Dateline Rice for July 2, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Rice researchers tinkering with spray-on battery

Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and Neelam Singh, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. A link to the KTRH-AM broadcast is not available.

San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Odessa American and nearly 30 other media outlets.)

Soon we might spray-paint batteries onto any surface

Power up with paint

Spray-on rechargeable batteries could store energy anywhere


Spray-on lithium-ion batteries could shape the next generation of portable electronics

Texan team paints batteries onto beer steins

The Register (U.K.)

Spray-on batteries will make your phone super thin


Rice University develops battery that can be spray-painted onto almost any surface

Turn your home into a battery through paintable batteries

Rice University develops spray-on battery prototype

ComputerWorld (This article also appeared on PCWorld,,,,,,,,, and

Spray-on batteries could power your future laptop

PCWorld (This article also appeared on and

Spray-on batteries could be a reality in the future

Spray-on battery can turn beer mug into power source

Spray-paint battery could turn any surface into power storage

Lithium-ion battery can be painted onto most surfaces

Research team unveils spray-on battery

Tehran Times (This article also appeared in the China Post.)

Paintable battery invented at Rice University

Scientists develop spray-on battery

Times of India

Researchers create spray-on battery (This article also appeared on,,,, [San Francisco],,, and [Dallas].)

Scientists develop paint that can turn any surface into a battery

Spray-on battery developed

Engineering & Technology

Scientists create spray-on battery paint

Scientists create spray-on battery paint

Researchers create battery that can be spray-painted

Scientists develop spray-on battery

Max power

Spray-on batteries create portable, sticky power

Paintable battery created

Researchers devise paintable li-ion battery

Researchers develop spray-on battery

Paintable battery offers new opportunities (This article also appeared on

How to paint on your batteries

Paintable battery addresses key EV issue

Rice team files for patent on paintable battery

Occupational Health & Safety

Spray-on lithium-ion batteries are our future

Spray-on lithium-ion batteries being developed

This paintable battery can be used virtually anywhere

New spray-on battery could convert any object into an electricity storage device

Researchers invent paintable battery

New spray-on battery could power houses, vehicles

Researchers develop paintable battery

Energy Harvesting Journal

Research team unveils spray-on battery

Spray-on lithium-ion batteries being developed

Spray-paint batteries invented by scientists

Scientists invent paint-on batteries

Painting on a power source

Spray-on batteries could change device design

Batteries of the future can be painted on

Scientists demonstrate ‘paint-on’ batteries

Digital Photography Review (This article also appeared on

KTRK-TV (Similar stories also appeared on WOAI-TV [San Antonio], WDAF-TV [Kansas City, Mo.], KNOW-FM [Minneapolis], KHQA-TV [Quincy, Ill.], WXMI-TV [Grand Rapids, Mich.], WGNO-TV [New Orleans] and WTOP-AM [Washington, D.C.)

There’s a lot of … energy in the work of this graffiti artist

Paintable battery is a real turn-on

Paintable battery could end traditional packaging for storage devices

In the labs: Batteries that spray on and can grow

How to create a spray-paint battery

Battery-based paint

Rice University’s carbon nanotube paint turns any surface into a solar battery

Rice University showcase spray-paintable battery technology on lighted bathroom tiles

Rice University researchers perfect paint that acts as battery

Rice University researchers create a paintable battery

Spray-on battery could slip power into tighter spaces



With health care, Obama scores a transcendent victory, but re-election drives his legacy

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama’s legacy and re-election hopes. Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite is reviewed by the Boston Globe.

Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe,,,,, and nearly 300 other media outlets.)

Health-care ruling restores Barack Obama’s winning profile

Globe and Mail (Canada)

‘Cronkite’ by Douglas Brinkley

Boston Globe

Texas’ defiant fight against feds, from EPA to health care, leads to more Washington oversight

An article discusses the impact of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s fight against what he views as Washington meddling in state affairs. 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. Jones is also quoted in a front-page Houston Chronicle article about Texas Sen. John Cornyn, as well as articles about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and the Texas U.S. Senate runoff election. Jones is quoted in several stories about the Mexican presidential election. Research by Jones was cited in a KSEV-AM interview with Ted Cruz. A link to this broadcast is not available.

Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report,,,, and more than 280 other media outlets.)

Cornyn seeks to regain Senate, kill health care law

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and

Politics, ideology clash over expanding Medicaid

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Cruz’s attacks on Dewhurst rile colleagues

San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)







Mexico’s likely presidential winner must act quickly on reform

KSEV-AM (Houston)

Mitt Romney tries to get his foreign affairs in order

Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Mitt Romney’s foreign policy positions.

Globe and Mail (Canada)

Can India even acquire enough coal?

Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about the demand for coal in India.

Wall Street Journal

Seeing the power of foreign aid

Alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12 authored this column about her travels in southern Africa with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. Kristof’s column about Africa’s economic and social growth mentions that he is traveling with Schermerhorn.

New York Times

Africa on the rise

New York Times

Bunga Raya: The crown jewel of Sabah

Martel College junior Kay Rodriguez is mentioned in an article about the Bunga Raya Resort & Spa.

Philippine Star


Barrier Breaker creates good vibes

Trustee and alumnus Jeffery Rose ’77 was honored at the 16th annual Barrier Breaker luncheon. Rose and his wife, De, are pictured. Alumna Annise Parker ’78 is mentioned and pictured also.

Houston Chronicle

Texas must take advantage of Medicaid expansion

Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, and Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, authored this op-ed recommending that Texas take advantage of provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

Houston Chronicle

Lessons for Texas in UVa scandal

An editorial about the scandal surrounding the dismissal of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan mentions the brief appointment of former Rice President William Masterson.

Houston Chronicle

Dr. Stanley Spinner is new Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates chief medical officer

Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Stanley Spinner was named chief medical officer for Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates. (This article also appeared on

Centennial video explores office of Rice’s first president

Working with centennial historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin created a video that looks at the historic office of Rice University’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett.

Most (and least!) expensive colleges in Texas

Rice is mentioned in an article about the most and the least expensive colleges in Texas.



Amid pressure from Texas and other states, has begun charging sales tax in Texas. Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.


Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act.


Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss the Mexican presidential election. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Building’s roof changes color based on the sun’s movement

Articles discuss the James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice. Video of the Skyspace is featured.

Legal mother lode

Alumnus Max Laun ’83 was named general counsel and vice president of Alcoa.

New, monumental light sculpture in the form of a Carbon 60 Molecule to illuminate Madison Square Park

Rice is mentioned in an article about a new sculpture by artist Leo Villareal.


Slippin’ into whiteness: Melungeons and other ‘almost white’ groups

John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, is quoted in an op-ed about multiracial groups scattered across the U.S.

China’s manned space mission marks ‘great first step’

Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, discusses China’s recent manned space mission. (This article also appeared on,,,, and

Congrats! Colleges award degrees, honors to local students

A news brief reports that Anne Kadota ’12 graduated from Rice May 12.

Can’t help but vote Obama

Rice research is cited in a letter to the editor about the 2012 presidential election.

Orange County Register (Calif.)

Campus notes

Rice is mentioned in a news brief about a Wright State University graduate.

The story behind Springfield’s only ‘Best of Craigslist’ post

Former Rice student Chealsey Russell is quoted in an article about a Craiglist posting.

Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)


Rice’s Graham enters College Baseball Hall of Fame

Head baseball coach Wayne Graham was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Houston Chronicle

Owls coach Wayne Graham reflects on his career, baseball and Lance Berkman

Houston Press

For two Hall of Fame inductees, career decisions worked out

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

KVOA-TV (Tucson, Ariz.)

Martins Ferry native named assistant swim coach at Rice

Amanda Caldwell was named assistant swimming coach at Rice.

Martins Ferry Times-Leader (Ohio)

Rice distance runner comes up short in Olympic bid

Alumna Becky Wade ’12 competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials.

KIAH-TV (Houston) (This story also appeared on

KRGV-TV (Harlingen, Texas)

Alumnus George Schulgen ’68 was named to the RGV Sports Hall of Fame.

RGV Sports Hall of Fame welcomes 2012 class

J.P. Heath named voice of Rice athletics

J.P. Heath was recently named “The Voice of the Rice Owls.”

Lufkin News (Texas)

J.P. Heath named voice of Rice University sports

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