Dateline Rice for July 10, 2012

FEATURED ITEM

NPR’s ‘On Point’
Alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12 discusses her recent trip to Africa with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. She did the interview in the studio at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2012/07/09/nick-kristof-on-africa

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Black women are among country’s most religious groups
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, was quoted in an article on black women and religion.
The Washington Post
http://wapo.st/KZ7E3z

The role of Christianity in creating racism
Rebecca Goetz, assistant professor of history, discussed her new book, “The Baptism of Early Virginia: How Christianity Created Race,” at Lahore University of Management Sciences.
The International Herald Tribune
http://bit.ly/RRq7UV

Several articles quote 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.
Obama avoids conflicts by dispatching stand-ins
The Washington Times
http://bit.ly/M0x3OC
Dewhurst vs. Cruz: Fight for GOP soul
Houston Chronicle (This article ran in the San Antonio Express-News.)
http://bit.ly/RWxryl
Perry refuses to enact ObamaCare
KIAH-TV (This article appeared in more than a dozen other publications.)
http://bit.ly/NgpAKW

Houston’s job growth success renews debate over ‘Texas miracle’
Houston created the most jobs from May 2011 to May 2012 of any other major American city. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Huffington Post
http://huff.to/NeHXQ3

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Several articles quote Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
City Council panel nixes proposal to expand term limits
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also on Individual.com.)
http://bit.ly/MfRk4J
Health care, immigration rulings create unexpected problems for Romney
San Antonio Express-News
http://bit.ly/NQu7Qs
Texas voter ID trial gets under way
KUHF-FM
http://bit.ly/MVXZ3Y

Rice study shows daily-deal industry not slowing
A new Rice University study shows profits have improved for companies that offer multiple deals. Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
West U Examiner
http://bit.ly/Mf61zD
A new report surfaces on daily deal profit
Dailydealmedia.com
http://bit.ly/MVuuz3
Daily deals sustainable for third of businesses
Chief Marketer
http://bit.ly/PAB3aJ
Daily deals continue to deliver results for newer, smaller businesses
Resources for Entrepreneurs
http://bit.ly/NC7Bgx
Daily deal industry shows no evidence of slowing down
Terra Daily
http://bit.ly/RWJvj7

Rice professor wins Clarke Prize
Pedro Alvarez, Rice University’s George R. Brown professor and chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been honored by the National Water Research Institute for his research on water.
West U Examiner
http://bit.ly/LEWPKs

Survey ranks Rice among top 100 universities
Rice University is No. 57 among the top 100 universities in the world in a new ranking by the Saudi Arabia-based Center for World University Rankings.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/MVkiGg
Rice University named to list of world’s top universities
ABC
http://bit.ly/MVPSEz
New university ranking places UT at 30th in the world
The Daily Texan
http://bit.ly/LDYcZL
Rice University ranked in international survey
KPRC-TV
http://bit.ly/O05fpu

Friday night: Jade Simmons at Jet Lounge
An article features alumna Jade Simmons ’03.
Houston Press
http://bit.ly/MVVDBm

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Study finds short and long nanotubes behave differently during sonication
A new study conducted by scientists at Rice University demonstrates the mechanism behind snapping of nanomaterials when subjected to ultrasonic vibrations within a liquid. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is mentioned.
Azonano.com
http://bit.ly/NZGtpy
Tiny bubbles snap carbon nanotubes like twigs
Science Daily (This article also appeared in seven other publications.)
http://bit.ly/PBMbEm

Spray-on lithium-ion batteries can turn any surface into a battery
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.
Green Economy
http://bit.ly/Ne9RtF

A CO2 Company GC’s Focus on Compliance and Regulations
An article profiles the career of Frank A. Hunold Jr. ’76.
Law.com
http://bit.ly/MVWVNv

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Florida Southern professor seeks to engage students
Alumnus Bruce Anderson ’96 is profiled for his career as an educator.
The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.)
http://bit.ly/NektZL

Final 2012 Oklahoma National Merit Scholars named
Articles on National Merit Scholars mentions that several of the recipients plan on attending Rice.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared on Individual.com.)
http://bit.ly/MeJimm
16 area teens win National Merit scholarships
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
http://bit.ly/Nh0NpJ
21 more O.C. students named National Merit Scholars
El Nuevo Heraldo
http://bit.ly/OucvLG

Algorithmic attribution: If it was easy, everybody would be doing it
Brad Terrell ’92 authored this op-ed on algorithmic attribution.
ClickZ.com
http://bit.ly/PFlGOq

Collegiate entrepreneurs earn renown
The Rice University Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article on young entrepreneurs from the University of Arkansas.
Northwest Arkansas Business Journal
http://bit.ly/M0ASU8

SPORTS

Islander big man learns from Yao Ming’s tutor
Former basketball coach Willis Wilson is mentioned in an article on basketball player Ted Wang.
KRIS-TV
http://bit.ly/RTbVL4

Prep basketball: Bigger than basketball
Gallatin County senior center Andrew Drone has verbally committed to play basketball at Rice University.
The Daily Register (Harrisburg, Ill.)
http://www.dailyregister.com/mobiletopstories/x1543992412/Prep-Basketball-Bigger-Than-Basketball

NEWS RELEASES

Baker Institute conference July 13 will highlight importance of comparative effectiveness research in health care
In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark Affordable Care Act ruling, leading health care researchers will discuss strategies for analyzing large population databases to conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER) July 13 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. CER uses data on large populations of patients from clinical trials and real-world treatment settings to compare health care practices and determine which ones are the most effective.
http://bit.ly/MfLGQh

Rice University public finance and tax expert available to comment on President Obama’s call for Bush-era tax cuts
John Diamond, a fellow in public finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on President Barack Obama’s call for Congress to pass a one-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000 a year.
http://bit.ly/RPL2aL

Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program creates guide to Houston farmers markets
To highlight the availability of fresh produce in Houston, the Urban Health Program at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is developing a comprehensive guide to farmers markets within the city of Houston.
http://bit.ly/NfBHY9

Tiny bubbles snap carbon nanotubes like twigs
A computer model from Rice University shows that long nanotubes bend and snap like a twig when blasted with ultrasonic energy. The research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that short and long nanotubes behave differently during sonication. The discovery answers a longstanding question about the origin of competing power laws that were found in experiments on cutting nanotubes by sonication.
http://bit.ly/RNMMRX

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.