Dateline Rice for June 20, 2012


Obama tells young illegal immigrants they can stay
Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will get a chance to stay in the United States and work under a new policy announced by the Obama administration. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Payan is cited in a separate article about the debate over immigration policy.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Who is right in the Obama vs. Kline immigration debate?

Edward Klein defends his Obama biography, ‘The Amateur’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Edward Klein’s biography of President Barack Obama.
Washington Post

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.


State better-prepared for hurricane season
The Texas Department of Transportation is pointing to drills and other measures it is enacting, such as an increased push into social media, as evidence of its readiness for the 2012 hurricane season. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Midland, Texas],, and

Jones School to host Health Care Speaker Series
Houston attorney Sheri Dacso will give a free public lecture on federal health care reform legislation at Rice June 21. (This article also appeared on


The EnergyMakers Show
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on an episode of the EnergyMakers Show, a weekly video podcast/broadcast, to discuss the paradigm shift that has occurred in the natural gas space and the geopolitical consequences.


Simulations show slower growth will enable defect free meter-long carbon nanotubes
Rice researchers have found that at the right temperature and with the right catalyst, there’s no reason a perfect single-wall carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can’t be grown a meter long. Feng Ding, an adjunct assistant professor at Rice and an assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic, is quoted. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is mentioned.

Experts unveil superefficient ‘inexact’ chip
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 quoted.


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.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (This article also appeared in the Seattle Times.)

Not playing with rights
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is profiled for being selected one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

Campus congratulations
A news brief reports on several students who graduated from Rice May 12.

Baltimore Symphony names Fei Xie principal bassonist
Alumnus Fei Xie ’06 has been named principal bassoonist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Baltimore Sun

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 in the Kentucky Post,, [Nevada], [West Palm Beach, Fla.], [Cincinnati], [Cleveland] and

On the stump: Forums, debates and neighbors
Alumnus Jim Bridenstine ’97 is mentioned in an article about Oklahoma legislative races. (Okla.)

Rotary awards four $2,000 scholarships to Edmond students
Rice is mentioned in an article about winners of scholarships from the Edmond Rotary Club.
Edmond Sun (Okla.)

Reinventing who you are in midlife a challenge, opportunity
An article about reinventing oneself mentions Jan deChambrier, artist teacher of opera studies at the Shepherd School of Music.
Deseret News (Utah)


Rice University health care experts available to comment on Supreme Court’s impending Affordable Care Act ruling
Two health care experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy can speak about the local and national implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and why Texas is an example of what the nation will look like without ACA.

Flattened nanotubes are full of potential
Squashed nanotubes may be ripe with new possibilities for scientists, according to a new study by Rice University.

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.