Dateline Rice for Feb. 12, 2013

FEATURED ITEMS

Moody Foundation gives $20 million for Rice’s new arts center
The Moody Foundation has awarded $20 million to Rice University for a new Center for the Arts. Rice President David Leebron and Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English, are quoted.
Houston Business Journal
http://bit.ly/YUuIc8

‘Robot’ cells mimic blood vessel growth
Computer simulations show how blood vessels regroup after stroke, and could one day help scientists control blood flow in the brains of stroke patients. Amina Qutub, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.
Futurity.org
http://bit.ly/12soLTN

Tudor still impacting Rice long after the playing days are done
Rice trustee Bobby Tudor ’82 is profiled for his career and long affiliation with Rice, including his election as board chair.
MyFoxHouston.com
http://bit.ly/WY9Q3e

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

Obama expected to issue cybersecurity executive order
Reaction to an impending cybersecurity executive order could be as polarized as the debate that hog-tied Congress from enacting new laws to assure basic Internet safety. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the Great Falls Tribune and nearly 80 other media outlets.)
http://usat.ly/Z6lygm

Obama poised to skirt Congress to seal legacy in new term agenda
When President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address, 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.
Yahoo.com (This article also appeared in the Economic Times of India, the Denver Post and nearly 75 other media outlets.)
http://yhoo.it/WGAwqV

One-two punch against bacteria and cancer
Cancer researchers from Rice University suggest that a new human-made drug that’s already proven effective at killing cancer and drug-resistant bacteria could best deliver its knockout blow when used in combination with drugs made from naturally occurring toxins. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.
FarsNews.com
http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107143858
New ‘combo’ strategy could deliver knockout punch against cancer
TopNews.in
http://bit.ly/WhLD88

Why the fight over natural gas exports may be overblown
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 natural gas exports.
Washington Post
http://wapo.st/X30Yr7

HOUSTON/TEXAS

Rice engineers find way to control antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Rice environmental engineers have discovered a way to stop a particular strain of bacteria from passing on a drug-resistant DNA element to subsequent generations. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/12nG88s
Cutting off energy supply cripples resistant bugs
NewsTrackIndia.com (This article also appeared on NewKerala.com, Sify.com, WebIndia123.com and TorontoTelegraph.com.)
http://bit.ly/V3oCsC

Democrats file resolution on school finance, House doesn’t vote on it
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.
Austin American-Statesman
http://bit.ly/Wg0yQ6

What’s the biggest threat to the Gulf of Mexico?
An article about a lecture by Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s leading oceanographers, mentions that she will speak tonight at Rice.
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/VSsxmN

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KPRC-TV
Johnny Whitehead, chief of police and director of public safety for the Rice University Police Department, is quoted in a story about how campus police are working to reduce crime rates on college campuses.
http://bit.ly/V3vaaJ

KPFT-FM
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss Chinese cyberattacks on the U.S. and the use of unmanned drones in the search for Christopher Dorner. The interview begins approximately five minutes into the clip.
http://archive.kpft.org/mp3/kpft_130211_160001news.mp3

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

Asking the big questions for the next 10 years
Eugene Levy, the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics, is quoted in an essay about the future of NASA.
TheSpaceReview.com
http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2239/1

The color purpurin — plant extract may replace Li-ion cathode materials
Rice researchers say a plant extract can be turned into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries.
MaterialsWorld
http://bit.ly/WYlU4x

Readmission prevention effort focuses on colon surgery patients
Rice is mentioned in an article about discharge instructions.
HealthLeaders
http://bit.ly/We5BAB

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Getting more data from less signal
Rice research is cited in an article about data compression.
OverclockersClub.com
http://www.overclockersclub.com/news/33686/

SPORTS

Worth noting
Rice University will honor former Rice baseball player Philip Humber for the perfect game he threw with the White Sox in 2012 by unveiling a commemorative plaque at Reckling Park. Humber is also mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.
MLB.com
http://atmlb.com/127WCWP
Battles loom at top, bottom of Astros’ rotation
Houston Chronicle
http://bit.ly/V3wPgj

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice loss
An article discusses the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
UltimateKaty.com
http://bit.ly/XrO359

SMU cooks Rice with strong defensive stand
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.
SMUDailyCampus.com
http://bit.ly/X23SQ2

Mens basketball to hold military and medical appreciation day
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University.
MarshallParthenon.com
http://bit.ly/WhYXcw

Four Washington Nationals fighting for roster spots in spring training
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon appears in a photo slideshow of Washington Nationals baseball players.
BleacherReport.com
http://bit.ly/U8DQeg

NEWS RELEASES

Moody Foundation awards $20 million to Rice University for new Center for the Arts
The Moody Foundation has awarded $20 million to Rice University for a new Center for the Arts on campus. The interdisciplinary center will provide space for arts education, performances and gallery exhibitions on campus and promote collaborations with Houston’s world-class art museums.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40557

One-two punch strategy against bacteria and cancer
Cancer researchers from Rice University suggest that a new man-made drug that’s already proven effective at killing cancer and drug-resistant bacteria could best deliver its knockout blow when used in combination with drugs made from naturally occurring toxins.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40532

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 19
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will examine key issues related to U.S. foreign policy in the Western Hemisphere, including immigration, border issues, drugs, Cuba and Venezuela Feb. 19 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40530

Historian Douglas Brinkley available for State of the Union interviews
Noted presidential historian Douglas Brinkley is available via Rice University’s television interview studio today and tomorrow for national television interviews discussing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40523

Rice University presidential expert Paul Brace available to comment on 2013 State of the Union address
As President Barack Obama prepares for the first State of the Union address of his second term, Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to comment on what can be expected from the speech.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40568

Students to draw mounted Houston police at Rice Feb. 14
Rice University students in Visual and Dramatic Arts Professor Karin Broker’s Life Drawing class will have the unique opportunity to draw officers and horses of the Houston Police Department Mounted Patrol Feb. 14 in front of the university’s iconic Lovett Hall building.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=40580

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.