Dateline Rice for Jan. 2, 2013 (Holiday Update Edition)


Jackson steps off bench to lead Rice to Armed Forces Bowl win
Articles recap the Rice Owls football team’s victory over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.
Houston Chronicle (Teasers to this story appeared on the front page and the front of the Sports section.)
Rice rolls to easy 33-14 win over Air Force in Armed Forces Bowl
Houston Chronicle
Five quick thoughts about Rice-Air Force
Houston Chronicle
Rice seniors look to create bowl legacy
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)
Rice Owls cap year with bowl win
Rice defeats Air Force, 33-14, to win the Armed Forces Bowl
Freshman Driphus Jackson sparks Rice to win in Armed Forces Bowl
Rice racks up over 500 yards of total offense, defeats Air Force 33-14 in Armed Forces Bowl
Dallas Morning News
Cedar Hill’s Driphus Jackson shines in emergency role, leads Rice to Armed Forces Bowl win
Dallas Morning News
Big win for Rice
Backup QB Jackson leads Rice rally past Air Force
Rice dominates Air Force for 33-14 victory (Coverage of this game also appeared on [Austin, Texas], and more than 1,100 other media outlets.)

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
Immigrants from Asia and Latin America have become critical components in a Texas job machine that’s created nearly 158,000 jobs in Houston and more than 500,000 jobs statewide since the recession in 2009. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. Klineberg is also quoted in an article about the benefits of living in Houston.
Neighbors man up about Houston
Memorial Buzz (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Tanglewood/River Oaks Buzz.)

Energy predictions see a big future
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted in a front-page article about energy predictions for 2013. Medlock is also quoted in an article about U.S. natural gas exports.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
Exxon to Sempra can export half of US home gas supply
Businessweek (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and

11 for ’13: Rebecca Richards-Kortum believes college students can solve global problems
Two Rice faculty members were among the "11 of the Greater Houston area’s top minds" that the Houston Chronicle’s SciGuy invited to write an essay about something they believe but cannot prove. Below are the columns by Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Janet Siefert, senior faculty fellow in statistics.
Houston Chronicle (This column also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
11 for ’13: Janet Siefert believes the mind is more than just a brain
Houston Chronicle (This column also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Danger in air near metal recyclers
Loren Raun, faculty fellow in statistics, is quoted in this front-page, above-the-fold article about air pollution from metal recyclers and car crushers in Houston.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Sea swallowing Galveston faster than thought
Rising sea levels are likely to cover the coastal highway on the unprotected west end of Galveston sooner than previously predicted. Rice research is cited.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)


MSNBC-TV’s ‘Lockup’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the possibility that Sen. John Kerry may be appointed secretary of state. Brinkley is also quoted in an article on the same subject. A separate article notes that Brinkley appeared in the PBS documentary "First Freedom."
John Kerry focuses on diplomacy over military might as a staunch ally of President Obama
Springfield Republican (Mass.)
PBS documentary ‘First Freedom’ has Utah ties (Salt Lake City)

For black churches, this Watch Night has special meaning
Jonathan Chism, a graduate student in religious studies, is quoted in an article about the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the tradition of Watch Night.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Bellingham Herald, the Burbank Leader, the Hartford Courant, the Imperial Valley Press, the Aberdeen News, the Baltimore Sun, the Lodi News-Sentinel, [Anchorage, Alaska] and

Plants respond to touch
Although it’s known that plants can detect and respond to touch, how they relay information from physical contact has been less clear. Research by Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
The Hindu

Indian diaspora forum focuses on Indo-China relations
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and associate director of the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Center for Asian Studies, spoke at a conference hosted by the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies.

Trust your gut this Christmas: How buying your presents at the last minute may actually help you choose the perfect gift
When it comes to those last-minute gift-buying decisions for family and close friends, intuition may be the best way to think your way through to that perfect gift, researchers say. Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned.
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Intuition does help resolve Christmas gift dilemmas (This article also appeared on

Unfriendly skies for many a traveling musician
Andrew Banzhaf, a graduate student in music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, is quoted in an article about challenges facing musicians who travel on airlines.
Los Angeles Times (This article also appeared in the Baltimore Sun.)

Helping hands: For one doctor, reducing high kidney disease rates among Latinos is life’s work
Alumna Carmen Peralta ’96 is profiled for her work in medicine.

The 10 best value private universities: Kiplinger’s list
Rice University is ranked the country’s No. 2 best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.
Elon, Wake Forest and UNCSA cited for value
Greater Triad Business Journal

Beyond Kwanzaa: Embracing the new black diversity
Rice research is cited in an article about diversity.


Election produces some of top stories for 2012
Rice’s centennial appears in a roundup of top stories for 2012.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)

Rice University breaks ground on new Continuing Studies building
The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies broke asphalt Dec. 13 for its new home, the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center. Rice President David Leebron; Mary McIntire ’75, dean of continuing studies; trustee emeritus Robert Clarke ’63; and trustee D. Kent Anderson ’62 are quoted.
New center symbolizes Rice’s commitment to lifelong learning
Sugar Land Sun

Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce luncheon honors award winners
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, was the keynote speaker at the Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Rice University scientists featured in journal for marine life study
Rice scientists have unveiled the genomes of a leech, an ocean-dwelling worm and a limpet and have more than doubled the number of genomes from a vast, under-studied swath of the animal kingdom. Nicholas Putnam, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted.

Juárez drug war winds down
Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about drug violence in Juárez, Mexico.

Art Attack’s 2012 arts roundup
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice appears in roundup of art events in Houston for 2012. The skyspace also appears on’ best of 2012 list.
Houston Press
Best of 2012: The year in architecture

Last hurrah for the Houston Club’s Rusk location
Rice University founder William Marsh Rice is mentioned in an article about the last New Year’s Eve celebration at the Houston Club’s location on Rusk.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

As global pollinator crisis continues, UT researcher examines foraging habits of bees
Alumna Shalene Jha ’04 is profiled for her research at the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on

City of Bellaire retains small-town appeal
William Marsh Rice is mentioned in an article about Bellaire, Texas.
Houston Chronicle

Rice hosts screenings of ‘King of Hearts’ on Jan. 11-12
The film "King of Hearts" will be screened at Rice Jan. 11-12.

Put cancer agency’s work on hold pending reforms
Rice is mentioned in an editorial about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Courier of Montgomery County (This editorial also appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Odessa American, the Oklahoman, the Palm Beach Post, [Tulsa, Okla.], [Reno, Nev.], [San Jose, Calif.], [Orlando, Fla.], [Dayton, Ohio], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Steubenville, Ohio] and

Memorial author’s book tells how to grow old as a class act
An article discusses the book "Aging with Class" by alumnus Clarke Newlin ’54.
Houston Chronicle


KRIV-TV (This story also appeared on KDFW-TV [Dallas], WAGA-TV [Atlanta], KMSP-TV [Minneapolis], KTTV-TV [Los Angeles], WOFL-TV [Orlando], WFXT-TV [Boston] and WTXF-TV [Philadelphia].)
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 former President George H.W. Bush’s recovery from illness at Houston’s Methodist Hospital. Jones is also quoted in news items about the election of Christi Craddick to the Texas Railroad Commission and the upcoming Texas legislative session. Research by Jones is cited in an article about legislation introduced by Texas Rep. Van Taylor.
Christi Craddick’s ascension puts family in elite company
Midland Telegraph (Texas)
KRLD-AM (Dallas) (This story also appeared on KLBJ-AM [Austin, Texas].)
Taylor files bill to increase oil production: Legislation has early bipartisan support
Allen American (Texas)

The Business Makers
Mark Rudkin, executive director of marketing at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about the past year in marketing.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says it found no violations with the vendor who worked Rice’s Night of Decadence party in October.

Rice is mentioned in a story discussing the legacy of former President George H.W. Bush.


Petrol can be replaced by soybean as a versatile chemical
The soybean could become an inexpensive new source of a widely used chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive. George Bennett, the E. Dell Butcher Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Chandresh Thakker, research scientist in biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted. Ka-Yiu San, the E.D. Butcher Professor of Bioengineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned.
Waste not, want not — researchers convert soybeans to important chemical
Soybeans a source of valuable chemical
Rice researchers engineer E. coli to produce succinate efficiently from soybean mash

Nanotech gels as in-pack food sensors?
Materials scientists at Rice University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created very thin color-changing films that may serve as part of inexpensive sensors for food spoilage or security, multiband optical elements in laser-driven systems and even as part of high-contrast displays. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
European Plastics News

Battery runs on 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.

Does security stall technology adoption?
Alumnus Daniel Hauenstein ’96 is interviewed about technology security concerns.

Cynthia-Reeves announces Soo Sunny Park installation at Cranbrook Art Museum
Rice is mentioned in an article about an installation by artist Soo Sunny Park.

Urban living legend
An article about Texas Southern University professor Robert Bullard mentions that he once taught at Rice.
Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Oil spills: The devastating effects and a novel and creative approach to remediating crude oil
Rice research is cited in an article about cleaning oil spills.


Reading for pleasure is more important than any other factor
"The Twelve," the second novel a postapocalyptic vampire trilogy by Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, appears on a list of best books from 2012.
Cape Cod Times (Mass.) (This article also appeared on

‘Truthdigger’ of the week: Zack Kopplin
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin is profiled for his work to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

National Charity League debutantes honored
Brown College junior Alexandra Franklin was honored by the National Charity League.
Ventura County Star (Calif.)

Feed your mind with Coursera — free online college courses
Rice is mentioned in an article about Coursera.

Kennedy Space Center opens off-limits areas to visitors through March 31
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned in an article about the Kennedy Space Center. (This article also appeared on

End of ‘Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python’ class
A column about massive open online courses mentions Rice’s Python class on Coursera.

Lessons learned from daily deals help small businesses reach new customers
Rice research is cited in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon.
Raleigh News & Observer (N.C.)


Kelsey Bone scores 24 points, leads No. 24 Texas A&M past Rice
Articles recap a women’s basketball game between Rice and Texas A&M University.
Bone dominates as No. 22 Texas A&M routs Rice
USA Today
Texas A&M rings in the new year with 80-57 victory over Rice (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Bailiff to start contract talks
Rice officials are expected to begin talks in the near future on a multiyear contract extension for coach David Bailiff. Bailiff is quoted. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Texas 57, Rice 41
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.
Out-manned Owls couldn’t hang with Horns
Austin American-Statesman (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, the Bradenton Herald, the Rock Hill Herald, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Charlotte Observer, the Sacramento Bee, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Tri-City Herald, the Idaho Statesman, the Macon Telegraph,, [St. Louis], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Tampa Bay, Fla.], [Cleveland], [Washington, D.C.], [Grand Rapids, Mich.] and

TCU 65, Rice 63
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Texas Christian University. (Coverage of this game also appeared on,,,, [St. Louis], [Buffalo, N.Y.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Tampa Bay, Fla.], [Atlanta], [Washington, D.C.], [Cleveland] and [Macon, Ga.].)

Rice baseball lands in top 20 in preseason poll
Collegiate Baseball Magazine has projected the Rice Owls as the 20th best team in the country.

Shortly after trade, Sox install Hanrahan as closer
Former Rice baseball player Brock Holt was signed by the Boston Red Sox.
Red Sox complete trade with Pirates, name Hanrahan closer
Boston Globe (Coverage of Holt also appeared on,,, and

Former Browns’ QB Ryan deserves a salute as an NFL champion
Alumnus Frank Ryan ’58 is profiled for his career in football.
Aurora Advocate (Ohio)

Injured Penn State guard Tim Frazier continues adapting to a season without basketball
Alumna Krystal Frazier ’07 is mentioned in an article about her brother, Pennsylvania State University basketball player Tim Frazier.
Harrisburg Patriot-News (Penn.)

In the swim of things
Alumna Pam Zelnick ’10 is quoted in an article about her family’s legacy in swimming.
Troy Daily News (Ohio)

Gallatin County, Drone getting things done on their checklist
Rice is mentioned in an article recapping a Gallatin County High School boys’ basketball game.
Southern Illinoisan

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.