Dateline Rice for July 10, 2012


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.


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

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

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
Dewhurst vs. Cruz: Fight for GOP soul
Houston Chronicle (This article ran in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Perry refuses to enact ObamaCare
KIAH-TV (This article appeared in more than a dozen other publications.)

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


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
Health care, immigration rulings create unexpected problems for Romney
San Antonio Express-News
Texas voter ID trial gets under way

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
A new report surfaces on daily deal profit
Daily deals sustainable for third of businesses
Chief Marketer
Daily deals continue to deliver results for newer, smaller businesses
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Daily deal industry shows no evidence of slowing down
Terra Daily

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

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
Rice University named to list of world’s top universities
New university ranking places UT at 30th in the world
The Daily Texan
Rice University ranked in international survey

Friday night: Jade Simmons at Jet Lounge
An article features alumna Jade Simmons ’03.
Houston Press


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.
Tiny bubbles snap carbon nanotubes like twigs
Science Daily (This article also appeared in seven other publications.)

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

A CO2 Company GC’s Focus on Compliance and Regulations
An article profiles the career of Frank A. Hunold Jr. ’76.


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

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
16 area teens win National Merit scholarships
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
21 more O.C. students named National Merit Scholars
El Nuevo Heraldo

Algorithmic attribution: If it was easy, everybody would be doing it
Brad Terrell ’92 authored this op-ed on algorithmic attribution.

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


Islander big man learns from Yao Ming’s tutor
Former basketball coach Willis Wilson is mentioned in an article on basketball player Ted Wang.

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.)


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.

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.

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.

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.

About Arie Passwaters

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