduated from Rice May 12.
Brattleboro Reformer (Vt.)
Academic achievers
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Congratulations to newly minted Mclean College graduates
Name droppers
Davis Enterprise (Calif.)

Learning lags as universities push diversity
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.
The Columbian (Wash.) (This op-ed also appeared in the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Altoona Herald-Index, the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Des Moines Register and [Grand Rapids, Mich.].)

West Monroe’s Kentrell Owens receives full scholarship to Rice University
An article reports that a Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts senior has been admitted to Rice with a full scholarship through QuestBridge.
Monroe News-Star (La.)

East St. John High School scholarships class of 2012
Rice is mentioned in an article about East St. John High School scholarship winners.
L’Observateur (La.)

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.
Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)


Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
Articles discuss the performance of former Rice baseball player Brian Friday in baseball games between the Indianapolis Indians and the Charlotte Knights.
Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians

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

10 great current major leaguers who dominated the College World Series
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman appears in a list of Major League Baseball players who performed well in the College World Series. (Twin Falls, Idaho)

A day late, but not behind
Former Rice standout Craig Manuel is quoted in an article about the Auburn Doubledays baseball team.


Baker Institute’s Tony Payan available to comment on Obama administration’s immigration announcement
Tony Payan, a scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on the Obama administration’s announcement that it will issue work permits to and stop deporting as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and have never committed a crime.

In nanotube growth, errors are not an option
At the right temperature, with the right catalyst, there’s no reason a perfect single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can’t be grown a meter long. That calculation is one result of a study by collaborators at Rice, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tsinghua universities who explored the self-healing mechanism that could make such extraordinary growth possible. That’s important to scientists who see high-quality carbon nanotubes as critical to advanced materials and, if they can be woven into long cables, power distribution over the grid of the future.

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.