Dateline Rice for Oct. 26, 2012


Congress likes drones, but now looks at flip side of use
The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a public forum on domestic drones at Rice’s McNair Hall. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the article. A link to the KROI-FM broadcast is not available. (This article also appeared on [Abilene, Texas], [El Paso, Texas], [Palm Springs, Calif.], [Colorado Springs, Colo.], [Tampa Bay, Fla.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Allentown, Penn.] and [Baltimore].)
Unmanned drones over Houston? The idea stirs privacy debate
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page and also in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Greenwich Time, the New Canaan News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Stamford Advocate, the Danbury News-Times and
Lawmakers mull restrictions on domestic drones
The Hill
ACLU testifies as congress takes on domestic drones

Obama and the Road Ahead: The Rolling Stone Interview
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, interviews President Barack Obama for the Nov. 8 cover story of Rolling Stone.
Rolling Stone

The consequences of machine intelligence
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Professor of Computational Engineering, professor of computer science and director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, authored this op-ed about artificial intelligence.
The Atlantic


Public Radio International’s ‘The World’
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, appeared on Public Radio International’s “The World” to discuss presidential contender Mitt Romney’s promise of more trade with South America. Jones is also quoted in news items about recent statements by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott about the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the Organization for Security and Co-operation, the future of late Texas Senator Mario Gallegos’ seat and the race for Harris County’s District 134.
Attorney general’s warning to foreign poll observers stirs backlash
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Stamford Advocate, the Danbury News-Times, the Greenwich Time and the Albany Times-Union.)
Strong challenge fueled by education cuts
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the Connecticut Post, the Albany Times-Union and the Danbury News-Times.)

Fight giants, slay dragons in college? Students play ‘Skyrim’ for class
Donna Beth Ellard, a postdoctoral fellow in English, is interviewed about her Rice course “Scandanavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim.”
Slay dragons in college? Students play ‘Skyrim’ for class (El Paso, Texas)

The man and the music behind College Radio Day
Rice’s KTRU is mentioned in an article about College Radio Day.
Hollywood Reporter


Geophysicists model Hawaii’s volcanoes
A deep connection about 50 miles underground can explain the enigmatic behavior of two of Earth’s most notable volcanoes, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa and Kilauea. Helge Gonnermann, assistant professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Baytown Sun, the El Paso Times, the Lufkin Daily News, the Waxahachie Daily Light, the Washington Examiner, the Franklin Daily Journal, [Sherman, Texas], [Waco, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Midland, Texas], [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Lubbock, Texas],,,, [Lufkin, Texas], [El Paso, Texas], [Longview, Texas], [Amarillo, Texas], [Lake Charles, Texas] and
A symbiotic relationship
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription required)
Dueling volcanoes: Mauna Loa, Kilauea connection explained
KITV-TV (Honolulu)

Church offers sanctuary for freethinkers
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted in an article about the Houston Oasis sanctuary.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Houston Belief section.)

Perry makes surprise visit to cancer research meeting
Rice is mentioned in news items about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Dallas Morning News
Texas spends wisely for cancer research
Corpus Christi Caller-Times


As part of the Blue Angels’ Key Influencer program, Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, recently flew with the Navy flight demonstration squadron.


Leveraging aid can bring down price at private nonprofit colleges
Rice University is ranked the country’s No. 2 best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
Education Week
WIBX-AM (Utica, N.Y.) (A similar story appeared on KQV-AM [Pittsburgh].)

PCAOB hears views on mandatory firm rotation
Karen Nelson, the Harmon Whittington Chair in Accounting and professor of accounting at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, and Stephen Zeff, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at the Jones School, are quoted in an article about a meeting of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board at Rice.


US ‘Kingpin Strategy:’ Targeting drug traffickers
Gary Hale, nonresident fellow in drug policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the U.S.’s “Kingpin Strategy,” a policy approach which tackles drug trafficking by targeting the criminals themselves. (This article also appeared on

Book review: ‘The Twelve,’ by Justin Cronin
“The Twelve,” the second book in a post-apocalyptic vampire trilogy by Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, is reviewed.
Kansas City Star (This review also appeared in the Washington Post.)

Flexible or flawed? Critics see ‘loopholes’ in rules for Louisiana voucher schools
Proposed regulations for approving nonpublic schools’ participation in a state-funded voucher program are too loose because they allow the superintendent of education to waive any requirements that a school can’t meet, proponents of stronger standards argued at an afternoon hearing on the rules. Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is quoted.
Prattville Progress (Ala.) (This article also appeared in the Monroe News-Star, the Montgomery Advertiser, the Alexandria Town Talk and the Lafayette Advertiser.)

Marine Corps Marathon this weekend in Arlington
Will Rice College senior Renee Dudley is mentioned in an article about the 37th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.

A brief talk with an orchestral musician
Alumnus Igor Pandurski ’91 is interviewed about his work with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
San Diego Reader


Turner finds a fit as Rice freshman
Will Rice College freshman Luke Turner is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls football team. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Owls playing for soccer championship Friday at Houston
An article previews upcoming Rice Owls women’s soccer matches.

Southern Miss makes quarterback change
An article previews a football game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.)

Women’s swimming and diving travel to Rice Invitational
An article previews the Rice Invitational swimming and diving tournament.

Nationals’ Rendon making slow progress
An article discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s work with the Washington Nationals.
Washington Examiner

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.