Dateline Rice for July 19, 2012


James Turrell’s latest is part light installation, part sound laboratory

An article discusses the James Turrell “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, is quoted. A Rice-produced video of the skyspace is featured.

Fast Company

Arizona sheriff Arpaio under scrutiny in racial profiling trial

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 a lawsuit filed against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, Texas elections and a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood against the state of Arizona.

Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Allentown Morning Call, the Baltimore Sun, and

Ted Cruz puts Dewhurst on defensive in last debate before Texas runoff

Club for Growth says every major Texas newspaper calls David Dewhurst a moderate

Felicia Harris, Randy Weber vie for GOP nod to succeed Ron Paul in Congress

In new abortion battle, Planned Parenthood sues Arizona

Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

Why the world is now coming to America for oil

Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by foreign companies.

The single most important experiment in higher education

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 Provost George McLendon are quoted in the West University Examiner article. A sidebar about the courses Rice will offer accompanying that article mentions several Rice faculty members.

The Atlantic

Rice, Coursera partner to offer free online courses

West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun.)

Online service offers free higher education

Coursera to offer 100 free open online courses

Top universities partner with Coursera to offer free online courses

Duke to offer free courses on internet

Online courses still expanding

Washington Monthly

Coursera adds new partnerships with top universities — more free online courses

The race to zero tuition in higher education has begun

UVa announces new online courses venture

Massively open online courses are ‘here to stay’

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. (This article also appeared on

Gov. Perry, your health care lobbyists are calling

The New Republic

Time for a second look at daily deals?

Articles discuss Rice research on daily deal websites such as Groupon.


Daily deals fatigue?

Minnesota Public Radio

Andrew Staupe, a graduate student in music at the Shepherd School of Music, is profiled for his career in music.

Annise Parker represents on Colbert Report

An article discusses an appearance on the “Colbert Report” by Houston Mayor and alumna Annise Parker ’78.


Promising Rice professor dies during mountain climbing trip

An article remembers Adilet Imambekov, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, who died while on a mountain climbing trip in his native Kazakhstan. Thomas Killian, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Soot is an underrated threat, Texas scientists say

Robert Griffin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted and pictured in an article on monitoring soot, a type of pollutant that increasingly concerns scientists as they uncover new links to heart and lung problems.

Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Amarillo, Texas].)

Smithsonian to display Galveston man’s birds of war

This month, the Smithsonian will mount a small yearlong exhibition featuring specimens collected from the World War II Pacific Theater, including many collected by alumnus Sammy Ray ’52.

Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared on

Fashion e-commerce website launched by five Rice University students

Five Rice students have developed a new online shopping community.

Paper Magazine


LACMA presents two Michael Heizer exhibitions to complement ‘Levitated Mass’

Rice is mentioned in an article about an installation by artist Michael Heizer.


Danvers woman elected chairman of SSU board

Alumna Pamela Scott ’73 was elected to a one-year term as chair of the Salem State University Board of Trustees.


Petersen’s uniform number change bittersweet with death of Rice football legend

Duncan College junior Turner Petersen will wear the number of late Rice football legend King Hill this fall.

Strake Jesuit starts with new coach, familiar schedule

Rice is mentioned in an article about the Strake Jesuit High School football team.

River Oaks Examiner (Texas)


Rice University founder’s Houston home

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at William Marsh Rice’s Houston home.

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.