Dateline Rice for Jan. 29, 2013


Global MBA ranking 2013
Rice University has the top-rated full-time MBA program in Texas, according to the Financial Times. Bill Glick, dean of Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in the Houston Chronicle and Houston Business Journal articles.
Financial Times
Rice MBA program ranks in top 20 nationally
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Greenwich Time, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Darien News, the Westport News, the Albany Times-Union, the Norwalk Citizen, the Greater New Milford Spectrum and the Danbury News-Times.)
Rice MBA program ranks No. 1 for salary percentage increase
Houston Business Journal

Graphene combo could shrink electronics
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.
Electronics could get atom-thick sheets
United Press International (This article also appeared on
2-D devices may be possible soon (This article also appeared in the Deccan Herald,, and
Graphene merged with insulator to create 2-D electronic devices
Technique paves way for 2-D electronics


Arab League, US launch open books project
High-quality educational materials will be available for free online in the Arabic language, thanks to the Open Book Project being developed by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization. Rice is among the U.S.’s partners in this project.

Public Radio International’s ‘The World’
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 reform, tort reform in Texas and Gov. Rick Perry’s State of the State Address.
Tort reform foes team up to force insurance companies to pay promptly (This article also appeared on
State of the State speech will be scrutinized for clues to Perry’s future

How to make batteries out of paint
Researchers at Rice University have developed a lithium-ion battery that can be painted on virtually any surface. Neelam Singh, a graduate student in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.

Stars align at last for immigration plan
Bill Richardson, senior fellow for Latin America at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about immigration reform.

Mali extremists torch Timbuktu library’s ancient manuscripts
French-led forces entered Mali’s legendary desert city of Timbuktu Monday as fighters linked to Al Qaeda fled, leaving a population terrorized by nine months of occupation and the fate of some of Africa’s most important cultural treasures in doubt. Douglas Park, lecturer in anthropology, is quoted.
Toronto Star (This article also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the San Antonio Express-News.)

National universities where most accepted students enroll
The average prospective college student is applying to more schools than in previous years, according to the National Association of College Admission Counseling. Rice appears on a list accompanying the article.
U.S. News & World Report

The ‘moon speech’ must go green
An article about sustainable energy cites President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.


Audit finds another questionable grant by cancer agency
Rice is mentioned in a front-page article about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate.)


The tax rate on cigarettes is so high in Texas that it is sparking a huge draw for illegal cigarettes and creating a new kind of organized crime, according to experts. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This story also appeared on KVUE-TV [Austin, Texas], KBTX-TV [Bryan/College Station, Texas], KLAS-TV [Las Vegas], KSNV-TV [Las Vegas].)


Baker Institute ranked among world’s top think tanks
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is ranked No. 21 — up from No. 24 in 2011 — among the top think tanks in the United States, according to the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program’s 2012 survey at the University of Pennsylvania.
Oil & Gas Investor (subscription required)

Free textbooks? An innovation without a business model
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College open-education project, is quoted in an article about open education.
Non Profit Quarterly

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.

This shocking number could be unemployment in the future
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in an article about how automation will change the job market of the future.
Fiscal Times


Marking Emancipation Proclamation anniversary
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, will appear at events in Princeton, N.J., commemorating the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Meet Zack Kopplin: The millennial fighting creationism in Louisiana
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is profiled for his efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.


Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice loss
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Super Bowl really is quite a trip
Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, is quoted about the odds of coaching against one’s own brother at the Super Bowl in a column listing facts about the game. A separate story mentions Ensor’s research.
Stockton Record (Calif.)
WVUE-TV (New Orleans)

NFL Draft 2013: Under-the-radar players starting to make waves
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald appears in a list of NFL draft prospects.

Ravens’ O.J. Brigance brings a different power to second Super Bowl journey
Articles feature alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 for his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Athens Banner-Herald and the Everett Herald.)
Raven with the heart of a Lion
Regina Leader-Post (Saskatchewan) (This article also appeared in the Calgary Herald, the Windsor Star, the Province, the Edmonton Journal, the Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen.)

Twice as nice
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Gallatin County High School boys’ basketball team.
Harrisburg Daily Register (Ill.)


Rice MBA ranks No. 17 nationally in new ranking
Rice University’s Master of Business Administration program at the Jones Graduate School of Business is ranked No. 17 in the U.S. for full-time MBA programs and No. 37 globally, according to new rankings from the Financial Times.

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.