Dateline Rice for Nov. 26, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


‘Lava dots’ made from molten metal salt
Thanks to a chance discovery, scientists now know how to make hollow, coated versions of a nanotech staple called quantum dots. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Sravani Gullapalli, a graduate student in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
New kind of nanotechnology structure discovered


Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about Middle East diplomacy.

MSNBC-TV’s ‘Hardball with Chris Matthews’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses President Barack Obama’s second term. Brinkley is also quoted in articles about the challenges in writing a biography of a living person and the Theodore Roosevelt exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
Up close, too personal
The Age (Australia)
Taking the kids: American Museum of Natural History in New York City
Farmington Daily Times (N.M.)

BBC World Service’s ‘Science in action’
Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is quoted.
Making steam without water
Times of Oman
Rice University creates solar steam with nanotechnology
Bad news for kettles
Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology

Fiscal cliff notes
Rice University is ranked the country’s No. 2 best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
New York Post
Shopping for ‘best values’ in colleges

Freeze on nanotechnology patents proposed to help grow the sector
Rice is mentioned in an article about nanotechnology patents.

Calculating the loss
Articles about reports that Hostess Brands will go out of business mention a series of experiments conducted by Rice students on Twinkies snack cakes in 1995.
Hamilton Spectator (Canada) (This article also appeared on–calculating-the-loss
Seely on science: Twinkies may last forever in hearts of scientists
Madison State-Journal (Wis.)
Digesting the Twinkies frenzy
Concord Monitor (Mass.)


‘Ike Dike’ plans aren’t dead yet
James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted in an article about the possibility that the proposed "Ike Dike" may not be built. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is mentioned.
Galveston Daily News

Chamber awards set for Dec. 6
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will be the keynote speaker at the Corpus Christi Chamber Awards luncheon Dec. 6.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

New Bush in town — George P.
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission that signals a possible run for office.
Abilene Reporter-News (This article also appeared in the Longview News-Journal and the Pleasanton Express.)

Exploring entry points at Project Row Houses
Work by Miguel Amat, scholar in residence for Duncan College, is featured in an article about installations at Project Row House’s Round 37 exhibition.
Houston Chronicle

Strengthen confidence in cancer institute
Rice is mentioned in an editorial about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Austin American-Statesman


Several TV stations reported on the armed robbery of a student at a campus bus stop. The student was not harmed, but the robber took her cash and cellphone.


Local connections
International students and scholars face many overwhelming challenges when they come to the United States to study. It is important for campuses to encourage international students and scholars to build new social networks and offer programs and services that support those efforts. Cory Owen, program manager and senior international advisor in Rice’s Office of International Students & Scholars, and Catherine Spain, a volunteer Spanish teacher at Rice, are quoted.
International Educator

Graphene stacks grown with controlled thickness
Researchers have found a straightforward way to grow large pieces of multilayer graphene and to control their thickness. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
Chemical & Engineering News

Plastic fantastic seals in speeding projectiles
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.

Alberto Gonzales tells SHSU students, ‘prepare’
Alumnus Alberto Gonzales ’79 spoke at Sam Houston State University as part of the President’s Speaker Series, ‘Pursuing Your American Dream.’


Gas drilling presents Obama with historic choices
Energy companies, environmental groups, and even Hollywood stars are watching to see what decisions President Barack Obama makes about regulating or promoting natural gas drilling. 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. Medlock is also quoted in an article about U.S. shale gas production.
Zanesville Times Recorder (Ohio) (This article also appeared in the Washington Observer-Reporter, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, the Ithaca Journal, the New Bedford Standard-Times and [West Lafayette, Ind.].)
In US ‘shale revolution,’ gas volume quintuples, and price plummets
Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

Interview with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer
Susanne Mentzer, professor of voice, is interviewed about her career as a mezzo-soprano.

New antenna developed with extreme speed
New research by the Rice University lab of Qianfan Xu, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has produced a micron-scale spatial light modulator like those used in sensing and imaging devices, but with the potential to run orders of magnitude faster.


Late-season surge gives momentum to Rice’s bowl run
Articles recap a football game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Houston Chronicle
Rice’s surge leads it past UTEP, to bowl eligibilty
Houston Chronicle
Owls bowl bound after 33-24 win over UTEP
Houston Chronicle
Bowl-bound Owls celebrate win over UTEP
Houston Chronicle
Rice 33, UTEP 24 (This article also appeared on
Texas-El Paso vs. Rice
Kansas City Star (Mo.) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Idaho Statesman, [El Paso, Texas], and nearly 15 other media outlets.)

Drake 77, Rice 66
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Drake University.
Recap: Drake vs. Rice
Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Sacramento Bee and [Washington, D.C.].)

Georgia Tech 54, Rice 36
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Georgia Tech University.
Rice can’t keep up with Georgia Tech in Anaheim tournament (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, the Charlotte Observer, the Sacramento Bee,, [Washington, D.C.] and [Denver].)

Drexel 55, Rice 47
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Drexel University. (Coverage of this game also appeared on and

Bowl projections: Rice likely headed to New Orleans or Fort Worth
An article discusses possible bowl games for Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Berkman talks about his MLB future
Videos posted on the Houston Chronicle website show former Rice standout Lance Berkman discussing his career plans and offering hitting instructions to Rice Owls baseball players.
Houston Chronicle
Berkman shows his big-league tricks to current Owls
Houston Chronicle

Answering the challenge
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Harrisburg High School boys’ basketball team.
Harrisburg Daily Register (Ill.)

Ex-UTEP cheerleader flips to beat Guinness record
A former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader did 49 consecutive back handsprings during halftime of the UTEP-Rice football game, breaking a Guinness World Record. (This article also appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, the Columbus Republic, [Greenville, S.C.], [Mass.], [Kansas City, Mo.] and
Amazing video captures soldier and former cheerleader breaking world record of 49 backflips across football field
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Former UTEP cheerleader attempts to break record with 49 flips
El Paso Times (Texas)


Deciphering bacterial doomsday decisions
In a new study, scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston uncovered an elaborate mechanism that allows the bacterium Bacillus subtilis to begin preparing for survival, even as it delays the ultimate decision of whether to "hunker down" and withdraw into a hardened spore.

Corporate wrongdoers should stick to the facts in post-crisis message
When faced with scandal or wrongdoing, corporations should stick to the facts in their post-crisis messaging, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Georgia and the University of Maryland – College 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.