Dateline Rice for July 12, 2012


‘Win-a-Trip 2012’
Alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12 reports on her trip to Lesotho and Malawi with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. In a column about U.S. aid for Africa, Kristof mentions that he is traveling with Schermerhorn.
New York Times
Obama’s fantastic boring idea
New York Times

With ion release, nano silver zaps bacteria
Scientists have settled a long-standing controversy about how silver nanoparticles kill bacteria and — in the wrong amounts — sometimes make them stronger. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.


Romney booed at NAACP during speech criticizing Obama
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 Mitt Romney’s speech at the national convention of the NAACP in Houston. (This article also appeared in the Washington Post, Businessweek, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Brisbane Times, Western Australia Today, the Age and the Canberra Times.)
NAACP boos Romney on Obamacare, applauds stand on traditional marriage

Thinking inside the subscription box
Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about Internet marketing.
Crain’s New York Business

Memo to Time mag: Oil will not get cheap, world will not end
A column responding to a Time magazine article about oil production quotes Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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

Why do people fall in love? Eight scientific reasons
Rice research is cited in an article discussing scientific reasons people fall in love.


Higgs boson might have been discovered in Texas
Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned in an editorial about the recent discovery of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider.
Houston Chronicle

Win at Rice, conquer the world: University’s business plan winners take top two spots in nationals
Two winners of the Rice Business Plan Competition placed first and second at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

Six students receive National Merit awards
Rice is mentioned in articles about winners of National Merit Scholarships.
Denton Record-Chronicle
Additional National Merit Scholarships announced
More than 40 regional students named National Merit scholars
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Four Polk students win National Merit Scholarships
Lakeland Ledger (Fla.)


While Texas invests time and money into defending its voter ID law in federal court this week, research shows that the problem isn’t as extensive as portrayed. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted. Stein is also quoted in articles about a Houston bond referendum and a meeting of the Houston City Council’s Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance.
Mayor pitches big bond issue, pushes major park plan
Committee on Ethics, Elections and Council Governance: No term limit change

Rice is mentioned in a story about a Houston bond referendum.


Finding feminine connections to God in history, psychology, poetry
"Holy Misogyny: Why the Sex and Gender Conflicts in the Early Church Still Matter," a book by April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, is reviewed.
National Catholic Reporter

Is Rick Perry’s rejection of the ACA political posturing or a portent of what’s to come?
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s reaction to the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act ruling.

North Country people
An article reports that Liesl Keller ’12 graduated from Rice May 12.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.)


Rice kicker Boswell named to Lou Groza watch list
Martel College junior Chris Boswell was among 30 kickers named to the preseason watch list for the Lou Groza Award.
Houston Chronicle

Six Strykers players named to summer league All-Star game
McMurtry College senior Michael Aquino was named to the Texas Collegiate League All-Star game.
Woodlands Villager (Texas)


Plasmonic chains act like polymers
New research at Rice University that seeks to establish points of reference between plasmonic particles and polymers might lead to smaller computer chips, better antennae and improvements in optical computing.

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.