Dateline Rice for July 13, 2012


Plasmon chains act like polymers
Scientists have found that repeating patterns dictate the optical properties of nanoparticle arrays. Stephan Link, assistant professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Liane Slaughter, a graduate student in chemistry, are quoted.
Examining plasmons with polymer science


Where will the money come from?
Research officers from public and private universities discussed future funding sources for research during a meeting convened by the Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities. Vice Provost for Research Vicki Colvin is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed

Changing the plans
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned in an article about efforts to create a more sustainable Houston.
The Economist

A better mix
Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited in an article about shale gas exploration in the U.S.
The Economist


Houston Metro equips buses with air sterilization device
A team of graduating Rice University seniors created a system for public transit that would continually clear the air of pathogens that can lead to tuberculosis, flu and pneumonia.
Metro Magazine

Cruz, Dewhurst fight for the heart and soul of the Texas Republican Party
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 runoff election.
Houston Chronicle
Texas GOP Senate candidates strike similar energy policy platforms
Houston Business Journal

Circumcision ruling in Germany causes concern
A recent court ruling in Germany on circumcision has some of the country’s Jewish population concerned about religious freedom. Matthias Henze, the Watt J. and Lily G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies and associate professor of religious studies, is quoted.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program creates guide to Houston farmers markets
Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is developing a comprehensive guide to farmers markets in Houston. Alumna Sarita Panchang ’10 and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program, are quoted.
Memorial Examiner

Researchers report too small dose of silver can strengthen bacteria
Scientists have settled a long-standing controversy about how silver nanoparticles kill bacteria and — in the wrong amounts — sometimes make them stronger. Zongming Xiu, a postdoctoral research associate in civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned.

Humble Police host active shooter exercise at Atascocita High School
A photo shows Marian Reed, a police officer with the Rice University Police Department, taking part in a mock school shooting drill at Atascocita High School.
Humble Observer

Sugar Land residents elected as delegates to DNC
Martel College senior Benjamin Chou was elected as a national delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Sugar Land Sun

A fantastic boring idea
A column by Nicholas Kristof about U.S. aid for Africa mentions that he is travelling with alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12.
Longview News-Journal (This column also appeared in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.)

Anadarko Petroleum promotes Robert Lawler to senior vice president
Alumnus Robert Lawler ’12 was promoted to the senior vice president of international and deepwater operations for Anadarko Petroleum.


Paintable battery works with solar cells
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.


What exactly is the Higgs boson?
Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about the recent discovery of a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider.
Green Bay Press-Gazette (Wis.)

Park City or bust: Annual summer chamber fest promotes Beethoven
Robert Moeling, preparatory instructor at the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned in an article about the Park City Music Festival. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of Moeling’s name has been requested.)
Salt Lake Tribune (Utah)

Solo artists shine at ‘A Majority of One’
Eliza Ching, staff accompanist at the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned in an article about the Heifetz International Music Institute’s Celebrity Concert Series.
Springfield News-Leader (Mo.)

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.

Aliso Niguel student awarded National Merit Scholarship
Rice is mentioned in an article about a National Merit Scholarship winner.


Baseball coaches struggle with scholarship limitations
Rice is mentioned in an article about baseball scholarships.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

South Suburban’s Greenfield drafted by Red Sox
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is mentioned in an article about a Boston Red Sox draftee.
Southtown Star (Ill.)


Rice researchers see the big picture
Rice University scientists and students have a new way to see the big picture. The NSF-funded DAVinCI visualization wall at Rice’s Chevron Visualization Laboratory enables scientists to boost data into three dimensions to probe details in ways that were not possible until now.

Leebron appointed to NCAA Division I Board of Directors
Rice University President David Leebron has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Board of Directors as a representative of Conference USA.

Centennial video series: Baker Commons
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Baker Commons.

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.