Dateline Rice for Dec. 10, 2012 (Weekend Edition)


Furry stress relievers visit students at Rice
Rice University students have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week. Several Rice students are quoted and pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)
Rice University’s puppy room

Houston Chronicle (This slideshow also appeared in the Albany Times-Union, the Norwalk Citizen, the Greenwich Time, the Darien News, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate.)
KRIV-TV (Similar stories appeared on KIAH-TV, WAGA-TV [Atlanta], KSTU-TV [Salt Lake City] and nearly 30 other television stations.)
Dog party! Rice students take a break from the books for some good ol’ fashioned pet therapy
Dogs help Rice students de-stress while studying for finals
College uses dogs to help students relax during finals

Unsung heroes of the Houston Symphony
A cover story about the Houston Symphony in the Houston Chronicle’s Zest section profiles Frank Huang, artist teacher of violin; Paula Page, associate professor of harp; Bill VerMeulen, professor of French horn; and Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello, for their work with the symphony and their careers in music. Alumna Megan Levin ’05 is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Houston has the resources to protect critical industries on Ship Channel
James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, and Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, authored this op-ed about protecting the Houston Ship Channel from severe weather.
Houston Chronicle


CBC Radio’s ‘Quirks & Quarks’
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, discusses her solar steam research.

CNN’s ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS’
James Baker, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about solving congressional gridlock in Washington, D.C.

How to win Nobel: Laureate tells students
Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, is mentioned in an article about a lecture by Nobel laureate Klaus von Klitzing at a science conclave organized by the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.
Times of India

How to combat hurricane damage and sea-level rise? Lessons from the Texas gulf coast
Current natural disaster thinking relative to Galveston Bay relies on antiquated storm protection techniques and land development practices doomed to repeated failures. Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.

Four Indian Americans named 2013 Marshall Scholars
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi is one of 34 students across the U.S. selected for a 2013 Marshall Scholarship. (This article also appeared on

BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus hosts the first international conference on cloud computing
Peter Varman, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, is mentioned in an article about the International Conference on Cloud Computing Technologies, Applications and Management in Dubai.

$700,000 in gold dust missing; Pfizer asks police for help
Around $700,000 in gold dust is missing from a Pfizer research facility. Rice research in clinical uses for gold dust is mentioned.
Nothing generic about these drugs: Lab is missing $700,000 in gold dust

Al Jazeera
Rice is mentioned in an interview with sprinter Oscar Pistorius.

Are women leaders less corrupt? No, but they shake things up
Rice research is cited in an article about corruption and women in politics.
Sudan Vision Daily


Houston’s 41 most fascinating people
Centennial Historian Melissa Kean and Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, appear in a photo slideshow compiled by the Houston Chronicle of Houston’s 41 most fascinating people.
Houston Chronicle

Calvin Tomkins at the Menil
Joshua Fischer, assistant curator at the Rice Gallery, authored this column about a lecture by artist Calvin Tomkins at the Menil Collection.

Mental health services for students are lagging
A story reports on the increasing need for student mental health services at colleges and universities in Texas. Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson and Duncan College senior Philomena Bradford are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

To sustain strong economy, develop better schools
Alumnus M. Ray Perryman ’78 authored this op-ed about education in Texas.
Odessa American

New medical director of Texas Panhandle Centers Behavioral and Developmental Health named
Alumna Kathryn McNeil ’96 has joined Texas Panhandle Centers Behavioral and Developmental Health as the center’s medical director. (Amarillo, Texas)

Travel matters: Holidays in Dallas, San Diego and Cancun
Rice is mentioned in an article about tours of Texas, California and Mexico.
Austin American-Statesman

Acclaimed Children’s Chorus performs Dec. 15 and 22
The Houston Children’s Chorus will perform a holiday concert at Rice Dec. 15.
Tomball Potpourri


Carolyn Sumners, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, appeared on KHOU-TV to discuss the bright light in the sky many reported seeing early Friday morning.

Meng Yeh, senior lecturer at the Center for the Study of Languages, is interviewed about the Startalk Chinese language program.


Daily deals — What merchants need to know
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.

How the biggest investors are playing the ‘new world order’ in oil and gas
Thanks to the fracking boom of the last few years North America is now on a path toward energy self-sufficiency. Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.

Forbes 400 members who got rich off of commodities
An article about people on a Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans who made their wealth trading commodities mentions Richard Kinder and Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. (This article also appeared on

Overtraining syndrome: What it is, and how to avoid it
Rice research is cited in an article about overtraining syndrome.


New UI apartment proposal a good move
Rice research is cited in an editorial about two apartment buildings that will be leased by the University of Iowa.


Rice Owls vs. Air Force Falcons Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl
An article previews the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl game between Rice and Air Force. (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Denver Post, the Bolivar Commercial and KOAA-TV [Colorado Springs, Colo.].)

Owls to open 2013 season against reigning Heisman winner Manziel
The Rice Owls football team will open the 2013 season against Texas A&M University.
Houston Chronicle

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.