Dateline Rice for Nov. 27, 2012


Mired in scandal? Stick to the facts
When faced with scandal or wrongdoing, corporations should be factual and informative in their post-crisis messaging, according to a new study. Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.


NYC flood protection won’t be easy
If metropolitan New York is going to defend itself from surges like the one that overwhelmed the region during Superstorm Sandy, decision-makers can start by studying how others have fought the threat of fast-rising water. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Washington Post,, the Bradenton Herald and nearly 260 other media outlets.)

Nanoparticles make steam without bringing water to a boil
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.
MIT Technology Review
Steam now produced from almost freezing water

Voice of America News
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.

Unforgettable experience
An article reviews a performance by Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov, graduate students in music at the Shepherd School of Music. An English translation of this article is not available.
Südwest Presse

London preopen: Stocks to jump on Greek deal
News items report that specialty chemicals producer AZ Electronic Materials has entered into licensing and sponsored research agreements with Rice, giving AZ exclusive worldwide rights to several patent families covering the preparation methods and application of graphene nanoribbons. (This article also appeared on
UK stocks — Factors to watch Nov. 27
Reuters (This article also appeared on
AZ Electronic signs licensing and research agreements with Rice for GNRs
AZ electronics awarded licensing agreements with Texas university

Which Pakistani university has best students’ team for business plan development? HEC will tell you
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Pakistan business plan competition.
News Tribe (Pakistan)


Program seeks to groom students left behind
Rice is mentioned in an editorial about the Emerge Fellowship, a Houston mentoring program for low-income students.
Houston Chronicle

Cancer institute needs less noise, more light
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Houston Chronicle


Johnson Space Center may receive a shuttle carrier aircraft for display. George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Jill Foote, a senior lecturer in finance at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss online shopping during the holidays.


A 3-D microscopic device for high-speed processing of infrared light
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.

The threat to Disney’s profit train is sports
Alumnus Dana Blankenhorn ’77 authored these op-eds about Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm and massive open online courses.
MOOCs: End of higher ed as we know it?


Obesity affects kids in poorer neighborhoods
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, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute’s Urban Health Program, are mentioned.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Northwestern hits record number of early decision applications
Rice is mentioned in an article about admissions at Northwestern University.


Bowl-bound Rice will remember this November
Articles recap the Rice Owls’ football season and discuss the team’s bowl prospects.
Houston Chronicle
Rice bowl site depends on C-USA title winner
C-USA sends out bowl contingency plans
Houston Chronicle

Rice’s Eddington named C-USA special teams player of the week
Jones College junior Jeremy Eddington was named Conference USA special teams player of the week.
Houston Chronicle

Women’s basketball takes on Rice, Griner returns to hometown
An article previews a women’s basketball game between Rice and Baylor University.

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice University loss
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Army lieutenant breaks back flip 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.
United Press International (This article also appeared on
Ex-UTEP cheerleader flips to beat Guinness record
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader (Penn.) (This article also appeared on [El Paso, Texas].)

Greens Farms Academy sports roundup
Rice is mentioned in an article about Greens Farms Academy varsity athletics.
Westport News (Conn.)


Rice University creates single-surface material for energy storage, electronics
A seamless graphene/nanotube hybrid created at Rice University may be the best electrode interface material possible for many energy storage and electronics applications.

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.