Dateline Rice for Jan. 8, 2013


Despite troubles, Africa beckons as oil frontier
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about oil exploration in Africa.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared on and


Eight candidates vying for Gallegos’ District 6 seat
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 special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos, the Texas budget and a proposed bill that would to require licensing of employees at sexually oriented businesses.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Danbury News-Times and the Norwalk Citizen.)
Lawmaker’s bill would license strippers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in the Aberdeen News.)

Houston rising
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about Houston and the Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Modern Luxury

Running for a reason
Hanszen College senior Dante Zakhidov is profiled for his participation in the Chevron Houston Marathon’s Run for a Reason charity program. Robert Griffin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned. A separate article about the marathon’s Green Initiative mentions Zakhidov.
Houston Chronicle
A race without a footprint
Houston Chronicle

No science = no growth in the 21st century
The discovery of the buckyball at Rice by Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences and the late Richard Smalley is mentioned in a column about the importance of government investments in science and technology.
Houston Chronicle (This opinion piece also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

University of Houston-Clear Lake to host lecture on nanotubes
Bruce Weisman, professor of chemistry, will present a lecture at the University of Houston-Clear Lake March 28.

Chris Olsen to speak at University of Houston-Clear Lake for seminar series
Chris Olsen, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, will present a lecture at the University of Houston-Clear Lake April 18.

Downton Abbey season premiere moves fans to tears, but what happened to the wedding?
Robert Patten, the Lynette S. Autry Professor Emeritus in Humanities and professor emeritus of English, is mentioned in an article about the season premiere of the British TV show Downton Abbey. He was a panelist on PBS’ Manor of Speaking, a talkshow created for discussion of Downton Abbey.

The story behind the stories of 2012: Arts columns brought praise — and some angry emails
An article about the previous year in the Houston arts scene mentions upcoming concerts at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

Garza plays Mozart this weekend
Alumnus Jeff Garza ’02 will perform with the San Antonio Symphony in January.
San Antonio Express-News

Clear Lake Symphony concert season resumes
Alumnus Joseph Kingma ’11 will perform with the Clear Lake Symphony Feb. 1.
Bay Area Citizen

Sugar Land 10-year-old gives back
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Fort Bend, Texas, student.
Fort Bend Sun


Prominent accounting scholar Herbert Miller dies
Stephen Zeff, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article remembering prominent accountant Herbert Miller.
Journal of Accountancy

Graphene: Great potential for energy storage?
A seamless graphene/nanotube hybrid created at Rice University may be the best electrode interface material possible for many energy storage and electronics applications. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.

Big shifts in design school rankings for 2013
The Rice School of Architecture placed 15th for graduate design programs and third for undergraduate programs, according to DesignIntelligence.
Fay Jones School of Architecture gets top ranking


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.


Harvard’s hot shooting touch sends Rice to another loss
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Harvard University.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner, the Magnolia Potpourri and the West University Examiner. Coverage of this game also appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Los Angeles Times and

Rangers sign free agent Lance Berkman to one-year contract with club option that can vest for 2014
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman has signed to play with the Texas Rangers. (A similar article appeared on [Waco, Texas].)

GFA’s Obi reaches milestone in win over Chase
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Greens Farms Academy basketball player.
Norwalk Hour (Conn.)


Another tiny miracle: Graphene oxide soaks up radioactive waste
Graphene oxide has a remarkable ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water, researchers at Rice University and Lomonosov Moscow State University have found.

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.