Dateline Rice for Jan. 16, 2013


National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’ (This story also appeared on, [Vermont] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
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 a story about alumnus George P. Bush ’98. Jones is also quoted in a story about immigration.

Computational approach reveals clues to why proteins misfold
A link to a news release about Rice protein folding research appeared on the homepage of the National Institute of General Medical Studies.

It’s academic
Mike Williams, senior media relations specialist, authored this article about the creation of the Centennial Celebration’s Spectacle at Rice.
Lighting and Sound America


How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana’s creationists
Hanszen College junior Zach Kopplin is profiled for his efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.


Make science bigger in Texas
Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, co-authored this op-ed about the importance of science to Texas.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

George P. Bush: The Texas Tribune interview
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is interviewed about his career in politics.
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Amarillo, Texas].)

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 an article about new hydraulic fracturing technology.
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Teaching young musicians: Youth symphony changes futures
An article previews a Houston Youth Symphony concert at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.

General Academics relocates, expands Study Lounge
Alumnus Shelby Joe ’07 is profiled for his General Academics business startup.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, Bellaire Examiner and the River Oaks Examiner.)


Air China airlines is adding a nonstop flight between Houston and Beijing.
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is quoted. (This story also appeared on KSWO-TV [Wichita Falls, Texas] and KRGV-TV [Harlingen, Texas].)
Direct flights to China coming soon

Lovett College sophomore Mollie McDonnell and Elizabeth Gbordzoe, transportation manager, are quoted in a story about Rice’s Zipcar service. (Editor’s note: A correction on the spelling of McDonnell’s name has been requested.)


Graphene could clean up nuclear sites
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.
Professional Engineering
Graphene oxide could solve toxic groundwater woes

Strong, light, flexible carbon nanotubes threads with ultrahigh conductivity
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.
Twaron spinning process is key to carbon nanotube fiber breakthrough
Process for nanotube fibers demonstrates strength, conductivity

Bullet proof: Absorbing microbullets
Researchers are firing microscale ammo in an effort to identify materials that can offer better protection to soldiers, aircrafts and satellites. Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
Physics Central

Graphene and nanotube carpets for energy storage
Researchers at Rice have made a new hybrid microsupercapacitor from graphene and carbon nanotube carpets with electrochemical properties that could be useful in portable electronics and renewable power applications. Jian Lin, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.

Wood Group declares directorate change
Tom Botts, a member of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business’ Council of Overseers, joined the Wood Group as a non-executive director.
Scandinavian Oil & Gas


Funding for embattled cancer agency in peril
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Where are they now? Michael Zuraw, pianist
Alumnus Michael Zuraw ’03 is profiled for his career in music.
Naperville Sun (Ill.)


Lady Pirates fall short to defending conference champs
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and East Carolina University.

Rice to pay tribute to former basketball coach Knodel
Rice will pay tribute to Don Knodel, the last men’s basketball coach to lead the Owls to the NCAA Tournament, during today’s game against the University of Memphis at Tudor Fieldhouse. A separate article previews the game.
Houston Chronicle
Memphis basketball notes vs. Rice (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Memphis Commercial Appeal and


No panaceas for Mexico’s violent drug war, but prohibition has failed, according to Rice University paper
While Mexico and the United States have ramped up their efforts to control and perhaps defeat Mexico’s increasingly violent drug cartels, the outcome of these efforts remains in doubt and no panaceas are in sight, but prohibition has once again proved to be a failure, according to a paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.