Dateline Rice for Jan. 30, 2013


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 and Gov. Rick Perry.
Despite the baggage, Perry could keep office until 2019
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This column also appeared on and

Sit in on college courses, without the visit
Caroline Levander, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities, professor of English and vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, is quoted in an op-ed about massive open online courses.
New York Times

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.

2-D devices may be possible soon
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.
Hindustan Times (India)
Electronics could get atom-thick sheets (This article also appeared on and
Graphene combo could shrink electronics

Armed with decades of experience, Kerry takes up Clinton’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 about Sen. John Kerry’s appointment as secretary of state. An article about a lecture by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at Southern Methodist University mentions that Brinkley will speak at SMU. Brinkley also appeared in the Public Broadcasting Service documentary "American Experience: Henry Ford."
Lebanon Daily Star
Justice Scalia discusses legal vision
Henry Ford: American folk hero, controlling anti-union leader and single most influential man of the early 20th century
Tuesday on Utah TV: Henry Ford — great industrialist, vile anti-Semite
Salt Lake Tribune

Five ways the Christian right has forced the Bible into America’s schools
An article about creationism in public schools mentions Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin’s efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act. A separate op-ed about school vouchers also mentions Kopplin. (This article also appeared on
School choice is nice, but it’s freedom that’s key

What it costs to be me
Alumna Melissa McDonnell ’10 discusses her cost of living.
Marie Claire


Financial Times: Rice University MBA is tops
Rice University has the top-rated full-time MBA program in Texas, according to the Financial Times.

Clear Lake Symphony to perform Feb. 1 concert
Alumnus Joseph Kingma ’11 will perform with the Clear Lake Symphony Feb. 1.
Houston Chronicle

State cancer grant recipient closes
Rice is mentioned in news items about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This front-page article also appeared in the Connecticut Post and the Danbury News-Times.)
Audit underscores need to reform cancer agency
Austin American-Statesman (This editorial also appeared on


Culture of impact: Faculty as mentors for student entrepreneurs
Rice Beyond Traditional Borders is mentioned in an editorial about faculty mentors for student entrepreneurship.
Science Translational Medicine (registration required)

Realistic 3-D lung tissue grown using magnetic levitation
Scientists have used magnetic levitation to grow realistic lung tissue, which could lead to faster and cheaper toxicity tests for airborne chemicals. Hubert Tseng, a graduate student in bioengineering, is quoted.

Harder than diamond: Cubic boron nitride is the new ultra-hard substance
Rice research is cited in an article reporting that scientists have succeeded in creating a substance harder than diamond.


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.

Cabaret comes to the coast
Benjamin Krause, a graduate student in music, is mentioned in an article about concerts in Encinitas, Calif.
Coast News (Calif.)

Combating the ‘culture of can’t’
An op-ed about improving education mentions the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program.


Rice Owls vs. Houston Cougars
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.

Tigers to battle reeling Rice
An article previews a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Memphis.

Rice football recruiting: Linebacker Nick Uretsky
An article discusses a possible Rice Owls football recruit.
Houston Chronicle

Top US colleges throwing everything they have at local discus athlete
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Little Flower Academy student-athlete.


Immigration reform has ‘excellent beginning,’ Baker Institute expert says
President Barack Obama’s and leading U.S. senators’ bids for immigration reform this week mark an "excellent beginning" in fixing a broken system, according to Tony Payan, a scholar for immigration studies 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.