Dateline Rice for Aug. 30, 2012


US Gulf oil industry in hunker-down mode as Isaac lashes coast
Hurricane Isaac continued to batter the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, causing flooding in Southern Louisiana but no discernible damage to refineries and offshore oil and gas platforms. 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 also is quoted in an article about a University of Texas report on hydraulic fracturing and gas exploration in Eastern Europe.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Vancouver Sun, the Malaysia Star, the Baltimore Sun, the Hartford Courant, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the South Bend Tribune, the Allentown Morning Call, the Hampton Roads Daily Press,,,,,,, [Springfield, Mo.], [Charlottesville, Va.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Denver], [Wausau, Wis.], [Holland, Mich.], [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Hartford, Conn.], [Lansing, Mich.] and [Green Bay, Wis.].)
Many coastal refineries soaked and idle
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Business section and also in the San Antonio Express-News, the Houma Courier, the Thibodaux Daily Comet,, and
Long arm of University of Texas fracking report reaches Eastern Europe
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)

College guide
Rice placed 38th in Washington Monthly’s 2012 national universities rankings.
Washington Monthly
Texas universities score well on unconventional ranking
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Midland, Texas].)
Washington magazine ranks Texas A&M among top schools
San Antonio Business Journal

Freedom 7 space capsule to be displayed at JFK Library
Articles about the arrival of the Freedom 7 space capsule at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the death of astronaut Neil Armstrong mention Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech at Rice.
Boston Globe
Pioneering space spirit passes with Armstrong’s generation
Salem News (Mass.)


James Turrell’s Skyspace
A column discusses James Turrell’s "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
Texas Monthly

UT considers mass distribution of free online courses
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 Provost George McLendon is quoted.

Corpus Christi teen James Ragan earns rare honor from leader in cancer research
Duncan College freshman James Ragan was named a special ambassador for the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

What if Isaac hit Houston?
Rice research is mentioned in a blog about storm planning in Houston.

The row house reinvented
Alumnus Holden Shannon ’85 is featured in an article about the Row on 25th rental development.
Paper City


Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about monitoring children’s use of electronic devices.

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 a story about a speech by Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention.


Brainwave-controlled exoskeleton for stroke patient rehabilitation
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.
Device taps brain power to move paralyzed limbs

Daily deal sites not producing for some 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.


Scientists use a nanoparticle to stabilize blood flow to the 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.

More colleges offer classes in beer brewing
An article discussing college classes about beer mentions a Houston Press article about a course on the history of beer at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.


Improving Owls hope to make move up the ladder
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team’s upcoming season.
Houston Chronicle

College football matchup: UCLA at Rice
Articles preview the season-opening football game between Rice and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Houston Chronicle
Bruins could walk a fine line
Los Angeles Times
Bruins hoping to spread their wings
Los Angeles Times
UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince ready to play supporting role
Los Angeles Times
Sons of Frazier, Kubiak playing for Rice against UCLA just down street from dads’ NFL teams
Washington Post
UCLA Bruins at Rice Owls
UCLA at Rice
Kansas City Star (Mo.) (Similar articles also appeared in Sports Illustrated, the Charlotte Observer, the Macon Telegraph, the Bellville News Democrat, the Windsor Star, the Bradenton Herald,,,, twice on, three times on and on nearly 65 other media outlets.)

Rice and UH make top 100 in football spending
Rice and the University of Houston made the top 100 for spending on collegiate football in an analysis of Equality in Athletics data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Houston Business Journal

College football has history of foiling traditionalists
Rice football is mentioned in an op-ed about the Southwest Conference.
Houston Chronicle

Franco Harris embarks on quest to lessen Penn State sanctions
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that NFL great and Pennsylvania State University alumnus Franco Harris is seeking leniency for Penn State to restore some of his alma mater’s erased gridiron glory.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

LSU ‘hunkered down’ to ride out Isaac
Rice is mentioned in an article about how Hurricane Isaac is affecting Louisiana college sports.
Indianapolis Star (Baton Rouge, La.) (Similar articles appeared in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Jackson Sun, and nearly 40 other media outlets.)

Coogs’ Thomas a two-way player
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Cinco Ranch High School football team.
Houston Chronicle

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.