Dateline Rice for Jan. 9, 2013


Material cleans water of nuclear 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. 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.
United Press International (This article also appeared on,,, and
Graphene oxide can soak up radioactive waste quickly
Business Standard (India)

Rice educator makes bus a vehicle for learning
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.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, La Voz and the Columbus Republic.)

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about President Barack Obama’s nominations for cabinet positions.

Free-textbook group will sell its e-books on Chegg, for a small fee
Rice’s Connexions open-education project is mentioned in an article about the Twenty Million Minds Foundation.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Ideas to watch in 2013: Traceable gas-drilling fluids
Rice research is mentioned in an article about new shale gas production technologies.
New York Times


MFAH and Symphony warm up for global galas
Hans Graf, artist in residence at the Shepherd School of Music, and Rice trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 and his wife, Phoebe, are mentioned in an article about Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Houston Symphony galas. The Tudors are also pictured.
Houston Chronicle

The legislative session begins
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 articles about the Texas legislative session, the special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos, a proposed bill that would to require licensing of employees at sexually oriented businesses, conservative nonprofit FreedomWorks and the Cypress-Tomball Democrats’ holiday party.
Austin American-Statesman
Political arms surrender?
As Texas legislative session begins, talk turns to Perry
Eight candidates vying for Gallegos’ District 6 seat
Darien News (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate and the Connecticut Post.)
Lawmaker’s bill would license strippers
South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (This article also appeared on
Texas lawmaker proposes licenses to work as strippers
FreedomWorks doesn’t seem to be working very well
Cypress-Tomball Democrats assist families
Cypress Creek Mirror (Texas)

University of Houston-Clear Lake to host lecture on immune system
Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, will speak at the University of Houston-Clear Lake Feb. 28.

Hilda Atlas Rich
An obituary remembers alumna Hilda Atlas Rich ’48.
Houston Chronicle


People should ‘trust their gut’ when spotting fake products
A study suggests that people should trust their intuition when deciding whether a product is counterfeit or authentic, particularly if they are experts in the field. Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.


As Arizona goes, so goes the nation … and Arizona is struggling
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, are quoted in a column about Arizona.

What Islamic finance can offer
Mahmoud El-Gamal, Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Islamic finance.

Space Task Group creates standards for space
Rice is mentioned in a column about the early history of NASA.

Is Charlie Crist Florida’s next governor?
Rice is mentioned in an article about Florida politician Charlie Crist.
Broward/Palm Beach New Times


The top 25 individual performances of bowl season
Wiess College freshman Driphus Jackson appears in a photo slideshow of exceptional performances in this year’s bowl games.

Rice Owls vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Chevron Houston Marathon 2013: Route, start time, date and TV info
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Greenwich’s Sean Obi surpasses 1,000 points at Greens Farms
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Greens Farms Academy basketball player.
Greenwich Daily Voice (Conn.)

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.