Dateline Rice for Aug. 10, 2012


Romney fails to master the popular touch
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about presidential contender Mitt Romney.
Financial Times (subscription required)

No more skipping your medicine — FDA approves first digital pill
The Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can be integrated into pills to let doctors know when patients take their medicine. The Nano-Bio-Chip developed at Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared on

Schools pitch new degrees at job-focused students
Schools are launching cross-disciplinary master’s programs meant to make students more competitive in a changing economy. Rice’s master’s degree track for space studies is mentioned. (This article also appeared on [Hibbing, Minn.].)


Research institute could be high-tech hub
Jan Odegard, executive director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is quoted in an article about the proposed Telehealth Research Institute, which would be a joint effort between Rice, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

Chief Justice of US John G. Roberts Jr. and architect Rem Koolhaas headline Rice 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.

Rice, HISD collaborate on science education
Rice University will provide professional development for 150 high school science teachers from the Houston Independent School District during the 2012-13 school year. Rice President David Leebron and John Hutchinson, Rice’s dean of undergraduates and a professor of chemistry, are quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner and the Rancher.)

HISD board approves $1.9 billion bond measure
Houston voters will get to decide in November whether to approve the largest school bond package in recent Texas history after HISD trustees endorsed the plan on an 8-1 vote. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

ASU graduate, Alpine native, wins state award
Emily Hendryx, a graduate student in computational and applied mathematics, received a first-place award for her research presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
Alpine Avalanche

Fast-growing Austin Internet company moving into larger headquarters
Rice is mentioned in an article about an Austin, Texas, Internet company.
Austin American-Statesman


Individual mandate: ‘Right, not privilege’
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 the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. (This article also appeared in Medical Ethics Advisor.)

Ted Cruz joins Republican A-list
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 an invitation offered to Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz to speak at the GOP National Convention. Jones is also quoted in articles about the Texas and Missouri U.S. Senate races. (This article also appeared on
American digest
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Missouri primary: Tea party win sets up battle for control of Senate


If you teach at a UC school, you’re probably underpaid
An article about professor salaries at University of California schools mentions that three researchers from the University of California, San Diego recently moved their labs to Rice. (California)


Sam McGuffie, other Owls ready to put injuries behind them
Baker College senior Sam McGuffie is profiled for his performance with the Rice Owls football team.

Levy commits to Rice
A Stephen F. Austin High School student-athlete has verbally committed to Rice.

A human might someday run faster than Usain Bolt, maybe even Oscar Pistorius
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
D Magazine (Texas)


Rice University centennial exhibits to be displayed around Houston 
The Houston Heritage Society, Bank of America and Houston Public Library will host exhibits related to Rice University’s centennial year over the next few months.

Centennial video series: The history of new-student orientation at Rice
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the story behind Rice’s O-Week.

Rice University cyberspace expert available to comment on Gauss malware outbreak
Christopher Bronk, a fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. State Department diplomat who specializes in cybersecurity issues, is available to comment on the discovery of new malware that is aimed at clients of several Lebanese banks, as well as Citibank and PayPal.

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.