Dateline Rice for July 26, 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. (Anoka, Minn.) (This article also appeared on [Gray Court, S.C.], [Defiance, Ohio] and nearly 130 other media outlets.)
World joggling record could be broken at Rice Friday evening


Facebook gets ready to deliver first earnings report after disastrous start
John Palizza, a lecturer in management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in articles about Facebook’s second quarter earnings report.
The Guardian (U.K.)
Three reasons the Facebook earnings report will disappoint

Professor behind pro-fracking study slammed for oil industry connections
An article about a study by a University of Texas Energy Institute professor mentions that Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has received funding from oil companies.

Biodiversity reserves ‘in danger of sinking’
Many of the world’s tropical protected areas — the biologically richest ecosystems on Earth — are struggling to sustain their biodiversity. Rice is mentioned.


How conservative is David Dewhurst?
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 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Jones is also quoted in news items about early voting in the Texas U.S. Senate Republican primary runoff election and the gun-control debate.
Texas Tribune
Early voting turnout higher than expected for Republican runoff
Austin American-Statesman
KTRK-TV (KRGV-TV [Harlingen, Texas] and KSWO-TV [Wichita Falls, Texas].)

Rice University building evacuated after ammonia leak in chemistry lab
Dell Butcher Hall was evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of an ammonia leak. Not one got sick and no one was injured.
Houston Chronicle
Ammonia leak forces evacuation at Rice University
Rice University building evacuated
Firefighters contain ammonia leak on Rice campus
Unclosed ammonia valve leads to evacuation at Rice

Celebrate boring aid
A column by Nicholas Kristof about U.S. aid for Africa mentions that he is traveling with alumna Jordan Schermerhorn ’12.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Girl Scout project unites cultures
Research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is cited in an article about a photography exhibition by a Klein High School student.
Cypress Creek Mirror


Another Groupon user bites the dust
Rice research is cited in an article about the daily deal website Groupon.


Obese patients create big problems for surgeons
An article about issues faced by surgeons operating on obese patients mentions that bioengineering students at Rice University invented a device that uses suction to lift 30 pounds of fat off the patient’s diaphragm.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (This article also appeared in the Newport Beach Daily Pilot.)

Despite criticism, Louisiana OKs accountability plan for school vouchers
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is quoted in an article about the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Alexandria Town Talk (La.) (This article also appeared in the Lafayette Journal & Courier and the Opelousas Daily World.)

Free Philly orchestra
Alumnus Cristian Macelaru ’06 will conduct concerts in Philadelphia.
Allentown Morning Call (Penn.)

Sally Ride dead at 61
An article remembering late astronaut Sally Ride mentions that Sally Ride Festivals have been held at Rice.
South Florida Sun Sentinel


New flock of C-USA quarterbacks signals changing of the guard
McMurtry College junior Taylor McHargue is featured in an article about new Conference USA quarterbacks. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted. Bailiff is also quoted in a separate article about the Rice Owls football defensive line.
Houston Chronicle
Depth on defensive line a concern for Owls
Houston Chronicle

Cy Creek star Paul Janish contributes for Braves again
A recap of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals focuses on former Rice baseball player Paul Janish.

Will Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetic legs give him an unfair advantage at the 2012 Olympic Games?
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.

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.