Dateline Rice for Dec. 18, 2012


MSNBC-TV’s ‘PoliticsNation’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on MSNBC-TV to discuss President Barack Obama’s speech on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

Maduro: Chávez’s successor
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 an article about Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s choice of Nicolás Maduro as his possible successor. An English translation of this article is not available.
Sanlian Lifeweek (China)


Local university leaders paid less than peers
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.
Abilene Reporter-News


Former Rice professor George Greanias ’70 resigned his position as head of Houston Metro. 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.


Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2012 inductee: Robert Curl
Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame. The article discusses his career and mentions the late Richard Smalley.
Industry Week

Combining nanomaterials for improved performance
Rice research is mentioned in a column about nanotechnology research in 2012.


Is ‘The Hobbit’ a ‘Christian’ film? Yes and no
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. (This article also appeared on


Cinco Ranch grad Palmer scored 20 points in Rice University victory
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and Stephen F. Austin State University.


New Gulf Coastal Science Consortium zeroes in on cause of northern Gulf of Mexico sea-level rise in its first report
The rate of sea-level rise in the northern Gulf of Mexico has accelerated from a pre-industrial average rate of approximately 0.4 millimeters per year to a current rate of at least 2.0 millimeters per year, according to the newly formed Gulf Coastal Science Consortium at Rice University.

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.