Dateline Rice for Aug. 9, 2012


Exhibit to focus on Rice founder
An exhibit opening Aug. 14 at the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park will cover the life of William Marsh Rice, including his role in Houston’s business community, his murder and his legacy as founder of Rice University. This news brief appeared on the front of the Ultimate Heights section.
Houston Chronicle


BBC Radio
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on BBC Radio to discuss the violence in Syria. A link to this broadcast is not available.

Missouri primary: Tea party win sets up battle for control of Senate
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 an article about the Missouri U.S. Senate primary. Jones is also quoted about an invitation offered to Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz to speak at the GOP National Convention and efforts to mobilize Hispanic voters. A letter to the editor in the Houston Chronicle responds to an article that quoted Jones. An English translation of the article is not available.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on and
Cruz, invited to speak to GOP convention, joins Republican A-list
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Unlikely mobilization of Hispanic voters
Same old schtick
Houston Chronicle

Natural gas giant tries to shift gears
A drop in natural gas prices is hurting balance sheets across the petroleum industry. The second-largest natural gas producer in the United States has been hit especially hard. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted. (This story also appeared on [Alabama], [Binghamton, N.Y.], [Ohio], [Washington] and [Missouri].)

The truth about Romney’s tax plan: It’s a pipe dream
John Diamond, adjunct assistant professor of economics, is quoted in an article about presidential contender Mitt Romney’s tax policies. Diamond was an unpaid consultant to the Romney campaign.
The Atlantic (This article also appeared in the National Journal.)

Schools pitch new degrees at job-focused students
Schools are launching cross-disciplinary masters programs meant to make students more competitive in a changing economy. Rice’s master’s degree track for space studies is mentioned.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,,,,, [Wausau, Wis.], [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Holland, Mich.], [Colorado Springs, Colo.] and [Hibbing, Minn.].)


Computers programming computers?
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Professor of Computational Engineering, professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is quoted in an article about the Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering project, which aims to use computers to assist human programmers in writing software.

Art conservators host a cool party in the heights
Kim Davenport, director of the Rice Gallery, is quoted about a fundraiser for a new video space at Rice Gallery. Joshua Fischer, assistant curator, is mentioned. Both are pictured in an accompanying photo slideshow.
Houston Chronicle


Laser system can recreate hidden objects in 3-D, reveals photon study
Articles on a new laser system that captures the behavior of individual photons and uses advanced optics to deduce what’s around the corner mention Rice.


George P. Bush to speak at University of Idaho’s 2012 convocation
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 will give the keynote address at the University of Idaho’s 2012 University Convocation. (Twin Falls, Idaho)

We should resolve to put people on Mars by 2030
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned in an article about Mars exploration.
Opelousas Daily World (La.)


Rice places league-high three players on C-USA preseason soccer team
Rice placed a league-high three players — Martel College junior Jessica Howard, Duncan College senior Lauren LaGro and Will Rice College sophomore Quinney Truong — on the Conference USA preseason women’s soccer team.
Houston Chronicle

Olympics 2012: Shields fights for gold medal in women’s boxing; Esparza wins bronze
An article about women’s boxing in the Olympics mentions female boxer Marlen Esparza. (Editor’s note: The article reports incorrectly that Esparza has been accepted at Rice.)
Washington Times


Chief Justice of the US John G. Roberts Jr. is one of five speakers for Rice’s Centennial Lecture Series
Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. is one of five highly acclaimed leaders who will participate in Rice University’s Centennial Lecture Series in October. Rice is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The series also will bring to campus international angel investor Esther Dyson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President and physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas and human genome pioneer J. Craig Venter.

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.