Dateline Rice for Dec. 13, 2012

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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.
http://f24.my/128yUaW
Why the stars are lining up for Palestine
PNN.ps (This article also appeared in the Jordan Times, AlArabiya.net and AMIN.org.)
http://bit.ly/TcGDQg

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 Yahoo.com, the Hampton Roads Daily Press, the Hartford Courant, the Allentown Morning Call, WHTC.com [Holland, Mich.], WKZO.com [Kalamazoo, Mich.], KDAL610.com [Duluth, Minn.], CTNow.com [Hartford, Conn.], WNMT.com [Hibbing, Minn.], WDBJ.com [Roanoke, Va.], KTWBTV.com [Denver] and TodayOnline.com.)
http://reut.rs/TVlYkR

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.)
http://bit.ly/UC3K6D
Scientists use plant root to create ‘green’ battery
EETIndia.co.in
http://www.eetindia.co.in/ART_8800679345_1800008_NT_3bfc7453.HTM
Plant dye used to create green lithium-ion battery
Geek.com
http://bit.ly/12lxJnS
‘Green’ batteries made from a red dye plant as an alternative to toxic batteries
ZMEScience.com
http://bit.ly/TV7amo
New batteries powered by ancient purpurin dye
GreenOptimistic.com
http://bit.ly/TX7rGm
Red dye plant could lead to green battery
EcoSeed.com
http://bit.ly/W0hZ9T
Red dye powers ‘green’ battery
Electroline.com.au
http://bit.ly/Rr9bIO
Scientists invent a battery powered by an ancient red dye made from madder roots
Inhabitat.com
http://bit.ly/W6FH0v

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.
NewsTrackIndia.com (This article also appeared on NewKerala.com, BigNewsNetwork.com, AustinNews.net, Sify.com and WebIndia123.com.)
http://bit.ly/XWTOtp

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.
TheBlaze.com
http://bit.ly/T95eFE

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.)
http://bit.ly/RpA8wz

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
http://nyti.ms/QVxMnL

Conductor comes from a large musical family
Alumnus Cristian Macelaru ’06 is profiled for his career as an orchestra conductor.
Windsor Star (Canada)
http://bit.ly/Rr7BH6

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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
http://bit.ly/T9stiG

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
http://bit.ly/Sc5kj5

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.)
http://bit.ly/RpzwqO

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KRIV-TV
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.
http://bit.ly/XQcOtw

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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
http://bit.ly/Z12ksS

Student works
An article discusses a Rice student architecture design project.
Archinect.com
http://bit.ly/RTL4m6

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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
http://bit.ly/ScMNTG

SPORTS

LIU Brooklyn 97, Rice 70
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Long Island University-Brooklyn.
CBSSports.com
http://cbsprt.co/VDpGwA
Stratford grad Firozgary plays in Rice loss
UltimateMemorial.com
http://bit.ly/TQA98w

NEWS RELEASES

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.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=38267

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.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=38194

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.