Dateline Rice for Jan. 22, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


A White House aware of second-term perils
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Brinkley also authored an op-ed for the New York Times on the inauguration.
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Worcester Telegram, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Sacramento Bee and
Renew faith in the American dream
New York Times
Obama eyes a legacy: ‘You can make it if you try’
San Francisco Chronicle (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Boston Globe,,,, the Deseret News and nearly 270 other media outlets.)
CNN-TV’s ‘Anderson Cooper 360’
Second inauguration to be more subdued
Financial Times (subscription required)
Free of war and recession, Obama out to seal his legacy as champion of opportunity for all
Washington Post
Obama picks ultimatums over optimism to start second term
Businessweek (This article also appeared on, and the Charleston Daily Mail.)
Budget battle threatens to shape Obama’s legacy
Stars & Stripes
Obama’s second inaugural address
Obama seeks renewal of optimism at second inauguration
CBS News (This story also appeared on KFMB-TV [San Diego], KPHO-TV [Phoenix] and nearly 100 other media outlets.)
CBS News
CBS News
The advantage of sooner
Newark Advocate (N.J.) (This column also appeared in the Baxter Bulletin, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, the Marshfield News-Herald, the Northwestern, the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Fon Du Lac Reporter, the Stevens Point Journal, the Wausau Daily Herald and the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune.)
Obama, 2.0: More Terminator than conciliator
Investment News

Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz met with leaders from Galveston, Brazoria and Matagorda counties during a forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. An English translation of the KXLN-TV story is not available.
Social Security replacement plan gets closer look
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Cypress Creek Mirror, the Tomball Potpourri, the Magnolia Potpourri, the Sugar Land Sun, the River Oaks Examiner, the Katy Rancher, the Memorial Examiner, the Fort Bend Sun, the Bellaire Examiner and the Friendswood Journal.)

Prohibition fails in Mexico’s drug war
Aggressive efforts to control violent drug cartels have clearly failed in Mexico’s war on drugs, according to an analysis by a public policy expert. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Global hopes, concerns for Obama’s second term
Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on

Kerry arrives with a more flexible view towards the region
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 possible changes in U.S. foreign policy if Sen. John Kerry is appointed secretary of state and Texas’ congressional delegation.
La Nación (Argentina) (This article also appeared on
Houston’s congressional delegation: What to expect
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the News Plus section and also in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Simpler microwave imaging
A new microwave imaging system offers a fast, inexpensive way to see through clothing and other objects that gathers data without involving complicated moving parts. Kevin Kelly, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Bangladesh Daily Star
Microwave metamaterial camera images in real time

Is this the final technical piece we need for the space elevator?
An article discusses how recent nanotube research by Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, could help create a space elevator. A separate article also discusses his research.
Researchers formulate flexible and conductive CNT fibers using Teijin Aramid’s technical know-how

Take the lumps
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 in the article.
New Zealand Herald
US and Russia discover a new property of graphene (This article also appeared on

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

The sustainable path to profit: Don’t throw out that rubbish
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is mentioned in an article about business schools that promote courses in waste management.
Financial Times

The global search for education: Internet sharing programs
Rice’s Connexions open-education project is mentioned in an interview with Robert Schuwer, associate professor at the Open University Netherlands and a project leader of the Wikiwijs program.

Cheating amoebae don’t pay the price
An article discusses slime mold research by alumnus Lorenzo Santorelli ’04. Former Rice professors David Queller and Joan Strassmann are mentioned.


No ordinary kickoff party rocks River Oaks, Symphony gala creates buzz & big honors for a local icon
Rice trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 and his wife, Phoebe, are mentioned in an article about the Houston Symphony gala.

Solutions lag as sea quickly rises
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted in an article about concerns arising from plans to rebuild after hurricanes.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the News Plus section and also in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Albany Times-Union, the Norwalk Citizen, the Connecticut Post, the Danbury News-Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Greenwich Time, the Stamford Advocate and the Darien News.)

Canadian Brass bringing class to Rice
Articles discuss upcoming concerts by the Canadian Brass. Alumnus Eric Reed ’02 is quoted in the Harrisburg Patriot-News article.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra to welcome Canadian Brass, with former HSO member Eric Reed
Harrisburg Patriot-News

Sweet songs and difficult conversation: HGO’s Show Boat raises powerful racial themes
Joseph Campana, assistant professor of English literature, authored this article about the Houston Grand Opera’s production of the musical “Show Boat.” Nicole Waligora-Davis, associate professor of English, and Alexander Byrd, associate professor of history, are mentioned.

More getting MLK day off
A recent study says that only 32 percent of employers give Martin Luther King Jr. Day off as a paid holiday to their employees. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Why is it so hard to kill fire ants? Can science help?
A Houston Chronicle SciGuy column mentions an article written by Scott Solomon, lecturer in ecology and evolutionary bilogy.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.)

Lively theater for lively children: Five “don’t miss” family-friendly performances this winter
An article about upcoming concerts for children mentions a concert at Rice. Rachel Buchman, lecturer in music, is quoted.

Clear Lake’s West mansion starts new chapter with Hakeem Olajuwon
Rice is mentioned in an article about Clear Lake’s West mansion.
Houston Chronicle

BAHEP gala honors 2013 Quasar Award winner Fred Griffin
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Fred B. Griffin, owner and co-chairman of Griffin Partners, was honored with the 2013 Quasar Award by the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership.
Bay Area Citizen

Tim League of the Alamo Drafthouse at Sundance
A column discusses meeting alumnus Tim League ’92 at the Sundance Film Festival.
Austin American-Statesman


KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPRC-TV’s “Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall” to discuss President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
Obama’s second term, MLK Day

Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Barter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a story about President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Cari Clark, executive chef, and Johnny Curet, director of residential dining, appeared on KRIV-TV to share a soup recipe and discuss nutrition.

As the debate over the safety of fracking continues between politicians, environmentalists and oil companies, some scientists may have found a way to test the drilling procedure. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted. (This story also appeared on KUT-FM and

KDAF-TV (Dallas)
Rice is mentioned in a story about respiratory infections in Laredo, Texas.

WBND-TV (South Bend, Ind.)
Lovett College sophomore Mollie McDonnell and Elizabeth Gbordzoe, transportation manager, are quoted in a story about Rice’s Zipcar service.


Top 100 most social media-friendly MBA school rankings for 2013
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business placed No. 8 in’s list of the top 100 social media-savvy business schools.
Texas A&M among the 100 most social-savvy MBA schools in 2013 (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Air China to launch direct flights to Beijing from Houston
Air China airlines is adding a nonstop flight between Houston and Beijing. University Representative Y. Ping Sun is quoted.


Practically human: Can smart machines do your job?
From giant corporations to university libraries to startup businesses, employers are using rapidly improving technology to do tasks that humans used to do. Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted.
Lakeland Ledger (Fla.) (This article also appeared in the Winter Haven News Chief and [Lexington, Ky.].)

Where are they now? Michael Zuraw, pianist
A news brief discusses alumnus Michael Zuraw’s ’03 career in music.
Naperville Sun (Ill.)

In ‘Beauty,’ the world of art is Wayne White’s playhouse
An article about artist Wayne White mentions his 2009 Rice Gallery installation.
Detroit News


Rice snaps skid with win over New Orleans
Articles recap the Rice Owls men’s basketball team’s victory over the University of New Orleans.
Houston Chronicle
UNO men’s basketball looks to bounce back after poor showing vs. Rice
New Orleans Times-Picayune (This article also appeared on
Rice 95, New Orleans 71 (Coverage of this game also appeared on and

Hallsville’s Stringer named preseason All-American at Rice
Wiess College senior Christian Stringer was named a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America Preseason All-American.
Longview News-Journal (Texas)

College Park grad Shafer plays in Rice loss
Articles recap a women’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.
Houston Chronicle
Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice loss

Damaging silence
The longer Manti Te’o waits to tell his story, the more Notre Dame’s All-American linebacker fights a losing public opinion battle, sports agents say. Clark Haptonstall, professor of the practice of kinesiology and program director of Sport Management, is quoted.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser (This article also appeared on

KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas)
Alumnus Rodrigo Barnes ’73 is featured in a story about how Martin Luther King Jr. opened doors for black athletes.

Prospects to watch
Articles discuss former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s performance in baseball.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Poughkeepsie Journal, the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, the Jackson Sun, the Tennessean, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Northwestern.)
Anthony Rendon: Getting acquainted with the Nationals’ next impact prospect

Willson catches TD pass
Lovett College senior Luke Willson scored a touchdown at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. (This article also appeared in the Windsor Star.)

Scott leading GFA hoops program to new heights
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farms Academy boys’ basketball team.
Fairfield Minuteman (Conn.) (A similar story appeared on News 12 Connecticut.)

Sickle cell test gets NCAA OK despite docs
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has approved mandatory confirmation of sickle cell trait status in Division III student-athletes. The death of Rice football player Dale Lloyd II is mentioned.

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.