Dateline Rice for Nov. 28, 2012


Towers of nanotubes sprout from graphene
Chemists have successfully grown forests of carbon nanotubes that rise quickly from sheets of graphene to astounding lengths of up to 120 microns. 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.

Minnesota Public Radio’s ‘The Daily Circuit’
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s "The Daily Circuit" to discuss Middle East diplomacy.


Time for the US to partner with China in space?
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, co-authored this op-ed about the future of the U.S. space program. (This op-ed also appeared on

Women band together, make inroads into tech
Despite an influx of females among Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ranks, the computer science field remains dominated by men. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Des Moines Register, the Ithaca Journal, [Jacksonville, Fla.] and nearly 70 other media outlets.)

Large Hadron Collider ‘may be producing a new type of matter’ as collisions produce surprise results
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider beleive their experiments may have created a new type of matter. Wei Li, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Atom smasher creates new kind of matter (This article also appeared on,,, and
New form of ‘spooky’ matter found? (This article also appeared on
CERN’s Large Hadron Collider reveals new type of matter
Large Hadron Collider may have produced new matter


Texas high school graduation rates among highest in US
New preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education shows that Texas ranks fourth in the nation for its four-year high school graduation rates. Rice research is cited.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Midland, Texas], [Austin, Texas] and [Texas].)

Strategic plans target research
An article about the University of Texas at Arlington’s plans to achieve Tier One status mentions that Rice is one of three Tier One universities in the state.

From the discarded comes art
The Rice Gallery is mentioned in an article about artist Lisa Hoke.
San Antonio Express-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 race to fill the late Mario Gallegos’ senate seat.

KPFT-FM’s ‘Queer Voices’
Brian Riedel, professor in the practice of humanities and assistant director of Rice’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, appeared on KPFT-FM’s "Queer Voices" to discuss the Houston ARCH project. The interview begins approximately seven minutes into the clip.


When scandal hits, stay honest
When faced with scandal or wrongdoing, corporations should be factual and informative in their post-crisis messaging, according to a new study from Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business. Anastasiya Zavyalova, assistant professor of strategic management, is quoted.
Business News Daily

Dispatches from the world of science
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.

The marketer who analyzes the most data fastest wins
Alumnus Brad Terrell ’92 authored this article about market data analysis.


Children in poorer areas may have higher obesity risk
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.

Portraits for a young musician
Alumnus Kimball Gallagher ’02 is featured in an article about careers in classical music.
San Francisco Classical Voice


Bowl-bound Rice will remember this November
An article recaps the Rice Owls’ football season and discusses the team’s bowl prospects.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time, the Connecticut Post, the Stamford Advocate and the Albany Times-Union.)

Griner leads Baylor women to rout of Rice
Articles recap a women’s basketball game between Rice and Baylor University.
USA Today (This article also appeared in Florida Today.)
Griner towers above Rice in Baylor win
Houston Chronicle
Baylor records season high numbers in 89-49 win over Rice
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Cardinals’ Freese OK after SUV hits tree
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman has joined the Rice University baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Nationals sign LHP Bobby Bramhall
Alumnus Bobby Bramhall ’09 has been signed to a minor league contract by the Washington Nationals.

Basketball star from Westport school heading to Rice
Articles report that a Greens Farms Academy student-athlete has signed to play basketball at Rice.
Westport Daily Voice (Conn.)
Rice University signs Greenwich resident Obi for hoops team
Greenwich Post (Conn.)

Johnny Manziel stands tall after most pass him by
Rice is mentioned in articles about Texas A&M University football player Johnny Manziel.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)
‘Johnny Football’ as an Owl? Could have happened
Houston Chronicle

Jalyessa Walker backflips to world record
A former University of Texas at El Paso cheerleader did 49 consecutive back handsprings during halftime of the UTEP-Rice football game and broke a Guinness World Record.
Jalyessa Walker beats world back handspring record
Ex-UTEP cheerleader flips to beat Guinness record
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa)

A history of the Heisman Trophy
An article about the history of the Heisman Trophy notes that the award was named after former Rice football coach John Heisman. (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Harrisburg starts season off in style
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Harrisburg High School boys’ basketball team.
Harrisburg Daily Register (Ill.)


Rice University student named Marshall Scholar
Rice University senior Rahul Rekhi is one of 34 students across the U.S. selected for a 2013 Marshall Scholarship.

Djerejian available to comment on Syria and Turkey
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and former U.S. ambassador to Syria, is available to comment on the Syrian crisis and Turkey’s request to NATO to assist in protecting Turkey from Syria with Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries.

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.