Dateline Rice for July 18, 2012


More universities join free online education provider
Rice University will offer five online courses free to people around the world as a new partner with the California-based enterprise Coursera. Rice President David Leebron and Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson are quoted in the article. Provost George McLendon is quoted in the article.
U.S. News & World Report
Schools to offer free classes online
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Online college course company Coursera partners with 12 new universities, gains equity investors
Duke among schools joining Stanford with Coursera courses
Coursera adds first international university partners, raises additional $6 million (This article also appeared on [Durham, N.C.] and
Considering Coursera’s expansion
Inside Higher Ed
Coming to a computer near you
The Hindu (This article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Brisbane Times, the Canberra Times and
More chances to go to college in your underwear and not get kicked out
Rice joining other elite schools offering free online courses (This article also appeared in and
A big move beyond the hedges: Rice University offers free courses for all, online
Rice University announces plans to offer free online courses
Duke putting free courses online
Burlington Times-News (N.C.)
Sick of paying for textbooks? Get them now, free and online
Major research universities join with Coursera
Council on Foreign Relations
Georgia Tech plugs into Coursera
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Coursera secures $3.7 million backing
Georgia Tech joins nation’s top colleges for free online courses
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Tech offers expertise worldwide
Edinburgh joins international partnership offering courses free online
Times Higher Education
University of Illinois to offer free online courses
Chicago Tribune (Similar articles appeared in the Allentown Morning Call, the Aberdeen American News, the South Bend Tribune, the Yakima Herald and
University of Illinois to offer free online classes
Coursera adds 12 universities to expand free, online course roster
Education start-up adds 12 new university partners
New online education company allows wider access to courses at top universities
Coursera adding 12 universities to its web education

Planned Parenthood sues Arizona for cut funding
Planned Parenthood sued Arizona in an effort to overturn a law that blocks funding for its health clinics. 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. Jones is also quoted in articles about the Texas U.S. Senate election, Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid and President Barack Obama’s visit to Texas.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on,,, and
Dewhurst and Cruz: Similar substance, different styles
Houston Business Journal
Ron Paul fails to win speaking slot at GOP convention
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune.)
President to Texas: ‘Show me the money!’ (San Antonio)

The green first lady: Johnson five years after her death
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Lady Bird Johnson.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.)

Oklahoma City metro achievers
Rice is mentioned in a news brief about an Oklahoma student who achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Aberdeen American News.)

Plan to close University of Missouri Press stirs anger
Rice is mentioned in an article about plans to close the University of Missouri Press.
New York Times


The Supreme Court ruled. Now what?
Health care businessman Don Lyons will discuss the changing face of health care in the U.S. during a public forum at Rice University July 19.
Houston Chronicle


Texas may not have enough electricity to meet the demands of its rapidly growing population. 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. Medlock is also quoted in an article about Texas’ petrochemical boom.
Texas’ petrochemical boom fuels hopes and concerns (Abilene, Texas)


Businesses will push Perry to rethink Medicaid expansion
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in an article about Gov. Rick Perry and the Affordable Care Act.
Kaiser Health News

Rice University, Lockheed Martin researchers developing silicon thin films for cost-effective high-performance Li-ion battery anodes
Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. Sibani Biswal, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry; and Madhuri Thakur, a research scientist in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are mentioned.
Toughened silicon sponges show anode potential (subscription required)
Replacing graphite with silicon sponges in batteries
Multiple lithium-ion battery anodes from one silicon wafer
Toughened silicon sponges may make longer-lasting, more powerful batteries

Spray-paint batteries could open up new energy storage applications
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.
Paintable batteries spray-on power to any surface


The sky is calling
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice is pictured.
Travel + Leisure

Business leader is new chairwoman at Salem State
Alumna Pamela Scott ’73 was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Salem State University Board of Trustees.
Salem News (Mass.)

Dance lessons: A comparison of precarity and contingency in contemporary US choreography and ethnography
Alumna Laurel George ’02 authored this article about the relationship between academic precarity and the production of ethnography.

Filling empty spaces
Alumnus Michael Wylie ’92 is interviewed about his life and career.
Long Beach Post (Calif.)

Five local students earn National Merit Scholarships
Rice is mentioned in an article about winners of National Merit Scholarships.


Bailiff to welcome a childhood hero to Rice Stadium
Head football coach David Bailiff will welcome former Rice All-American quarterback Tommy Kramer ’77 to Rice’s homecoming festivities.
San Antonio Express-News

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.

Rice graduate tries making U.S. Olympic long jump team
Alumna Funmi Jimoh ’06 is preparing for the Olympic Trials. Head women’s track-and-field coach Jim Bevan is also quoted.
Burbank Leader (Calif.)

King Hill, former No. 1 Pick in NFL Draft, dies at 75
An article remembers former Rice football standout King Hill. (Tyler, Texas)

Blue Tide Aquatics sends seven seniors to college
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Blue Tide Aquatics swim club.
Atascocita Tribune (Texas)

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.