Dateline Rice for July 31, 2012


A runoff is down to the wire in Texas
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.
New York Times
What a Ted Cruz victory would mean
Washington Post
Long, nasty Ted Cruz-David Dewhurst Senate showdown to be settled today
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
Tea party power tested in Texas Senate runoff
Texas Senate runoff may shift tone of debate in next Congress (This article also appeared in the Fort Worth Business Press.)
Tea party savors expected win in Texas Tuesday
Washington Examiner


Experts say all Texans will stay on hook for Medicaid
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 health care in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on, and

The inaugural Houston Arts Resource Fair: Excellent conversations, very few hiccups
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, spoke at the Houston Arts Resource Fair.
Houston Press

Yellow Rose, Houston’s first legal bourbon distillery, set to launch soon
Alumnus Ryan Baird ’12 is quoted in an article about the Yellow Rose Distillery.
Houston Press


Graphene: New miracle material
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted in an article about graphene research.
Newsmax Maxlife

Power supply a consistent challenge as troops use more gadgets
U.S. troops have a technological advantage over most enemies. But each new gadget they wield comes with a need for power and, at-times, with a hidden logistical tail. The article mentions that researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.
National Defense


Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
An article discusses a lecture by Matthias Henze, the Watt J. and Lily G. Jackson Chair in Biblical Studies and associate professor of religious studies. (This article also appeared in the Baptist Press, and [Sacramento, Calif.].)

Marissa Mayer and the business case for hiring pregnant women
The public praise heaped upon the struggling company Yahoo for hiring a pregnant Marissa Mayer as its new chief executive shows a covert acknowledgement that this form of bias against women remains alive and well. But there remains an underlying belief that hiring pregnant women makes bad business sense. Jennifer George, the Mary Gibbs Jones Professor of Management and professor of psychology, is quoted.

University of Florida student breaks world joggling record
Matthew Feldman, a University of Florida student who is conducting research this summer at Rice, broke a Guinness World Record for joggling — jogging and juggling — at the Rice University running track.
KSWO-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas) (A similar story appeared on WCIV-TV [Charleston, S.C.].)


A minor trade
The Pittsburgh Pirates traded former Rice baseball player Brian Friday to the Atlanta Braves. A separate article discusses Friday’s performance in baseball games between the Indianapolis Indians and the Pawtucket Redsocks.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

Cy Creek grad Paul Janish and Braves beat Miami
A recap of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins focuses on former Rice baseball player Paul Janish.

Annual Bluebonnet Youth Ranch event has new host
Former Rice basketball player Frank Pickens is mentioned in an article about the 31st annual Bluebonnet Youth Ranch Celebrity Golf Tournament. (Victoria, Texas)

Oscar Pistorius just wants to compete
Rice is mentioned in an article about sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
International Business Times

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.