Dateline Rice for Dec. 3, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Rice accepts matchup vs. Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl
Rice accepted an invitation Saturday to play Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Houston Chronicle
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Get to know Air Force
Houston Chronicle
Rice accepts invite to Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
Rice playing Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 in Fort Worth
Rice, Air Force to meet in bowl game (Coverage of this announcement also appeared in the Denver Post, and nearly 25 other media outlets.)

Era of the dumb jock is slowly ending in college football
Schools like Rice known for academics are excelling on the gridiron as well. An abundance of student-athletes has enabled universities to be selective in recruiting.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Merrimack Valley Eagle-Tribune.)


Sunlit nanoparticles turn water to steam
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.
Scientific American (This article also appeared on
Rice unveils super-efficient solar-energy technology

Muslim Brotherhood fox was hired to protect our Benghazi consulate henhouse
Joan Neuhaus Schaan, a fellow in homeland security and terrorism at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the investigation into the events that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya earlier this year.

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.
South Asia Mail

McCulley to promote US/Nigeria business relations
Terence McCulley, U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, is embarking on a two-week tour of the U.S. The articles note that the tour will begin with events in Houston, including a visit to Rice.
Doing business rating and the US strategy for Africa


Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto to be inaugurated today
Enrique Peña Nieto was recently inaugurated as president of Mexico. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News and

TEA chief will defer 15 percent rule
At a gathering of educators, school administrators and student assessment specialists in Austin, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams announced he would defer implementation of a rule that requires state end-of-course exams count for 15 percent of high school students’ final grades. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is mentioned.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Texas].)

Houston venture capital firm DFJ Mercury pursues new brand
Jack Gill, professor in the practice of entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about venture capital firm DFJ Mercury.
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)

Taylor files bill to increase oil production: Legislation has early bipartisan support
Research by 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 cited in an article about legislation introduced by Texas Rep. Van Taylor.
Plano Courier Star

War, music blend for wounded Iraq veteran
An article about the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s "Music and the Journey of War" concert series mentions a piece written by Karim Al-Zand, associate professor of composition and theory at the Shepherd School of Music.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Connecticut Post and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

Philip Glass has an étude
A Q-and-A with composer Philip Glass mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle

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.

The captain who helped solve the crime and save Rice University
An article reviews the book "Captain James A. Baker of Houston, 1857-1941," by Kate Sayen Kirkland. The book discusses the early history of Rice.
Galveston Daily News


Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the possibility that attorney Benjamin Hall III will run for Houston mayor.

Minnesota Public Radio
Rice is mentioned in an interview with a Minnesota flautist.


A graphene/nanotube hybrid
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.
Combing graphene and carbon nanotubes

How plants feel
Although it’s known that plants can detect and respond to touch, how they relay information from physical contact has been less clear. Research by Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is mentioned.

Does mammography radiation increase cancer risks?
An article about mammography scatter radiation notes that alumnus Benjamin Smith ’96 served as a contributing expert for the story.


More talk in Vandalia
Marcel LaFlamme, a graduate student in anthropology, authored this article about Vandalia, Ill.
Daily Yonder

Interfaith dinners help guests reflect on faith — theirs and others’
Rice’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance is mentioned in an article about Amazing Faiths events in Oklahoma.

Houston’s Tolerance and Mirror outdoor art by Jaume Plensa
An article about sculptures in Houston by renowned international artist Jaume Plensa includes "Mirror," a site-specific installation on display at Rice.

UC Davis biomedical engineer earns Cyprus’ top prize
Articles about an award received by biomedical engineer Kyriacos Athanasiou note that he once taught at Rice.
Woodland Daily Democrat (Calif.)
Davis resident wins ‘Nobel Prize’ of Cyprus

December is also a month of operas for ABQ, SF, Roswell
Alumna Mary-Jane Lee ’10 will perform with the Santa Fe Opera Dec. 11.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.)


Rice snaps skid with win over HBU
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Houston Baptist University.
Houston Chronicle
Rice 61, Houston Baptist 53
Jackson helps Rice steal a victory over Houston Baptist

A&M cooks Rice
Articles recap a swim meet between Rice and Texas A&M University.
Aggies women’s swimming and diving team dominates in Houston (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer leads Rice University to victory
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and McNeese State University.

Los Lynx busy playing, coaching and posting ‘Los Links’
An article about the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team mentions Taj McWilliams-Franklin and notes that she is serving as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice.

An imperfect ending as Humber is claimed
Articles report that former Rice baseball player Phillip Humber has been signed by the Houston Astros.
Astros claim Phil Humber from White Sox
Astros give Humber chance to fight for rotation spot
Astros sign former Rice pitcher Phillip Humber
Astros claim Humber off waivers
Chicago Tribune (Coverage of Humber article also appeared on, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and nearly 160 other media outlets.)

Is a return to the Astros in the cards for Lance Berkman?
An article discusses former Rice standout Lance Berkman’s career prospects and notes that he has joined the Rice University baseball staff as a volunteer assistant coach.

Imagine if conference shuffle hit the Ivies
Rice is mentioned in a column about recent changes in collegiate athletic conferences.
Valley News (New Hampshire)

MTSU’s patience rewarded with move to Conference USA
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Middle Tennessee State University and Florida Atlantic University will join Conference USA.
Nashville City Paper

GFA’s Sean Obi signs with Rice University basketball
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 Stamford Advocate, the Fairfield Citizen, the Danbury News-Time and the Westport News.)
Obi signs for Rice University
Punch (Nigeria)


Multitasking plasmonic nanobubbles kill some cells, modify others
Researchers at Rice University have found a way to kill some diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time. The process activated by a pulse of laser light leaves neighboring healthy cells untouched.

OpenStax College publishes first iBooks textbook
OpenStax College has published College Physics, the first iBooks textbook that is based on a free, open-source textbook from Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College. The open-education resources publisher said it plans to create iBooks textbook versions of additional textbooks for heavily attended college courses from its growing catalog.

US must engage a rising China through tropical disease elimination, Baker Institute expert says
The relations between the U.S. and China can be strengthened by a coordinated effort to support neglected tropical disease control programs in countries where these diseases are still a major public health concern, 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.