Dateline Rice for July 5, 2012


Rice physicist weighs in on Higgs boson
In this front-page Houston Chronicle Q-and-A, Professor of Physics and Astronomy Paul Padley discusses the discovery of a new particle by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and Rice’s role with the research. He is also quoted in several other reports on the research. An English translation of the article is not available. A link to the WOAI-AM broadcast is not available. Other Rice experts appeared in the media to discuss the discovery: Karl Ecklund, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, authored a column about the discovery for and Frank Geurts, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, appeared on KTRH-AM. Reports on KHOU-TV and KPRC-TV mentioned Rice’s participation in the discovery.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Hello, Higgs Boson: LHC’s new particle looks like the real thing
Popular Science
The discovery of a new particle, a window into the unknown
Evidence of ‘God particle’ reportedly found
Ithaca Journal (N.Y.) (This article also appeared in the Elmira Star-Gazette, the Detroit Free Press, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, the Parsippany Daily Record, [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Sacramento, Calif.] and [Columbia, S.C.].)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Just the beginning of Higgs physics


Plasma loops may predict solar storms
Loops of 1,800,000-degree Fahrenheit plasma rising from the sun’s surface may be the first signs of solar storms that threaten satellites orbiting Earth and power transmission grids on the ground. Stephen Bradshaw, the William V. Vietti Junior Chair of Space Physics and assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
Iucaa scientists view gas explosion on Sun’s surface
Times of India


Can Cruz pull it off?
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 race. Jones is also quoted in an article about the recent impeachment of Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo. An English translation of that article is not available.
National Review
Texas US Senate race rhetoric rises with the temperature
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Paraguay: The return of conservative forces
Sanlian Life Weekly (China)

Obama, Romney campaigns observe cross-party generosity
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.
Boston Globe (This article also appeared in the Ogden Standard-Examiner. A similar article appeared on


The Houston Arts Resource fair is coming to town
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will speak at the Houston Arts Resource Fair.
Houston Press

A classical music concert for every string: Meghan Caulkett’s 47 reasons to love the harp
An article previews a concert by Meghan Caulkett, a graduate student in music at the Shepherd School of Music.

West University once lured residents with ‘wide-open spaces’
Rice is mentioned in an article about the history of West University Place.
Houston Chronicle


A theater company dish on ‘Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’
The cast and crew of a production of the play "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" at Rice’s Hamman Hall is interviewed.


Paintable power: Researchers develop 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.
Spray-on batteries: a breakthrough in battery design and integration
Spray-on battery makes a power source of any surface
Need a rechargeable battery? Just paint it on (Rochester, N.Y.) (This article also appeared on [Watertown, N.Y.] and [Birmingham, Ala.].)
Meet the new spray-on battery that comes in a can
Rice University creates spray-on, paint-based lithium-ion batteries
Rice researchers develop paintable battery
Spray-on battery
Engineers and scientists working on spray-on batteries and T-shirts that allow you to charge your mobile devices
Conversation starters: A battery that can be spray-painted on and more
Las Vegas Weekly
New spray-on battery could convert any object into an electricity storage device
WLOS-TV (Greenville, S.C.)

Mexico’s drug war version 2.0
Dismayed and horrified by the wave of prohibition-related violence unleashed on Mexico with President Felipe Calderon’s deployment of the military to fight the country’s wealthy and powerful drug trafficking organizations, Mexican voters on Sunday chose president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about what this means for the war on drugs in Mexico.

Highest state Hispanic populations
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about Hispanic population growth in Oklahoma.
Enid News (Okla.)

America’s rank drops in life expectancy, education and health care quality
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.

Top 10 health innovations of the week
A roundup of health news mentions protein-folding research by José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and professor of chemistry.

Africa on the rise
In a column about Africa’s economic and social growth, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof mentions that he is travelling with alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)

Pittsford students graduate from Rice University
A news brief reports on recent graduates from Rice.
Brighton-Pittsford Post (N.Y.)

Ivy Tech’s regional chancellor departs for personal reasons
Alumna B. Kaye Walter ’85 has left her job as chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College’s Central Indiana region.
Indianapolis Star


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

Detroit Lions: Predicting the wide receiver depth chart
Alumnus Jarett Dillard ’08 is mentioned in an article about the Detroit Lions.

Cy Creek High School grad Paul Janish carries a big stick for Louisville
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Paul Janish at a baseball game between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Louisville Bats.

Tommy Bennett to benefit from US move
An article about tennis player Tommy Bennett will play at Rice next year.

Does amputee sprinter have unfair advantage?
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
New Zealand Herald (This article also appeared on
Global Toronto

Athletes’ deaths in workouts prompt new guidelines
Health and sports professionals are trying to make conditioning sessions safer for student-athletes by collaborating to create the first consensus guidelines on preventing sudden deaths during workouts. The 2006 death of Rice football player Dale Lloyd II is mentioned.
North County Times (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the Paducah Sun, the Bryan/College Station Eagle and [Portland, Ore.].)


Rice physicists help discover new particle that may be Higgs
Rice University physicists participating in the search for the elusive Higgs particle joined their colleagues at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in announcing the observation of a never-before-seen particle. The particle may turn out to be the Higgs boson or something new and equally important.

Daily deal industry shows no evidence of slowing down
Over the past year, some news reports have questioned the long-term viability and popularity of daily deal companies, but the industry shows no evidence of slowing down, according to a new study from Rice University.

Rice experts available to discuss Romney and Obama appearances at upcoming NAACP conference in Houston
As presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama prepare to speak at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual conference in Houston next week, a number of Rice University experts are available to speak about this presidential "rite of passage" and other issues front and center for minority populations in the United States.

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.