Dateline Rice for Sept. 21, 2012


Fox Business Network’s ‘Money with Melissa Francis’ (Interview from Rice campus with Rice President David Leebron.)
Fox Business Network broadcasted an episode of "Money with Melissa Francis" from the Rice campus.
Fox Business Network’s ‘Money with Melissa Francis’ (Interview from Rice campus with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.)
Fox Business Network’s ‘Money with Melissa Francis’ (Interview from Rice campus with BHP Billiton Petroleum Chief Executive Mike Yeager.)
Fox Business Network’s ‘Money with Melissa Francis’ (Interview from Rice campus with Kinder Morgan CEO Rich Kinder [Part 1].)
Fox Business Network’s ‘Money with Melissa Francis’ (Interview from Rice campus with Kinder Morgan CEO Rich Kinder [Part 2].)
KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KUQI-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas].)
Fox Business Network (Interview from Rice campus with Zeus Mortgage and Baker-Katz executives about Houston’s economy.)
Fox Business Network (Midday show promo from Rice campus.)
Fox Business Network (Interview from Rice campus with Art Gelber of Gelber and Associates.)

Rice University plans holistic approach to energy industry research
Rice University 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. Rice President David Leebron and Provost George McLendon are quoted.
Houston Business Journal

Scripps Research loses second famous chemist
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. Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Texas college road trip: Rice University
An article discusses Rice’s campus culture. Baker College senior Ryan Gupta, McMurtry College senior Becca Isaac, Martel College junior Kenneth Misner and alumni Charlie Dai ’12 and Matt Sawyer ’12 are quoted.
U.S. News & World Report


Spray-on battery technology puts a charge into energy field
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and of chemistry, and Neelam Singh, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. Ajayan is also mentioned in an article about a grant received by a Marshall University scientist.
U.S. News & World Report
MU professor receives NASA grant to further research

MD Anderson launches $3 billion fight against common cancers
The nation’s largest cancer center is launching a massive "moonshot" effort against eight specific forms of the disease, similar to the all-out push for space exploration 50 years ago. President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned. The speech is also mentioned in articles about a proposed joint US-Soviet moon mission, the motivational power of the speech, ways to spark government innovation and a young swimmer from Ontario.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Connecticut Post.)
Nation’s largest cancer hospital, in Texas, plans ‘moonshot’ against eight forms of the disease
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, Time,,,,, and nearly 300 other media outlets.)
Kennedy’s proposed US-Soviet moon mission
Onward to the stars!
Five keys to rekindling government innovation
Federal Computer Week
14-year-old swimmer represents best we have to offer
Brockton Enterprise (Mass.)


Census Bureau: Texas still tops uninsured ranks
Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, are mentioned.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)

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. Klineberg also appeared on KUHF-FM to discuss this research. A link to this broadcast is not available.
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise and the Connecticut Post.)

Bush touts role of principals during visit to KIPP
Former President George W. Bush recently visited a KIPP charter school. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, the San Antonio Express-News, the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Post, the New Canaan News, the Danbury News-Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Albany Times-Union.)

Intimacy of chamber music fits Yom Kippur
Alumna Tracy Jacobson ’10 is quoted in an article about a performance by the woodwind quintet WindSync at the Houston Hillel Student Center.
Houston Chronicle

Architecture alumnus Ralph Hawkins leaves mark on UTA
Alumnus Ralph Hawkins ’76 is profiled for career and recent gift to the University of Texas at Arlington.

‘In Between Days,’ by Andrew Porter, ‘weaves a tapestry of contemporary life and hot-button issues’
A review of Andrew Porter’s novel "In Between Days" mentions that one of the characters attended Rice.
Dallas Morning News


Jarrett Reid Whitaker, executive director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss the use of personal electronic devices in classrooms. A link to this broadcast is not available.

WWL-AM (New Orleans)
Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on WWL-AM to discuss a bomb threat at Louisiana State University, Transporation Security Administration screening and drug smuggling. A link to this broadcast is not available.


A 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.
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Biomedical researchers win Edmund Optics grants
Tomasz Tkaczyk, assistant professor of bioengineering, was among the first-place winners of Edmund Optics’ 2012 Higher Education Global Grants.


Irvine School of Music moves to bigger facility
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that the Irvine School of Music is moving to a larger facility.
Orange County Register (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the Port St. Joe Star and the Colusa Sun-Herald.)


Rice vs. Marshall: Owls using offensive players at defensive end
An article previews a football game between Rice and Marshall University. (Similar articles appeared in the Charleston Gazette and

Volleyball takes on Rice
An article previews a volleyball match between Rice and the University of Missouri.

Texas eyes to defend home court in Longhorn Invitational
Rice is mentioned in an article previewing the Longhorn Invitational tennis tournament.

Rice tight end has choices
An article discusses Lovett College senior Luke Willson’s future sports career choices.
Beckley Register-Herald (W.Va.)


Business plan competitions may be key to job growth
A new study of high-tech startups that participated in the Rice Business Plan Competition shows that these entrepreneurs have a much higher rate of success than typical new ventures and are therefore more likely to contribute to job growth.

Glass half full: Double-strength glass may be within reach
Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking. But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by the numbers believe some of the latest methods from the microelectronics and nanotechnology industry could produce glass that’s about twice as strong as the best available today.

Centennial video series: Rice baseball
Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look at the history of the Rice baseball team.

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.