Dateline Rice for July 3, 2012

(Correction: The Houston Chronicle misspelled Rice trustee and alumnus Jeffery Rose’s name in Monday’s article about Rose ’77 being honored at the Barrier Breaker luncheon. The Chronicle printed a correction in today’s paper.)


Evidence of ‘God particle’ reportedly found
The physics world was abuzz Monday with early reports that the elusive Higgs boson had been detected at Europe’s premier physics lab. Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted. A link to the WOAI-AM broadcast is not available.
USA Today (This article also appeared in Florida Today, the Binghampton Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Ithaca Journal, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Salem Statesman Journal,, [Denver], [Greensboro, N.C.] and [Knoxville, Tenn.].)
Search for the ‘God particle’ (San Antonio)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

Reforms won’t come easy for Mexico’s new leader
Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to quickly push for promised economic and social policies that include energy reforms favorable to U.S. and Texas investors. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle


Obama invokes McCain as Romney cites Clinton to make case
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the 2012 presidential race. Brinkley is also quoted in an article about the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama’s legacy and re-election hopes. (This article also appeared in Businessweek and
Re-election drives Obama’s legacy (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune,, [Cape Girardeau, Mo.] and nearly 70 other media outlets.)

Researchers have created paints that form a lithium-ion battery when layered together
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.
Washington Post
Spray-on batteries could reshape energy storage
MIT Technology Review
Spray-on battery invented
Scientists develop spray-on paint that acts as battery
Researchers develop sprayable batteries
Spray-on batteries could turn your coffee cup into an energy-collecting device
Rice University researchers create a paintable battery
Need a rechargeable battery? Just paint it on (This article also appeared on [Binghamton, N.Y.], [Eugene, Ore.] and [Tulsa, Okla.].)
New spray-on batteries could revolutionize energy storage
Rice team files for patent on paintable battery
Occupational Health & Safety
Researchers develop spray-on battery
Spray-on battery could slip power into tighter spaces (This article also appeared on

Beyond maize in Malawi
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
Greensboro News-Record (N.C.) (This column also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Qatar Tribune and

Meet the ’30 Under 30′ Class of 2012
Alumna Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 was named part of Inc. magazine’s "30 Under 30."


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 stories about the Mexican presidential election. Links to the KTMD-TV and KXLN-TV broadcasts are not available.

KXAS-TV (Dallas)
Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in a story about race perception in the U.S.


Nano-infused paint can detect 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.

Growing the perfect (and really long) nanotube
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.


Roof changes color based on sun’s movement
An article discusses the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice. Video of the Skyspace is featured.

The $100K club
Rice is mentioned in an article about high-earning recent college graduates.

Columbia High students announce college picks
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.


LSU-Eunice’s Jeff Willis honored by College Baseball Hall of Fame
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. (Lafayette, La.)

The daily five
A news brief reports that alumnus Josh Geer ’06 has been named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Drone verbally commits to Rice
A Gallatin County High School student-athlete verbally committed to Rice.


Rising plasma offers clues to sun storms
A Rice University astrophysicist is part of an international team that combined Doppler techniques with images and data from a space-based telescope to observe, for the first time, loops of 1,800,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma flowing up from the sun’s surface at more than 12 miles per second.

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.