Dateline Rice for Jan. 31, 2013


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


Houston researchers collaborate on diagnostics, drug resistance and more
Mike Williams, senior media relations specialist, authored this article about John S. Dunn Foundation support for five Gulf Coast Consortia research projects involving scientists at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative and collaborating researchers at Texas Medical Center institutions. Several Rice researchers and faculty are mentioned.
Texas Medical Center News

Perry calls for tax relief, investing in water and roads
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 Gov. Rick Perry’s State of the State Address and the Texas legislative session.
Austin American-Statesman
Texas senators do not support immigration bills
Texas senators keep their distance from immigration bills

Klineberg speaks on ‘The Changing Face of Houston’
The Cameron School of Business Advisory Board Lecture Series will host a lecture by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.
Tomball Potpourri (This article also appeared in the Magnolia Potpourri and the Cypress Creek Mirror.)

40 years later, Residents still flying the freak flag high
Rice is mentioned in an article about the rock group the Residents. (This article also appeared in the Houston Chronicle.)


Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KXLN-TV and KTMD-TV to discuss immigration reform. Links to these broadcasts are not available.


Timbuktu manuscripts apparently escaped burning
In contrast to horrific reports from Timbuktu earlier this week, an important library of medieval texts is still standing and many manuscripts are thought to have survived the hasty retreat of Islamic militants, researchers and journalists say. Susan McIntosh, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor in Anthropology, is quoted.

Fuzzy US space policy seen languishing
An article discusses a panel on space policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Leroy Chiao, lecturer in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
Aviation Week

A step towards 2-D 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.
Stitching together 2-D materials
New patterning technique enables smaller electronics

Assembling living tissue with 3-D maglev tech: A biohacker’s dream come true
Rice scientists have used magnetic levitation to grow realistic lung tissue, which could lead to faster and cheaper toxicity tests for airborne chemicals.
Magnetic levitation grows realistic lung tissue


‘WorldWind’ an unusual woodwind performance
Alumna Nora Suggs ’74 will perform in Bethlehem, Penn., Feb. 2.
Allentown Morning Call (Penn.) (This article also appeared in the Laguna Beach Coastline-Pilot.)

State cancer grant recipient closes
Rice is mentioned in news items about the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Greenwich Time (Conn.)
Audit underscores need to reform cancer agency
Chicago Tribune (This editorial also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call.)

Convicted rapist admits to cold-case murder, sex attacks
Thomas Lee Posey, a longtime Maryland prisoner, has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 1990 rape and strangulation of late Rice student Margaret Perkins.
Washington Examiner
Man pleads guilty to 1990 murder of Beltsville woman


Owls sizzle, Cougars fizzle down the stretch
Articles recap the Rice Owls men’s basketball team’s victory over the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle
Rice 79, Houston 69 (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Macon Telegraph,, [St. Louis], [Tampa Bay, Fla.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Washington, D.C.] and [Cleveland].)

Rice enters baseball season as favorite to top C-USA
Rice swept the Conference USA preseason baseball awards, with Wiess College senior Christian Stringer selected player of the year and Martel College junior Austin Kubitza named pitcher of the year. Sid Richardson College senior Michael Ratterree was named to the preseason all-conference team. Rice was the overwhelming favorite to win the league’s regular season title.
Houston Chronicle
Rice sweeps Conference USA preseason baseball awards
Houston Chronicle

2013 Rice football schedule
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team’s 2013 schedule.
Houston Chronicle

Player to watch
Will Rice College sophomore Becca Koval is mentioned in an article about her sister, Tatum.
Thousand Oaks Acorn (Calif.)

West Texas A&M equestrian team fares well at Rice
An article recaps an equestrian tournament at Rice.
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas)

Greens Farms boys basketball beats Brunswick; remains atop FAA standings
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farms Academy boys’ basketball team.
Stamford Advocate (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Danbury News-Times, the Westport News, the Fairfield Citizen, the Connecticut Post and the Greenwich Time.)

Funding college football
Rice is mentioned in a column about funding college football programs.
Wichita Falls Times Record News


Flat boron by the numbers
Boris Yakobson and his Rice colleagues have made progress toward 2-D boron through theoretical work that suggests the most practical ways to make the material and put it to work.

World-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 12
World-renowned oceanographer and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Sylvia Earle will discuss ocean conservation in the Gulf of Mexico and its unique challenges and opportunities Feb. 12 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

National women’s health advocate Byllye Avery to speak at Rice Feb. 7
Byllye Avery, founder of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, will give a talk on the state of American women’s health as part of the Gray/Wawro Lecture Series Feb. 7 at Rice University.

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.