Dateline Rice for Dec. 4, 2012


Jon Kimura Parker
A cover story profiles Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, for his career in music.
International Musician


Free, unless you want to pay
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. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College open-education project, is quoted.
Inside Higher Ed

Gender bias and the sciences: Facing reality
Elaine Howard Ecklund, associate professor of sociology, director of the Religion and Public Life Program and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a column about gender bias in higher education.
Scientific American

OMG, the text message turns 20, but has SMS peaked?
Text messaging is 20 years old. Rice research is cited. (This article also appeared on [New Bern, N.C.], [Phoenix] and nearly 40 other media outlets.)

Are women leaders less corrupt? No, but they shake things up
Rice research is cited in an article about corruption and women in politics.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Hindustan Times, the Kyiv Post, the Gulf News, the Lebanon Daily Star,,,,,,,,,, and


Student loan debt skyrockets
New data from the federal government shows total student loan debt in the U.S. rose by $42 billion in the third quarter, to a tally of $956 billion. Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared on


A new report shows Houston has the strongest economy in the country. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston’s economy heats up

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, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss an immigration reform proposal authored by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The interview begins approximately one minute into the clip.

Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week.
Rice students offered pet therapy during finals


Microbullets reveal material strengths
Researchers are firing microscale ammo in an effort to identify materials that can offer better protection to soldiers, aircrafts and satellites. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
NASA Tech Briefs

Graphene and 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.


In taxing medical marijuana, N.J. follows lead of other states
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about medical marijuana laws in New Jersey.

‘Genius’ pair rewrite rules of organ transplants, among other interests
Alumnus ’92 Dorry Segev is profiled for his life and career.
Sun Magazine (Baltimore)

Nuclear retention and moral high ground
Alumnus Casey Michel ’10 authored this op-ed about diplomacy in the Middle East.

Grad students write Wiki articles for final projects
Graduate economics students at the University of Utah wrote Wikipedia articles for their final project. Rice is mentioned.


Armed Forces Bowl 2012: Rice vs. Air Force
An article previews the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game between Rice and Air Force.

KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
A story reports that former Rice baseball player Phillip Humber has been signed by the Houston Astros.

GFA opens with win over St. Luke’s
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farm Academy boys’ basketball team.
Norwalk Hour (Conn.)


Rice University students to de-stress with puppies during finals week, Dec. 5-12
Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week.

US ambassador to view Rice student technologies for the developing world
Rice students enrolled in the Commercializing Technology in Developing Countries course will share their business plans and reflect on their experiences during a presentation Dec. 4 in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium.

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.