Dateline Rice for Aug. 29, 2012


New York Times Business Day Live
Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in Rice’s TV studio about the economic impact of Hurricane Isaac. Jaffe is also quoted in articles about the storm’s effect on oil production.
US Gulf oil industry largely shut down as Isaac nears
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Financial Post, Scientific American, the Hartford Courant, the South Bend Tribune, the Imperial Valley Press,,,,,, [Hendersonville, N.C.], [South Bend, Ind.], [Springfield, Mo.], [Denver] and [Wichita, Kan.].)
Gulf Coast braces for Isaac impact


Texas A to Z
Rice’s Nobel Price-winning faculty are mentioned in an article about Texas. Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, and the late Richard Smalley are pictured.
Prime Living

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on CNBC-TV to discuss Hurricane Isaac. Brinkley also appeared on KPCC-FM to discuss the legacy of Hurricane Katrina.
KPCC-FM (Pasadena, Calif.)

Mexico police accused of firing on US embassy vehicle to remain in detention
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 New Ulm Journal, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal, the Westfield Republican, the Alpena News, Maui Weekly, the Northwest Herald, the Mining Journal,, and [St. Petersburg, Fla.].)

Isaac seen making release of US strategic oil likely
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 in articles about the effects of Hurricane Isaac on energy markets. (This article also appeared in Businessweek,,,, and
Gulf drilling shuts down in advance of Isaac

Federal robotics initiative gives $1 million to make brain-controlled exoskeletons
Researchers at Rice University are looking to help stroke sufferers move their limbs again by using a wearable robot that they can move with their thoughts alone. Marcia O’Malley, associate professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
Popular Science
Brainwave-controlled robotic exoskeleton will help stroke victims (This article also appeared on

Why does Ecuador grant Assange asylum
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 on the decision by Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa to grant asylum in the country’s London Embassy to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. An English translation of this article is not available. Jones is also quoted in news items about presidential politics, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the Texas redistricting lawsuit and Latino voters in the 2012 election. A link to the KTMD-TV broadcast is not available.
Sanlian Life Week (China)
The nine states that will decide whether Romney or Obama wins in November
Houston Chronicle
Dewhurst announces re-election plans
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)

Let’s get James Ragan on the Ellen Degeneres 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. (This article also appeared on


We’re way behind on storm planning
An editorial about hurricane planning in Houston mentions a Houston ship channel storm gate proposed by Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle

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. 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.
Alice Echo-News Journal

Rice University offers a beer education your own college probably didn’t
An article discusses a course on the history of beer at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Press


Political conventions are designed to be unifying affairs, but the Texas delegation at the Republican National Convention in Tampa is not happy about rules for future conventions. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted.

Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss presidential politics. A link to this broadcast is not available.

KNBC-TV (Los Angeles)
A story about Hurricane Isaac includes comments from a Tulane University student speaking from Rice.


Daily deals no bargain
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.
Restaurant Hospitality


Pioneering space spirit passes with Armstrong’s generation
An editorial remembering late astronaut Neil Armstrong mentions President John F. Kennedy’s famous speech at Rice in 1962.
Newburyport Daily News (Mass.)


Bruins know opener against Rice won’t be a dry run
An article previews the season-opening football game between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Times (Similar articles appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Torrance Daily Breeze,, and twice on

Texans-Vikings connections
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)

Tulane football team headed to Alabama to escape Isaac
Rice is mentioned in an article about the impact of Hurricane Isaac on Louisiana college sports.
USA Today (Similar articles also appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Vineland Daily Journal, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Hattiesburg American, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Coloradoan, the
Fon Du Lac Reporter, the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, the Staunton News-Leader, the Morristown Daily Record, the Baton Rouge Advocate, the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, the Houma Courier, the Thibodaux Daily Comet,,,, [West Lafayette, Ind.], [Alexandria, La.], and

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.