Dateline Rice for Feb. 21, 2013


Rice adds second online education provider
Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX. Rice President David Leebron; Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English; and Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College, are quoted in the Houston Chronicle article. Levander is also quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education article.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the San Francisco Chronicle.)
Universities abroad join partnerships on the Web
New York Times
Competing MOOC providers expand into new territory — and each other’s
Chronicle of Higher Education
More elite universities offer free online courses
Boston Globe (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Windsor Star, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Washington Post,,, [Cincinnati] and nearly 150 other media outlets.)
Twice as many MOOCs
Inside Higher Ed
Online-education provider Coursera signs 29 more schools
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Online education groups add colleges from US and overseas
Los Angeles Times
ANU joins edX: providing free university courses online
The Age (Australia) (This article also appeared in the Canberra Times, the Brisbane Times and the Financial Review.)
Online education provider edX goes global, doubles number of school partners (This article also appeared on [Raleigh, N.C.] and
More top universities to offer free online courses
Economic Times of India
Online learning platform edX goes international with the addition of six new schools
edX goes international as six new schools join partnership
The rise of the global MOOCs

Zack Kopplin, the 19-year-old face of the anti-creationist movement
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appears on the cover of the Houston Press and is profiled for his work fighting creationism in schools.
Houston Press
Rice student’s national efforts earn scathing rebuttal from head of creationist museum
Houston Press


Ozone levels linked to 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. Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, and Loren Raun, faculty fellow in statistics, are quoted in several of the news items.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Buenos Aires Herald, the Chicago Tribune,, the Sudan Vision Daily, the Willits News, the Whittier Daily News, the Vallejo Times-Herald, the Ukiah Daily Journal, the Eureka Times-Standard, the San Jose Mercury News, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Red Bluff Daily News, the Pasadena Star-News, the Paradise Post, the Hampton Roads Daily Press, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Monterey County Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Mendocino Beacon, the Marin Independent Journal, the Lake County Record-Bee, the Oakland Tribune, the Fort Bragg Advocate-News, the Orlando Sentinel, the Contra Costa Times,,, [Duluth, Minn.],, [Holland, Mich.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Hartford, Conn.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Sioux Falls, S.D.], [Wausau, Wis.] and
KTRK-TV (A similar report appeared on KVUE-TV [Austin, Texas].)

Heart attacks linked to ozone levels

The Guardian (Nigeria)
High ozone levels linked to cardiac arrest
Feb. 19 news: Global warming brings more potent blizzards, but less total annual snowfall
Increase in city’s ozone levels up risk of cardiac arrest
Science World Report
Pollution shown to pose a clear and present danger to hearts
Business Day (South Africa)
Air pollution and ozone levels also contribute to the cause of a cardiac arrest, Texas study finds

Lessons in persuasion from the most celebrated American presidents
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about lessons in persuasion from American presidents.

Bitter pill: Why medical bills are killing us
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about health care.


City gets thousands of complaints about apartments
A new city of Houston system for reporting problems at apartment complexes has logged thousands of calls complaining about everything from sewage to wiring and vermin. William Cannady, professor of architecture, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Runoff begins for Senate District 6
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the special election to replace deceased Sen. Mario Gallegos. Stein is also quoted in an article about a Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting. (This article also appeared on
Board hears results of community survey
Plano Courier (This article also appeared in the Lewisville Leader and the Colony Leader.)

‘Confessions’ page creates school unity
Rice is mentioned in a front-page article about college "confessional" Facebook pages.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Review: Gunilla Klingberg at Rice Gallery
An article discusses artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation.
Arts and Culture Houston

Rice University professor says Texas will be crowded by 2030
A story discusses a presentation at the Texas Transportation Forum in Austin by Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of 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.
Memorial Examiner

Feb. 25 Rice symposium covers state of public education
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 at Rice focusing on the state of public education in Texas.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner and the Memorial Examiner.)


Local merchants have ‘been to the rodeo’
Rice research is cited in an article about social couponing websites such as Groupon.

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.


Martel College junior Austin Kubitza is profiled for his career in baseball.

Lady Tigers tennis falls at Rice, 5-0
An article recaps a women’s tennis match between Rice and Louisiana State University.

Texans on lookout at scouting combine
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald is mentioned in an article about possible Houston Texans recruits.
Houston Chronicle

Further C-USA expansion could still be on the horizon
Rice is mentioned in an article about possible Conference USA expansion.

Rice ex Luetge introduces himself to Mariners in style
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Lucas Luetge’s career in baseball.
Houston Chronicle


Rice to offer more online courses through edX
Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX.

Rice’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program to co-host panel discussion on childhood obesity Feb. 28
Rice University’s Kinder Institute Urban Health Program will present a public forum on "Childhood Obesity: Pieces of the Puzzle" Feb. 28 at the BioScience Research Collaborative.

March events at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music
Faculty recitals and the Shepherd School’s spring opera are among the events scheduled during March at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

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.