Dateline Rice for July 16, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Boom promises 20,000 new jobs but shortages too
The hydraulic fracturing technology that sparked a drilling frenzy around Texas and the nation has proved a boon for the petrochemical industry, which is converting cheap and abundant natural gas into resins and polymers that go into items like synthetic clothing and cellphones. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Texas Tribune.)

Speculation mounts on Romney VP pick
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the 2012 presidential race.
Financial Times (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the Irish Times.)

The brave new world of tomorrow’s tablets
Tablets with paper-thin screens that can be folded and tucked into your back pocket, artificial intelligence and augmented reality may be coming to a store near you. Lin Zhong, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Times of India, the Edmonton Sun, the Lebanon Daily Star, the Economic Times of India, the Chicago Tribune, the Deccan Chronicle,, and nearly 60 other media outlets.)

A better way to protect college athletes
An op-ed about protecting the health of student-athletes mentions the death of Rice football player Dale Lloyd II.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Rice president appointed to NCAA board
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.
West University Examiner

Pride in photos
A photo gallery of the Houston Pride parade includes a picture of Rice’s float. A smaller version of the photo also appears on the cover.

When it comes to voter ID law, the cure is worse than the disease
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, authored this op-ed about Texas’ voter ID law. Jones is also quoted in an article about the Texas U.S. Senate runoff election and appeared on WOAI-AM to discuss President Barack Obama’s visit to Texas. A link to the WOAI-AM broadcast is not available. Research by Jones is cited in an article about a Texas general election poll.
Houston Chronicle
What do those US Senate polls mean?
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
General election poll proves Democrat Wendy Davis not representing Senate District 10 voters by fighting the voter ID law in federal court

Multiple bond measures could confuse voters
Houston voters may face a dizzying array of decisions in November as the city, school district and community college system seek authority to borrow more than $2 billion for construction work. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor in Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
Bonding our kids’ future (This article also appeared on

Despite national political clout, Texas is a loser in voter turnout
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about voter turnout in Texas elections.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

Lubbock students awarded National Merit Scholarships
Rice is mentioned in an article about winners of National Merit Scholarships.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Houston will host 100 Year Starship event this fall
An article about the 100 Year Starship initiative’s annual symposium mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Concert to benefit Grapeland library
Brown College junior Daron Stone will perform at a concert to benefit the Grapeland Public Library.
Palestine Herald-Press


Consumer advocates say Texas should be implementing more parts of the Affordable Care Act. Anne Walker, director of student financial services at Rice, is quoted as a Lake Jackson resident who signed a petition.


Survey finds daily deals are paying off
An article discusses research on daily deal websites such as Groupon by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.

Paintable battery breakthrough may lead to solar cells ‘on any surface’
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.
Spray-on battery
Lithium-ion batteries that can be painted onto any surface

New, monumental light sculpture in the form of a carbon 60 molecule to illuminate Madison Square Park
Rice is mentioned in an article about a proposed sculpture by artist Leo Villareal.


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.
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune (This article also appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald, the Stevens Point Journal and the Fond du Lac Reporter.)

Sedentary behavior may be cutting two years off US life expectancy, study finds
A study has found an association between prolonged periods of sitting and poor health. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.

Violinist returns to where it all began
Paul Kantor, the Sallie Shepherd Perkins Professor of Music at the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned in an article about violinist Melissa Wilmot.
Vernon Morning Star (British Columbia)

Meet George Bush 3.0
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is profiled for his career in politics.

Obama’s fantastic boring idea
A column by Nicholas Kristof about U.S. aid for Africa mentions that he is traveling with alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12.
Indianan Gazette (This article also appeared in the Korea Times, the Oakland Tribune, the Contra Costa Times and the Rutland Herald.)

US should look at Australian health care
A letter to the editor about health care in America cites research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Tampa Bay Times (Fla.)

Chamber music festival features grammy-nominated Enso String Quartet
Rice is mentioned in an article about a performance by the Enso String Quartet.
Haywood County Mountaineer (N.C.)

Teen is finalist in scholarship competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Distinguished Young Women National Finals competitor.
Connecticut Post

Marshall, WVU student radio stations going strong
Rice is mentioned in an article about West Virginia University’s student radio station. (Steubenville, Ohio) (This article also appeared on [Oakland, Calif.], [Orlando, Fla.], [Atlanta], [Seattle], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Pittsburgh] and [Atlanta].)


Rice legend King Hill dies at 75
Articles remember former Rice football standout King Hill.
Houston Chronicle
Rice football great King Hill passes away
Houston Chronicle
King Hill, top pick of 1958 NFL Draft, Rice University legend, dies

KIAH-TV (This story also appeared on and [Chicago].)
Alumna Funmi Jimoh ’06 is preparing for the Olympic Trials. Head women’s track-and-field coach Jim Bevan is also quoted.

Four Woodchucks named to NWL all-star game
Martel College sophomore Skyler Ewing has been named to the Northwoods League’s 2012 first half All-Star team. (Wausau, Wis.) (A similar article appeared on [Wausau, Wis.].)

Eastwood High senior Laura O’Beirne impresses at Aqua Posse Swim Invitational
Hanszen College sophomore Faith Hirschi is quoted in an article about the Aqua Posse International Invitational Swim Meet.
El Paso Times (Texas)

Jared Michael Gayhart, Erie SeaWolves
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Jared Gayhart at a game between the Erie SeaWolves and the Binghampton Mets.

Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
Articles discuss the performance of former Rice baseball player Brian Friday in baseball games between the Indianapolis Indians and the Columbus Clippers.

Down on the farm: Is Tony Cingrani the Cincinnati Reds’ top prospect?
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is profiled for his performance in baseball.

Atlanta acquires shortstop Paul Janish from Cincinnati
Former Rice baseball player Paul Janish has been traded to the Atlanta Braves.


Toughened silicon sponges may make tenacious batteries
Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer.

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.