Dateline Rice for Feb. 22, 2013


MOOC providers expand
Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX.
Times Higher Education
MOOC programs that take a giant leap for online college classes
Varsities abroad join partnerships on Web
Hindustan Times (This article also appeared in the Hindu Business Line and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)
Rice University to join online education system edX
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in the Kenya Star.)
More elite universities offer free online courses (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, the Manteca Bulletin, the Montreal Gazette, and the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.)
The edX online learning consortium expands overseas
Boston Business Journal
Online learning provider edX doubles membership
Boston Herald

High levels of air pollution linked 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, is quoted.
New York Daily News (This article also appeared on

A lifetime of political negotiations for America’s Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson, senior fellow for Latin America at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is profiled for his career in politics.
The National (United Arab Emirates) (This article also appeared on


Perry won’t budge off opposition to Medicaid expansion
Gov. Rick Perry refused to budge from his opposition to expanding Medicaid to more poor Texans, a day after Florida’s governor reversed course and joined a growing number of Republican critics embracing the program. 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 in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Smokin’ hot: Greg Gatlin is a Houston barbecue sensation
Alumnus Greg Gatlin ’03 is profiled for his barbecue restaurant.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Talent level high at Cliburn auditions
Christopher McKiggan, a graduate student in music, participated in the Cliburn screening auditions. Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, is mentioned.

Texas students outscore nation in science, math
An article about the results of the Mega-States Report includes a photo of the Sally Ride Science Festival at Rice.
Beaumont Enterprise (This article also appeared in the Albany Times-Union, the Greenwich Time, the Stamford Advocate, the Norwalk Citizen and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

Yoga in an art gallery catches on at Rice: New environment changes the exercise game
News items discuss artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation. (This video appears on ArtDaily’s video section.)


After Florida Gov. Rick Scott reversed his decision of not supporting a Medicaid expansion in his state as part of the Affordable Care Act, some wonder if Texas Gov. Rick Perry will eventually change his resistance to the expansion here. 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.

KXXV-TV (Waco, Texas)
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 at Rice.


Attractiveness leads to success
Attractive people are usually hired sooner, get promotions more quickly and are paid better than their less-attractive peers, researchers have claimed. Rice research is mentioned.


Tulane men’s basketball ready for Rice’s zone defense and 3-point threat on road Saturday
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and Tulane University.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Women’s college basketball: Hot-shooting Rice tops Central Florida
A news brief recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Central Florida.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared on

Mariners pitcher Lucas Luetge is ‘cool, calm, collected’
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Lucas Luetge’s career in baseball.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A&M’s vision for Kyle Field now tangible
Rice is mentioned in an article about planned renovations of Kyle Field at Texas A&M University.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

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.