Dateline Rice for Aug. 15, 2012


Rice hopes mix of grants and ‘add ons’ will support free textbooks
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College open-education project, is quoted in an article about the project’s rapid success. This article was the top story in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s "Wired Campus."
Chronicle of Higher Education


What if baby boomers don’t live forever?
Research by Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is cited in an article about the longevity of the baby boomer generation.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Economic Times of India, the Baltimore Sun, the Hampton Roads Daily Press, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Orlando Sentinel,,,, [Green Bay, Wis.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Duluth, Minn.], [Wausau, Wis.], [Holland, Mich.] and

Are small businesses punishing Groupon?
Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.

Conservatives like Ryan, Latinos don’t
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 Mitt Romney’s selection of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Jones also appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss President Barack Obama’s deferred action plan for undocumented immigrants. The interview begins approximately six minutes into the clip.
San Francisco Chronicle

Gone too soon
Susanne Mentzer, professor of voice, authored this remembrance of alumna Laura Botkin ’08, who died recently in a car accident. Mentzer and Stephen King, the Lynette S. Autrey Chair of Voice and professor of voice, are mentioned in a article about Botkin.
Not again … Houston opera singer/beloved kids voice coach killed in horrific wrong way crash

UMass selects Hartford deputy as campus chief
The University of Massachusetts has selected its new campus police chief. Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, is mentioned.
Boston Globe (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Waterbury Republican-American, the Thibodaux Daily Comet, the Springfield Republican, the Worcester Telegram, the Boston Herald, Newsday, the Columbus Republic,, CBS3Springfield [Mass.],,, [Providence, R.I.] and

Producing knowledge
An article about books produced in Pakistan mentions Bapsi Sidhwa and notes that she once taught at Rice.
The Nation (Pakistan)


Humble ISD Education Foundation hosts second annual ‘Mine the Gap’ conference
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, spoke at the Humble Independent School District’s "Mine the Gap" conference. Angela Seaworth, director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice, and Iska Wire, director of development, are mentioned.
Atascocita Tribune

Could Ted Cruz be president? Paul Ryan polling better amoung women and seniors and more
Alumna Eleanor Darragh ’56 is mentioned in an article about her son, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz. (Lubbock, Texas)

4 SBISD schools have new leaders
An article about new principals in the Spring Branch Independent School District mentions that one is a graduate of Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Houston Chronicle

Sorting out options on breast cancer screening
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about cancer screening.
Houston Chronicle (This op-ed also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.)

News items report on the robbery of a student research worker five blocks north of campus. Kim Gonzalez, a graduate student in biochemistry and cell biology, and Xu Liu, a graduate student in computer science, are quoted in the KPRC-TV report.
Rice student robbed near campus


Will ‘social networking war’ help scientists outsmart cancer?
An article examines the research of Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and colleagues into the shared traits of cancer cells and bacteria.


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.
South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (This interview also appeared on [Springfield, Mo.].)

Graduates and honors for the week of Aug. 15
A news brief reports that Mina Yao ’12 graduated from Rice May 12.
North Country Times (Calif.)

Ravinia lineup suggests the death of classical recitals is greatly exaggerated
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 will be among the performers at the Ravinia Festival.
Aberdeen American News (S.D.) (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Glendale News-Press and


Rendon moves up, could earn September callup
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon was promoted to the Harrisburg Senators. (Similar stories appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, [Harrisburg, Penn.] and

Cy Creek High School grad Janish scores twice as Braves double up Phils 12-6
Recaps of baseball games between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets focus on former Rice baseball player Paul Janish.
Cy Creek alum Janish scores in Braves’ loss to the Mets Aug. 12

BYU volleyball preps for start of season
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Brigham Young University volleyball team.
Deseret News (Utah)

Capital Area Activities Conference Blue Division football season preview: Four teams tied for title last year
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school football in Michigan.
Jackson Citizen Patriot (Mich.)

How to play disc golf in Houston
Rice is mentioned in an article about disc golf.


Rice University’s HERE Project has a new name and a new home
Formerly known as Houston Enriches Rice Education, the HERE Project has become the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning and is now a part of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Future increases in US natural gas exports and domestic prices may not be as large as thought
Amid policy debate over potential liquefied natural gas exports from the United States, a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy predicts the long-term volume of exports from the U.S. will not likely be very large.

International Energy Agency director to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Aug. 17
Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency, will discuss current unconventional gas drilling and light tight oil issues at Rice University’s Baker Institute Energy Forum Aug. 17.

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.