Dateline Rice for Aug. 27, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


After trauma, nano-drug fights blood toxins
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.
The brain injection that could help save lives of soldiers in battle and other victims of serious head injury
Daily Mail (U.K.) (This article also appeared on
Nanoparticles quickly stabilize blood flow in brain after injury (This article also appeared on,,, and
Rice University tests if nanoparticles can reboot blood flow in brain for trauma victims

Has the tea party ‘sold out’ to the mainstream GOP?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in news items about the tea party, the Republican National Convention and the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong. (This article also appeared on [Boston],, [Salinas, Calif.], [Greensboro, N.C.], [Fort Smith, Ark.], [Spokane, Wash.], [Hertford, N.C.], [Albuquerque, N.M.], [Abilene, Texas], [Idaho Falls, Wyo.] and [Oklahoma City].)
Fresh abortion debate exposes deep divides among GOP base as convention begins
Montreal Gazette (This article also appeared in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the Brandon Sun, the Battlefords News-Optimist and nearly 90 other media outlets.)
To hero-astronaut Armstrong, moonwalk ‘just’ a job
U.S. News & World Report (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe, Newsday,,,, and nearly 280 other media outlets.)
Neil Armstrong’s ‘giant leap for mankind’ changed human history
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in U.S. News and World Report,,, the Boston Globe, and nearly 290 other media outlets.)
CBC’s ‘News Now With Michael Serapio’
A giant leap into history
Five ways Neil Armstrong likely changed your life
Boise Weekly (Idaho)

Isaac to hit Gulf coast as a hurricane
Tropical Storm Isaac moved into the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday, setting the stage for a mid-week rendezvous with the northern Gulf coast. Satish Nagarajaiah, professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted in the original Houston Chronicle story, which appeared on the front page.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Connecticut Post and


America’s real Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about energy policy. Jaffe is also quoted in an article about efforts to change the federal renewable fuel standard, which will reserve about 40 percent of the nation’s corn crop for ethanol production this year.
Foreign Policy
Calls to lower ethanol quota rise as US corn crop withers
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Arizona Daily Sun, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Charleston Gazette,  and [South Bend, Ind.].)

CNC World (China)
Ron Sass, a fellow in global climate change at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about extreme weather trends in the world.

Solar cell efficiency receives a transparent boost
Officials with Phillips 66 announced that their partnership with California startup Solarmer Energy and a Chinese university has yielded the most efficient polymer-based organic solar cell yet, a milestone that puts them closer to marketing the technology. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.)

One of the great explorers
News items about the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong mention President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.
The Australian
SpaceX is a good start: Neil Armstrong dies, giving Americans a chance to think big again
KOMO-AM (Seattle)


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. A separate article profiles Ragan for his fight against cancer and work to promote more funding for pediatric cancer research.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Albany Times-Union and
Rice student with ‘orphan cancer’ fights to help others, hopes to bring cause to Ellen DeGeneres
19-year-old cancer patient trying to get on Ellen
Rice student leads fight against pediatric cancer
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This article also appeared in the Columbus Republic,, [Columbus, Ohio] and nearly 25 other media outlets.)

For West Nile victims, suffering varies
Meaghan Bond, a graduate student in bioengineering, is quoted in a front-page article about cases of the West Nile virus in Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Albany Times-Union, the Connecticut Post, the Stamford Advocate, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and

Rice researchers unveil multi-antenna technology
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.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Memorial Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the Sugar Land Sun and the Rancher.)
Prototype 64-way antenna system saves power and spectrum
EE Times
Argos feeds data hungry mobile devices
New antenna could vastly increase wireless net capacity
Wireless Week

Five serene treasures you can find in Houston
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice appears on a list of five quiet Houston treasures.
Houston Chronicle

Neil Armstrong, R.I.P.
Alumnus Paul Burka ’63 authored this remembrance of astronaut Neil Armstrong and discusses attending President Kennedy’s famous speech at Rice in 1962.
Texas Monthly

Godspeed, Neil Armstrong
Alumnus Justin Kugler ’07 authored this remembrance of astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Houston Chronicle

Rice University to host forum on drug violence
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host a drug violence forum Aug. 27.

Moving Trinity up the Forbes list
Rice placed 37th in’s annual ranking of America’s top 650 colleges.

Wine classes in Houston this fall, foreign and domestic
An article mentions a wine-tasting class at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Press

Local furniture maker retires after 35-year career
Rice is mentioned in an article about custom furniture-maker Barry LaChance.
Galveston Daily News


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, appeared on KPRC-TV to discuss the Republican National Convention.

A story discusses a screening of the documentary "Forgotten Soldiers" at the Rice Media Center.

WKRC-TV (Cincinnati)
Alumnus Steve Johns ’92 is interviewed about sustainability efforts in Cincinnati.


For some merchants, Groupon’s real value is cheap advertising
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.
Network Journal


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.
Lake Placid Journal (Fla.) (This article also appeared in the Polk County Democrat and the Englewood Sun.)


Rice’s Bailiff keeps bar raised, cites change in culture
Articles discuss the Rice Owls football team’s preparations for the upcoming season. Head coach David Bailiff and Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, are quoted. Bailiff also appeared on KPRC-TV to discuss the upcoming season.
Houston Chronicle
Bailiff has high hopes at Rice for 2012 (Texas)

Record crowd watches soccer draw Rice, 1-1
An article recaps a women’s soccer match between Rice and Louisiana State University.

Cougars overpower Rice in 3-0 volleyball sweep
An article recaps a women’s volleyball match between Rice and Brigham Young University.

This week: Rice vs. UCLA
An article preview a football game between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Houston Chronicle
UCLA aims for top 25 as it works to re-establish football program
Los Angeles Times
Bruins quarterback Brett Hundley could wing it in first start
Los Angeles Times
UCLA is on the road again for opener (Similar articles also appeared in the Oklahoman, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the San Bernardino Valley Sun, twice in the Los Angeles Daily News, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Pasadena Star-News, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the Whittier Daily News, the Torrance Daily Breeze and, three times on and four times on

The all-time Crossroads baseball team
Alumnus Mike Macha ’76 is mentioned in an article about baseball players from Victoria, Texas.
Victoria Advocate (Texas)

Men’s basketball: Owls in running to land Las Vegas twins
An article discusses Rice Owls men’s basketball’s recruiting efforts.
Houston Chronicle

Tulsa football season preview
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Tulsa football team. (Tulsa)


Centennial video series: The R1 computer
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at Rice’s first large computational research computer.

Rice expert available to discuss Isaac threat to offshore platforms
Satish Nagarajaiah, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, is available for news media interviews about the threat Tropical Storm Isaac poses to offshore drilling platforms.

Rice University experts available to discuss Tropical Storm Isaac  
Rice University faculty experts are available to comment on a variety of topics as the Gulf Coast prepares for Tropical Storm Isaac.

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.