Dateline Rice for Jan. 28, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Rice becomes more global with dual-degree program
An article focuses on Rice’s dual degree in history with the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil as an example of the growing trend among U.S. universities to offer dual-degree programs with schools around the world. Provost George McLendon; Nicolas Shumway, dean of the School of Humanities, professor of Hispanic studies and the Frances Moody Newman Chair; and Ludmila Maia, a graduate student in history, are quoted. Maia is also pictured. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Houston needs a comprehensive sustainability plan for its future
An op-ed about planning for Houston’s future cites the Kinder Houston Area Survey. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. A separate op-ed by the same authors cites a recent Texas Monthly op-ed by alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60.
Houston Chronicle
Better alternative to planning, Larry loves Houston, and more
Houston Chronicle

To build test for toxins, levitate cells
Scientists have used magnetic levitation to grow realistic lung tissue, which could lead to faster and cheaper toxicity tests for airborne chemicals. Thomas Killian, professor of physics and astronomy; Jane Grande-Allen, associate professor of bioengineering; and Hubert Tseng, a graduate student in bioengineering, are quoted.
Researchers develop artificial tissues using magnetic levitation
Magnetic levitation used to make 3-D artificial lungs
Scientists grow realistic lung tissue utilizing magnetism
Maglev tech grows realistic lung tissue

Novel technique points toward 2-D devices
Rice University scientists have come closer to creating two-dimensional electronics with a process to make patterns in atom-thick layers that combine a conductor and an insulator. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor in chemistry and professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Jun Lou, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. The article was featured on that website’s homepage.
2-D devices may be possible soon (This Asian News International article also appeared on,, and
2-D electronics come a step closer


National Public Radio’s ‘All Things Considered’ (This story also appeared on [Michigan], [Vermont] and nearly 35 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 news items about immigration, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry’s State of the State Address, tort reform in Texas, the Medicare expansion mandated by the Affordable Care Act and the special election in Texas Senate District Six. A link to the KTMD-TV broadcast is not available.
Investing in citizenship: For the rich, a new road to the US
Abbott already on the road to governor race
San Antonio Express-News (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time.)
State of the State speech will be scrutinized for clues to Perry’s future
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Tort reform foes team up to force insurance companies to pay promptly
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Medicaid expansion raises possibilities, problems for states
Kaiser Health News (This article also appeared on

Student at Rice battles a law that allows the teaching of creationism
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is profiled for his efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Chronicle of Higher Education
Teenager creates a stir as religion defies science
Sydney Morning Herald (This article also appeared in the Brisbane Times.)
Creationists say the darndest things — and their true colors are made clear

National Public Radio’s ‘Science Friday’
An episode of National Public Radio’s "Science Friday" discussed research by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, to create high-quality graphene from inexpensive sources of carbon, including Girl Scout Cookies. (This episode also appeared on, [New York] and [Washington, D.C.].)

Cuttlefish could be key to revolutionary camouflage technology
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 and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College open-education project, is quoted. Baraniuk is also quoted in an article about open education.
Japan Times
Pay nothing? Easier said than done
Chronicle of Higher Education

An article previews artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice University Art Gallery installation.
New York Times (This article also appeared in Texas Monthly.)

Byzantine NASA: Pioneering spirit lost?
Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science, authored this op-ed about the future of NASA.

US Foreign policy under Obama
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 foreign policy.

John Kerry set to take up Hillary’s crown
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on the possibility that Sen. John Kerry may be appointed secretary of state.
Pakistan Tribune (This article also appeared in the Khaleej Times, the Hindustan Times, the Oman Daily Observer, the Pakistan Daily Times, the Straits Times, the Nation, and

Lone Star dreams: How Democrats plan to turn Texas blue
The Democratic Party is trying to take advantage of fast-changing demographics in Texas. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Science and vaccine diplomacy for Korea
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about "vaccine diplomacy" and Korean reunification.
Korea Herald (This op-ed also appeared in the Bradenton Herald and the Anchorage Daily News.)


The Blanton goes for gold
Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 and the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice are mentioned in an article about a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.
Paper City

NASA’s future remains cloudy in Houston
Articles discuss a panel on space policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted in the Houston Business Journal article. Abbey moderated the event, which included panelists Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science; Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy; and Eugene Levy, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics.
Houston Business Journal
Baker Institute space policy panel offers gloomy assessment for NASA

The thrill of bad behavior: HGO’s ‘Don Giovanni’ goes to the dark side but is not wicked enough
Joseph Campana, assistant professor of English literature, authored this review of Houston Grand Opera’s production of "Don Giovanni." Alumnus Michael Sumuel ’09 is mentioned.

Could political turmoil in Venezuela be good for oil sector?
David Mares, scholar for Latin American energy studies at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about how Venezuelan politics may affect the oil sector.

Let’s honor Bill Hicks
An editorial about late comedian Bill Hicks mentions Rice University founder William Marsh Rice.
Houston Chronicle


DesignIntelligence 30 most admired educators for 2013
Carlos Jiménez, professor of architecture, was named one of DesignIntelligence’s "30 most admired educators for 2013."

LEED goes to college: Top 10 new campus additions
The green elements incorporated into Baker College’s new wing have earned Rice its 10th certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.


Fracking’s rise in US inspires the world
The U.S. energy industry clearly still leads the way on the revolutionary drilling method that has upended global energy markets, but the rest of the world is beginning to catch up as nations seek to replicate American success in oil and natural gas development. 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 an article about liquefied natural gas production. (This article also appeared on
Sea change on horizon for LNG industry — what does it mean for Alaska?

Cells flock to heal wounds
Cells coordinate their motions as they race to cover and ultimately heal wounds to the skin. Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is quoted.

An SFCM Faculty Artist Recital for a composer
Alumnus Thomas Conroy ’06 will perform at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Feb. 8.

School district making strides in classroom and culture, consultant contends
An article about the Clark County School District quotes Frederick Hess, an education scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and notes that he taught at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School for Business.
Las Vegas Sun (This article also appeared on


Super Bowl-bound Harbaugh brothers not No. 1 sporting siblings
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and his brother, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, will face off against each other in the Super Bowl next week, but what are the odds of playing your brother in the big game? Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, is quoted.
Do Lakers need more coaches?
Torrance Daily Breeze (Calif.)
Harbaugh Super Bowl: Sibling rivalries in sports can take the big game to a whole new level
Coloradoan (This article also appeared in the Port Clinton News-Herald, the South Jersey Courier-Post, the Lafayette Journal & Courier and the New Jersey Daily Journal.)

Rice watches Tulane pull away for C-USA win
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Tulane University.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared on, the Bradenton Herald, the Lexington Herald-Leader and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

UTPA men’s tennis loses to No. 54 Rice
An article recaps a men’s tennis match between Rice and the University of Texas-Pan American.
Brownsville Herald (Texas)

Rice football recruiting: Running back Jowan Davis
Articles discuss possible Rice Owls football recruits.
Houston Chronicle
Rice football recruiting: Defensive back Anthony Canady
Houston Chronicle
Rice football recruiting: Wide receiver Temi Alaka
Houston Chronicle

Raven with the heart of a Lion: O.J. Brigance
Articles feature alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 for his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Vancouver Sun (British Columbia) (This article also appeared on
O.J. Brigance inspires Ravens as he battles Lou Gehrig’s disease
Ravens’ O.J. Brigance brings a different power to second Super Bowl journey
Baltimore Sun (This article also appeared on

Scott leading GFA hoops program to new heights
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farm Academy boys’ basketball team.
Fairfield Minuteman (Conn.)

Former NFL kicker Russell Erxleben charged in Ponzi scheme yet again
An article reporting that former New Orleans Saints football player Russell Allen Erxleben was arrested and charged with running a $2 million Ponzi scheme mentions that he set the record for the longest field goal in NCAA history in a game against Rice.


Rice technique points toward 2-D devices
Rice University scientists have taken an important step toward the creation of two-dimensional electronics with a process to make patterns in atom-thick layers that combine a conductor and an insulator.

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.