Dateline Rice for Nov. 9, 2012


Houston businessmen among original Rice Institute trustees
In honor of Rice’s centennial, a column in the Houston Business Journal discusses the connection between Rice and prominent Houston businessmen since the university’s founding.
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)


Liberals rejoice, conservatives scoff at notion of the dawning of a new America
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the presidential election. Brinkley also appeared on MSNBC-TV to discuss President Barack Obama and is quoted in articles about movies and books on the Vietnam War and the Theodore Roosevelt exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. (This Canadian Press article also appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Regina Leader-Post, the Windsor Star and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
MSNBC-TV’s ‘PoliticsNation’
How Vietnam played out in film, books
USA Today
Becoming a junior conservationist at one of America’s premier museums
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared on

Capturing capos is not enough
An article discusses research by Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, showing that targeting kingpins is insufficient in the drug war because it fails to consider the entire chain from production to consumption. An English translation of this article is not available.
El Universal (Mexico)

Hong Kong Taipan rebuffed by China digs Into US natural gas
Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited in an article about commodities trading house Noble Group. (This article also appeared in Businessweek, the San Francisco Chronicle and

Bush family member to run for office?
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission signaling a possible run for office. (This article also appeared on [Dallas].)

Smell feelings: You can sense emotions like disgust and fear through chemosignals, study suggests
Denise Chen, visiting assistant professor of neuroscience, is quoted in an article about research on emotional cues in body odor.

9th Wonder schools Harvard students on hip-hop’s history
An article about a class taught by rapper 9th Wonder mentions that Houston rapper Bun B once co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Boston Globe


Debate heating up again
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 articles about the Electoral College, the presidential election and elections in Texas. (This article also appeared on and
Hispanic voters send warning to GOP (This column also appeared in the Stamford Advocate.)
Hispanics may help Texas GOP
The State (S.C.) (This column also appeared in the Sacramento Bee and the Belleville News-Democrat.)
The Texas Senate heads toward the right
Texas Observer

UTSA makes world list of top universities
Rice University ranked 75th in the 2012 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
San Antonio Express-News

Talking turkey — without technology
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Thanksgiving Unplugged initiative.
San Antonio Express-News

Houston Cinema Arts Festival kicks off opening night with Marilyn Monroe red carpet glam
Alumna Amy Hobby ’86 is featured in an article about the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.


KFDA-TV (Amarillo, Texas)
A story discusses research on Medicare by Rice.


Studying strength against projectiles
New research from MIT and Rice University suggests that military body armor can be as thin as several nanometers and proportionately lighter.


The Prairie View A&M University women’s basketball team’s van was raided by thieves while the players were at a Houston restaurant prior to their game against Rice.

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.