Dateline Rice for June 27, 2012


Natural gas gold rush: Is your state next?

Vicki Colvin, the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor of Chemistry, professor in chemical and biomedical engineering and director of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, is quoted in an article about America’s shale gas boom.

USA Today (This article also appeared in the Marion Star, the Mansfield News-Journal, the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum, the Fremont News Messenger, the Port Clinton News-Herald, the Wausau Daily Herald, the Port Huron Times-Herald, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, the Stevens Point Journal, Florida Today, the Battle Creek Enquirer, the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle and the Buffalo Spectrum.)

The United States at the edge of the fiscal cliff

George Zodrow, the Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Chair of Economics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s Tax and Expenditure Policy Program, is quoted in an article about U.S. tax policy. An English translation of this article is not available.

Les Echos (France)

Cruz-Dewhurst battle pits D.C. and Austin lobbyists

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor in Political Science, is quoted in an article about the Texas U.S. Senate runoff election.

Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.)

Local doctor to be honored with distinguished award

Alumnus Richard Ganchan ’64 will be honored at Magic 2012, Renown Health Foundation’s gala benefiting Renown Children’s Hospital. (This article also appeared on


Concerns, but not outright opposition, mount for HISD bond

Various community leaders are expressing early concerns about the Houston school district’s historic $1.9 billion bond proposal. Rice research is cited in this article, which was the top story on the front of the City & State section.

Houston Chronicle

Troubled cancer institute remapping its future

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas met to assess its business and science practices. Rice is mentioned.

Houston Chronicle

After controversy, CPRIT meets to chart future

Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)

Rice Gallery: The app needs you

The Rice Gallery is celebrating the university’s centennial with a new iPad app.

Rice video series continues celebrating centennial

Rice University is continuing its centennial video series by exploring the history of Rice’s first gardener. Centennial Historian Melissa Kean and video producer Brandon Martin are mentioned. (This article also appeared on

Sugar Land Democrats Club leaders elected to attend Democratic National Convention

Martel College senior Benjamin Chou was elected as a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention.



Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss Egypt’s new government. The interview begins approximately 17 minutes into the clip.


Carbon nanotube-enabled ‘strain paint’ could replace strain gauges

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.

IEEE Spectrum

When solar ‘crossover’ hits, the world will quake

Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is mentioned in an article about solar power technology advancements.

Autofluorescence aids early oral cancer detection

A study shows that autofluorescence imaging and spectroscopy can assist clinicians in identifying early oral cancer and advanced dysplasia in high-risk individuals. Rice is mentioned.


Poor Americans do not live as long as wealthy Americans

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.

Asymmetry in superconductors discovered

Japanese and U.S. physicists are offering new details regarding intriguing similarities between the quirky electronic properties of a new iron-based high-temperature superconductor and its copper-based cousins.

Irvine school news: Scholarships, college grads and more

News briefs report on recent Rice graduates.

Orange County Register (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the Colusa County Sun-Herald and the Port St. Joe Star.)

Head of the class: Local students earn honors and accolades

Baltimore Sun (This article also appeared in the Burbank Leader.)

Acting US attorney named as search begins for successor to Fitzgerald

Alumnus Gary Shapiro ’68 has been named acting U.S. attorney in Chicago.

Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (This article also appeared on, the Rock River Times and


Rice swimmers have one final shot at Olympics

An article reports on Rice student-athletes competing in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

Four-team college football playoff significant, but questions remain

Rick Greenspan is quoted about the 12-year term of the new college football playoff system.

Houston Chronicle

Kinkaid grad ready to start pro career with Dodgers

Alumnus Matthew Reckling ’12 is profiled for his career in baseball.

Houston Chronicle

Brampton’s Harper aiming for Olympic berth

Brown College junior Simone Martin is quoted in an article about the Brampton Track Club. (This article also appeared in the Northumberland News,,,,, and


Djerejian available to comment on worsening Syrian crisis

Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, is available to comment on the deteriorating situation inside Syria and the implications of the crisis for U.S. policymakers.

Palladium beats iron for TCE cleanup

In the first side-by-side tests of a half-dozen palladium- and iron-based catalysts for cleaning up the carcinogen TCE, Rice University scientists have found that palladium destroys TCE far faster than iron — up to a billion times faster in some cases.

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.