Dateline Rice for Sept. 20, 2012


Fox Business Network
Fox Business Network will broadcast an episode of "Money with Melissa Francis" from the Rice campus.
Fox News Channel’s ‘Fox and Friends’
Fox Business’ Francis to do two shows from Houston
Houston Chronicle
FOX ‘Empress of Energy’ Melissa Francis focuses on Houston economy in live broadcasts

Houston poverty up, but so is income across the city
Houston’s poverty rate increased slightly last year even as its median income ticked up — mixed signals that experts said reflected the uneven nature of the economic recovery. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the New Canaan News and the Albany Times-Union.)

Schools adding WiFi to three R’s
Jarret Reid Whitaker, executive director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, is quoted in this front-page article about the use of personal electronic devices in education.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Greenwich Time, the Stamford Advocate, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Danbury News-Times and the New Canaan News.)

National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’
An abundance of spiders on Guam is the result of the loss of forest birds caused by an invasive snake that decimated the avian population, researchers say. Haldre Rogers, the Huxley Research Instructor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted. (This report also appeared on [Houston], [Boston], [New Hampshire], [Missouri], [Ohio], [Tulsa, Okla.],, [Charlotte, N.C.], [Michigan], [Sacramento], [Buffalo, N.Y.], [Arizona], [Cincinnati] and [Washington].)

Celebrating the Rice centennial
An article about William Marsh Rice and the founding of Rice University is based on a speech given by Randal Hall, adjunct associate professor of history.


Music said prerequisite to language
Contrary to the prevailing theories that music and language are cognitively separate or that music is a byproduct of language, theorists at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the University of Maryland, College Park advocate that music underlies the ability to acquire language. Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory, is quoted and Shepherd School graduate student Molly Gebrian is mentioned.
United Press International (This article also appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer,,,,,,,,,,, [Philadelphia],, and
Music underlies the ability to acquire language (This article also appeared on and
Language is derived from music: Study could aid people with speech disorders
Counsel & Heal

When a chronic illness in college forces you to drop everything
Kate Noonan, the director of student development and retention, is quoted in an op-ed about juggling chronic diseases and college education.
New York Times

Hartley to join UWA
Peter Hartley, professor of economics and the George and Cynthia Mitchell Family Chair in Sustainable Development, will join the University of Western Australia as the new BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources. He will retain his position at Rice.
The Australian


Local economy continues to tread water
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in articles about economic conditions in San Antonio and Fort Worth, Texas.
San Antonio Express-News
Poverty on the rise in Tarrant County
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

RIP Larry Joe Miggins, grand Irish Texan and vintage baseball player
An article remembers former Rice employee Larry Miggins.
Houston Press


KPRC-TV’s coverage of a dispute between food truck vendors and Houston’s City Council was reported live from Rice, where one of the food trucks was serving.


A healthy first breath for Malawi’s newborns
A device to help babies with underdeveloped or weakened lungs breathe naturally developed by alumna Jocelyn Brown ’10 and colleagues is being tested in Malawi.
USAid Frontlines

A partnership that makes a difference
With the aid of multiple force sensors and a digital dinosaur, a team of Rice University seniors known as Helping Hands hopes to restore strength and flexibility to the hands and wrists of children with cerebral palsy. Alumna Jessica Joyce ’12 is quoted.
Leaders in Care

Lithium boom spurs production from California brine
Lithium demand, seen doubling in the next eight years on sales of batteries used in electric vehicles, is spurring a U.S. company to build a factory to extract the metal from brine in California. Alumnus Luka Erceg ’07 is quoted.


Book festival announces major participants
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak at the 19th annual Virginia Festival of the Book.
Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.) (This article also appeared on

Private cyberdefense is threatened by sequestration, experts say
Impending cuts of about $900 million from Homeland Security Department infrastructure and network protection funds and other federal cybersecurity accounts could knock out support for private-sector cyberdefense programs. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

UF lab experiment disproves 30-year rule of quantum physics
Rong Yu, a postdoctoral research associate in physics and astronomy, is mentioned in an article about University of Florida physics research.

Why is silver toxic to bacteria?
Scientists have settled a long-standing controversy about how silver nanoparticles kill bacteria and — in the wrong amounts — sometimes make them stronger. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Vice Provost for Research Vicki Colvin are mentioned.

Fourteen year old swimmer represents best we have to offer
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned in an article about a young Ontario swimmer.
Quincy Patriot Ledger (Mass.)


Wayne Graham Rice baseball coaching legend chases another title
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is interviewed about his work with the Rice Owls baseball team and preparations for the upcoming season.

Rice turns to offense for defensive ends
Articles preview a football game between Rice and Marshall University.
Houston Chronicle
Marshall at Rice
Bradenton Herald (Fla.) (Similar articles appeared in the Kansas City Star, the State, the Tri-City Herald, the Centre Daily Times, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch,, and twice in the Charleston Daily Mail.)

Stringer will get a look at first base
An article discusses the Rice Owls baseball team. Head coach Wayne Graham is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

BC football scores high in classroom
Rice ranked third in the nation for major-college football programs according to the NCAA’s 2011 graduation rate report.
Boston Business Journal

Reds see call-up Cingrani as bullpen support
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani with the Cincinnati Reds.

Rice down but not out after rash of transfers
Articles discuss recent transfers from the Rice Owls men’s basketball team. Head coach Ben Braun and Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, are quoted in the article.
Kazemi meets with Oregon coach
Houston Chronicle
Kentucky Wildcats basketball: Arsalan Kazemi to decide by the week

CTV Toronto
Rice is mentioned in a story about a Canadian football player.


Chemist K.C. Nicolaou to join Rice U. faculty
Pioneering chemist Kyriacos Costa "K.C." Nicolaou of California’s acclaimed Scripps Research Institute will join the Rice University faculty in 2013 with the aid of a $6 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

‘Creating Stem Cell Policy at the Interface of Science and Politics’ is topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Sept. 26
Biologist Sean Morrison will discuss debates over stem cell research and how policymakers can craft effective policies based upon solid scientific research at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Sept. 26.

Rice launches sweeping Energy and Environment Initiative
Rice University today announced the Energy and Environment Initiative, a sweeping plan to support interdisciplinary research that will draw experts from every corner of the university to work with Houston’s energy industry to overcome barriers to the sustainable development and use of current and alternative forms of energy.

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.