Dateline Rice for July 11, 2012


Obama tops Romney in poll with 2-1 backing from single women
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 2012 presidential race. (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and
Romney trying to defeat first black president speaking to NAACP (This article also appeared in Businessweek and the Detroit News.)
NAACP welcomes top political figures, but Obama notably absent

George P. Bush: A political dynasty’s young hope
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is profiled for his career in politics.
The Atlantic

The coffin-maker benchmark
In a column about AIDS in Africa, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof mentions that he is traveling with alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12.
New York Times (This column also appeared in the Korea Times, the Greensboro News & Record and the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.)


KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses health insurance in Texas and the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid in Texas bad example for future

San Antonio Express-News


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss U.S. diplomatic pressure on Russia and China over Syria. The interview begins approximately 13 minutes into the clip.

KUHF-FM’s ‘The Front Row’
Joshua Fischer, assistant curator at Rice Gallery, appeared on KUHF-FM’s "The Front Row" to discuss artist Yasuaki Onishi’s installation at Rice Gallery.


Merchants say fine-tuned daily deals are starting to pay off
Articles discuss research on daily deal websites such as Groupon by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

Spray-on battery technology in development
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. Neelam Singh, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
Despite cautious cost reduction projections, innovation in battery technologies continues


The finding of the ‘God particle’
An editorial about the discovery of a new particle at CERN quotes Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy.
Northwest Florida Daily News (This editorial also appeared on

Analysis: Some donors get more in return
A new study suggests that most corporations don’t get their money’s worth when they make political contributions. Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy, is quoted.
Augusta Chronicle (Ga.)
Maybe legislators aren’t bought and sold by evil corporate interests after all
10 Palm Beach City students named winners of college-sponsored National Merit scholarships
Palm Beach Post (Fla.)

An analysis of current US legislation addressing homeland security threats from Mexico’s cartels
Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Duncan College sophomore Blake Delaplane authored this commentary about proposed legislation that aims to reduce violence in Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico border.

National Merit Scholarships awarded to 9 Naperville area students
Rice is mentioned in articles about National Merit Scholarship winners.
Naperville Sun (Ill.)
21 more O.C. students named National Merit Scholars
Orange County Register (Calif.)

Marshall, WVU student radio stations going strong
Rice is mentioned in an article about West Virginia University’s student radio station.
Marietta Times (Ohio) (This article also appeared in the Wetzel Chronicle, the Weirton Daily Times, the Wheeling News-Register, the Parkersburg News & Sentinel, and


Could be more of the same for Owls
An article previews the Rice Owls’ fall football season.
Houston Chronicle

Pair of Owls to pay tribute to past greats this season
Martel College junior Cameron Nwosu and Duncan College junior Turner Petersen, both Rice football players, will change their jersey numbers to honor former Rice football players O.J. Brigance and King Hill.
Houston Chronicle

Rice tight end Luke Willson named to Mackey Award watch list
For the second consecutive season, Lovett College senior Luke Willson has been named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award.
Houston Chronicle

Rice guard Jackson needs knee scope, injury not considered serious
McMurtry College junior Tamir Jackson will require arthroscopic knee surgery, according to MRI results.
Houston Chronicle

Bigger than basketball
Gallatin County senior center Andrew Drone has verbally committed to play basketball at Rice University.
West Frankfort Daily American (Ill.)
Illinois all-state center verbally commits to Rice basketball


Ions, not particles, make silver toxic to bacteria
Rice University researchers have settled a long-standing controversy over the mechanism by which silver nanoparticles, the most widely used nanomaterial in the world, kill bacteria.

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.