Dateline Rice for Aug. 28, 2012


China Network Television
Satish Nagarajaiah, professor in civil and environmental engineering and in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted in news items about Tropical Storm Isaac.
Isaac causing pump pain (This article also appeared on
Hurricane warning issued for Isaac (This article also appeared on
Gas prices expected to spike in wake of Tropical Storm Isaac (San Antonio)
78 percent of Gulf oil production halted by storm

After trauma, nano-drug fights blood toxins
A link to an article about a nanoparticle developed at Rice University that may bring great benefits to the emergency treatment of brain-injury victims was featured on the news homepage of 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 the linked article. Research by Tour; Gedeng Ruan and Zhiwei Peng, graduate students in chemistry; and alumnus Zhengzong Sun ’10 is cited in an article about work to create graphene from unconventional sources. A link to a Rice-produced video is included.
New nanoparticle can instantly limit brain damage
New nanoparticle could save lives, limit brain damage by ‘rebooting’ brain blood flow
Scientists waste no time in growing graphene
The Guardian (U.K.)


Isaac brings pain at the pump for consumers — and for Obama
Gas prices are likely to rise, due to Tropical Storm Isaac, and create a new political headache for President Barack Obama at a time when polls show him leading Mitt Romney on energy policy. 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. Medlock is also quoted in an article about natural gas exports.
The Hill
Most gulf drilling shut down in advance of Isaac
National Journal (Canada)
Experts say US LNG export volumes could be limited

Dozen Mexican cops detained over shooting on US embassy vehicle that injured two
A judge ruled Monday that 12 police officers accused of opening fire on a U.S. embassy vehicle and wounding two embassy employees should remain in detention in an incident that has roiled U.S.-Mexican relations and drawn fresh attention to serious problems inside Mexico’s premier law enforcement agency. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the San Diego Union-Tribune,,, and nearly 185 other media outlets.)

CBS News This Morning (This story also appeared on KHOU-TV)
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, remembers late astronaut Neil Armstrong. Brinkley is also quoted in stories about Tropical Storm Isaac and the tea party movement.
Armstrong’s small step a giant leap for humanity (Portsmouth, Va.) (This Associated Press article appeared on [New Haven, Conn.], [Fort Wayne, Ind.] and nearly 80 other media outlets.)
MSNBC’s ‘The Ed Show’
Has the tea party sold out to mainstream GOP? (Atlanta)

The nine states that will decide whether Romney or Obama wins in November
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 articles about presidential politics.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Albany Times-Union.)
Gov. Rick Perry making the rounds at Republican convention
Dallas Morning News
Gone from Texas
Fort Worth Business Press

Japanese artist creates the monumental and delicate using plastic, hot glue and nylon
An article discusses artist Yasuaki Onishi’s Rice Gallery installation. An English translation of this article is not available.
O Globo (Brazil)


First man on the moon left a giant footprint in history
Articles remembering late astronaut Neil Armstrong mention President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech at Rice in 1962.
Friendswood Journal (This article also appeared in the Bay Area Citizen.)
Pioneering space spirit passes with Armstrong’s generation
Eagle-Tribune (Mass.)

Forbes’ ranking disappoints UH students, administration
Rice placed 37th in’s annual ranking of America’s top 650 colleges.

Free family fun: Museum District Day 2012
An article about Museum District Day mentions an event at the Rice Gallery.


Rice student leads fight against pediatric cancer
Duncan College freshman James Ragan is profiled for his fight against cancer and work to promote more funding for pediatric cancer research.
Bioscience Technology

IEA sees oil market as ‘sufficiently supplied’
Articles discuss a lecture at Rice by Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency.
Oil & Gas Journal (subscription required) (This article also appeared on and
Calling out extremists
Oil & Gas Journal (subscription required) (This article also appeared on


Norway did the right thing by giving Breivik 21-year sentence
David Dow, the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History, authored this op-ed about the sentencing of Anders Behring Breivik in Norway.

Directional beamforming for multiple users
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. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Argos explores new frontiers in multi-user beamforming

UT plans to offer free courses online
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. (This article also appeared on

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts partners with institutions in Africa and the US to explore the progress of love
Elias Bongmba, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and professor of religious studies, is mentioned in an article about a Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts exhibition.

Coursera provides access to college courses online for free
Rice is mentioned in an article about online education startup Coursera.


Kubiak, Frazier give Rice twin connections to NFL
Rice is the only school that boasts the sons of two current NFL head coaches: Martel College senior Klein Kubiak and McMurtry College senior Corey Frazier.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the sports section.)
WDIO-TV (Duluth, Minn.)

UTSA to open home slate with Rice on Tuesday night
An article previews a women’s volleyball match between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Rice vs. UCLA: Owls fighting injuries to host Bruins
Articles preview the season-opening football game between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Eight pressing questions for the season (Similar stories appeared on, KCBS-TV [Los Angeles] and three times on


Rice University founds e-learning center
Rice University announced today the creation of the Rice Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship to bring its array of forward-thinking online education initiatives under one banner.

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.