Dateline Rice for Nov. 12, 2012


Thorsten Bauer
A column about Thorsten Bauer, creative director of URBANSCREEN, mentions the Centennial Celebration’s Spectacle at Rice.
New York Times


Former US Ambassador to Syria feared the internationalization of sectarian strife
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the Syrian civil war in this front-page article. An English translation is not available.
Al Hayat

Groupon fights for its life as daily deals fade
Groupon and its compatriots in the much-hyped daily deals business were supposed to change the very nature of small-business advertising. Instead, it is the daily deal vendors that are racing to change as evidence mounts that their business model is fundamentally flawed. Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted. Dholakia is also quoted in other articles about Groupon.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Hindustan Times, the Gulf News, the Toronto Sun, the Chicago Tribune, Business Day, the Business Insider, the Torrance Daily Breeze, the Oakland Tribune,,,, and [Holland, Mich.].)
Groupon, daily deals and the complex question of business failure
MIT Technology Review
Goodbye Groupon? Stock down 30 percent has daily deals giant fighting for life
Jacksonville Business Journal (Fla.)
Groupon SA in for the long haul

Taking the kids — and becoming a junior conservationist at one of America’s premier museums
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 Theodore Roosevelt exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. (This article also appeared in the Lakeland Ledger.)

Another Bush flirts with office in Texas
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission signaling a possible run for office. (This article also appeared on
New GOP face with a familiar name — Bush — gets ready to seek Texas office
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News and the Danbury News-Times.)
Is George P. Bush the new face of young Republicans?
10 facts about George P. Bush
WFAA-TV (Dallas)–178039241.html
George P. Bush files to run for Texas office

Discrimination may harm your health
A new study finds 18 percent of blacks and 4 percent of whites report emotional and/or physical distress due to racial discrimination. Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and program director of Race Scholars at Rice in the Kinder Institute of Urban Research, and Bridget Gorman, associate professor of sociology, are quoted.
Jagran Post (India)

Transatlantic Science Week between Norway and North America
Transatlantic Science Week will be hosted at Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Toronto design of eco-friendly Popemobile wins international award
Rice is mentioned in an article about the winners of the 2012 Autostyle Design Competition.


Early voting a trend, but does it diminish Election Day?
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted in news items about early voting. Stein is also quoted in an article about the passage of a Houston bond measure. The Houston Chronicle story appeared on the front of the City & State section.
Houston Chronicle
Optimism, Obama helped lift bond measures, observers say
Mass Transit

Hispanic population boom will reshape Texas politics, but question is when
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 November elections.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
Texas GOP leaders strive to reach out to Hispanics; some party factions unhappy
Austin American-Statesman
On bringing home the ‘bacon’
GOP leaders, base at odds over wooing Hispanics
Austin American-Statesman [Greenville, N.C.] (This article also appeared in the Lufkin Daily News, the Oregonian, the Columbus Republic, the Franklin Daily Journal, [Jackson, Miss.] and [Greenville, N.C.].)
Hispanics may help Texas GOP
Kansas City Star (Mo.)

Whites are no longer the majority in 11 counties in the South Plains
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about Texas’ shifting demographics.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


Scientists say model to explain 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.
Maui News (Hawaii)

Women are twice as likely to use emoticons in text messages
Women are twice as likely as men to use emoticons in text messages, according to a new study from Rice University. Philip Kortum, assistant professor of psychology, is quoted.

Symphony will spotlight principal hornist at Nov. 15 concert
Alumna Angela Bagnetto Finley ’05 will perform with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Nov. 15.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

MOOCs bring down costs at Antioch University campuses
Rice is mentioned in an article about massive open online courses.


New-look Rice men upset by St. Thomas in season opener
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of St. Thomas.
Houston Chronicle
St. Thomas 72, Rice 59

This week: Rice vs. SMU
An article previews a football game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.
Houston Chronicle

Rice is mentioned in an article about an investigation of late Houston financial planner and AAU basketball operator David Salinas. (This article also appeared in ESPN Magazine.)

Willis girls finish eighth at 4A state meet
Duncan College freshman Cali Roper is mentioned in an article about the Willis High School girls’ cross country team.
Courier of Montgomery County

Club sports kick off season
Rice is mentioned in an article about club sports at Trinity University. (Texas)


Childhood obesity more likely to affect children in poorer neighborhoods
Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University.

Smart scaffolding aims to rebuild tissue from the inside
Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in the works at Rice University.

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.