Dateline Rice for Dec. 13, 2012


France 24
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the political transitions taking place in the Arab world. A separate article mentions this interview.
Why the stars are lining up for Palestine (This article also appeared in the Jordan Times, and

Non-whites to make up nearly 60 percent of US by 2060
A surge in Hispanics and Asians is set to dramatically change the face of the United States over the next 50 years, with no one ethnic group being a majority, according to U.S. figures that depict an aging nation with slower population growth. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared on, the Hampton Roads Daily Press, the Hartford Courant, the Allentown Morning Call, [Holland, Mich.], [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Duluth, Minn.], [Hartford, Conn.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Roanoke, Va.], [Denver] and

Old red dye powers new green battery
Researchers say a plant extract can be turned into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, and Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor in chemistry and professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, are quoted.
Mumbai Mirror (This article also appeared in the Pune Mirror.)
Scientists use plant root to create ‘green’ battery
Plant dye used to create green lithium-ion battery
‘Green’ batteries made from a red dye plant as an alternative to toxic batteries
New batteries powered by ancient purpurin dye
Red dye plant could lead to green battery
Red dye powers ‘green’ battery
Scientists invent a battery powered by an ancient red dye made from madder roots

Biocompatible patch to heal infants with congenital heart defects
Jeffrey Jacot, assistant professor of bioengineering, and colleagues produced a material called a bioscaffold that could be sutured into the hearts of infants suffering from birth defects. (This article also appeared on,,, and

Did you know about these Christian themes in J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’?
Jane Chance, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, is quoted in an article about Christian themes in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Perry wants even more restrictions on abortions
Proclaiming his ultimate goal to eliminate abortion at any stage, Gov. Rick Perry said he would back legislation to ban abortion in Texas after 20 weeks, the point at which he said a fetus can experience pain. 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 quoted.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post, the Stamford Advocate, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Danbury News-Times and the New Canaan News.)

Chicago architect wins $200,000 prize from Notre Dame
Architect Thomas Beeby received the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize from the University of Notre Dame. The article mentions that he served as design director for Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
New York Times

Conductor comes from a large musical family
Alumnus Cristian Macelaru ’06 is profiled for his career as an orchestra conductor.
Windsor Star (Canada)


Stifling growth, limiting choice and depriving revenue: The impact of beer laws in Texas
Alumnus Brock Wagner ’87 is quoted in an article about beer laws and craft brewing in Texas.
Houston Chronicle

Former Rice University track star releases Christian rap album and ‘Shockumentary’ about Houston upbringing
An article discusses a new Christian rap album by alumnus Vaughaligan Walwyn ’04.
Houston Chronicle

New Territory resident wins Girl Scout Gold Award
Rice is mentioned in an article about the recipient of a Girl Scout Gold Award.
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in the Fort Bend Sun.)


Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about the amount of personal information accessible by companies when users download apps.


Operators reveal pros and cons of daily deals
An article discusses research by Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, about daily deal websites such as Groupon.
Nation’s Restaurant News

Student works
An article discusses a Rice student architecture design project.


Is the Plaza’s flagship burger business done well or, well, done?
Rice research on daily deal websites such as Groupon is cited in an article about a burger restaurant in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Pitch


LIU Brooklyn 97, Rice 70
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Long Island University-Brooklyn.
Stratford grad Firozgary plays in Rice loss


Rice University to hold ‘asphalt breaking’ today for new Continuing Studies building
Five kids holding toy jackhammers will help break asphalt at Rice University today for a new building for the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.

Companies receive top honors at Rice Alliance’s 10th annual IT and Web Venture Forum
Companies specializing in learning, fundraising and Web development were named among the "10 Most Promising IT and Web Companies" at the 10th annual IT and Web Venture Forum hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University’s McNair Hall 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.