Dateline Rice for Jan. 23, 2013


How will history grade Boehner and Obama?
Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article about challenges facing President Barack Obama as he begins his second term in office. A National Journal roundup of inauguration news includes this article.
National Journal (subscription required) (This article also appeared on
Inaugural short on olive branches
National Journal (This article also appeared on

Public Radio International’s ‘The World’
Hanszen College junior Zach Kopplin is interviewed about his efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.

Cuttlefish skin that reacts to light may hold key to making better camouflage
New research is showing that cuttlefish and their squid cousins may hold the key to creating new kinds of camouflage to mask clothes, buildings and vehicles. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted.
Washington Post

Latino, white population trading places, but politics still behind new demographic reality
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about America’s shifting demographics.

With Chávez’s absence the Bolivarian movement loses force
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 an article about the impact of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s illness. An English translation of this article is not available.
Veja (Brazil)

How ‘cheating’ slime mold escapes death
An article discusses slime mold research by alumnus Lorenzo Santorelli ’04.
National Geographic


Jon Huntsman to speak at Baker Institute Student Forum
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman will discuss "America in 2013 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities" with the Baker Institute Student Forum at Rice University.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)

GHP rallies members to ‘imagine’ region’s future
The Greater Houston Partnership hopes to broaden its influence in 2013 by increasing membership and playing a larger role in building consensus about what the future should look like for Houston. Edgar Odell Lovett and Rice’s centennial are mentioned.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner and the Memorial Examiner.)

A virtuoso organ recital by Ken Cowan
An article reviews a concert by Ken Cowan, associate professor of organ, at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

New perspectives on the extraordinary
An article previews artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice University Art Gallery installation.
Free Press Houston

Your weekly guide to Houston
Alumnus Joel Luks ’03 authored this article about upcoming events in Houston.


IEEE Spectrum’s ‘Techwise Conversations’
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in news items about how automation will change the job market of the future.
Can smart machines do your job?

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in a story about research to use nanotechnology to track hydraulic fracturing.


Major breakthroughs in solar technology for 2012
A roundup of major solar power innovations in 2012 mentions Rice’s spray-on battery research.

Social media can sell soap to audiences who really love soap
Alumnus Dilip Venkatachari ’84 authored this op-ed about using social media to sell soap.


Teacher of the month
Brown College senior Isabella Adamiak is quoted in an article profiling one of her former teachers.
Toledo Blade (Ohio)


Women’s basketball victorious over Rice
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.

Central Florida Knights vs. Rice Owls
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Central Florida.

Tulane sees two new schools join C-USA: Middle Tennessee and Florida Atlantic
Rice is mentioned in articles reporting that Middle Tennessee University and Florida Atlantic University will join Conference USA.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Florida Atlantic Owls and Blue Raiders to join C-USA in ’13 (Huntington, W.Va.)

Prospects to watch
A news brief discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s performance in baseball.
Detroit Free Press


Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to speak at Baker Institute Student Forum Jan. 31
Jon Huntsman, former United States ambassador to China and former governor of Utah, will discuss "America in 2013 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities" Jan. 31 with the Baker Institute Student Forum at Rice University.

Obama’s second term will hold more of the same in foreign policy, Baker Institute expert says
Americans should expect no major departures in foreign policy during President Barack Obama’s second term, according to Joe Barnes, the Bonner Means Baker Fellow at 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.