Dateline Rice for Nov. 16, 2012

FEATURED ITEM’s ‘Science Now’
Rice research on the enigmatic behavior of two of Earth’s most notable volcanoes, Hawaii’s Mauna Loa and Kilauea, is included in a roundup of science news. The Rice segment begins approximately two minutes into the clip.


When colleges woo students through social media: Less viewbooks, more Facebook
Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, is quoted in an article about colleges’ use of social media to entice students to apply.

The high-tech polymer that can stop a speeding bullet in its tracks and could revolutionize bulletproof vests
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.
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Nanomaterial can stop a speeding bullet, strengthen soldiers’ body armor (This article also appeared on, the San Francisco Chronicle, and
Futuristic paper-thin material stops bullets (This article also appeared on [Wichita Falls, Texas].)
‘Paper’ that can stop bullets
Paper-thin material that can stop flying bullets created (This article also appeared on, and
Paper-thin bulletproof super material developed
Deccan Herald (India) (This article also appeared in the Times of India and
New ‘super material’ will stop a speeding bullet
Stopping projectiles at the nano level
Researchers unveil new material to help those at war remain protected
Super material can stop speeding bullet
Researchers created a paper-thin fabric to stop bullets
Nanomaterial can stop a speeding bullet, strengthen soldiers’ body armor (Sanford, N.C.)
WKRC-TV (Cincinnati) (Similar stories appeared on WOWK-TV [Charleston, W.Va.] and WPIX-TV [New York City].)

Living in a diaper desert
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.

UCLA pranks USC with ‘f bomb’ in lights ahead of Rose Bowl, but it may be a fake
A photo slideshow of "15 of the Most Epic College Pranks" includes the 180 degree rotation of the 2,000-pound statue of William Marsh Rice by students in 1988. Alumnus Patrick Dyson ’88 is mentioned.

Lecturers should take their role as teachers seriously
An article about higher education cites a speech at Rice by Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities.
Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

Interview: Justin Cronin
Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, is interviewed about his career as a novelist.
Sydney Morning Herald


Part detective, part reporter, and part caretaker
Centennial Historian Melissa Kean is profiled for her work at Rice.
Prime Living

Organist says glory isn’t just for Sundays
A Q-and-A with organist Paul Jacobs mentions that he will perform a piece by Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory.
Houston Chronicle

Collin College professor receives high honor: Award is fifth in college’s history, most of any school in Texas
Rice is mentioned in an article about an award received by a Collin College faculty member.
Allen American (This article also appeared in the Plano Star and the Colony Courier-Leader.)


Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a story about BP’s settlement with the federal government. (A similar story appeared on KBMT-TV [Beaumont, Texas].)

Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission that signals a possible run for office.
Another George Bush considers a run in Texas (Ohio)


Heavy hitters abound as the speaker lineup announced for Total Energy USA Conference
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, will speak at the Total Energy USA Conference.

Careers in biomaterials science — an overview
An article about careers in biomaterials science notes a presentation by Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.


Rice denies that two former basketball players suffered discrimination
Former Rice student-athlete Arsalan Kazemi has been granted a waiver to play basketball this season at the University of Oregon. Some of the articles quote a statement from Rice explaining why Rice opposed the waiver.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section and also in the Greenwich Time.)
Statement from Rice on basketball transfer allegations
Houston Chronicle
Rice did not sign off on Kazemi and Oraby playing this season
Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi cleared to play this season for Ducks
Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi wins waiver
Oregon receives word from the NCAA that Arsalan Kazemi is eligible to play
Arsalan Kazemi ruled eligible for Ducks basketball
Kazemi cleared to hoop it up for the Ducks (Eugene, Ore.)
Arsalan Kazemi will play for the Oregon Ducks this season
NCAA grants waiver to Oregon’s Kazemi
Albany Democrat-Herald (Ore.)
Forward Kazemi gets OK to play for Ducks this season
Medford Mail Tribune (Ore.)

Rice to host 2013 C-USA baseball tourney
Rice will host the 2013 Conference USA baseball tournament. Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle
Rice edges Tulane, C-USA foes for 2013 baseball tourney

SMU can secure bowl berth with a win
An article previews a football game between Rice and Southern Methodist University. (Similar articles appeared on and

KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Former Rice baseball player Phillip Humber made an appearance in Tyler, Texas.

Tennessee’s 18-0 run too much for Rice women
Articles recap a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Tennessee.
Houston Chronicle
Lady Vols crush Rice in home opener 101-48 (Nashville, Tenn.) (Coverage of this game also appeared on, WTNZ-TV [Nashville, Tenn.], WVLT-TV [Nashville, Tenn.] and WBIR-TV [Knoxville, Tenn.].)

KU to host Division I swim meet in Topeka
Rice will compete in the Kansas Classic collegiate swimming invitational.

Rice early signing period
Rice is mentioned in articles about National Signing Day.
Houston Chronicle
Wunderlich headed to Rice
Brenham Banner-Press (Texas)


Academy report is twice as nice for Rice engineering
Rice University engineering initiatives are prominently featured in a report issued this week by the National Academy of Engineering.

Rice University to plant 100 trees at Hermann Park Nov. 16
Rice University and Hermann Park Conservancy will plant the Rice Centennial Grove in Hermann Park Nov. 16 in recognition of the shared centennials of Rice and Hermann Park.

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.