Dateline Rice for June 22, 2012


Nanotube paint reveals plane wing strain
Rice scientists have developed a new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes that can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes. Satish Nagarajaiah, professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering and materials science, and Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, are quoted.
New ‘strain paint’ glows fluorescent when the underlying structure is stressed
Popular Science
Nanotech paint can show stress and strain
United Press International
Strain-detecting, carbon nanotube-infused ‘strain paint’
Now, nano-infused paint to detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes (This Asian News International article also appeared on
Nanotube paint reveals plane wing strain
Rice University’s fluorescent nanotube paint reveals mechanical strain
‘Strain paint’ detects structural deformation

Poor in US live five years less than rich
The U.S. trails many of the world’s countries when it comes to life expectancy, most notably with its poorest citizens, who live about five years less than those who are more affluent. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Rich Americans live five years longer than poor, study shows
Americans are not getting older as life expectancy stagnates


Baby of Rice prof killed by car loses brief fight for life
The daughter of Jennifer Young, the Pfeiffer-VIGRE Instructor in Computational and Applied Mathematics, who was delivered shortly after a car-pedestrian accident that killed her mother, died Wednesday. Matthias Heinkenschloss, professor and chair of computational and applied mathematics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also on and
Tragedy as baby of pregnant mother who died just hours after hit by car and giving birth has died
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Newborn dies day after mother fatally struck by car (Houston)
Baby delivered after mom killed crossing the street dies in hospital
Baby of pregnant Rice professor hit by car dies (This article also appeared on [Austin, Texas].)
Auto-ped accident claims lives of infant, mom

Walter Cronkite bio is great news
An article reviews a biography of Walter Cronkite by Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Brinkley is also quoted in an article about Edward Klein’s biography of President Barack Obama.
Newsday (N.Y.)
Washington Post unloads both barrels on Ed Klein’s anti-Obama book

In Houston, high rates of uninsured burden public system
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an op-ed about health care in Texas and the Affordable Care Act. (This article also appeared in Kaiser Health News and the York News-Times, the Sacramento Bee and the Bellingham Herald.)

Vietnamese American wins prize for sex work thesis
Kimberly Kay Hoang, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, won the "best dissertation" award from the American Sociological Association.
Tuoi Tre (Vietnam)


Things to do in Houston before you die
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice appears in a photo slideshow of things to do in Houston before the end of the world
Houston Chronicle

HISD outlines $1.9 billion bond issue
Most of Houston’s aging high schools would be rebuilt or renovated under HISD Superintendent Terry Grier’s plan to seek voter approval for a $1.9 billion bond issue, the largest in recent history for a Texas district. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Dewhurst proposes Congressional term limits
Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about the Texas U.S. Senate runoff election.
San Antonio Express-News
Dallas-area voters may be kingmakers in US Senate runoff
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

Rice Stadium a remarkable gridiron arena of ingenuity
An article discusses the creation of Rice Stadium. Several important people in Rice history are mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

Countdown to pride: Where to be, what (not) to wear and who to cheer for at Houston LGBT Celebration
Rice is mentioned in an article about gay pride events in Houston.

Governor names two area residents to state commission
Alumna Sherry Radack ’73 was named to the governing board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. (Waco, Texas)

Menri monks strengthen bond with Houston
Rice is mentioned in an article about the connection between Houston and the Menri Monastery in Tibet.
Houston Chronicle


Rice installed impact-resistant security film on Wiess College’s windows.


Flattened nanotubes — the gateway to huge opportunities in nanotechnology?
Squashed nanotubes may be ripe with new possibilities for scientists, according to a new study by Rice University. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry, is quoted.
Growing opportunities with collapsed nanotubes


Healing nanotubes to achieve one meter length
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.


Alumna Becky Wade ’12 will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials in Oregon.
Dallas Morning News

LaSalle’s Willson looks to balance pro sports career
Lovett College senior Luke Willson is profiled for his career in professional sports. (This article also appeared in the Windsor Star.)

D-days win in walk-off fashion
Former Rice standout Craig Manuel is quoted in an article about the Auburn Doubledays baseball team.


Tony Martino, Rice’s first gardener
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Tony Martino, Rice’s first gardener, and his horticultural legacy at Rice.

Rice University expert available to comment on Pride Parade and Festival
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, Houston will host its annual Pride Parade and Festival Saturday to recognize the impact of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Brian Scott Riedel, assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, can comment on the historical and current significance of this event, which is celebrated by major cities across the country.

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.