Dateline Rice for Nov. 8, 2012


Chinese president: Corruption could be fatal to Communist Party
China’s outgoing President Hu Jintao warned that corruption could prove fatal to the Communist Party’s grip on power, as he addressed the opening of a pivotal congress that will usher in a new generation of Chinese leaders. Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and associate director of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted.
Voice of America News

Eating an elite education at McDonald’s
Gerald Dickens, professor of Earth science, authored this op-ed about faculty compensation.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Hispanic vote should be a clue for Texas Republicans
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 news items about the presidential election, the Texas U.S. Senate election and other Texas elections. Jones also appeared on KRIV-TV several times to provide Election Night commentary and is quoted in a Metro Brazil article about the presidential election. An English translation of this article is not available. The KPFT-FM interview begins approximately two minutes into the clip.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Antonio Express-News and the Greenwich Time.)
GOP remains firmly in charge of Texas
Austin American-Statesman
No surprises from Harris County voters
Houston Chronicle
Ted Cruz becomes Texas’ first Hispanic senator
Overheard on Election Day
San Antonio Express-News
Lines and tension mark Election Day in the US
Metro Brazil

Optimism, Obama helped lift bond measures, observers say
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 the passage of Houston bond measures. Stein is also quoted in a story about election results.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the Beaumont Enterprise.)

Tea party bashes Romney, vows comeback
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about the tea party. Brace is also quoted in a story about the results of the November elections.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Connecticut Post and the Albany Times-Union.)
KRLD-AM (Dallas)

Obama’s re-election confirms the path of health care reform
Now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, industry observers say health care reform is likely here to stay — and despite some of the rhetoric leading up to Election Day, it could mean good things for business. 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.
Houston Business Journal

Rice University lab finds way to produce sheets for touchscreens
A Rice University laboratory team has found a method to create flexible, conductive carbon nanotube sheets that could be used for touchscreens and electronic displays. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, and several other researchers are mentioned.

Brochure for those in flight … Massa Lemu
An article discusses a work by artist Massa Lemu at Rice.

Former Attorney General to speak at SHSU
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 will speak at Sam Houston State University Nov. 20.
Huntsville Item


Donna Beth Ellard, a postdoctoral fellow in English, discusses her Rice course "Scandanavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim."

Alumni Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 and Robert Kester ’10 are profiled for their work as founders of Rebellion Photonics. (Editor’s note: A correction on Sawyer’s last name has been requested.)


MIT breakthrough could lead to new military body armor only ‘nanometers’ thick
New research from MIT and Rice University suggests that military body armor can be as thin as several nanometers, and proportionately lighter.
Business Insider
New bullet-proof jackets, light and thin


UCSD’s top faculty is being stolen
An article about the loss of faculty at the University of California, San Diego notes that three UCSD researchers moved their labs to Rice.


Rendon still has something to prove before reaching bigs
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is profiled for his performance with the Washington Nationals.

Darrell Royal, football coach at Texas, dies at 88
Rice is mentioned in an article remembering University of Texas at Austin football coach Darrell Royal.
New York Times

McKinney High School track records recognized after 45 years
Alumnus Jack Faubion ’71 is profiled for his career in athletics.
Allen American (Texas)

Conference USA football power rankings week 11
Rice is mentioned in an article about Conference USA football.


Rice to host Mediterranean Film Festival Nov. 16-19
Six contemporary movies from Egypt, Israel, Italy, France, Greece and Turkey will be screened at the Mediterranean Film Festival at Rice University Nov. 16-19.

Head of National Science Foundation to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Nov. 13
Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, will give a Civic Scientist Lecture on his work in science and the public sphere Nov. 13 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice University experts available to discuss what’s next for the US following election
Now that President Barack Obama has been elected to a second term as commander in chief, Rice University experts are available to discuss what’s in store for the country over the next four years.

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.