Dateline Rice for Dec. 11, 2012


Zapped by laser, nanobubbles kill cancer
Seeking to find a way to kill diseased cells and treat others in the same sample at the same time, researchers at Rice University developed tunable plasmonic nanobubbles that, when activated by a laser pulse, leave neighboring healthy cells untouched. Dmitri Lapotko, faculty fellow in biochemistry and cell biology and physics and astronomy, is quoted.


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.

More women, less corruption?
Rice research is cited in an article about corruption and women in politics.


Rice University faculty named AAAS fellows
Daniel Carson, dean of the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, the Schlumberger Chair in Advanced Studies and Research and professor of biochemistry and cell biology; Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics; Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and professor of bioengineering; Douglas Natelson, professor of physics and astronomy; George Phillips, professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of chemistry; and Marina Vannucci, professor of statistics, 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.

Americans are moving again, but not far
The rate of people moving inched up from a record low of 11.6 percent in 2011 to 12 percent in 2012 with about 36.5 million people moving to a new residence, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared on

Houston private college presidents make highest-paid list
Rice President David Leebron is the highest-paid president of a private college in Texas, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education’s annual comparison of university presidents’ salaries.
Houston Business Journal

Confessions over a bagel: Stories of tenacity, friendships and survival baked into local food institution
Alumnus Joel Luks ’03 authored this op-ed about the Three Brothers Bakery.

Book critic today, physician someday
Rice is mentioned in an article about a West University Elementary student.


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss an unmanned drone that crashed in Iran last December. The interview begins approximately two minutes into the clip.


Nanotechnology in Texas: Market report
Rice and the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology are mentioned several times in a discussion of nanotechnology projects and businesses in Texas.

Smart cities: Houston’s low tech lift off
Rice’s Connexions open-education project is mentioned in an article about education and entrepreneurship in Houston.
Education Week

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. (This article also appeared on


Why can’t Florida make it easier to vote?
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 op-ed about ways to improve the voting process in Florida.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.)

2,265 eligible to graduate at fall UGA commencement ceremonies
Alumna Fran Teague ’70 is quoted in an article about graduation at the University of Georgia.

Urban Atlanta youth use muscle, risk to master complexities of the harp
Alumnus Morton Mason ’11 is mentioned in an article about the Atlanta Urban Youth Harp Ensemble.


Rice’s Covington sets out to excel apart from famous father
Duncan College sophomore Christian Covington is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls football team.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University to hold ‘asphalt breaking’ for new Continuing Studies building
Rather than a groundbreaking, Rice University will host an "asphalt breaking" Dec. 13 for a new building for its Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Rice cultivates green batteries from plant
Scientists at Rice University and the City College of New York have discovered that the madder plant, aka Rubia tinctorum, is a good source of purpurin, an organic dye that can be turned into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries.

10th anniversary of Iraq invasion provides important lessons, Baker Institute expert says
With talk of intervening in Syria and attacking Iran bubbling in Washington, it is critically important that the United States learn the unpleasant lessons of its invasion of Iraq, according to Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow 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.