Dateline Rice for Nov. 29, 2012


Simple technologies can save premature babies
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Lauren Vestewig-Gray, executive director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, co-authored this op-ed about low-cost medical treatments that are being developed for poor countries.
Houston Chronicle

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on CNN-TV and MSNBC-TV to discuss presidential politics.

‘Around the World with Christiane Amanpour’
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the future of the U.S. space program.


Sunlight instantly turns ice water to steam using nanoparticles
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.

LHC creates new form of matter
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider believe their experiments may have created a new type of matter. Wei Li, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, is mentioned.
Giant collider creating new kind of matter?
Times of India
Large Hadron Collider ‘may be producing a new type of matter’ (This article also appeared in the Deccan Herald and
New kind of matter might be produced in Large Hadron Collider
Scientists at MIT suspect a new kind of matter formation
New type of matter created by Large Hadron Collider say astounded scientists

World’s richest business plan competition launched at HEC
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in articles about the Indus Entrepreneurs International Business Plan Competition.
News Tribe (Pakistan)
Pakistan lags behind OIC states in access to higher education
Express Tribune (Pakistan)


Texas posts top high school graduation rates, but why?
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
Texas ranks fourth nationally for high school graduation rates (This article also appeared on [Amarillo, Texas].)

MD Anderson intensifies its mission to fight cancer
An op-ed about MD Anderson Cancer Center cites President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice and mentions Rice’s centennial.
Houston Chronicle


KOB-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Rice research is cited in a story about Groupon.


Single-surface material for energy storage
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.
Energy Harvesting Journal
Graphene/nanotube hybrid produces high performing supercapacitor

Four trends in revitalizing business intelligence
Rice’s Storm Risk Calculator is mentioned in an article about trends in business intelligence.

Three lessons learned from election 2012
Alumnus Dilip Venkatachari ’84 authored this op-ed about social media and the value of customer intelligence.


Apollo 14 astronaut supports Haines’ eagle work
Rice is mentioned in an article about a lecture by astronaut Edgar Mitchell.
Capital City Weekly (Alaska)

Multi-talented Simmons opens Young Artist series at Kravis
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 will perform in Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 3.


Vance McDonald gets Rice back into postseason, Senior Bowl
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls football team.
Birmingham News (Ala.)

College Park grad Shafer plays in Rice University loss
A news brief discusses the performance of Baker College freshman Megan Shafer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and Baylor University.

Here are some little known, very interesting facts about Texas …
A list of facts about Texas mentions that the Heisman Trophy was named after former Rice football coach John Heisman.

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 and broke a Guinness World Record.

Free-agent bargains out there for smart shoppers
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman is mentioned in an article about possible Major League Baseball trades. A separate article reports that Berkman has joined the Rice University baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
Furcal’s elbow should heal without surgery
South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

Nigeria native with fascinating story, rebounding skills signs with Rice
A Greens Farms Academy student-athlete has signed to play basketball at Rice.


Combating diseases of poverty requires joint US-Middle East effort, Baker Institute expert says
As the Middle East emerges from the Arab Spring, the United States and the Middle East have the unique opportunity to relieve the burden of tropical diseases shared by the poor in their respective countries, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, the fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.