Dateline Rice for Jan. 3, 2013


Brian Dixon, Tom Hall want to attend every bowl game
A recording of the Rice Marching Owl Band performing "Louie, Louie" appears near the end of an NPR sports story about two friends attending bowl games. The MOB is identified in the online song credits at

Analysis: Latinos and the demographic cliff
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about America’s shifting demographics.

Dave Hickey’s politics of beauty
A profile of art critic Dave Hickey mentions that he has taught at Rice.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Campaigns can be inviting targets for fraud, experts say
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 news items about financial fraud in political campaigns, how Texas’ Republican U.S. House of Representatives members voted on the "fiscal cliff" deal, the special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos, upcoming issues facing Texas and the nation in 2013, the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and public opinion regarding congress and the direction of the nation. English translations of the La Voz articles are not available. Links to the KTMD-TV and KTRH-AM broadcasts are not available. Jones was mentioned in a WOAI-AM story about Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
Texas Republicans in House strongly reject fiscal deal
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Longview News-Journal.)
Eight candidates to succeed state senator
La Voz
Key year of politics for Texas and the US
La Voz
WOAI-AM (San Antonio)

‘Inglorious basterds’
A roundup of Houston hip hop news for 2012 mentions that Houston record label Swishahouse was the first record label to be archived in Rice University library’s special collections.
Houston Press

New Texan French arts alliance project opens the door to banal public art
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Texan French Alliance for the Arts.

Local Girl Scout earns Gold Award
Rice is mentioned in an article about the recipient of a Girl Scout Gold Award.
Fort Bend Star


Nanoscale particles help produce steam
Rice University scientists have unveiled a revolutionary new technology that uses nanoparticles to convert solar energy directly into steam. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is quoted.
Chemical Engineering (subscription required)

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 mentioned.

There are situations where going with your gut is a big mistake
Rice research is cited in an article about the value of intuition in decision-making.
Business Insider


What brings atheists to church? Their children, research shows
Children are a statistically significant factor when it comes to church attendance among atheist scientists, according to researchers from Rice University.
Christianity Today

What Knoxville needs
Duncan College senior Sarah Craig is quoted in an article about Knoxville, Tenn.


YCN News Hour
A story recaps the Rice Owls football team’s victory over Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. The story begins approximately 19 minutes into the Jan. 2 broadcast.

Rangers among teams interested in free agent Lance Berkman
An article discusses the possibility that former Rice standout Lance Berkman may play for the Texas Rangers.
Dallas Morning News

No faking this column — Isreal
Wiess College freshman Driphus Jackson is mentioned in a column about the names of college football players.
Rushville Republican (Ind.)

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice loss
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and Texas A&M University.

Once. Twice. Three times a champion
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Gallatin County High School boys’ basketball team.
Harrisburg Daily Register (Ill.)


Nanoparticles reach new peaks
Rice scientists led by Dmitri Lapotko and Ekaterina Lukianova-Hleb showed common gold nanoparticles, known since the 19th century as gold colloids, heat up at near-infrared wavelengths as narrow as a few nanometers when hit by very short pulses of laser light.

Rice University announces its first dual-degree doctoral program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil
Rice University today announced its first dual-degree doctoral program with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Campinas, Brazil, a public university ranked among the best in both Brazil and Latin America.

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.