Dateline Rice for Feb. 8, 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. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. The KUHF-FM story had not been posted online when Dateline was issued.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This front-page article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Connecticut Post, the Stamford Advocate and the Greenwich Time.)
Houston area a microcosm of Asia, research shows
Houston Chronicle (Houston Belief section)
More Houston Asians college-educated than Anglos
Asians far more likely to be college-educated, survey says
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun, the Katy Rancher, the Bellaire Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner and the Memorial Examiner.)
Asians likelier than Anglos to be college-educated (This article also appeared on


‘Quest Means Business’
Trustee James Turley ’77 appeared on CNN-TV to discuss the World Economic Forum. A link to the broadcast clip is not available.

New director of Johnson Space Center faces cutbacks, uncertainty
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the future of Johnson Space Center.
Voice of America News

Will moderation win in Texas?
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 the political climate in Texas, the special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Dewhurst adviser accused in campaign theft
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Perry, Abbott tell residents of other states that Texas is the place to be
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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.

‘Open source’ texts best for poor students
The idea of "open source" textbooks, which are free or low-priced, is rapidly gaining traction. Rice’s OpenStax College project is mentioned.
Daily Nation (Kenya)

Bapsi Sidhwa to launch ‘Junglewalla’ at Lahore Literary Festival
A news brief about a novel by Bapsi Sidhwa notes that she once taught at Rice.
The Daily Times (Pakistan) (This news brief also appeared on


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 about challenges facing the global offshore oil and gas industry in 2013.
Offshore Engineer

Volcano eruptions found to determine the global climate
Volcanoes at key locations where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are poised for release may have driven Earth back and forth between greenhouse and icehouse states over the past 500 million years. Cin-Ty Lee, professor of Earth science, is quoted.

Oil subsidies and natural gas subsidies — subsidies for the big boys (not for society)
James Coan, research associate for the Energy Forum at the Baker Institute, is quoted in an article about oil and natural gas subsidies.

5 fat cat corporations trying to pay their way to profit
Rice research is cited in an article about money spent by corporations to sway public officials.


Jon Kimura Parker, Lowell Liebermann the guest artists at Samford University’s Morris Piano Festival
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform at the Morris Piano Festival at Samford University Feb. 14.
Birmingham News (Ala.)

Hero material: 10 fascinating facts about graphene
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted in an article about graphene.

Native American short film by Montana State University available online
Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, appears in a short film produced at Montana State University exploring the opinions of young Native American students about science and their thoughts about pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors in college.
Char-Koosta News (Mont.)

Two new members on Weston boards
Alumnus Stephen Oppenheimer ’75 was named to the Weston, Mass., board of selectmen.

Buhach to offer international baccalaureate program
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Buhach Colony High School is joining the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.
Merced Sun-Star (Calif.)

Fire Pink Trio at John C. Campbell Feb. 17
Alumna Sheila Browne ’01 will perform with the Fire Pink Trio in North Carolina Feb. 17.
Macon County News (N.C.)


Women’s tennis hopes to bounce back against Rice Owls
An article previews a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Student-athletes recognized at Fort Bend ISD’s National Signing Day event
Articles discuss the Rice Owls’ National Signing Day recruits.
Fort Bend Sun (Texas)
Trio of Pioneer field hockey players ink National Letters of Intent and more signings (Rice coverage of National Signing Day also appeared in the Mineral Wells Index, the Sulphur Springs News-Telegram, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, the Killeen Daily Herald, and

Development on agenda as Astros prepare for American League West
Former Rice baseball player Phillip Humber is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.

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)

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.