Dateline Rice for Jan. 7, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Bus to house a traveling meeting of the minds
The Cargo Space project by Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, will turn an old shuttle bus into an RV for artists, architects and even scientists to travel Houston and the country together. Alumnus Ali Naghdali ’10 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Legislature eyes Texas’ future
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 the upcoming Texas legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry and conservative nonprofit FreedomWorks.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page, above-the-fold article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Lots of barriers between Perry and 2016 race

Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Antonio Express-News and the Greenwich Time.)
Texas House returns with largest contingent of new members in 40 years
Austin American-Statesman
FreedomWorks isn’t working very well
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This column also appeared on

Congress clings to old spending habits
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor of economics, is quoted in a column about the "fiscal cliff" deal.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Business section and also on


Cyber threats to energy sector happening at ‘alarming rate’
Internet-based attacks on critical U.S. energy infrastructure are occurring at a greater rate than previously understood, according to a new government report. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal

Cyberattacks a global threat to energy industry
Cyberattacks targeting Canada’s oil-and-gas industry and other major energy firms around the globe are occurring with disquieting frequency. Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Regina Leader-Post (Canada)

Gulf 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.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Abilene Reporter-News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Albany Times-Union,, [San Antonio] and [Steubenville, Ohio].)

TiE aims at nurturing new entrepreneurs
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in articles about the Islamabad-TiE International Business Plan Competition.
Pakistan Observer
TiE competition ends
Pakistan Today
Award for Ashok Rao
South Asia Mail


Hispanics similar to past immigrants
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an op-ed about America’s shifting demographics.
San Antonio Express-News

School testing system badly needs fixing
Research by Linda McSpadden McNeil, director of Rice’s Center for Education and professor of education, is cited in an article about school testing in Texas.
Austin American-Statesman

2013 spring preview
An exhibition by artist Gunilla Klingberg at the Rice Gallery appears on a list of the best spring shows around Texas.

The economist: Education issues
Alumnus M. Ray Perryman ’78 authored this op-ed about education in Texas and notes that Rice is one of three Tier One universities in the state.
Victoria Advocate

Rice University A/C guy gets trapped in a wall
Rescue crews were called to Rice University last week when a staff electrician became trapped in an air vent.

Researcher to speak on increased likelihood of Texas hurricanes
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel will speak at the University of Texas at Austin.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on


Houston record label Swishahouse is the first record label to be archived in Rice University library’s special collections department. Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted.

Alumnus Vaughaligan Walwyn ’04, a hip-hop artist known as "Von Won," is profiled.


Soybeans a source of valuable chemical
The soybean could become an inexpensive new source of a widely used chemical for plastics, textiles, drugs, solvents and as a food additive. This article was featured on the front page of

Lasers tune common nanoparticles to near-IR wavelengths
Plasmonic gold nanoparticles make pinpoint heating on demand possible, but a new way of using short laser pulses to selectively heat diverse nanoparticles could advance their medical and industrial use. Dmitri Lapotko, faculty fellow in biochemistry and cell biology and physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Sub-nanowire formation: An interview with Xiaolong Zou, research associate at Rice University
Xiaolong Zou, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, is interviewed about his work on sub-nanowire formation.

Graphene still trying to replace ITO in organic solar cells
Rice research is cited in an article about graphene solar cell research.
IEEE Spectrum


Organic lithium-ion batteries on horizon
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.

Organic lithium-ion batteries on horizon
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Legendary hip hop artists are becoming colleges’ most sought-after lecturers
An article about rappers lecturing at colleges mentions Houston rapper Bun B and notes that he co-taught a class on hip hop culture and religion and Rice.
Inland Valley News (Calif.)

The virus hunter: Erica Ollmann Saphire takes on deadly threats
Alumna Erica Ollmann Saphire ’93 is profiled for her career as biologist.
North Country Times (Calif.)

Women face challenges of caring for 2 generations
Rice research is cited in an article about a study showing that women are more likely to spend their middle years as caregivers.
Bend Bulletin (Ore.)

Are we on the edge of a revolution in education?
Rice’s Connexions open-education project is mentioned in an op-ed about open education.

Space Task Group creates standards for space
Rice is mentioned in a column about the early history of NASA.
Alamogordo Daily News (N.M.) (This column also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.)


Touchdown! for Graduation Gap Bowl
Rice University tied with the University of Notre Dame with a 100 percent graduation rate for their African-American players.
Boston Globe (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the Bradenton Herald.)

Rice struggles to slow Harvard in road loss
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and Harvard University.
Houston Chronicle
Harvard 92, Rice 62
Hot shooting Harvard blows away Rice by 30 (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Charlotte Observer, and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Power ranking the 10 best bowl uniforms of 2012 season
The helmets worn by the Rice Owls football team at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl appear in a slideshow of best bowl game uniforms.

When time is right, Berkman will have spot waiting on Rice coaching staff
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman has signed to play with the Texas Rangers. Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle
Rangers, Lance Berkman agree to one-year, $10 million deal (Coverage of Berkman also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Allentown Morning Call,,,, and

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.