Dateline Rice for Dec. 14, 2012


Tudor elected new chairman of Rice Board of Trustees
Trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 was elected the next chair of the Rice Board of Trustees. He will succeed Jim Crownover ’65, whose term expires June 30. Tudor is quoted. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Danbury News-Times.)
Tudor elected chairman of Rice Board of Trustees
Houston Chronicle (print edition)

April DeConick on the Gospel of Judas and more
Rice President David Leebron interviews April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, about her research at Rice.


Patch could repair faulty baby hearts
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.
Mumbai Mirror (This article also appeared in the Pune Mirror.)

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 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. Murdock is also quoted in an article about migration from California to Texas.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Oman Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel,,,, [Spencer, Iowa], [Columbus, Ohio] and [Yankton, S.D.].)
Recession fuels Texas-California pipeline (Washington, D.C.) (This article also appeared on, [San Francisco],, [Dallas],, and

Walmart workers at risk in states rejecting Obamacare Medicaid expansion
If state governors follow through on plans to oppose the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, Walmart employees may end up without medical coverage. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.

Waiting for lightning to strike, preferably before college applications are due
Rice is mentioned in a blog about choosing a college.
New York Times

Remove a stain on the Supreme Court by impeaching Justice Scalia
David Dow, the Rorschach Visiting Professor of History, authored this op-ed about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.


New face for the future of America
New census information says the face of America is going to change over the next 30 years. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Rice program releases apps for young science students
Rice’s SkyRave program, which has been available on the Internet for a couple of years, is now available for mobile devices. Jarrett Reid Whitaker, executive director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, is quoted.

Rudberg receives a very special acceptance letter
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in a news brief about a visit to Yavneh Academy by Austin College President Marjorie Hass.
Texas Jewish Post

Huge reception for Sanjay Ram, Jaycees’ outstanding young American
The Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Connecting Communities Initiative is mentioned in an article about the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club’s holiday reception.

Sweet Musiqa: Houston arts group wins a major national award
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Musiqa received an award from the Chamber Music Association/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Realtor of the week: Roving Realtor likes Houston best
Alumnus Tom Plant ’68 is profiled for his career in real estate.
Houston Chronicle


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.
Green batteries: Extract of madder plant works as lithium-ion cathode
Researchers find an herbal alternative for lithium-ion battery cathodes
Working towards green batteries

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 in a story about the race to fill the late Mario Gallegos’ Senate seat.


Why more US states could legalize marijuana
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about marijuana legalization.

Graphene joins up with CNTs
Researchers at Rice University in the US have made a new, seamless, 3-D hybrid material from graphene and carbon nanotubes. 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.

Operators reveal pros and cons of daily deals
A news brief reports on Rice research on daily deal websites such as Groupon.


Why atheist scientists bring their children to church
An article discusses research by 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, showing that a large number of atheist scientists from elite universities raise their children in a religious community such as a church.

Top 20 US colleges of 2013
Rice University is ranked No. 17 in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to America’s best colleges for the ninth consecutive year. Rice is also 10th on the list of best-value schools. (Baltimore) (This article also appeared on [Plattsburgh, N.Y.].)

Driehaus prize honors epitome of classicism
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.
Providence Journal


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

Bevan to be inducted into CHS Hall of Fame
Head women’s track-and-field coach Jim Bevan will be inducted into the Center High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Alamosa Valley Courier (Colo.)

LIU Brooklyn’s hot shooting cooks Rice
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Long Island University-Brooklyn.
West University Examiner (Texas)

Miami University picks David Sayler to serve as its new director of athletics
An article reporting that David Sayler has been named athletic director of Miami University mentions that he served as senior executive athletic director at Rice. (Cincinnati) (Coverage of this event also appeared on, the Sioux Falls Business Journal and the Sioux City Journal.)

Davis looking to start for Rice
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Sealy High School student-athlete.
Sealy News (Texas)

After 101 years of football, El Campo looks for 1st state championship
Rice is mentioned in an article about an El Campo High School student-athlete.
Victoria Advocate (Texas)


Tudor to succeed Crownover as chair of Rice Board of Trustees
Rice University alumnus Bobby Tudor was elected the next chair of the Rice Board of Trustees at today’s meeting. He will succeed Jim Crownover, whose term expires June 30.

Rice uses light to remotely trigger biochemical reactions
Researchers at Rice University are turning light into heat at the point of need, on the nanoscale, to trigger biochemical reactions remotely on demand.

Rice’s SciRave goes mobile with STEMscopes apps
Rice University’s SciRave has had students dancing to the beat of science for a couple of years. Now mobile versions of the program have them dancing with their fingers.

In decision-making, it might be worth trusting your gut
Turns out the trope is true: You should trust your gut — as long as you’re an expert. So says a new study from researchers at Rice University, George Mason University and Boston College.

Nation needs marketing campaign to reduce vehicle fuel use, according to new Rice University paper
A new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy proposes a national marketing campaign to better inform consumers about measures they can take to decrease fuel use, particularly during a rapid increase in fuel prices.

Dreidel-like dislocations lead to remarkable properties 
A new material structure predicted at Rice University offers the tantalizing possibility of a signal path smaller than the nanowires for advanced electronics now under development at Rice and elsewhere.

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.