Dateline Rice for July 27, 2012


Cautious on Syria, Obama moves to help rebels
Nearing the end of his first term, with a presidential election looming in November, President Barack Obama is moving cautiously toward greater support for Syrian rebels. Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Sun, the National Post, the Hartford Courant, the South Bend Tribune,,,,, and nearly 50 other media outlets.)

In Texas Senate runoff, tea party seeks another upset
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 news items about the Texas U.S. Senate Republican primary runoff election.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Hampton Roads Daily Press, the Hartford Courant, the Allentown Morning Call, the South Bend Tribune,,, [Roanoke, Va.], [Wausau, Wis.], [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Terra Haute, Ind.], [Coldwater, Mich.], [Charlotte, Mich.], [Wausau, Wis.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Wausau, Wis.], [Sheboygan, Mich.], [Jackson, Mich.], [Terra Haute, Ind.], [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Atlanta], [Holland, Mich.], [Coldwater, Mich.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Terra Haute, Ind.], [Duluth, Minn.], [New London, Wis.], [Neenah-Menasha, Wis.], [Sheboygan, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Holland, Mich.], [Green Bay, Wis.],, and
Tea party favorite surges in Texas Senate race
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Dan Patrick endorses Dewhurst
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Early voting turnout higher than expected for Republican runoff

ESPN-TV’s ‘SportsCenter’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on ESPN-TV’s "SportsCenter" to discuss the Pennsylvania State University football scandal.

Ten ways to not to get burned by a daily-deal promotion
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.
Daily deals promos better suited to certain businesses

American Public Media’s ‘Marketplace’
The Obama administration announced a new initiative against health care fraud. 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.

New sheriff to police daily-deal industry: Good news for businesses?
Rice research is cited in articles about daily-deal websites such as Groupon.
How Groupon saved a zoo — and ruined a waffle restaurant


Rice physicists help discover new particle that may be Higgs
More than two dozen Rice University faculty, students and staff have been involved in a project that helped lead to the discovery of the possible Higgs boson particle. Paul Padley, professor of physics and astronomy, and Frank Geurts, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, are quoted. Jay Roberts, professor of physics and astronomy, and Karl Ecklund and Wei Li, assistant professors of physics and astronomy, are mentioned.

Rice researchers, Lockheed Martin partner for more powerful batteries
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, and Madhuri Thakur, a research scientist in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are mentioned.

UNT mariachi camp expands horizons
Will Rice College senior Janie Rios is quoted in an article about a mariachi camp at the University of North Texas.
Denton Record-Chronicle

Seven best Dallas karaoke spots by night of the week
Alumnus Dan Gargiulo ’95 is mentioned in an article about karaoke in Dallas.


Payback time
Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is quoted about the imbalance between the cost of architecture education and starting salaries. Whiting is also mentioned in an article about efforts to save Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital.
Gehry, Gang and other leading architects urge Emanuel to save old Prentice Women’s Hospital
Chicago Tribune

Lack of minority representation in science and engineering endangering US economic health
An article discusses a speech by Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, at the XSEDE12 conference.


UF student shoots for Guinness record in ‘joggling’ on Friday
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.
Gainesville Sun (Fla.)
WFTX-TV’s ‘The Morning Blend’

Kopplin: State paying $11.6M to schools teaching creationism
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is quoted in an article about the debate over science education in Louisiana.

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 a patient’s diaphragm.
Burbank Leader (Calif.) (This article also appeared on

Is David Dewhurst a conservative? Of course not.
Rice research is cited in an article about Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

Denver’s Morgan Jones uses Reddit to tell world about shooting
Rice is mentioned in an article about online bulletin board Reddit and the Aurora, Colo., shootings.
Denver Post (This article also appeared in the Los Angeles Daily News.)

Cupertino, Sunnyvale students named winners of National Merit Scholarships
Rice is mentioned in an article about winners of National Merit Scholarships.
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)


Rice to face Georgia Tech in opening round of Anaheim Classic
The Owls men’s basketball team will face Georgia Tech in the opening round of the Anaheim Classic during Thanksgiving weekend.
Houston Chronicle

Rendon impresses right away
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is profiled for his career in baseball.
Auburn Citizen (N.Y.)

Alexander hired as new Troup AD, head coach
Alumnus Dennis Alexander ’70 has been hired as athletic director and head football coach for the Troup Independent School District.
Tri County Leader (Texas)


Rice University climate-change expert available to comment on record US drought
Ron Sass, a fellow in global climate change at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on the United States’ record drought this summer.

Centennial video series: The Rice murder mystery
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the murder of William Marsh Rice and the founding of the Rice Institute.

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