Dateline Rice for Feb. 7, 2013


Report shows Asians a growing force in Houston
In the midst of the Houston area’s demographic revolution, Asians are poised to play an increasingly important role in the region’s political and economic landscape, according to the Kinder Institute Houston Area Asian Survey.
Houston Chronicle

Energy capital’s colleges tailor new programs to oil and gas industry
An article about how education and technologies developed at Rice are shaping the oil and gas industry quotes Jan Odegard, executive director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology; Daniel Cohan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering; and 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.

Did key volcanos cause climate flip-flops?
Volcanoes at key locations where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are poised for release may have driven Earth’s back and forth between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years. Cin-Ty Lee, professor of Earth science, is quoted.


No, Obama’s not giving you free ‘Super Wi-Fi’
Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, is quoted in an article about “Super Wi-Fi” technology.

Muslim views of the apocalypse
Muslim and Christian views of the apocalypse are remarkably similar, albeit with a different ending. David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted.
Washington Post (This article also appeared on

Getting stuck can help you grow
Otilia Obodaru, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an op-ed offering inspiration for aspiring businesspeople.
Harvard Business Review

Desk lunch: How can you make it a bit nicer?
Rice research is cited in an article about having a good lunch at work.
BBC News Magazine

George P. Bush: Kyle ‘American patriot’
An article reports on statements made by alumnus George P. Bush ’98 about the death of sniper Chris Kyle.
United Press International (This article also appeared on


Rice and UH land in Princeton Review’s list of best value universities
Rice University is one of the country’s top 10 best values among private schools for 2013, according to new rankings published Feb. 5 in the Princeton Review’s “The Best Value Colleges.”
Houston Chronicle
Houston college power: UH and Rice both receive major ranking love from the Princeton Review
KRLD-AM (Austin, Texas) (A similar report appeared on WGMD-FM [Salisbury, Md.].)

Eventual immigration reform details will determine success
Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about immigration reform.
Houston Chronicle

Congestion challenges defy simple solutions
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about traffic in Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Locking up water rights
In Texas and around the world, corporations are increasingly competing for rights to water. James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted in this cover story.
Fort Worth Weekly

Fort Worth lawmaker’s bill challenges feds on gun laws
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 Texas legislative session.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The revolution will be printed
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in an article about three-dimensional manufacturing.
Austin Chronicle

Was Hostess’ death a murder, suicide or natural causes?
An article discussing the collapse of Hostess mentions a series of experiments conducted by Rice students on Twinkies snack cakes in 1995.
Dallas Observer

An adventurous life: Itzhak Perlman recounts bullets flying above his crib and the challenges of playing Beethoven
Alumnus Joel Luks ’03 interviews violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Women’s health advocate speaks at Rice on Thursday
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 at Rice University Feb. 7.
Tomball Potpourri (This article also appeared in the Magnolia Potpourri.)

SHSU DJ to compete in Houston contest
Rice will have a contestant in the Red Bull Thre3Style University DJ contest.


US backs push for open access textbooks in Arabic
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 United States’ partners in this project.

US LNG boom fueling port projects
Following a recently released Department of Energy macroeconomic study that concluded exporting natural gas would have an overall positive economic benefit, U.S. contractors are supporting a rush of feasibility and engineering work for potential liquefied-natural-gas export terminals. 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.
Engineering News-Record

RBCC partner N3D could revolutionize toxicity testing
In a development that could lead to faster and more effective toxicity tests for airborne chemicals, scientists from Rice University and the Rice spinoff company Nano3D Biosciences have used magnetic levitation to grow some of the most realistic lung tissue ever produced in a laboratory.

Houston market profile 2013
The Kinder Houston Area Survey is cited in an article about Houston’s economy.


JSerra students compete in Stanford Tournament
Rice is mentioned in an article about participants in the Stanford Math Tournament.
Orange County Register (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the Victor Valley Daily Press.)


Buoyed by bowl win, Rice stockpiles talent
Articles discuss the Rice Owls’ National Signing Day recruits.
Houston Chronicle
Rice wraps up signing day early
Houston Chronicle
Rice Owls 2013 signing day
Rice lands Texas-heavy recruiting class
Signing day: Statewide roundup
Amarillo Globe-News (Texas)
Navarro signing day: Shead headed to Big D
Corsicana Daily Sun (Texas) (Rice coverage of National Signing Day also appeared in the Victoria Advocate, the Tampa Bay Times, the Franklin Daily Journal,,,,, [Orlando, Fla.], and [St. Petersburg, Fla.].)

UTEP 65, Rice 53
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso. (Coverage of this game also appeared on,, the Lexington Herald-Leader and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Little Flower’s coveted thrower Covington a big catch for SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs
Duncan College sophomore Christian Covington is mentioned in an article about his sister, Asianna.
The Province (Canada)

New Mexico State athletics announces 2013 football schedule
Rice is mentioned in an article about the New Mexico State University football team. (El Paso, Texas)


Asians are far more likely than Anglos to be college-educated, according to the Houston Area Asian Survey
Asians (about 60 percent) are much more likely to be college-educated than Anglos (under 40 percent), according to Rice University’s Kinder Institute Houston Area Asian Survey, the first systematic look at the local Asian population based on three surveys conducted over a 16-year period.

Volcano location could be greenhouse-icehouse key
A new Rice University-led study finds the real estate mantra “location, location, location” may also explain one of Earth’s enduring climate mysteries. The study suggests that Earth’s repeated flip-flopping between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years may have been driven by the episodic flare-up of volcanoes at key locations where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are poised for release into the atmosphere.

French author Danielle Michel-Chich to speak at Rice Feb. 12
French author and journalist Danielle Michel-Chich will be at Rice University Feb. 12 to discuss her new book, “Lettre à Zohra D.,” an autobiographical narrative exploring the author’s experience as a survivor of the 1956 bombing of the Milk Bar café in Algiers, Algeria.

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.