Dateline Rice for Jan. 17, 2013


Creationism spreading in schools, thanks to vouchers
Hanszen College junior Zach Kopplin authored this op-ed about how taxpayer-funded school voucher programs are enabling the spread of creationism. Separate articles profile Kopplin for his efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Teen activist continues fight against creationism in Louisiana classrooms
Christian Post
19-year-old activist fighting creationism in Louisiana schools

Jon Kimura Parker conquers the Grieg concerto with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is profiled for his career in music.

A prelude to the post-Chávez era
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 evolution of politics in Venezuela in the event of President Hugo Chávez’s death or incapacitation, the special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos and immigration. An English translation of the Sanlian Lifeweek article is not available.
Sanlian Lifeweek
Which Dem will fill Mario Gallegos’s seat?
Texas Monthly Daily Post
KXOF-TV (Laredo, Texas)

Crash course in business plan competitions
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about preparing for business plan competitions.


Fringe spirituality
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted in an article about the television show "Fringe" and spirituality.
Houston Chronicle

The Grand Parkway Association update with David Gornet
David Gornet, lecturer in civil and environmental engineering, will speak at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Jan. 30.
Fort Bend Star

Houston Museum District rolls out block party event this month
Rice is mentioned in an article about the annual Museum District Day.
Houston Business Journal

Director Michael Cohn’s ‘Sacrifice’ to be filmed in The Woodlands
Rice is mentioned in an article about auditions for the film "Sacrifice."

Thirsting for a different pattern: A journey of reconciliation
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about reconciliation.
Houston Chronicle


Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in the Office of Public Affairs, are quoted in a story about America’s shifting demographics. An English translation of this story is not available.

KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kan.)
Air China airlines is adding a nonstop flight between Houston and Beijing. University Representative Y. Ping Sun is quoted.

KSWO-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas)
Lovett College sophomore Mollie McDonnell and Elizabeth Gbordzoe, transportation manager, are quoted in a story about Rice’s Zipcar service.


Nanotechnology to be woven into cotton
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.
Carbon nanotube fiber in textile thread form

Industrial process devised for carbon nanotube fibers
Researchers unveil textile carbon nanotube which conducts electricity and heat
Carbon nanotubes spun into super fibers
Twaron spinning process is key to carbon nanotube fiber breakthrough
Twaron spinning process for carbon nanotube fibers


Backward is forward
An article features an American history course taught by Caleb McDaniel, assistant professor of history.

Leader of the pack
Alumna Ann Miller ’03 is profiled for her career in music.
Stockton Record (Calif.)

Export push reframes debate over fracking
Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited in an article about hydraulic fracturing.

Portable planetarium goes on tour
Rice is mentioned in an article about an event featuring a Discovery Dome portable planetarium in California.
Riverside Press-Enterprise (Calif.)

Outlandish college courses: The dirty dozen for private (non-Ivy League) schools
A Rice course on climate change appears on a list of "outlandish college courses."


Rice can’t keep up with Memphis
Articles recap a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Memphis.
Houston Chronicle
Memphis 77, Rice 51 (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Memorial’s Womac excited by chance to play close to home
Memorial High School football player Brian Womac plans to play for the Rice Owls next season.
Houston Chronicle


Eliminating or curtailing mortgage interest deduction would have modest long-run effects on economy, Rice University study finds
Eliminating or curtailing the mortgage interest deduction would initially result in declines in housing prices and investment but would have only modest aggregate macroeconomic effects in the long run, according to a new 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.