Dateline Rice for Sept. 24, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


After a sensational beginning Rice grows into a Houston gem
John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, authored this op-ed about the centennial anniversary of the enrollment of Rice’s first graduating class. KTRK-TV reported on the installation of a Texas Historical Commission marker on campus. Boles is quoted and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett ’71 is mentioned in the KTRK-TV report.
Houston Chronicle

Admiring the arts
An article discusses the findings of the Houston Arts Survey, conducted by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Klineberg is also quoted in a story about the rise in residential segregation in America.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)
National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’ (This story also appeared on, [Houston], [Alabama], [Sacramento, Calif.], [Georgia], [Missouri], [Arizona], [San Francisco], [Missouri], [Colorado], [Tulsa, Okla.], [New Hampshire], [New York], [Indiana], [Washington], [Oregon], [South Dakota], [Vermont], [Buffalo, N.Y.], [Boston],, [Charlotte, N.C.], [Wisconsin], [Michigan], [Cincinnati], [Utah], and [Ohio].)

Rice to create a ‘bridge to the future’ for energy
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. Provost George McLendon is quoted. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the Oil & Gas Investor article. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; 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; Alan Levander, the Carey Croneis Professor of Geology and Geophysics; William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business; and Dominic Boyer, associate professor of anthropology, are mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Business section and also on
Rice University launches sweeping energy, environment initiative
Oil & Gas Investor (This article also appeared on

Rice University’s 100th anniversary celebration
A photo feature of pictures related to Rice’s centennial appeared on the front of the City & State section.
Houston Chronicle (This photo slideshow also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the Norwalk Citizen and the Albany Times-Union.)

Rice University grad George P. Bush headlines the Latino Experience centennial gala
An article discusses the Latino Experience at Rice gala. Alumni Sofia Adrogué ’88 and George P. Bush ’98; David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in the Office of Public Affairs; Rice President David Leebron; University Representative Y. Ping Sun; Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering; and several other alumni and Rice notables are mentioned.


Obama struggles for unifying strategy post-Arab Spring
Three years after outlining his vision for better relations with the Arab and Muslim world, President Barack Obama finds his administration struggling to find its footing and a unifying strategy to deal with the fallout of an Arab Spring that dislodged dictators and touched off seismic shifts in the region’s politics. Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Lakeland Ledger, the Sacramento Bee, the Anchorage Daily News, the Bellville News Democrat, the Bellingham Herald, the Bradenton Herald, the Centre Daily Times, the Charlotte Observer, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the York Enquirer-Herald, the Fort Mill Times, the Rock Hill Herald, the Idaho Statesman, the Hilton Head Island Packet, the Kansas City Star, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Merced Sun-Star, the Miami Herald, the Modesto Bee, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Olympian, the State, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Macon Telegraph, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the Tri-City Herald, the Lake Wylie Pilot, the Fresno Bee, Stars & Stripes, the Boulder Daily Camera and

For stronger glass, cool it more slowly
Scientists report that methods from microelectronics and nanotechnology could make glass about twice as strong as the best currently available. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Apiwat Wisitsorasak, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, is mentioned.

Energy industry is a tempting target for cyber evildoers
When it comes to cyber security, banks and stock exchanges get the bulk of the attention, but energy companies, which play a crucial role in the global economy, should not be overlooked. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

‘Too holy’ for sex? The problem of a married Jesus
If a fourth-century fragment of papyrus that purportedly quotes Jesus telling his disciples about "my wife" is authenticated, it could upend the modern church’s understanding of the "son of God." April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, is quoted.

Gender, tone of automated phone voice affects caller experience
Automated voice systems are often used in place of human customer service representatives. New research suggests the gender and tone of these voices can impact a caller’s user experience. Philip Kortum, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.

Texas center’s $3 billion plan to defeat cancer
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. Kennedy’s speech is also mentioned in a Houston Chronicle editorial about NASA’s future.
Time (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Boston Herald and nearly 100 other media outlets.)
MD Anderson Cancer Center plans ‘moonshot’ for cures (This article also appeared on, [Texas] and [Los Angeles].)
MD Anderson aims to harness data to fight cancer
Putting an end to cancer (This article also appeared on
KTRK-TV (Similar reports appeared on KRIS-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas], KZTV-TV [Corpus Christi, Texas], KKCO-TV [Grand Junction, Colo.], WGEM-TV [Quincy, Ill.], KDLT-TV [Sioux Falls, S.D.], KCWY-TV [Casper, Wyo.], KSNT-TV [Topeka, Kan.], KNBN-TV [Rapid City, S.D.] and WLTZ-TV [Columbus, Ga.].)
NASA needs bold presidential vision
Houston Chronicle

Bush touts role of principals during visit to KIPP
Former President George W. Bush recently visited a KIPP charter school. Rice is mentioned.
San Francisco Chronicle


Honors in Beijing
A news brief reports that University Representative Y. Ping Sun was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus at the Beijing Languages University. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.

Voter confusion could be decider on Metro referendum
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about a Houston Metro bond referendum.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the New Canaan News and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

Fox Business anchor Melissa Francis visits Texas this week
Fox Business Network broadcasted an episode of "Money with Melissa Francis" from the Rice campus. Rice President David Leebron was interviewed.

The top 10: Conservative leader zaps Romney campaign for being ‘poorly managed’
A roundup of political news includes an article on presidential politics that quoted Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Houston Chronicle

Hispanic-owned businesses may become key source of jobs, income
As Texas’ population skews increasingly Hispanic during the next several decades, the growth of Hispanic-owned businesses could become an increasingly vital source of new jobs and income. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on

Rice University to participate in hemoglobin toxicity study
Rice University will be among four institutions participating in a $10.8-million, five-year study of hemoglobin toxicity.

SMU’s academic ranking rises
Rice University is ranked No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to America’s best colleges for the ninth consecutive year. Rice is also 10th on the list of best-value schools.

More than 300,000 people in Dallas County would get health insurance under Obamacare, but not in Rick Perry’s Texas
Texas still has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Rice research is mentioned.
Dallas Observer

Quartet’s final Houston performance was reassuring
An article discusses a performance by the Tokyo String Quartet at Rice University.
Houston Chronicle

‘Wall of Fame’ honorees presented at museum banquet
Alumnus Gerald Bell ’54 was named to the Mission Historical Museum "Wall of Fame."
Mission County Progress Times


College inventors earn $100,000 in new contest
Rice is mentioned in an article about the winners of a technological innovation contest.


No TV news anchor will ever again have influence of ‘Uncle Walter,’ speaker says
An article discusses a recent Missouri State University lecture by Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Springfield News-Leader (Mo.)

Guam’s spider population explodes after bird loss
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.
North County Times (San Diego)

The Romney-Ryan Medicare plan is bad for students and seniors
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi authored this op-ed about the Medicare reform plan endorsed by presidential contender Mitt Romney. (This article also appeared on

William Bolcom, Joan Morris play the American songbook with Samford students, faculty
Rice is mentioned in an article about composer William Bolcom.
Birmingham News (Ala.)

Stuck in the mud: A story about all the things that teachers do
Rice is mentioned in an essay remembering elementary school.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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.
El Nuevo Herald (Miami) (This article also appeared on


Stops elude Owls’ defense in OT setback
Articles recap a football game between Rice and Marshall University.
Houston Chronicle
Recap: Rice vs. Marshall
Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Charlotte Observer, USA Today, and nearly 40 other media outlets.)

Rice’s high powered offense leads to sweep of Tigers
An article recaps a volleyball match between Rice and the University of Memphis.

KRIV-TV aired footage of Rice’s Tailgate Owley.

Pasadena Memorial grad Cole helps Rice University to win
A news brief discusses the performance of Duncan College senior Nancy Cole at a volleyball match between Rice and Texas Tech University.

Rice vs. Houston in Bayou Bucket
An article previews the annual Bayou Bucket football game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Huntington will not make changes if retained
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt is mentioned in an article about the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kazemi decides to transfer to Oregon
Owls basketball player Arsalan Kazemi will transfer to the University of Oregon.
Houston Chronicle
Arsalan Kazemi joining Oregon (Similar articles appeared on, and twice on

Sealy takes 28-14 victory at Smithville
Rice is mentioned in an article recapping a football game between Sealy High School and Smithville High School.
Sealy News (Texas)

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.