Dateline Rice for Aug. 24, 2012

FEATURED ITEMS

Socioeconomic diversity strengthens schools
Ruth Lopez Turley, associate professor of sociology, authored this op-ed about the benefits of socioeconomic diversity in schools.
USA Today
http://usat.ly/R4ZWaf

To feed smartphone beast, use more antennas
New multi-antenna technology could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of mobile devices by allowing cell towers to beam signals simultaneously to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency. Lin Zhong, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, is quoted. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Futurity.org
http://bit.ly/PJcBCN
Antenna system helps wireless data load
United Press International (This article also appeared on Individual.com.)
http://bit.ly/PCaEZE

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Nanoparticles quickly stabilize blood flow in brain after injury
A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims, even those with mild injuries. 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.
ZeeNews.com (This Asian News International article also appeared on TruthDive.com.)
http://bit.ly/RJgdZ9
Nanoparticles minimize brain injury from trauma
About.com
http://bit.ly/NKzdEP

Calls to lower ethanol quota rise as US corn crop withers
The worst U.S. drought in more than half a century has rallied critics of the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop for ethanol production this year. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call, The33TV.com [Dallas] and Individual.com.)
http://trib.in/SvKatg

Texas official sees civil unrest if Obama is re-elected
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 statements made by Lubbock County Judge Tom Head. Jones is also quoted in an article about Rep. Ron Paul and appeared on KRLD-AM to discuss recent public opinion polls from several key battleground states. A link to the KRLD-AM broadcast is not available.
Bloomberg.com (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oregonian, the Arizona Republic, the Worcester Telegram, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, the Bangor Daily News and the Evansville Courier & Press.)
http://bloom.bg/NI4ZlM
In Paul they trust as he leaves political stage
Washington Times
http://bit.ly/PfLxIV
KRLD-AM

Why daily deal sites are a mixed bag for small businesses
An article discusses research on daily deal websites such as Groupon by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
FoxBusiness.com
http://bit.ly/SYipac

Silent on Israel
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an op-ed about American diplomacy with Israel.
Jordan Times
http://jordantimes.com/silent-on-israel

How to succeed in publishing without really trying
Rice University Press is mentioned in an opinion piece about university publishing.
InsideHigherEd.com
http://bit.ly/Od9P93

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Friends of dying Rice student push to get him on Ellen show
Supporters are working to give Duncan College freshman James Ragan, who has been battling cancer for the last six years, a chance to bring his message about pediatric cancer funding to a national audience on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/NldvY9

Despite huge Houston LNG investment, market risks remain
An article discusses research on natural gas markets by 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.
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/P2CCtc

The best college in Texas? Rice only two spots ahead of Texas A&M, well behind UT in new rankings
Rice is ranked 91st in the Center for World-Class Universities’ 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Culturemap.com
http://bit.ly/NMA03L

Friendswood High names 2012 Distinguished Alumni
Alumnus Steven Jamail ’02 was chosen as a Friendswood High School Distinguished Alumnus.
Friendswood Journal
http://bit.ly/Ssp9j8

Symphony of Southeast Texas celebrates 60th season
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform as part of the Symphony of Southeast Texas’ 60th season.
TheExaminer.com
http://bit.ly/O6dbZC

UT in talks to offer some classes online, for free
An article reports that the University of Texas at Austin is in negotiations with Coursera and edX, two of the most prominent companies engaged in the mass distribution of course content from elite universities for free online. Rice is mentioned.
Austin American-Statesman
http://bit.ly/Qw5gD1

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KTRK-TV
James Coan, research associate for the Energy Forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRK-TV to discuss Mitt Romney’s energy policies.
http://bit.ly/NpYOgu

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Swing states pushed to aid voter signups in welfare offices
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about efforts to compel states to ensure voter participation in the November elections. Stein also appeared on KROI-FM to discuss Houston bond initiatives. A link to this broadcast is not available.
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
http://bit.ly/O8RGHw
KROI-FM (Houston)

City workers to share green vehicles
Already operating one of the nation’s largest municipal fleets of hybrid vehicles, Houston strengthened its commitment to green transportation by launching a computer-managed car-sharing program for 300 workers in 13 downtown departments. The Zipcar service at Rice is mentioned.
Aberdeen American-News (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune Individual.com.)
http://bit.ly/PAkuv4

Museum of Art appoints new director
Alumnus Charles Venable ’82 was named the Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
FlyerGroup.com
http://flyergroup.com/local/x1685975477/Museum-of-Art-appoints-new-director

Additional Merit Scholarship winners named
Rice is mentioned in an article about National Merit Scholarship winners.
Charleston Post & Courier (S.C.)
http://bit.ly/P2yitV

SPORTS

Owls secondary has potential to make Rice students even happier
Wiess College junior Bryce Callahan is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls football team. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Examiner.com
http://exm.nr/PBd9ew

College football: 2012 Big 12 preview
Rice is mentioned in an article about Big 12 Conference football.
SBNation.com
http://sbn.to/SYNLgG

Bruins visit Rose Bowl
Rice is mentioned in articles about the University of California, Los Angeles football team.
Pasadena Star-News (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Whittier Daily News, the San Bernardino Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.)
http://bit.ly/TZ3C1c
UCLA football season kicks off in 7 days, and we cannot wait any longer
GoJoeBruin.com
http://bit.ly/O8NSWL
Fans on Twitter predict UCLA win over Rice, 32-8
GoJoeBruin.com
http://bit.ly/OdIaot

Soccer begins home schedule against Rice
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Louisiana State University soccer team.
LSUSportsNet.com
http://bit.ly/RGSloY

NEWS RELEASES

Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program to host screening of documentary on childhood obesity Aug. 28
The childhood obesity epidemic will be the focus of attention Aug. 28 when the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, the Children’s Nutrition Research Center and Children at Risk host "Children in Crisis," a screening of the new HBO and Institute of Medicine documentary.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=33148

Rice University experts available to comment on party conventions
With the national convention right around the corner, the stakes have never been higher for the Republican Party. Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley and political scientists Paul Brace, Mark Jones and Robert Stein are available to comment on the convention set for Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=33146

Nanoparticles reboot blood flow in brain
A nanoparticle developed at Rice University and tested in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims, even those with mild injuries.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=33117

Rice Business Plan Competition winner to ring Nasdaq closing bell
NuMat Technologies, winner of the 2012 Rice University Business Plan Competition, will ring the Nasdaq stock market closing bell today.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=33228

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.