Dateline Rice for Feb. 18, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Smoggy air tied to heart attacks
Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and ozone. Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, and Loren Raun, faculty fellow in statistics, are quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared on,, the Fon Du Lac Reporter, [Colorado Springs, Colo.],, and
Heart attack? It could be pollution (This Indo-Asian News Service article also appeared in the Times of India,,,,,,,,,,,,, and
Direct link between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and ozone
Air pollution and ozone levels linked to cardiac arrests (This article also appeared on, and
Pollution raises risk of heart attack, says study
Pollution confirmed as cause of cardiac arrest in large study
Study explores link between air pollution and heart attack
Rice University team links PM2.5 and ozone levels with cardiac arrest


Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on CNN-TV to discuss the auction of items that belonged to President John F. Kennedy. Brinkley also appeared on SiriusXM Radio and WOR-AM to discuss presidential history. A link to the SiriusXM Radio broadcast is not available. Brinkley is also quoted in articles about lessons in persuasion from American presidents and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.
SiriusXM Radio
WOR-AM (New York)
Lessons in persuasion from the most celebrated American presidents
Can Obama work around Congress in his second term?
York Daily Record (Penn.)

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. (This article also appeared on

Best value private colleges and universities: Princeton Review list 2013
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."

Colleges love hip-hop, but do they love black men too?
Hip-hop represents the latest attempt by contemporary universities to rebrand themselves, as competition for students, financial support and star professors intensifies. The article mentions that Houston rapper Bun B co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Fox News Channel
A segment about President’s Day discusses President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.


Citizen scientists have fun while sharing expertise
Retired scientists are finding a new life for their skills. James Tour, who is not retired, is quoted about regulations that limit what home chemists can do. Tour is Rice’s T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

The ‘Halo’ effect: Ballet Ball honors Lynn Wyatt with special tribute from 19 male dancers
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned in an article about the Houston Ballet’s Ballet Ball.

Analysis says health care providers could recoups cost of caring for uninsured
Health care providers in Harris County could recoup most, if not all, of the uncompensated care costs incurred by the uninsured and paid by local taxpayers and charitable organizations if the state Legislature expands Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to an analysis released by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the nonprofit Texas Impact. Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Post, the Darien News, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Norwalk Citizen, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Westport News.)

Poverty’s impact seen in tests
Districts with higher percentages of poor households and English-language learners did worse on the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, taken last spring. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
San Antonio Express-News

Tarrant County Democrats prepare for leadership change
Tarrant County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Maxwell said he plans to step down from his post in April and let precinct chairmen choose his replacement. 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.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

HISD selects first architecture firms for bond work
Rice is mentioned in an article about work to expand the facilities of the Houston Independent School District.
Houston Business Journal

Student-led startup company works to improve oil recovery efficiency
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about a University of Texas at Austin student business startup.

Classic versions of ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ are big-screen wonders and 3 new foreign films
An article about film events in Houston mentions that the Rice University Media Center will next week host "Taiwan New Cinema: 30 Years On," a mini-retrospective of notable films that helped launch the Taiwan New Wave movement of the 1980s.

Interfaith of the Woodlands appoints 3 new board members
The board of directors of Interfaith of the Woodlands announced the appointment of alumnus Alex Sutton ’70 to its membership.

Kerley new president of the ACRO
Alumnus J. Michael Kerley ’78 was named president of the American College of Radiation Oncology.
San Marcos Daily Times

Less sugar, more spice healthier, still tastes nice
Alumna Amy Hassan ’97 is interviewed about sugar and proper diets.

Service ‘one of the most important things’ for clients
An article about realtor Nancy Stow mentions that she has completed a continuing education course at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle


A guide to nanotechnology
The discovery of the buckyball at Rice by Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, and the late Richard Smalley is mentioned in an article about nanotechnology.


Proposed Bangor charter school linked to Turkish imam
A proposed charter school to be based in Bangor, Maine, is tied into an informal worldwide network of religious, cultural and education institutions operated by followers of a controversial and reclusive Turkish imam, Fethullah Gulen. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Portland Press Herald (Maine) (This article also appeared in the Kennebec Journal and the Waterville Morning Sentinel.)

Decades later, attorney tracks new challenge to VRA
Chandler Davidson, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Sociology, is quoted in articles reporting that the Supreme Court will hear a case about the Voting Rights Act.
Lafayette Advertiser (La.)
Supreme Court to hear Alabama county’s challenge to Voting Rights Act
Alexandria Town Talk (La.) (This article also appeared in the Jackson Magazine.)

Nakamori to speak at ECU
Yasufumi Nakamori, a lecturer at the Chao Center for Asian Studies, will speak at East Central University Feb. 27.
Ada Evening News (Okla.)

An unholy alliance: Private prisons and the Christian right
Larry Jablecki, Masters of Liberal Studies instructor, authored this op-ed about private prisons. (This article also appeared in the Humanist.)

Zack Kopplin wins ‘Troublemaker of the Year’ 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.
Gambit (New Orleans)

Flat boron by the numbers
Rice University researchers have calculated the energies that would be involved in creating 2-D sheets of boron, which would be similar to but have better electrical qualities than carbon-based graphene. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted in the article.
Working to planar boron

Marshall grad selected for organ competition
Yuri McCoy, a graduate student in music, has been selected to compete in Longwood Gardens’ inaugural International Organ Competition.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

KU School of Music Faculty Recital Series: Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet
Alumna Stephanie Zelnick ’95 will perform at the University of Kansas Feb. 15.
Lawrence Journal-World (Ky.)

Three years, a sabbatical, and a guest star extravaganza
An op-ed by the American Enterprise Institute’s Rick Hess about teaching mentions that he has taught at Rice.
Education Week

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. (Atlanta) (This article also appeared in the Palm Beach Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, [San Jose, Calif.], [Orlando, Fla.], [Dayton, Ohio], [Johnstown, Penn.], [Jacksonville, Fla.], [Atlanta], [Orlando, Fla.] and [Steubenville, Ohio].)

Newsmaker: The Rev. Kurt Burnette
Alumnus Kurt Burnette ’78 is profiled for his career as rector of the Pittsburgh Byzantine Catholic Seminary.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Rice rides Simms to shutout of Stanford
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and Stanford University.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared on,, the Contra Costa Times and nearly 20 other media outlets.)
Pitching highlights season-opening series win over Stanford
Houston Chronicle
Rice wins series over Stanford

UAB 80, Rice 57
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, [St. Louis] and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

With perfection behind him, Humber ready for new start
An article profiling former Rice baseball player Philip Humber mentions that Rice University honored him for the perfect game he threw with the White Sox in 2012 by unveiling a commemorative plaque at Reckling Park.

Coquitlam sports hall calls for nominees
Baker College freshman Hodson Harding is mentioned in an article about the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame.
Langley Advance (British Columbia) (This article also appeared in the Abbottsford-Mission Times and

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 Tulane University.

‘H’ continues helping Cedar Park athletes posthumously
Sid Richardson College freshman Zach Espinosa is mentioned in an article about the Harold "H" Horne Cedar Park High School Student Athlete Scholarship program.
Cedar Park-Leander Statesman (Texas)

NL East spring preview: Pitching questions for Nationals, Braves
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in an article about National League East baseball. (This article also appeared on

Taylor’s Wells taking new experiences to Rice
A Taylor High School student-athlete has signed to play at Rice.
Katy Rancher (Texas)


Rice University analysis links ozone levels, cardiac arrest
Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and ozone. Their work has prompted more CPR training in at-risk communities.

Doubly honored: Two prestigious awards for Rice’s Putman
Rice University mathematician Andrew Putman has earned two of the nation’s most prestigious honors for young scientists: a Sloan Research Fellowship and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

Harvard psychology professor Elizabeth Spelke to give talk on gender gap in STEM fields at Rice Feb. 21
Cognitive scientist Elizabeth Spelke will examine why more men than women pursue science, technology and math at the Marian Fox Martel Distinguished Lecture in Gender and Science Feb. 21 at Rice University.

‘The Arab Awakening and Gender: Challenges and Opportunities for Women’ at Rice’s Baker Institute Feb. 21
Leading experts from the worlds of social media, journalism, entrepreneurship, law, politics and social activism will gather Feb. 21 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to discuss the challenges and opportunities that women in the Middle East and North Africa face today amid the events of the Arab Awakening.

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.