Dateline Rice for Aug. 16, 2012


Rice coach seeks to honor Owls’ football royalty
Martel College junior Cameron Nwosu and Duncan College junior Turner Petersen, both Rice football players, will change their jersey numbers to honor former Rice football player O.J. Brigance and late Rice football legend King Hill, respectively. Petersen and head coach David Bailiff are quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle


Paul Ryan’s budget balancing act
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 Rep. Paul Ryan and the 2012 presidential race. (This article also appeared on [Idaho Falls, Idaho], [Allentown, Penn.] and [Colorado Springs, Colo.].)

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. (This article also appeared in the Globe and Mail,,,,, and

Bill Gates wants to reboot the toilet
Rice University’s entry in the "Reinvent the Toilet" fair sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pictured in an article about the event. Another photo shows Oara Neumann, a graduate student in applied physics and electrical engineering, describing Rice’s contest entry, which uses solar technology, to Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
New York Daily News

UMass selects Hartford deputy as campus police 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.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, the San Antonio Express-News, the Lakeland Ledger, the Hartford Courant, the Erie Times-News, the Franklin Daily Journal, the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise, [Providence, R.I.], [Springfield, Mass.], [New Haven, Conn.], [Boston], [Boston], [Orlando, Fla.], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Dayton, Ohio], [Steubenville, Ohio] and [Connecticut].)

With technology, face of homeschooling changes
Rice is mentioned in an article about homeschooling resources.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Columbus Republic, the Reno Gazette-Journal, Greenfield Daily Reporter, the Franklin Daily Journal, the Staten Island Advance, the New Canaan News, the Albany Times-Union, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Danbury News-Times, the Greenwich Time, the Stamford Advocate, [Orlando, Fla.], [Charlotte, N.C.], [Atlanta], [Jackson, Miss.], [Hattiesburg, Miss.], [Steubenville, Ohio], [Nevada], [Johnstown, Penn.], [El Paso, Texas] and [Dayton, Ohio].)


Houston singer killed in wrong-way crash
News items report on the death of alumna Laura Botkin ’08, who was killed in a car accident Sunday. Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School of Music and the Elma Schneider Professor of Music, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle
Laura Botkin: Opera singer killed in second fatal traffic accident for Houston’s art scene this week
Houston Press
Houston opera singer dies in Lubbock crash
KAMC-TV (Lubbock, Texas)
KLBK-TV (Lubbock, Texas)

Despite EPISD scandal, college possible for students
College admissions officials across Texas said placing the El Paso Independent School District on probation should not jeopardize current students’ higher education goals. Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, is quoted.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.)

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


Kirstin Matthews, fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about the thriving Middle Eastern job market.


Rice study questions volume of future US natural gas exports
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. 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.
Oil & Gas Journal

Salivary glands project offers hope for head and neck cancer patients
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. Cindy "Mary" Farach-Carson, vice provost for translational bioscience, scientific director of the BioScience Research Collaborative and professor of biochemistry and cell biology and bioengineering, is quoted.
Dental Tribune

As public policy scholar, Bill Richardson talks politics
Bill Richardson, senior fellow for Latin America at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about current political issues.
Diverse Education


Choral concert among coming PMF highlights
Joan Der Hovsepian, artist teacher of viola at the Shepherd School of Music, will perform at a Peninsula Music Festival concert.
Door County Advocate (Wis.) (This article also appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald.)

Local merchants see Groupon as ad vehicle
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.
Bergen County Record (N.J.)

Indianapolis Museum of Art names Charles Venable new CEO
Alumnus Charles Venable ’82 was named the Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Indianapolis Star
IMA names new director and CEO (Indianapolis) (This article also appeared in the Burbank Leader and [Indianapolis].)
Charles L. Venable appointed as new director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Ravinia lineup suggests the death of classical recitals is greatly exaggerated
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 will be among the performers at the Ravinia Festival.
Burbank Leader (Calif.)

Just the facts: Colleges with the largest endowments
Rice is mentioned in an article about universities with large endowments.

UM professor’s research at heart of Pistorius debate
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Washington Examiner (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Columbus Republic, [Johnstown, Penn.], [Steubenville, Ohio], [Dayton, Ohio] and [Orlando, Fla.].)


Rice women face daunting schedule
An article discusses the Rice Owls women’s basketball team’s fall schedule. Head coach Greg Williams is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice volleyball picked to finish second in Conference USA
According to Conference USA volleyball coaches, Rice has the best chance of upending two-time defending conference volleyball champion Tulsa this upcoming season.

Our champs!
Baker College sophomore Lucas Sanchez is quoted in an article about the Eastdale Little League Majors softball team.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.)

Bodysurfers make waves at the URT Womp
Sid Richardson College junior Carter Graves placed first in the hand plane division at the URT Womp bodysurfing contest.

WPMT-TV (Harrisburg, Penn.)
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon was promoted to the Harrisburg Senators.

Cy Creek High School grad Janish contributes to big inning in Atlanta loss
A recap of a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets focuses on former Rice baseball player Paul Janish.

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 Indianapolis Indians. (Texas)


Radiation belt probes may help predict space weather
A Rice University scientist is contributing to an effort to make life more comfortable for both the people and satellites in space and provide valuable research for those who remain planet-bound.

Centennial video series: Female Owls join the nest
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at when female students began living on the Rice campus.

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.