Dateline Rice for Feb. 25, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


MD Anderson team targets drug-resistant bacteria
Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center believe they have found a new class of weapons in a corkscrew-like peptide that may fight Gram-negative bacteria. José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, comments on their research in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Rice University student is contestant on ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ airing Tuesday
Clark Needham, a graduate student in bioengineering, will appear as a contestant Tuesday on ABC’s "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."


Carter in Oscarland: The rehabilitation of the 39th president
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a column about changing attitudes toward former President Jimmy Carter. Brinkley is also featured in an article about the Woody Guthrie novel "House of Earth."
Guthrie novel finally in print
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

Batteries power up to the next level
An article about battery research notes Rice research to convert a plant extract into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
The Age (Australia)

Al Jazeera Arabic
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the Syrian civil war. A link to this broadcast is not available.

Veteran leader of 3 big nonprofits says charities should find their own identity, not copy others
Former Rice President George Rupp is profiled for his career.
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Sometimes the things are not all Aubusson
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about an estate sale in Houston.
New York Times (This article also appeared in Texas Monthly.)

Bianca Alice Walker
Rice is mentioned in an article about author Bianca Alice Walker.
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday,174018.html

‘Cyber version of Pearl Harbor’ looms over energy industry
Canada’s energy industry is vulnerable to cyberattacks as increasingly sophisticated hackers target the world’s pipelines, refineries and power grids, a U.S. security expert warns. Rice research is cited.
Calgary Herald


Local foundations, singly and together, create a culture of giving
The institutions that make Houston an international destination are nurtured by people who made their fortunes here and then established multimillion-dollar foundations to share their wealth. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. Klineberg also appeared twice on KRIV-TV to discuss the Kinder Institute Houston Area Asian Survey.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News, the Stamford Advocate and the Connecticut Post.)
KRIV-TV’s ‘Asian Connection’
KRIV-TV’s ‘Asian Connection’

Giving to the arts
Rice appears on a chart ranking Houston nonprofits by their most recently reported revenue.
Houston Chronicle

Houston seeking its own poet laureate
Joseph Campana, assistant professor of English literature, is mentioned in a column about the search for Houston’s first poet laureate.
Houston Chronicle

Clinical trials remain key to medical breakthroughs
Sandra Bishnoi, lecturer in chemistry, is featured in an article about the importance of clinical trials.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Beaumont Enterprise, the San Antonio Express-News, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Darien News, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Norwalk Citizen, the Connecticut Post and the Stamford Advocate.)

The more the merrier as co-op pursues sustainability
Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about the Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Project.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra puts music in your pocket: New mobile approach captures fans
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra recorded a piece by Anthony Brandt, associate professor of composition and theory.

Arts City: A fortunate ‘Wheel’
An article discusses artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation.
Houston Chronicle

Imparting green sustainability — the other kind
Rice is mentioned in an article about Houston philanthropist H. Joe Nelson III.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the Darien News, the Fairfield Citizen, the New Canaan News, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Norwalk Citizen and the Westport News.)

Rice researchers link heart attacks, air pollution
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 the KENS-TV and Oregon Herald stories.
KENS-TV (San Antonio) (A similar story appeared on Texas Cable News.)
Ozone levels linked to cardiac arrest
Oregon Herald

Denison to host chamber music festival March 1-3
Rice graduate students in music Bo Moson, Yvonne Chen, Sergein Yap, Francesca McNeeley and Miran Kim will perform at a chamber music festival in Denison, Texas.

UT System student regent applicant: Jessica Faith Carter
Alumna Jessica Carter ’08 is one of several students applying to become a nonvoting student member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents. The article profile’s Carter for her achievements.

SMU, TCU offer early decision to applicants
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University will be adding new options to their respective applications.


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 in a story about pressure on Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.


Free market at odds in debate to export more natural gas
Energy officials support an expansion of the overseas natural gas market but some manufacturing executives object saying it would drive up prices and eliminate jobs. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted. Medlock is also quoted in a separate article about natural gas exports. (This article also appeared on
A paradigm shift on natural gas, oil exports
Albany Times-Union (N.Y.) (This article also appeared in the Anchorage Daily News.)


University of Toronto joins new 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.
More top universities to offer free online courses (Lewisburg, W.Va.)
edx expands internationally

Shifting Republican strategies could open door for millions of poor to apply for Medicaid
A growing number of Republican lawmakers are considering an expansion of Medicaid coverage in their respective states. 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.

Computer defenses at mercy of sequester
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an op-ed about the effect of the budget sequester on cyberdefense.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (This op-ed also appeared on

Utah State University alumna accepted into Metropolitan Opera program
Alumna Mary-Jane Castleton Lee ’10 has been accepted into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.
Salt Lake Tribune

Yes, we have sports
Alumnus Michael Wilks ’01 is mentioned in an article about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Courier

Managing the family biz takes more than good genes
Rice is mentioned in an article about classes on managing family-owned businesses.
Wilmington News Journal (Del.)

Reclaiming spirit: Christianity and African slaves
An article discusses a recent lecture at Wake Forest University by alumnus Derek Hicks ’09.

Southeastern Theatre to present ‘Blood Wedding’ about betrayed love on Feb. 26
Former Rice lecturer in theater Samuel Sparks is mentioned in an article about a theater performance at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Amite-Tangi Digest (La.)


Strength in numbers nets Rice women swimming title
The Owls captured the Conference USA women’s swimming and diving championship for the second time in three years at the University of Houston Recreation Center Natatorium.
Houston Chronicle

McDonald’s draft status rising high for Rice product
An article discusses the performance of Lovett College senior Vance McDonald at a Houston Texans football combine.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)

Women’s college basketball: UH, Rice get impressive wins
A news brief recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Houston Chronicle

Tulane 89, Rice 64
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and Tulane University. (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Bradenton Herald, and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Rice baseball wins second straight in Hawaii
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Hawaii. (Coverage of this game also appeared on and KITV-TV [Honolulu].)

Former Astros player Cruz visits camp
Former Rice baseball stand-out Jose Cruz Jr. recently visited the Houston Astros spring training camp.

Another new team, but same — albeit older — Berkman
An article discusses former Rice standout Lance Berkman’s training with the Texas Rangers.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)

St. Andrew’s football player bets on self at Purdue
Rice is mentioned in an article about a St. Andrew’s College student-athlete.

2013 draft Q-and-A: Andrew Dunlap
The Rice baseball team is mentioned in a Q-and-A with Andrew Dunlap from Westbury Christian High in Houston.
Baseball America

Wang settles in during sophomore campaign
Rice is mentioned in an article profiling a University of Florida student-athlete.
Gainesville Sun (Fla.)

Greens Farms beats Brunswick for first FAA championship
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Greens Farms Academy boys’ basketball team.
Stamford Advocate (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Westport News, the Connecticut Post, the Greenwich Time, and the San Antonio Express-News.)


Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability outlines sustainable strategies for Houston
Houston’s population has grown at a staggering 32 percent since 1990, but the city’s ability to sustain such growth could be in jeopardy, according to a report from Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability. The report found that Houstonians’ quality of life is already eroding and will continue to decline if future growth is not comprehensively addressed.

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.