Dateline Rice for Feb. 19, 2013


Study links smog 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 in some of the articles.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)
Researchers prove air pollution causes heart attacks
Heart attacks linked to air pollution, Rice study says
Houston Business Journal
Heart attack? It could be pollution (This article also appeared on,, and
Air pollution and ozone levels linked to cardiac arrests (This article also appeared on,, and
Air pollution increases risk for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Smoggy air tied to heart attacks
Wausau Daily Herald (Wis.) (This article also appeared in the Marshfield News-Herald, the Northwestern, the Stevens Point Journal, the Appleton Post-Crescent, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune, and
Ozone not only bad for climate, but also bad for the heart
High ozone levels linked to heart attacks
Smoggy air tied to heart attacks
Air pollution fosters higher cardiac arrest risks


Universities that claim to meet full financial need
Rice appears on a list of universities that fill financial gaps in admitted students’ funding.
U.S. News & World Report
64 colleges claim to meet full financial need

Fox Business Network’s ‘Imus in the Morning’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Fox Business Network’s "Imus in the Morning" to discuss current events. Brinkley is also quoted in a CNN-TV story about an auction of items owned by President John F. Kennedy.

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.
San Francisco Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Danbury News-Times and the Greenwich Time.)

Support in the IMF that generates more counts in the United States
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 about Argentina’s bilateral relations with Iran. An English translation of this article is not available. Jones is also quoted in an article about a push to add regulations on gun shows held at city facilities in Fort Worth, Texas.
Clarín (Argentina) (This article also appeared on
Some want Fort Worth to impose regulations on gun shows
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared in the State and the Centre Daily Times.)

Voice of America News
Borghan Nezami, assistant professor of economics, was interviewed about economics. English translations of these interviews are not available.
Voice of America News


Ballet Ball was a sparkling dream
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.
Houston Chronicle

Population change in Tyler and Texas will impact economic development and education
The Tyler, Texas, area is seeing an ever growing Hispanic population but has one of the highest percentages of Hispanics without high school degrees in the state, according to Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Chemist brings first-time award to UH
An article about the winner of the Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research at the University of Houston mentions previous winners Cecilia Clementi, the Wiess Career Development Chair and professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Jason Hafner, associate professor of physics and astronomy and of chemistry.

George P. Bush: Then and now
A photo essay discusses alumnus George P. Bush’s ’98 life and career in politics.
Dallas Morning News


Members of the Texas clergy will travel to Austin this week in an attempt to convince Texas lawmakers to support Medicaid expansion. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.

KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas)
A story discusses a presentation at the Texas Transportation Forum in Austin, Texas, by Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

KBTV-TV (Beaumont, Texas)
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello; Frank Huang, artist teacher of violin; and Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform with the Symphony of Southeast Texas Feb. 23.


Volcanic CO2 caused ancient episodes of global warming
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.

10 ways graphene can make a better world
An article about graphene mentions Rice research showing that graphene oxide has the ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water.


Voting rights on trial
Chandler Davidson, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Sociology, is quoted in an article reporting that the Supreme Court will hear a case about the Voting Rights Act.
Lansing State Journal (Mich.) (This article also appeared in the Leaf Chronicle, the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Hattiesburg American, the Altoona Herald-Index, the South Jersey Courier-Post, Florida Today, the Tallahassee Democrat and

Who are the building’s namesakes?
Alumnus Michael Johnson ’75 is among the donors to the New Mexico State University Center for the Arts.
Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.)

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.

Team from WVU again selected for NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
Rice is mentioned in an article about NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.
Coal Valley News (W.Va.)

Tooting their horns
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Northeastern State University Trumpet Festival.
Tahlequah Daily Press (Okla.)


Rice pitcher named C-USA co-pitcher of the week
Martel College junior Austin Kubitza was named Conference USA co-pitcher of the week.
Houston Chronicle

Rice climbs in Baseball America poll
After an impressive performance against Stanford, Rice moved up five spots to No. 13 in the Baseball America poll.
Houston Chronicle

This week in NMSU athletics
A news brief previews a men’s golf tournament co-hosted by Rice. (El Paso, Texas) (This article also appeared on [El Paso, Texas].)

College Park grad Shafer scores 3 points in Rice loss
A news brief discusses the performance of Baker College freshman Megan Shafer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Tulsa.

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.