Dateline Rice for Jan. 15, 2013

(Editor’s note: Martel College junior Austin Kubitza still plays baseball for the Rice Owls. An item in the Jan. 14 edition of Dateline Rice identified him incorrectly. We apologize for the error.)


Nanotube thread conducts heat like a metal wire
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 Sole 24 Ore article is not available.
Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale
The Register (U.K.)
Flexible wire like cotton and conductive as metal
Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy)
Teijin, Rice University carbon nanotube spinning process creates ‘super fiber’
Composites World
Spinning carbon nanotubes into a ‘super fiber’ (This article also appeared on
Cotton like fiber conducts electricity
Scientists spin thread like carbon nanotech fibers


Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on CNN-TV to discuss the debt ceiling. A separate article discusses this appearance.
Douglas Brinkley hails ‘warm and engaging’ Obama (This article also appeared on

Graphene can clean radioactive water by clumping up toxins like magic
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’s newest feat: Cleaning up radioactive water (This article also appeared on
‘Eureka’ moment for solution to water contamination
New properties of graphene: Breakthrough in technology
New research shows that graphene oxide can easily clean toxins from radioactive water

Lessons learned: Jon Kimura Parker cherishes memories of Vancouver
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is profiled for his career in music.
Vancouver Sun (This article also appeared on

Energy entrepreneurs market sand alternative to fracking companies
Rice research is cited in an article about new hydraulic fracturing technology. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in the article.
Technology draws bead on hydraulic fracturing

Graphene: Patent surge reveals global race
Rice is mentioned in articles about graphene patents.
UK falling behind in graphene patent race


Rice University holds ‘asphalt breaking’ for new continuing studies building
The Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies broke asphalt Dec. 13 for its new home, the D. Kent and Linda C. Anderson and Robert L. and Jean T. Clarke Center.
Houston Style Magazine

Many GOP state leaders hot to cut taxes, but will the budget stretch?
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 Texas legislative session, Gov. Rick Perry and President Barack Obama’s recent proposals for a comprehensive immigration reform. A link to the KTMD-TV broadcast is not available.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
Tax cut talk by Perry is ‘win-win situation’
Dallas Morning News

Keep investing in science and technology
An op-ed by former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison about investing in science and technology mentions Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and the late Richard Smalley.
Austin American-Statesman

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.
Humble Observer

At least half of Laredo has symptoms of respiratory infection
Rice is mentioned in an article about respiratory infections in Laredo, Texas.

Historic downtown building rehabbed
Rice architect William Ward Watkin is mentioned in an article about the restoration of a downtown Houston building.
Houston Chronicle

Funding for embattled cancer agency in peril
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared in the Danbury News-Times, the Greenwich Time and the Albany Times-Union.)

Olson meets new constituents
Alumnus Pete Olson ’85 recently visited the Alvin-Manvel Chamber of Commerce.
Pearland Journal


Using comparative-effectiveness research to improve care
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, authored this op-ed about comparative-effectiveness research in medical care.
Hospitals & Health

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. Medlock is also quoted in a separate article about natural gas prices.
US exports seen smaller, less profitable than thought
Platt’s Energy Week (subscription required)


Mexico drug policy and security review 2012
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about Mexico’s drug policies.

Evolving Louisiana’s classrooms from creationism
Hanszen College sophomore Zach Kopplin authored this op-ed about the Louisiana Science Education Act. (New Orleans)

George P. Bush already raises more than $1M for political bid
An article about alumnus George P. Bush’s ’98 political fundraising efforts includes a photo of Bush at Rice and notes that he spoke at the Hispanic Alumni Gala last year.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Mike Jones and Paul Wall made great strides — our independent music [is] being given a chance
An op-ed mentions that Houston record label Swishahouse is the first record label to be archived in Rice University library’s special collections department.


Tulsa women lose at Rice
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Tulsa.

Bryan, seven others in Pasadena Hall of Fame class
Alumnus Randall Kerbow ’64 has been named to the Pasadena ISD Athletics Hall of Fame.
Pasadena Citizen


Educator Freeman Hrabowski to discuss expanding minorities in science, technology at Jan. 31 lecture at Rice
Freeman Hrabowski III, an expert on minority participation in science and math education, will present "Expanding the Science and Technology Pipeline in America: Institutional Culture Change, Innovation and Inclusive Excellence" Jan. 31 at Rice University as part of the President’s Lecture Series.

Rice researchers see surprising twist to protein misfolding
An effort to develop software that unravels the complexities of how proteins fold is paying dividends in new findings on how they misfold, according to researchers at Rice University.

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.