Dateline Rice for Sept. 5, 2012


Rewards outweigh Bill Clinton risks for Obama’s re-election bid
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about former President Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. Brinkley is also quoted in articles about the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, visits to the Gulf coast by the presidential candidates in the wake of Hurricane Isaac and President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on
Bill Clinton’s convention appearance could influence two elections
Los Angeles Times
Museum to reopen Roosevelt memorial
United Press International (This article also appeared on,, and
Isaac draws presidential candidates to Gulf Coast
Bryan/College Station Eagle (Texas) (This article also appeared on and nearly 20 other media outlets.)
Obama’s re-election road: Hope and a hard climb
Bryan/College Station Eagle (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Casa Grande Dispatch, the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter and nearly 25 other media outlets.)

Latino voters let down by Obama, not enthused by Mitt Romney
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 news items about the 2012 presidential race, the Texas voter ID law, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention and a college course on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Links to the KTMD-TV and KTRH-AM broadcasts are not available.
We know Romney better, but still not well enough
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in the San Angelo Standard-Times, the Sacramento Bee, the Atlanta Journal Constitution,,,, [Tyler, Texas], [Beaumont, Texas], [Amarillo, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Longview, Texas], [Lufkin, Texas], [San Antonio],, [Lubbock, Texas], [Sherman, Texas], [El Paso, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas], the Middletown Journal,, [San Jose, Calif.], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Lake Charles, La.], [Nev.], [Shreveport, La.], [Steubenville, Ohio] and

Now, telepathic robot arm for paralyzed patients
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.
Times of India (This article also appeared on,, and
Mind-reading exoskeleton could help rehabilitate stroke victims

‘Pee Wee’s Playhouse’ designer Wayne White finds that ‘beauty is embarrassing’
An interview with artist Wayne White mentions his 2009 Rice Gallery installation.

Excellent idea of the day: Flood-friendly cities
Rice is mentioned in an article about flood water management innovations. (This article also appeared on


Black Lab’s second season gets started with ‘BOOM’
An article about Black Lab Theatre’s production of the comedy "BOOM" features Rice student Jordan Jaffe. His mother, Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Report kicks up debate on how high oil will go
A prediction that the price of oil could rise 50 percent this decade as global demand exceeds supply left no shortage of opinions from people with a professional interest in the matter. Amy Myers Jaffe, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Waste silicon gets new life in lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium have developed a way to make components for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries using discarded silicon. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor in chemistry and professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted.
Reusing silicon to make batteries
Waste silicon given new purpose

Nanoreactor theory advances science of graphene growth
Research by scientists at Rice University has led to a greater understanding of the relationship between carbon atoms and graphene. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted.

Rice University researchers propose ‘cyber war’ on cancer
In the face of mounting evidence that cancer cells communicate, cooperate and even engage in collective decision-making, biophysicists and cancer researchers at Rice University, Tel Aviv University and Johns Hopkins University are suggesting a new strategy for outsmarting cancer through its own social intelligence. Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor in Bioengineering and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is quoted.
All-out war on networking cancer cells will improve cancer cure

UT ranks 23rd best university in nation, new study finds
Rice placed 38th in Washington Monthly’s 2012 national universities rankings.

Houston concerts to pay tribute to innovative composer
Rice is mentioned in an article about concerts honoring composer John Cage.
Houston Chronicle

‘Eid, Pray, Love’ unites campuses
Rice is mentioned in an article about an event hosted by Southern Methodist University’s Muslim Student Association.


Duncan College senior Ameer Jumabhoy is interviewed about a charity polo match. A separate article discusses the event.
UH, Rice rally against cancer


First US manned spacecraft lands at JFK library in Boston
An article about the arrival of the Freedom 7 space capsule at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum mentions Kennedy’s famous 1962 speech at Rice.


Final Arellano Félix brother extradited to US
Eduardo Arellano Félix, one of a band of brothers who once dominated drug trafficking on the California border, was flown to San Diego to face charges of racketeering, murder and drug smuggling. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Hispanic votes remain up for grabs
As Tennessee’s Hispanic population continues to grow along with the nation’s, the Democratic Party is appealing to Hispanic voters, saying it can best serve their needs in education, health care and easing the path to citizenship. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. (Knoxville, Tenn.) (This article also appeared in the Courier-Post, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal and the Salem Statesman Journal.)

The Moon is down
Alumnus Roger Olson ’82 authored this article about the legacy of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

This is the REMIX: Fontana Chamber Arts to kick off 2012-13 season later this month
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Fontana Chamber Arts concert season.


Kansas welcomes Rice to Memorial Stadium Saturday
An article previews a football game between Rice and the University of Kansas. (Topeka, Kan.) (Similar articles appeared on,,, KAKE-TV [Wichita, Kan.] and twice on

Rice’s Nwosu named C-USA special teams player of week
Martel College junior Cameron Nwosu was named Conference USA special teams player of the week.
Beaumont Enterprise (Texas)

September rookie review: Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani will be called up from Class AA Pensacola, according to Cincinnati Reds officials.


The future of learning in focus at Rice University Sept. 12
Troy Williams, president of Macmillan New Ventures, a division of the global media company Macmillan, will deliver a talk at Rice University Sept. 12 that explores technological advancements affecting education now and in the future.

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.