Dateline Rice for July 25, 2012


Man attempts ‘joggling’ world record
Matthew Feldman, a University of Florida student who is conducting nanomaterials research in the lab of Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, will attempt to break a Guinness World Record in joggling — running and juggling — July 27 at the Rice University running track.
United Press International (This article also appeared on

Waffle restaurant owner claims Groupon deal made him go bust
Rice research is cited in articles about the daily deal website Groupon.
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Cash flow trouble: Waffle store blames Groupon for demise

Perry, Haley face hospital pushback on health care
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 news items about Gov. Rick Perry and the Affordable Care Act.
Businesses will push Perry to rethink Medicaid expansion rebuff
San Antonio Express-News

PTTEP boss on a mergers and acquisitions mission to secure Thailand’s energy
Alumnus Tevin Vongvanich ’82 is profiled for his work as chief executive of PTTEP.


Letters to Ellie: Sally Ride
Alumnus Justin Kugler ’07 authored this op-ed remembering late astronaut Sally Ride. A separate article mentions that Sally Ride Festivals have been held at Rice. George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in the KARD-TV story.
Houston Chronicle
Sally Ride dead at 61 (This article also appeared in the Nashua Telegraph and [Springfield, Mo.].)
KARD-TV (Monroe, La.) (This story also appeared on WITI-TV [Milwaukee, Wis.].)

AIA Houston to host student exhibition at Architecture Center Houston
The Architecture Center Houston and the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects will host a student exhibition beginning this week. The exhibition will feature work from Rice and seven other accredited schools of architecture in Texas.
Houston Business Journal

A tribute to Selena among this year’s QFest offerings
A sidebar accompanying an article about this year’s GLBT-Q International Film Festival mentions several events taking place at the Rice Media Center.
Houston Chronicle

Power of metal uniting Owls and Coogs
An interview with Maurice Eggenschwiler of the Houston heavy metal band Sanctus Bellum mentions that alumni Ben Yaker ’04, Jan Kimmel ’04 and Cory Cousins ’03 are members.
Houston Chronicle

Educators’ shows mix students, pros
In unrelated projects, two local educators are bringing cutting-edge shows this month to university stages in productions that have high school and college students working alongside theater professionals. A production of "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" at Rice’s Hamman Hall is featured.
Houston Chronicle

Texas high school graduation rates are improving, but why?
Many Texas school districts are reporting their third or fourth straight year of rising graduation rates. Rice is mentioned.


Navy pushes biofuel fleet despite concerns about damage to equipment
The U.S. military is touting biofuels as a way to sever itself from diesel and other fossil fuels. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

Despite criticisms, BESE approves voucher school accountability plan
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is quoted in an article about the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Monroe News-Star (La.)

Interview with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is interviewed about her career in music.

JFK and the space race
An article reprints President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
West Haven Voice (Conn.)


San Antonio native maintains strong local talent link with Rice
Head football coach David Bailiff is profiled for his career in football.
San Antonio Express-News

Rice picked to finish fifth in C-USA West
Rice is picked to finish fifth in the Conference USA West division, according to a poll of media who regularly cover the league.
Houston Chronicle

Pasadena High grad Esparza eyes Olympic gold
An article discusses the boxing career of Marlen Esparza and her hopes to compete in the Olympics. (Editor’s note: The article reports incorrectly that Esparza has been accepted at Rice.)
Pasadena Citizen (Texas)

Strykers success could help Aquino nail down Rice starting job
McMurtry College senior Michael Aquino is profiled for his career in baseball.

Cy Creek grad Paul Janish helps Braves pull off miracle
Recaps of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals focus on former Rice baseball player Paul Janish.
Cy Creek grad Paul Janish has been a nice pick up for the Braves

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.

Scientists debate whether Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetic legs should disqualify him from the Olympics
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. (This article also appeared in Scientific American and Smithsonian.)

Ricebirds gear up for long-time rival
Rice is mentioned in an article about the El Campo High School football team.
El Campo Leader-News (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.