Dateline Rice for June 21, 2012


Young academic bears baby, dies after car strikes her
A front-page, above-the-fold story pays tribute to the achievements of Jennifer Young, the Pfeiffer-VIGRE Instructor in Computational and Applied Mathematics, who was killed in a car-pedestrian accident Tuesday. Matthias Heinkenschloss, professor and chair of computational and applied mathematics, and Steve Cox, professor of computational and applied mathematics, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune and the Aberdeen News.)
Miracle as doctors save seven-month-old baby after postdoctoral professor mother fatally hit in intersection

Daily Mail (U.K.)
Pregnant pedestrian dies; her child delivered but critical
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise.)
Pregnant Rice professor struck, killed near Med Center; baby in critical condition (This article also appeared on [San Antonio].)
Pregnant Rice staffer killed in auto accident, child in critical
Pregnant woman killed crossing street, doctors deliver baby

James Turrell’s ‘Twilight Epiphany’ lights up Rice University
An article discusses the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice. Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 is quoted. This article features a Rice-produced video and photos.


Fox News Channel’s ‘Happening Now’
President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege on documents related to the Justice Department’s response to congressional inquires about the botched ATF operation known as "Fast and Furious." Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Brinkley is also quoted in an article about Edward Klein’s biography of President Barack Obama.

Edward Klein defends his Obama biography, ‘The Amateur’

New Orleans Times-Picayune


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. (Amarillo, Texas)

Korean-born maestro to be Dallas Symphony Orchestra associate conductor
An article about conductor Thomas Hong mentions that he will join the faculty at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music this fall.
Dallas Morning News

Community pride
Articles report on several students who recently graduated from Rice.
Humble Observer
Community pride
Atascocita Observer
Claire Mauvais of Wilmington graduates from Rice University
Students honored in academics
Winter Park Observer (Fla.)

FBISD students named winners of 2012 Science Engineering Fair
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 53rd annual Science Engineering Fair of Houston.
Fort Bend Star

True blood
A letter to the editor about author James Donovan mentions Rice.
Texas Monthly


KNPR-FM (Nevada)
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at the Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KNPR-FM to discuss the mayoral race in Agua Prieta, Mexico, and political trends in Latin America.


Nanotechnologies extended to coax
Researchers have created a coaxial cable about a thousand times smaller than a human hair, but with higher capacitance than previous microcapacitors. Jun Lou, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

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An article discusses the InHouse OutHouse, a Rice student architecture project created by alumni Peter Muessig ’11, Andrew Daley ’11 and Jason Fleming ’11. Fleming is quoted.

Compressive sensing gets patented
Researchers at Rice University have been granted a U.S. patent for their work developing a camera based on compressive sensing.
Vision Systems Design


Kopplin honored by ‘Hef’
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is profiled for being selected one of four recipients of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award.

Sarasota’s big league festival
Brown College sophomore Rebecca Reale is mentioned in an article about the Sarasota Music Festival.

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. (Fla.) (This article also appeared on [Jacksonville, Fla.] and [Phoenix].)

Summer magic with storyteller Diane Edgecomb
Alumnus Kimball Gallagher ’02 will perform in New Hampshire Sept. 1.
Foster’s Daily Democrat (N.H.)

Put away the weapons
A gardening column cites Rice biochar research.
Muskogee Phoenix (Okla.)

Valedictorians defend their title
Rice is mentioned in an article about valedictorians.

Republican changing of the guard? Some GOP officials face stiff challenges in the June 26 primary
Alumnus Jim Bridenstine ’97 is mentioned in news items about Oklahoma legislative races.
A vote for Jim Bridenstine is a vote for Tulsa and America


Highly recommend this football camp and radio show
Alumnus N.D. Kalu ’97 will team up with former NFL All-Pro Bobby Taylor to host a youth football camp at Rice June 22-23.
Houston Chronicle


Asymmetry may provide clue to superconductivity
Japanese and U.S. physicists are offering new details this week in the journal Nature regarding intriguing similarities between the quirky electronic properties of a new iron-based high-temperature superconductor and its copper-based cousins.

Poorer US citizens live five years less than affluent countrymen
Despite modest gains in lifespan over the past century, the United States still trails many of the world’s countries when it comes to life expectancy, and its poorest citizens live approximately five years less than more affluent persons, according to a new study from Rice University and the University Colorado at Boulder.

Nano-infused paint can detect strain
A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes at Rice University can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes.

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.