Dateline Rice for Feb. 11, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


KRIV-TV profiled Rice trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 for his career and long affiliation with Rice, including his election as board chair.

Hacker gains access to Bush family emails, photos
A mysterious email hacker accessed private photos and messages sent between members of the Bush family, including both retired commanders in chief. Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
New York Times (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Washington Post, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Boston Globe and nearly 190 other media outlets.)


Obama poised to skirt Congress to seal legacy in new term agenda
When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the biggest question he’ll face will be how to get an ambitious second-term agenda through a divided Congress. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Brinkley also appeared on MSNBC-TV to discuss the same subject.
BusinessWeek (This article also appeared on
MSNBC-TV’s ‘Weekends with Alex Witt’

Gulf coast wants to know what the holdup is in getting Keystone approved
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 in an article about the Keystone XL pipeline. A separate article reports that Medlock will testify at a U.S. Senate committee hearing about America’s natural gas resources.
Hickenlooper to discuss natural gas issues at US Senate committee hearing
Boulder Daily Camera (Colo.)

Asians likelier than Anglos to be college-educated
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. Klineberg also appeared on KPRC-TV’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" to discuss immigration policy.
Asians in Houston more likely to hold college degrees

KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’

Knowledge deficit
An op-ed about education in Pakistan mentions Bapsi Sidhwa and notes that she once taught at Rice.
The Nation (Pakistan)

Captivity in black and white
An article about the diary of a Civil War soldier cites work by Rice’s Woodson Research Center.
New York Times


Colleges campuses step up security
Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, is quoted in a front-page article about how campus police are working to reduce crime rates on college campuses.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

With a new energy secretary, we need a new energy strategy
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a column about U.S. energy policy.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This column appeared on the front of the Business section and also on

Gryphon Trio builds on shared experiences
Jamie Parker, brother of Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform as part of the Gryphon Trio at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Houston Chronicle

Four nominees for energy secretary to consider
A Houston Chronicle editorial suggesting possible energy secretary nominees includes former Baker Institute energy fellow Amy Myers Jaffe.
Houston Chronicle


Hackers recently accessed private photos and messages sent between members of the Bush family. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.


Volcanoes trigger greenhouse effect
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.
Volcano location could be greenhouse-icehouse key

UCR professor Ossman exhibits paintings at La Sierra
Rice is mentioned in an article about an exhibition by artist Susan Ossman.
Riverside Press-Enterprise (Calif.)

Jacksonville Symphony will be led by 8 guest conductors next season
Alumnus Cristian Macelaru ’06 will guest conduct the Jacksonville Symphony next year.
Florida Times-Union

Starkey family acreage morphed from cattle to construction
Alumnus Frank Starkey ’91 is quoted in an article about his family business.
Tampa Tribune (This article also appeared on, and

Piano, oboe, winds part of ‘Sonic Genius’ program
Alumnus Dan Sedgwick ’05 is mentioned in an article about a concert in Santa Fe, N.M.
Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (subscription required)

Widgett prepares for next stage
Rice is mentioned in an article profiling soprano Laura Widgett for her career in music.
Sault Star (Ontario)


Alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 is featured for his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

SMU 61, Rice 39
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University. (Coverage of this game also appeared on, [St. Louis],, WWZN-AM [Boston], [Washington, D.C.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Cleveland] and [Tampa Bay, Fla.].)

Houston rallies to top Rice women
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle

MU prepares to host Rice
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

Prestwood, 3 other Rams sign grid letters
Articles discuss the Rice Owls’ National Signing Day recruits.
St. Andrew’s Godber commits to Rice

Officials dig in to kick-start project on UH’s new digs
Rice is mentioned in an article about the construction of a new football stadium at the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle


‘Robot’ cells answer call to arms
By thinking of cells as programmable robots, researchers at Rice University hope to someday direct how they grow into the tiny blood vessels that feed the brain and help people regain functions lost to stroke and disease.

Lack of energy an enemy to antibiotic-resistant microbes
Rice University researchers “cured” a strain of bacteria of its ability to resist an antibiotic in an experiment that has implications for a long-standing public health crisis.

Simmons Family Foundation awards collaborative research grants
Nanobubble treatment for cancer patients, a study of peroxisomal disorders, the role of astrocytes in the central nervous system and a search for genetic factors in bone cancer are the focus of this year’s grants supported by the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation Collaborative Research Fund.

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.