Dateline Rice for Dec. 19, 2012


Rice to salute military with new helmet design for Armed Forces Bowl
Sticking with the theme of the bowl, the Rice Owls football team plans to salute their appearance in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl with a specially designed helmet.
Houston Chronicle
Rice unveils patriotic helmets for Armed Forces Bowl
Rice to wear USA-themed helmets for Armed Forces Bowl
Rice unveils new helmet designed for Armed Forced bowl game
Special Rice Armed Forces Bowl helmets getting rave reviews


Top ed-tech trends of 2012: MOOCs
A roundup of articles from 2012 about massive open online courses mentions that Rice was among 12 universities that joined Coursera in July.
Inside Higher Ed

Eco-friendly battery created from plant dye
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.  (This article also appeared on
Soon, battery created from plant dye to charge your cellphone

Should the US export liquefied natural gas?
Rice research is cited in an article discussing whether the U.S. should export liquefied natural gas.
Motley Fool


Tudor to succeed Crownover as chair 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. Rice President David Leebron and Crownover are quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Memorial Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)
Tudor to succeed Crownover as chair of Rice Board of Trustees
Oil & Gas Journal

Pleasing some lawmakers some of the time
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, authored this column about Texas’ upcoming legislative session.
Texas Tribune

80-year-old Houstonian publishes first book, ‘Aging with Class’
An article discusses the book "Aging with Class," by alumnus Clarke Newlin ’54.
Magnolia Potpourri (This article also appeared in the Cypress Creek Mirror and

Flap at state’s cancer-fighting agency might have cost Texas millions
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on,, and


Marketing for a more fuel-efficient society
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. Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted

Why decision-making improves with experience
A new study from researchers at Rice says that you should trust your gut instinct as long as you are an expert. Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Business News Daily

Light triggers 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. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Matthew Blankschien, the Peter and Ruth Nicholas Fellow in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, are quoted in these articles. Several Rice researchers are mentioned in the article.
NIR light remotely triggers biochemical reactions
BioOptics World
Researchers develop process for light-activated catalysis

Thomas Beeby named 2013 Driehaus Prize laureate
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.


Highlighting top 3B prospects for 2013
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon appears in a list of top baseball prospects.

Coastal Bend players shut out on Class 3A all-state team
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors’ Class 3A all-state team.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas)


Dunn Foundation awards bioscience grants 
Work on a new type of patch for failing hearts is one of four research projects and a scientific conference that will be supported by the latest round of funding from the John S. Dunn Foundation. Each project involves scientists based at Rice University’s BioScience Research Collaborative and their collaborators at other institutional members of the Gulf Coast Consortia.

Soybeans a source of valuable chemical
The humble soybean could become an inexpensive new source of a widely used chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive.

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.