Dateline Rice for Feb. 20, 2013


Ozone levels ramp up cardiac arrests
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 several of the news items.
High ozone levels linked to cardiac arrest (This article also appeared on, and
KHOU-TV (This report also appeared on
KPRC-TV (Similar reports also appeared on WAGA-TV [Atlanta] and WBRZ-TV [Baton Rouge, La.].)
Researchers prove air pollution causes heart attacks
Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Pollution tied to heart attacks; could Hispanics be at increased risk?
Research finds direct correlation between heart attacks and ozone and air pollution
Rice University analysis links ozone levels, cardiac arrest
Smoggy air tied to heart attacks
Smog gets in your heart
Sun.Star Cebu (Philippines)


Some Texas Democrats seek regulations for gun shows in Fort Worth
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 a push to add regulations on gun shows held at city facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. (This article also appeared in the Tri-City Herald, the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the Macon Telegraph, the Biloxi Sun-Herald, the Sacramento Bee, the Tacoma News-Tribune, the Olympian, the Wichita Eagle, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Lake Wylie Pilot, the Kansas City Star, the Rock Hill Herald, the Fort Mill Times, the York Enquirer-Herald, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the Charlotte Observer, the Bradenton Herald and the Anchorage Daily News.)

A giant mandala made from the logos of mega brands
An article discusses artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation.
Fast Company

College courses enlighten family businesses
Rice is mentioned in an article about classes on managing family-owned businesses.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Marshfield News-Herald, the Ithaca Journal and nearly 30 other media outlets.)


A plant closes on the plains, and a community ponders its future
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in a story about the closure of the Cargill Excel Beef Processing Plant in Plainview, Texas.

Transportation forum panel raises issues of technology, demographics
News items discusses the Texas Transportation Forum in Austin, Texas. Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, spoke at the event.
KCEN-TV (Waco, Texas)
KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas)

Initiative addresses mental health needs of youth in Harris County
Alumna Emily Pyle ’12 is quoted in an article about the Harris County School Behavioral Health Initiative.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)

Pastor, author: Near-death experiences challenge established beliefs
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted in an article about near-death experiences.
Houston Chronicle

A phrase for our time: ‘You had one job’
Alumna Lillian Nicholson ’20 is mentioned in an op-ed about the phrase "you had one job."
Houston Chronicle


Patterns of Houston
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice is mentioned and pictured in an article about architecture in Houston.
Design Observer (This article also appeared on

Researchers power up solar spray
New spray-coating technology could hold the key to creating inexpensive, mass-produced solar cells on everything from car roofs to building facades, UK researchers say. Rice sprayable-battery research is noted.
Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings

Energy and efficiency in the Nest Labs legal department
Alumnus Richard Lutton ’89 was hired as general counsel of Nest Labs.


Influencing kids with sports power
Clark Haptonstall, professor of the practice of kinesiology and program director of Sport Management, is quoted in an article about how Houston teams are active in their community-relations programs.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Pitching woes cost Owls in loss to Dallas Baptist
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Dallas Baptist University.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Men’s golf set for the Bayou City Collegiate Championships
An article previews a men’s golf tournament co-hosted by Rice. (A similar article appeared on [El Paso, Texas].)

Women’s tennis travels to face Rice
An article previews a women’s tennis match between Rice and Louisiana State University.

Rice’s Vance McDonald making a case for earlier call in NFL Draft
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald is profiled for his career in football.

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.