Dateline Rice for June 19, 2012


Teen girl wins birth lottery and invests in the future of African girls
Lovett College sophomore Shannon McNamara is profiled for her work as founder of Shannon’s After-school Reading Exchange.


When university presses fail
Former provost Eugene Levy, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics, is quoted in an article about the closure of university presses in the U.S.
Inside Higher Ed

Austerity doesn’t pay as debt markets ignore rating cuts
John Hund, visiting assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about austerity measures taken by Britain. (This article also appeared on

Cost of college a burden for children of divorce
A study shows that children of divorced parents can have difficulty affording college. Rice research is cited. (This article also appeared on [Honolulu].)

Venezuela: potential changes?
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, is quoted in an article about the Venezuelan presidential campaign. An English translation of this article is not available. Jones also appeared on KTMD-TV to discuss President Barack Obama’s recent immigration policy shift. A link to this broadcast is not available.
Sanlian Life Weekly (China)

Texas lawyer convicted in judicial kickbacks probe
A Rice alumnus is mentioned in this court trial based on a federal investigation into judicial corruption in Brownsville, Texas. (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe,, and nearly 110 other media outlets.)


The science of the summer solstice
A sidebar accompanying an article about the summer solstice mentions the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Rice’s Amy Jaffe discusses China and US energy policies
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, will discuss "China’s Rise: Energy Implications, Environmental Challenges" at the Asia Society Texas Center June 19.
Houston Business Journal

Living loud and proud
An article about gay pride events in Houston mentions video interviews with prominent members of Houston’s LGBT community presented by Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.
Houston Press

Generations’ ‘Our Town’ is magnificently resplendent production
Generations: A Theatre Company’s production of Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town" in Rice’s Hamman Hall is reviewed.
Houston Chronicle


Meet Wall Street’s most eligible bachelorettes
Alumna Aerin Williams ’08 appears on a list of the most eligible bachelorettes on Wall Street.


First black president for Southern Baptists?
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.

TU President, family moving into dorm
Alumnus Geoffrey Orsak ’85, who was recently named president of the University of Tulsa, will be moving his family into a dorm apartment to better learn the campus. (Tulsa, Okla.)


2012 capsules on teams in Appalachian League
Lovett College junior Tyler Duffey is mentioned in an article about minor league baseball.

Awty coach, Rice star Harlan returns to US Olympic Trials
Alumnus Ryan Harlan ’04 will compete in the decathlon at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
West University Examiner (Texas)


Djerejian available to comment on Syrian crisis
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. Ambassador to Syria and to Israel, is available to comment on current developments in Syria and on the United States’ Middle East policy.

Jones School to host ‘The Supreme Court’s Impact on Health Care Reform’
Houston attorney Sheri Dacso will discuss the effect of federal health care reform legislation on the relationships between physicians and hospitals during a free public lecture at Rice University June 21. Her talk, "The Supreme Court’s Impact on Health Care Reform," is part of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business’ Health Care Speaker Series.

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.