Dateline Rice for Nov. 14, 2012


KHOU-TV showed an excerpt from Rice’s Centennial Dance Dare video during its 5 p.m. newscast and posted the entire video on its website.

‘Rice Centennial Dance Dare’

The quandary for biographers: Get up close, but how personal?
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 challenges in writing a biography of a living person. Brinkley is also quoted in articles about the possibility Sen. John Kerry may serve a position in the Obama administration.
New York Times (This article appeared on the front of the Arts section.)
Support, surprise greet report on John Kerry
Boston Globe
For Vietnam veteran and senior Sen. John Kerry, Obama administration position could be the next step
Springfield Republican (Mass.)


Minnesota Public Radio’s ‘The Daily Circuit’
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s "The Daily Circuit" to discuss President Barack Obama’s upcoming press conference.

Eclipse turns into sea’s biggest show
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted and pictured in an article about the observation of a solar eclipse from a cruise ship in the Coral Sea. (Editor’s note: A correction on her title has been requested.)

Children living in poverty 28 percent more likely to become obese
Children living in neighborhoods where poverty levels are high and education levels are low are more likely to be obese than children in more affluent communities. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.

Oil report suggests an earthquake in global politics
A report by the International Energy Agency finds that the U.S. will lose its dependence on Saudi Arabian oil and become self-sufficient in energy by 2020. Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
National Journal

Obama’s climate legacy: What will he accomplish in his second term?
An op-ed about President Barack Obama’s climate policies mentions Rice.
Christian Science Monitor


Joint research study aims to maximize strength of body armor for soldiers
Researchers are firing microscale ammo in an effort to identify materials that can offer better protection to soldiers, aircrafts and satellites. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.

US on course to regain world oil crown
In a turnaround that would have seemed far-fetched a few years ago, the United States is projected to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil producer by 2020 while cutting its own energy use faster than any other nation, the International Energy Agency reports. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.

The eating … our words 100: Brock Wagner, godfather of craft beer in Houston and founder of Saint Arnold Brewery, the oldest microbrewery in Texas
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87 is profiled for his work as founder of Saint Arnold Brewery.
Houston Press

Port Arthur rappers to be honored with museum exhibit
An article about Houston rapper Bun B mentions that he co-taught a class about religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Beaumont Enterprise

Powers elected vice chair of elite Association of American Universities
Rice is mentioned in an article about University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers.


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 the likelihood that Texas might secede from the Union.


Self-assembling smart scaffolds aim to rebuild tissue and future organs
Smart scaffolding that can guide cells, proteins and small-molecule drugs to make new tissue and repair damage inside the body is in development at Rice University. Jeffrey Hartgerink, associate professor of chemistry and of bioengineering, is quoted.

Former feds take vital cyber skills to foreign companies
As a major Chinese telecommunications company suspected of espionage hires former U.S. government officials, critics are raising concerns about the adequacy of government post-employment restrictions, as well as the risk of national security threats. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Spiders take over forests in Guam
An abundance of spiders on Guam is the result of the loss of forest birds caused by an invasive snake that decimated the avian population, researchers say. Haldre Rogers, the Huxley Research Instructor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, is quoted.

To sterilize without electricity, look to the sun
A news brief reports on the creation of an inexpensive, solar-powered autoclave device by Rice students.

Two central Massachusetts colleges named top private school values
Rice University is ranked the country’s No. 2 best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.


Rice Owls vs. Southern Methodist Mustangs
An article previews a football game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.

No. 24 Lady Vols open at home against Rice Owls
An article previews a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Tennessee.
Tennessee Journalist

Deer Park High School grad Jenkins played in the Rice University losing game
A news brief discusses the performance of McMurtry College junior Tyler Jenkins at a volleyball match between Rice and the University of Tulsa.

Pasadena Memorial High School grad leads Rice University to win
News briefs discuss the performance of Duncan College senior Nancy Cole at volleyball matches between Rice and Southern Methodist University and the University of Tulsa.
Pasadena Memorial High School grad Cole played in the Rice University losing game

Conference USA football power rankings week 12
Rice is mentioned in an article about Conference USA football.

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.