Dateline Rice for Jan. 14, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Technology draws bead on hydraulic fracturing
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in a front-page article about new hydraulic fracturing technology.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Digital learning chief explains his calling
Jarrett Reid Whitaker, executive director of Rice’s Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship, is interviewed about his career in digital learning.
Houston Chronicle (This Q-and-A appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Albany Times-Union, the Stamford Advocate, the Darien News, the Danbury News-Times, the Norwalk Citizen, the Connecticut Post, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

To find where rock melts, go deeper
Magma forms far deeper than geologists previously thought, according to new research results. Rajdeep Dasgupta, assistant professor of Earth science, is quoted.
Earth’s core melts deeper than thought (This article also appeared on and
Magma can form in Earth’s mantle 250 kilometers deeper
Magma forms as deep as 250 kilometers, deeper than previously thought

Comic reliefs: Historic architecture is not fuddy-duddy
Rice’s Keck Hall and Abercrombie Laboratory are featured in a column about humor in Houston architecture. An accompanying photo slideshow shows several bas reliefs on Keck Hall in greater detail.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This column appeared on the front of the Star section and also in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Beaumont Enterprise, the San Antonio Express-News, the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Stamford Advocate, the Darien News, the Fairfield Citizen, the Greenwich Time, the Norwalk Citizen and the Westport News.)
Comic relief in Houston architecture
Houston Chronicle


Rice University carbon nanotube breakthrough has implications for space applications
Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force and Israel’s Technion Institute this week unveiled a new carbon nanotube fiber that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is quoted. An English translation of the Il Resto del Carlino is not available.
Now nanotubes can be spun into spools of wires
Threadlike carbon nanotube fiber combines strength, flexibility and conductivity
Scientists unveil new nanotech fiber (This article also appeared in Xinhua and
New fiber looks like cotton, conducts electricity (This article also appeared in the Times of India, the Hindu,,,,,,, and
Created in the US by two alumni, now professors and researchers
Il Resto del Carlino (Italy)
New nanotech fiber: Robust handling, shocking performance (This article also appeared on and
Nanotube fiber created with scalable process
New nanotech fiber: Robust handling, shocking performance

MBA networking no-nos
Caitlin Crotty, assistant director of the career management center at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article offering networking advice for job-seekers.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on

Graphene oxide causes radioactive material to ‘clump’ out of water
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.
Graphene can clean radioactive water by clumping up toxins like magic (This article also appeared on and
Graphene oxide acts as sponge for radioactive material

Al Jazeera
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Al Jazeera to discuss the Syrian civil war. A link to this broadcast is not available.

Questions raised by amoebae ‘cheats’ that thrive
An article discusses slime mold research by alumnus Lorenzo Santorelli ’04. Former Rice professors David Queller and Joan Strassmann are mentioned. (This article also appeared in the Business Standard,,,,,,, and

US LNG profit seen elusive as price gap closes
The price difference between U.S. and Asian liquefied natural gas is poised to drop by more than 60 percent by 2020, leaving exporters facing a loss of as much as $6 million per tanker, according to calculations by Bloomberg based on data from Rice University. 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.
Financial Post (This article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Edmonton Journal,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

Mood gremlins: How to banish them for good
Rice research is cited in a photo slideshow about relieving stress.


Parker jumps into Los Angeles mayoral race with an endorsement
Houston Mayor Annise Parker has endorsed Wendy Greuel in this year’s mayoral election in Los Angeles. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Greenwich Time, the Connecticut Post, the Albany Times-Union, the Stamford Advocate, the Westport News, the Norwalk Citizen, the Danbury News-Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Voting picks up in race to replace Gallegos
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 special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos, the Texas legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry and the dispute between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands. The first Houston Chronicle article appeared on the front of the City & State section. An English translation of the La Voz article is not available.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greater New Milford Spectrum.)
Three days of early voting in SD06
Houston Chronicle
KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
Houston Texans, real estate
Session begins with a whimper
Rick Perry for president?
La Voz
Renewed tensions over Falkland Islands

Annual Perryman address set for Thursday
Alumnus M. Ray Perryman ’78 will give his 29th annual economic outlook Jan. 17 in Tyler, Texas.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

New startup accelerators try to enliven Houston’s tech scene
Latching on and tuning into the technology scene, three new startup accelerators are readying to take hold of the Houston market. Rice’s Owl Spark business accelerator is featured. Darren Clifford, a graduate student in business, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on, and

Weighing Medicaid expansion
Rice research is cited in an article about the costs of expanding Medicaid.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on

Vaccine diplomacy in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute Jan. 15
A leading expert on vaccine diplomacy will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. regarding neglected tropical diseases in a program Jan. 15 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Cypress Creek Mirror (This article also appeared in the Tomball Potpourri.)

Germany has special honor for former Lockney resident
Alumnus Robert Moore ’92 will be bestowed with the German Order of Merit during a special reception in Houston.
Plainview Daily Herald

Principals, administrators from China tour and learn about Kingwood High School
An article about a tour of Kingwood, Texas, by Chinese educators mentions that the group visited Rice.
Kingwood Observer


Head men’s track and field coach Jon Warren appeared on KTRK-TV to provide commentary on the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Robert Patten, the Lynette S. Autry Professor Emeritus in Humanities and professor emeritus of English, was a panelist on PBS’ Manor of Speaking, a talkshow created for discussion of Downton Abbey. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Top solar research trends 2012
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface.

Is Silicon Valley worth the cost for tech startups and bootstrappers?
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about the costs of starting a company in Silicon Valley.


Minor mutations in bacteria can confer major resistance to antibiotics
Rice University scientists have found that mutations of small effect can turn out to be game changers in the bacterial fight against antibiotic drugs.

Students, faculty remember much-beloved Blacksburg High teacher
Tim Becker, a graduate student in computational and applied mathematics, is quoted in an article remembering a Virginia teacher.
Roanoke Times (Va.)


Rice falls to Tulsa’s late surge
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Tulsa.
Houston Chronicle
Tulsa 64, Rice 51 (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Gilmer’s Turner an all-purpose performer for Rice
Will Rice College freshman Luke Turner is featured for his performance on the Rice Owls football team.
Longview News-Journal (Texas)

Frog abroad — let’s play Rice University
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Reviewing Neal Huntington’s drafts — 2010
Former Rice baseball player Austin Kubitza is mentioned in an article about the Pittsburgh Pirates.

King upends GFA behind Sawyer’s 33 points
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farms Academy boys’ basketball team.
San Antonio Express-News


China movie market to wield greater influence, Rice University expert says
News hit the entertainment industry this week that China’s box office rose 31 percent to $2.75 billion last year. With this, China has now overtaken Japan as the top-earning international territory for U.S. filmmakers. Aynne Kokas, a fellow in Chinese media at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Chao Center for Asian Studies, is available to speak on this development

Rice University experts available to discuss Obama’s inauguration and second term
President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for his second term in office Jan. 21. A number of Rice University experts are available to comment on key issues that will be at play over the next four years.

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.