Dateline Rice for July 24, 2012


Sally Ride dead at 61
News items remembering late astronaut Sally Ride mention that Sally Ride Festivals have been held at Rice. The Houston Chronicle article appeared on the front page of the print edition. George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in the KTRK-TV story.
Houston Chronicle
KTRK-TV (Similar stories also appeared on KTBC-TV [Austin, Texas], WTTG-TV [Washington, D.C.], WTVT-TV [Tampa Bay, Fla.], KSTU-TV [Salt Lake City], KPTV-TV [Portland, Ore.], KOKI-TV [Tulsa, Okla.], WXMI-TV [Grand Rapids, Mich.], WBFF-TV [Baltimore], WFXL-TV [Albany, Ga.], KSAZ-TV [Phoenix], WHBQ-TV [Memphis, Tenn.], WAGA-TV [Atlanta], WPMT-TV [Harrisburg, Penn.], WRBL-TV [Columbus, Ga.], WTIC-TV [Hartford, Conn.], WLUK-TV [Green Bay, Wis.], WTNZ-TV [Knoxville, Tenn.], KARD-TV [Monroe, La.] and WFLD [Chicago].)
NSBRI mourns the loss of Sally Ride — America’s first woman in space


Judgment day for Facebook
Facebook is getting its first crack as a public company to allay the growth concerns that have made it the second-worst performing U.S. technology initial public offering of 2012. John Palizza, a lecturer in management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
New York Times
Facebook earnings call offers shot at rebuilding reputation
New Orleans Times-Picayune (This article also appeared in Newsday and the Cape Cod Times.)

Could Groupon sink your business?
Articles discuss research on daily deal websites such as Groupon by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
U.S. News & World Report
Back Alley Waffles, D.C. restaurant, blames Groupon’s ‘shocking business practices’ for its demise
Is Groupon responsible for this waffle restaurant shutting down?

Leading North American graduate programs: Business schools
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business appears on a list of six of the best postgraduate business schools in North America for Asian students.

NCAA sanctions on Penn State ‘unanimously’ backed by boards of college presidents
An article about NCAA sanctions against Pennsylvania State University lists the members of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors. Rice President David Leebron is a new member.
Washington Post

Astronaut Sunita Williams launches into space
An op-ed about astronaut Sunita Williams mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
Times of India


Rice mourns loss of promising professor
An article remembers Adilet Imambekov, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, who died while on a mountain-climbing trip in his native Kazakhstan. Provost George McLendon is quoted.
West University Examiner

String master class
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, will teach the Russell Hill Rogers String Residency Master Class this year.
San Antonio Express-News

Texas high school graduation rates improve, but why?
Many Texas school districts are reporting their third or fourth straight year of rising graduation rates. Rice is mentioned. (Amarillo, Texas) (This article also appeared on [Midland, Texas].)

SHSU school of music premiers ‘The Marriage of Figaro’
Rice is mentioned in an article about a production of Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" at Sam Houston State University.


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, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss a Texas U.S. Senate GOP debate.

Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss the legal challenges in the Mexican presidential election. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Light craft: Art and architecture merge for the creation of a new iconic work at Rice University
An article discussing the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice was the featured item in the Architectural Record Daily WebInsider.
Architectural Record Daily WebInsider

Codewords cut PCM energy needs
An article discusses phase change memory module research at Rice. (This article also appeared on

Eyes of Texas on Medicaid battle
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.

Wayne White, creator of ‘Beauty is Embarrassing’ for New Voices, new works
A news brief about artist Wayne White mentions his Rice Gallery exhibition.


Rice University will offer five free online courses via Coursera
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.
Coursera expands partner network

UF student goes for Guinness world record in ‘joggling’
Matthew Feldman, a University of Florida student who is conducting nanomaterials research in the lab of Rice University professor Pulickel Ajayan this summer, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record in joggling — running and juggling — July 27 at the Rice University running track. The story includes video produced by Public Affairs. (Fla.)

Smithsonian to exhibit Texas man’s WWII birds
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. (Greenville, N.C.) (This article also appeared in the Greenfield Daily Reporter.)

Texas slow to review health insurance rate hikes
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. (Springfield, Mo.)


In aftermath of Penn State sanctions, Rice AD says NCAA should reward schools that play ‘by the rules’
Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, comments on the NCAA sanctions against Pennsylvania State University.
Houston Chronicle

Know the opponent: Rice Owls
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team.

Brian David Friday, Indianapolis Indians
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Brian Friday in baseball games between the Indianapolis Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens.

TU wins C-USA institutional excellence award
The University of Tulsa was awarded the Conference USA Institutional Excellence Award. Rice is mentioned. (Tulsa, Okla.)


Political expert Mark Jones available to discuss Texas runoff for US Senate seat
Rice University political scientist Mark Jones is available to discuss the July 31 U.S. Senate runoff between former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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.