Dateline Rice for Aug. 13, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Former envoy talks Syria, chess game of diplomacy
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the Syrian civil war.
Houston Chronicle (This interview appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the Chicago Tribune and the Allentown Morning Call.)

Free textbooks shaking up higher education
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s Connexions open-education project, is quoted in an article about OpenStax College and open-source textbook projects.

Perry, Bush laud Ryan; Democrats decry ideology
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 Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Jones is also quoted in an article about an invitation offered to Texas U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz to speak at the GOP National Convention.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page of the print edition.)
Texans react to Romney’s VP selection

Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Romney VP pick praised, panned in Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Cruz, invited to speak to GOP convention, joins Republican A-list
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and [Springfield, Mo.].)


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.
Chicago Tribune (subscription required)


HISD board approves its bond package
Houston voters will get to decide in November whether to approve the largest school bond package in recent Texas history after Houston Independent School District trustees endorsed the plan on an 8-1 vote. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice lecture series to feature Chief Justice of US John G. Roberts
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. 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 President David Leebron; Susan McIntosh, professor of anthropology; and Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory, and Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory, are quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the Rancher, the Sugar Land Sun and the River Oaks Examiner.)

Houston reaches a crossroads
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an op-ed about directing Houston’s future growth.
Houston Chronicle

Larry McMurtry auction draws book lovers
An article discusses a book auction held at a book store owned by alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the South Bend Tribune.)

Can art heal what ails Galveston?
Rice is mentioned in an article about an art residency in Galveston, Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Zest section.)


A story reports on move-in day at Rice.


Years after slash and burn, Brazil haunted by ‘black carbon’
Although nearly 40 years have passed since Brazil banned slash-and-burn practices, the destruction lingers. Caroline Masiello, assistant professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Science NOW

Graphene’s behavior depends on where it sits
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 articles about graphene research. (This article also appeared on
The 10 strangest facts about graphene

The big problem of agricultural loans
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about agricultural loans in India.

New chips offer efficiency with accuracy? Not exactly …
Researchers at Rice University have built yet another prototype of their probabilistic chip that is faster and more energy-efficient.
Machine Design

Publishers perish: Ending unjustified subsidies for the university press
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about university presses.
Business Insider


Houston genealogy: William Marsh Rice, Holocaust art, 1800s photography, seminar
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.

Joe Wong brings Chinese comedy made in the USA
Alumnus Joe Wong ’06 is profiled for his career as a comedian.
Sampan (Boston)

MU offers hands-on learning
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business.
Columbia Daily Tribune (Mo.)

Does drilling in ANWR make more sense than the Alaskan offshore?
Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited in an article about energy exploration in Alaska.

Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge
Rice is mentioned in articles about sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Dallas Morning News
UI professor’s research on ‘blade runner’ Oscar Pistorius could lead to new generation of prosthetic limbs
Spokane Spokesman-Review (Wash.)


Rice Owls 2012: Mark’s college football preview
An article previews the 2012 Rice Owls football season.

Freshmen impressive in Rice’s Blue-Gray soccer scrimmage
An article discusses the Rice women’s soccer program’s preseason Blue-Gray scrimmage.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)

Daniel Joseph Lehmann, Rochester Red Wings
Former Rice standout Danny Lehmann is featured for his performance in a baseball game between the Rochester Red Wings and the Pawtucket Redsocks. (Texas)


Researchers aim to grow salivary glands using patient’s own cells
Biologists, surgical oncologists and regenerative medicine specialists from Rice University, the University of Delaware and the Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Del., have begun a four-year program aimed at using cells to grow whole salivary glands that can replace those destroyed by cancer radiation therapy.

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.