Dateline Rice for Feb. 13, 2013


Rice receives $20 million gift for arts center
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. 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 in these articles. The article was featured on the website’s homepage.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Rice awarded $20 million for new Center for the Arts
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Connecticut Post.)
Moody Foundation awards $20 million to Rice University for new Center for the Arts
Award from Moody Foundation will create Center for the Arts at Rice
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Memorial Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)
Moody Foundation awards $20 million to Rice for new art building

Rich get richer: Moody Foundation gives Rice $20 million for arts center
Houston Press


America’s cyber Achilles heel: Aging critical infrastructure
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in articles about cyberwarfare.
Cybersecurity order fosters data sharing
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Jackson Sun, the Hattiesburg American and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Senate energy panel talks natural gas
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, testified at a U.S. Senate committee hearing about American natural gas exports.
Senators plunge into debate over natural gas exports
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Business section and also in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Senate Energy Committee lawmakers search for ‘sweet spot’ on natural-gas exports

Synthetic, natural drug cocktail can combat 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.
Times of India (This article also appeared on
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MBA concentrations for the daring
Weezie Mackey, communications manager at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about unusual MBA concentrations.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on

Funds, speculators pushing up energy prices
Hedge funds and other speculators are pushing up energy prices and hurting consumers, a top U.S. commodity regulator said. Rice research is cited.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Economic Times of India and


HISD to bring architecture short list to board of education
Rice is mentioned in an article about work to expand the Houston Independent School District.
Houston Business Journal


Fox News Channel
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a story about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. Brace also appeared on Associated Press Radio to discuss the address. A link to that broadcast is not available.
Associated Press Radio

KTBU-TV (Houston)
McMurtry College senior Becca Isaac was interviewed on KTBU-TV about the MLK Grande Parade 2013. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Antibiotic resistance can be starved out of 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. (This article also appeared on
Cutting off energy supply cripples resistant bugs (This article also appeared on
Environmental engineering ‘can help combat antibiotic resistance’ (This article also appeared on

Do key volcanoes control Earth’s climate cycles?
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.


College hosts spring lecture series on the environment
Alumnus David Schwartz ’97 will present a lecture at Davidson College April 3.

Drawing, retaining WVU Tech freshmen focus of new facility
Alumna Kelly Hudgins ’93 is mentioned in an article about renovations at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.)


Rice set to honor Humber for perfect game
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.

Astros Foundation College Classic tickets on sale now
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 2013 Astros Foundation College Classic.

Rice could give Herd problems
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Charleston Daily Mail (W.Va.) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch,, and

National Signing Day
An article discusses the Rice Owls’ National Signing Day recruits.
Memorial Examiner (Texas)

Texas overwhelms WAC conference
Rice is mentioned in an article about Western Athletic Conference baseball.


‘Shamoon’ computer virus attack marked new height in international cyber conflict
The deployment of the "Shamoon" computer virus against the Saudi Arabian Oil Co. last year was an important new development in international cyber conflict. Shamoon must put all providers of critical services on alert and requires concerted action by governments and private interests, according to a new working paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Manama, Bahrain.

Artist reception for Allison Hunter’s BRC pop-up gallery installation Feb. 13
Rice Public Art is featuring a pop-up gallery installation by Rice University’s Humanities Artist-in-Residence Allison Hunter.

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.