Dateline Rice for Feb. 15, 2013


Argentine probe into blast draws fire from Iran, Jews
Argentine lawmakers advanced a plan to form a "truth commission" with Iran that would probe the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. 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. Jones is also quoted in an article about immigration reform.
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Citizenship plan lacks GOP support in Texas
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Startups bubbling up in Houston
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the Rice Business Plan Competition are mentioned in an article about entrepreneurship in Houston.

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.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.)

Angel investor Semyon Dukach stirs up trouble with new award
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin was awarded the Troublemaker Award for his leadership and advocacy efforts to prevent the spread of creationism in public education.

Former AMD chief’s book describes fight against Intel
Articles discuss a book by alumnus Hector Ruiz ’73.
Wall Street Journal
Former AMD boss, Hector Ruiz, spills beans on Intel scrap


$20 million for a campus changer: Rice’s new arts center to have a bold, risky look
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. Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English, is quoted.

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.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Remodeler selected as NAHB Remodelers chairman
An article reporting that Bill Shaw was appointed as the 2013 chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers mentions that Shaw once taught at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Proposed addition scheduled for 2012
An article about a proposed building at the University of Texas-Pan American mentions that Rice is one of three Tier One universities in Texas.


Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss cyberwarfare. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Sanford-Burnham nabs Texas cancer expert
An article about a new hire at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., mentions that K.C. Nicolaou, the Henry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Chemistry, left the Scripps Research Institute to join the faculty at Rice.
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

KU School of Music Faculty Recital Series: Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet
Alumna Stephanie Zelnick ’95 will perform at the University of Kansas Feb. 15.


Pitching-deep Rice tries to regain CWS status
An article discusses the Rice Owls baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

Men’s tennis knocks off Rice, 4-3
An article recaps a men’s tennis match between Rice and Tulane University.

Tulane women’s basketball defeats Conference USA foe Rice, 61-45
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and Tulane University. (Coverage of this game also appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.)

Coquitlam sports hall calls for nominees
Baker College freshman Hodson Harding is mentioned in an article about the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame.
Coquitlam Now (British Columbia)

Cardinal opens season at Rice
An article previews a baseball series between Rice and Stanford University.

Carolinas college baseball preview
Rice is mentioned in an article about college baseball.
Charlotte Observer (N.C.)

Berkman wanted one more go-around in Texas
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman is profiled for his career in baseball.

Bold predictions for spring training and odds each comes true
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani appears in a photo slideshow about predictions for baseball spring training.

Profile: Oscar Pistorius
Rice is mentioned in an article profiling amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius. (This article also appeared on and

Power ranking every state by the strength of its football teams
Rice is mentioned in a photo slideshow about college football.


Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson available for national TV interviews
Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is available for national television interviews about immigration and other timely topics Feb. 19 at Rice University.

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.