Dateline Rice for Nov. 15, 2012


Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, is interviewed about the importance of research in the U.S. The interview mentions that Suresh spoke at Tuesday’s session of Transatlantic Science Week at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


Top US cyber defenders work in Idaho Falls
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team.
Wall Street Journal

Paper-thin super material stops flying bullets
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. (This article also appeared on
Paper-thin material that can stop flying bullets created (This Asian News International article also appeared on
Paper-thin bulletproof super material developed

Goodbye Texas?
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 an article about the likelihood that Texas might secede from the Union. Jones is also quoted in an article about the results of Texas elections. An English translation of that article is not available. (This article also appeared on [Wichita Falls, Texas], [Fresno, Calif.], [Fort Myers, Fla.], [Youngstown, Ohio] and [Albuquerque, N.M.].)
Texas GOP leaders, base at odds over wooing Hispanics

Penning a contemporary biography: A tricky balancing act
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.
Economic Times of India

Another George Bush considers a run in Texas
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission signaling a possible run for office.
Mystery solved: Why George P. Bush chose to run for this surprise Texas political office
Another George Bush considers a run in Texas (San Francisco)


Free for all: Mediterranean Film Festival, Via Colori and Prem Souri Kishore
A news brief discusses the Mediterranean Film Festival at Rice.
Houston Press

Local historian’s books celebrate Houston icons
Alumna Kate Sayen Kirkland ’00 is profiled for her books about iconic Houstonians.


A story discusses a Rice University forum on human trafficking.


Demographics will determine industry’s future
Socioeconomic strides must be made if the growing minority populations will get into boating. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Soundings Trade Only Today (This article also appeared on

MIT beats the rush, names Dropbox CEO as 2013 commencement speaker
An article about MIT’s 2013 commencement speaker mentions Khan Academy founder Salman Khan’s commencement speech at Rice. (This article also appeared on


Solar cooker can sterilize instruments
Engineering students at Rice University fashioned a sterilizing autoclave using a Capteur Soleil, a device created decades ago by a French inventor to capture the energy of the sun in places where electricity — or fuel of any kind — is hard to get. Doug Schuler, associate professor of business and public policy at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Worcester Telegram (Mass.)

More church = more college for teens, study finds
Religiously affiliated youth are 40 percent more likely to graduate from high school than their peers and 70 percent more likely to enroll in college, according to a new study from Rice and Brigham Young University.
Birmingham News (Ala.)

There is no substitute for live sound
Alumnus Andreas Klein ’89 will perform with the Stockton Symphony Nov. 15.
Stockton Record (Calif.)

Loudonville woman returns from 27-month Peace Corps stint in Benin, West Africa
Alumna Lissa Glasgo ’10 is profiled for her work with the Peace Corps.
Ashland Times-Gazette (Ohio) (subscription required)


Jackson’s double-double leads Rice past St. Edward’s
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and St. Edward’s University.
Houston Chronicle
Rice 75, St. Edward’s 63

Lynx update: Players scattered all over the globe
An article about the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team mentions Taj McWilliams-Franklin and notes that she will serve as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice.
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Local prep athletes sign letters of intent
Rice is mentioned in articles about National Signing Day.
Drone inks with Rice (Carbondale, Ill.)
Lake Highland Prep fall signing class: Sammi Lee, Denzel Davis, Karrah Johnson (Tampa Bay, Fla.) (This article also appeared on [Orlando, Fla.].)
Signing day updates
Tucson Citizen (Ariz.)

The Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen: Sifting through a stable of fledgling arms
Former Rice standout Joe Savery is mentioned in an article about the Philadelphia Phillies.

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.