Dateline Rice for Feb. 14, 2013


One-two punch strategy against bacteria and cancer
A link to a news release about Rice cancer research by José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was featured on the homepage of


Budding business stars: Rice Biz Plan Competition wants you
An article discusses the Rice Business Plan Competition.

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.
Financial Post (This article also appeared on

University view — Richard Davies
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about "research-led" universities. (This article also appeared in the Western Mail.)


Oil, gas officials mull water use
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in an article about House Natural Resources Committee and House Energy Resources Committee hearings at which he testified. A separate article reports that Barron will speak at the BioWales conference.
San Angelo Standard-Times (This article also appeared in the Abilene Reporter-News.)
Further speakers at BioWales

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.
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Demographics expert set to talk population change
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, will present a lecture to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Feb 18.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Rice a top 10 best value in national ranking
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."
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the Tomball Potpourri, the Cypress Creek Mirror and the Magnolia Potpourri.)

Annise Parker to seek third, final term; trans woman to run for Houston council
Rice research about Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s job performance is cited in an article about her decision to seek a third term.
Dallas Voice

Familiar faces
The New York School of Interior Design will present a retrospective exhibition of the work of alumnus Neal Prince ’43, an American architect and interior designer who played an essential role in creating a new type of luxury hotel.
Corsicana Daily Sun\


Oregon Public Radio’s ‘EarthFix’
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. (This story also appeared on

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about Houston’s diversity.

KYW-TV (Philadelphia)
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is mentioned in an interview with Mark Lund of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.

Angel Martí, assistant professor of chemistry and of bioengineering, appeared in a segment about transfat oils. An English translation of this clip is not available.

A story discusses artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation.


Moody Foundation gives $20 million for Rice 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 the Philanthropy News Digest article.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Rice University receives $20 million from Moody Foundation to build arts center
Philanthropy News Digest

Cybersecurity order fosters data sharing
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about cyberwarfare.

MIT’s $1 million test to see if social media can make investors money
Rice research is cited in an article about a Massachusetts Institute of Technology experiment in investing via social media.


Temple University in search of the smallest owl
Rice is mentioned in a column about Temple University’s search for the smallest owl.

Professor earns sciences award
Alumna Anita Jones ’64 was selected to receive the 2012 Philip Hauge Abelson Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Artist of the day, Jenne Giles
Alumna Jenne Giles ’97 is profiled for her career in art.
SF Weekly (Calif.)

WVU Tech officials hope projects attract students
Alumna Kelly Hudgins ’93 is mentioned in an article about renovations at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.
Wetzel Chronicle (W.Va.) (This article also appeared in the Marietta Times, the Wheeling News-Register, the Inter Mountain, the Weirton Daily Times, the Parkersburg News and Sentinel, the Martinsburg Journal, the Steubenville Herald-Star and the Belmont County Times-Leader.)


Rice to unveil plaque honoring ex-pitcher Humber’s 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.
Houston Chronicle

Marshall 71, Rice 70
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University. (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, the Rock Hill Herald, the Macon Telegraph, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Tacoma News Tribune, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, the Charleston Daily Mail, [Denver], [Washington, D.C.], [Tampa Bay, Fla.] and [Jacksonville, Fla.].)

No. 25 men’s tennis set to host Rice
An article previews a men’s tennis match between Rice and Louisiana State University. (A similar article also appeared on

Otaro Alaka interested in Michigan
An article discusses a Rice Owls’ National Signing Day recruit. (subscription required)

The greatest threat to America’s game: Tuition, scholarships, and baseball
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Texas Christian University baseball team.

Pistorius: ‘I wouldn’t want to run if I was cheating. I believe in the purity of sport’
Rice is mentioned in an article about amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Daily Mail (U.K.)


Texas Tribune, Rice University to host daylong symposium on Texas public education Feb. 25
Standardized testing, teacher quality and public education legislation will be topics of discussion at "On The Road: A Symposium on Public Education," a daylong event focusing on the state of public education in Texas Feb. 25 in Rice University’s Baker Hall. The event is hosted by the Texas Tribune and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Hobby Center for the Study of 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.