Dateline Rice for Oct. 17, 2012


Owls wow at Rice centennial events
An article discusses Rice’s Centennial Celebration, including President David Leebron’s centennial address, the gala and the "Spectacle." Leebron, University Representative Y. Ping Sun and Rice Board of Trustees Chair Jim Crownover ’65 are mentioned and pictured, along with many other members of the Rice community. Most of the photos were taken by Jeff Fitlow, assistant university photographer.
Houston Chronicle

Totally ‘owlsome:’ Rice celebrates centennial with a jaw-dropping display of sound and vision
An article discusses the "Spectacle" for Rice’s centennial. The "Spectacle" video by Public Affairs’ Brandon Martin is included. John Boles, the William Pettus Hobby Professor of History, is mentioned.

RDA gala honors Stephen Klineberg
The Rice Design Alliance honored Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, at its 2012 gala during the Centennial Celebration.
Houston Chronicle

Energy security requires global view
A Q-and-A with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Jackson mentions her Rice Centennial Lecture.
Houston Chronicle (This Q-and-A appeared on the front of the Business section and also on and

Obama bounces back in rematch with Romney
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a front-page article on a recent presidential debate.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Albany Times-Union and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

Top US Supreme Court justice speaks at Rice
Rice University’s Centennial Celebration and Centennial Lecture Series will culminate with Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. visiting campus today for "A Conversation with the Chief Justice." Roberts will participate in a discussion with Rice President David Leebron before answering questions from the audience.
Houston Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Austin American-Statesman, the El Paso Times, [Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Houston], [San Antonio], [Lufkin, Texas], [Longview, Texas], [El Paso, Texas], [Bryan/College Station, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Amarillo, Texas],, [San Antonio], [Sherman, Texas], [Steubenville, Ohio], [Orlando, Fla.] and [Johnstown, Penn.].)


The battle of the texters
Women are twice as likely as men to use emoticons in text messages, according to a new study from Rice University.
Vogue Australia

Romney’s 12 million jobs pledge based on totally bogus math
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor of economics, is mentioned in articles about presidential contender Mitt Romney’s jobs plan.
Mitt Romney’s jobs plan math is as bogus as his tax plan math
Only ‘real’ study supporting Romney is crap


Q-and-A with Justin Cronin: Triptychs, translations and James Bond
Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, is interviewed about his new book, "The Twelve," the second part in his post-apocalyptic vampire trilogy.
Houston Chronicle

Districts to change for Lamar CISD trustees because of growth
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 mentioned in an article about a Lamar Consolidated Independent School District forum.
Houston Chronicle

Rice MBA program ranks No. 25 in US
The Master of Business Administration program at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 25 in the U.S. and No. 39 among full-time global MBA programs, according to the Economist.

Rice University releases video series to celebrate Nobel Prize win
Rice University celebrated its centennial by wrapping up its video series with a video on the Nobel Prize winning discovery of the buckyballs by Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, the late Richard Smalley and British scientist Harold Kroto.

HESI demands may be premature
Rice is mentioned in an article about complaints lodged against the Lone Star College System by the Hispanic Executive Society International.
Humble Observer


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 undecided voters. Jones also appeared on KRIV-TV, KTMD-TV and 774 ABC to discuss the recent presidential debate and also on KXLN-TV to discuss the decision made by the Cuban government to no longer require Cubans to obtain an exit visa to travel abroad. Links to the KTMD-TV, 774 ABC and KXLN-TV broadcasts are not available.
774 ABC


Houston hit hard in latest Medicare fraud bust
When federal law enforcement agents swept through seven U.S. cities earlier this month to arrest more than 91 doctors, nurses and others for Medicare fraud, one of their targets was Houston. For the Bayou City, it was the latest in a disturbing series of revelations about health care fraud there. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Kaiser Health News (This article also appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News and

Johnny Depp: Actor and now … publisher
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in an article about plans by actor Johnny Depp to start a book publishing company.

Full-duplex radios could reuse channels, saving mobile spectrum
Rice is mentioned in an article about wireless signal technology research. (This article also appeared on,,, and


Duke, Brown, Rice weigh in on the college essay
Alumna Tamara Siler ’87, senior associate director of admissions and coordinator of minority recruitment, is quoted in an article about the importance of college admissions essays.

Meharry chief selected for Institute of Medicine
Alumnus Wayne Riley ’02 has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This article also appeared in the Staten Island Advance, the Tennessean, [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Greenville, N.C.], [Nashville, Tenn.], [Knoxville, Tenn.] and

Memorial Chapel Organ Recital Series starts
Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ, will perform at the University of Redlands Jan. 27, 2013.
Riverside Press-Enterprise (Calif.)


Rice’s Greenspan, Texans’ Rootes not interested in Clemson AD job
Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, was approached by Clemson University about an athletic director position, but said he plans to stay at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Mama Taj juggles motherhood, hoops
An article about basketball player Taj McWilliams-Franklin mentions that she will serve as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice. Head coach Greg Williams is mentioned.

Tulsa wants to avoid being trapped by Rice
An article previews a football game between Rice and the University of Tulsa.
Tulsa World

Highly-rated Arizona guard commits to Owls
A top Arizona basketball player has committed to the Rice men’s basketball team.
Houston Chronicle

Schedule set for 2013 Houston College Classic
Rice’s schedule in the 2013 Houston College Classic was announced.
Houston Chronicle
Aggies slate set for Houston College Classic (Bryan/College Station, Texas)


Referring cancer patients to more experienced and successful hospitals for surgery could save lives
Researchers at Rice University report that referring cancer patients to hospitals with better track records for surgery could save lives and not raise the cost to patients. The study was reported online today in the journal Forum for Health Economics and Policy.

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.