Dateline Rice for Nov. 30, 2012


US needs to become a global leader in reducing carbon emissions
Dagobert Brito, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Political Economy, and Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, co-authored this op-ed about reducing carbon emissions.
Houston Chronicle


Small business and daily deals: The affair is over
Research by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.


Innovations in education help Texas post top high school graduation rates
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.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (This article also appeared on [Abilene, Texas] and [Midland, Texas].)


Rice University creates graphene/nanotube hybrid material that could redefine electronics and 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.

A bulletproof polymer composite material that is paper-thin and self-repairing
Researchers at Rice and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are firing microscale ammo in an effort to identify materials that can offer better protection to soldiers, aircrafts and satellites.

Moderate exercise immediately boosts memory
A short surge of condensed exercise boosts the compression of memories in both elders in good mental shape as well as those with slight cognitive impairment, according to new research. Rice is mentioned.


When scandals hit, honesty is the best policy
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.


Rice’s ball hogging leaves it bound for bowl
An article reviews Rice’s football game against the University of Texas at El Paso and discusses the team’s bowl prospects.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate and the Danbury News-Times.)

C-USA adds two from Sun Belt
Rice is mentioned in news items reporting that Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University will join Conference USA. (El Paso, Texas) (This article also appeared on [El Paso, Texas].)
Is Rice better off with Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee State in C-USA?
C-USA will bolster academic standing
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal (Tenn.) (This article also appeared in the Wausau Daily Herald.)
Rice has rich baseball tradition
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal (Tenn.)
CUSA, Sun Belt Commissioners comment on Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic moves
Monroe News-Star (La.)
Conference USA officially adds Florida Atlantic, Middle Tennessee
Birmingham News (Ala.)
WSMV-TV (Nashville, Tenn.)

Greens Farms Academy’s Obi signs to play basketball at Rice
A Greens Farms Academy student-athlete has signed to play basketball at Rice.
Connecticut Post (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Greenwich Time, the Fairfield Citizen, the Danbury News-Times and the Stamford Advocate.)
News 12 Connecticut


Six Rice University professors elected AAAS fellows
Rice University professors Daniel Carson, Katherine Ensor, Lydia Kavraki, Douglas Natelson, George Phillips and Marina Vannucci have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science.

Rice Seminar presents lecture by author of ‘Step Over Rio,’ Martha Everhart Braniff, Dec. 6
Martha Everhart Braniff, child advocate, poet and author of "Step Over Rio," will discuss her book and child trafficking issues as part of the inaugural 2012-13 Rice Seminar, "Human Trafficking Past and Present: Crossing Disciplines, Crossing Borders," at Rice University Dec. 6.

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.