Dateline Rice for Feb. 26, 2013


Testing in Texas has gone too far, say key insiders
Articles report on Monday’s public education symposium at Rice University. The symposium was hosted by the Texas Tribune and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This front-page, above-the-fold article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Patrick to ask for moratorium on some exams
Houston Chronicle
Signs that some in GOP confronting reality
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Legislative notebook: GOP lawmaker backs gas tax
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Amazing but overlooked: 25 colleges you haven’t considered but should
Rice’s diversity is noted in a photo slideshow of great colleges that are often overlooked.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Two Texas universities make list of ‘Amazing but Overlooked’ colleges you haven’t considered but should


Forget Silicon alley. Stars head to Houston for pitch contest
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, is quoted in an article about the Rice Business Plan Competition.

How to hire the right people and other tips this week
A roundup of tips for hiring the right people from Entrepreneur magazine quotes Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. (This article also appeared in Entrepreneur and

Moon and mars exploration pioneer David McKay dies at 76
An article remembers NASA scientist David McKay ’58 and notes that he was in the audience for President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.


James Baker says Super Bowl bid will be ‘first class’
James Baker, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, was named honorary chairman of the Houston LI Super Bowl Bid Committee.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on
James Baker, Ric Campo to lead Houston’s Super Bowl bid

Houston dominates America’s growth corridors and makes the case for the world’s highest standard of living
Rice research showing that Houston has become the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the nation is cited in an article about a Manhattan Institute report.
Houston Chronicle


Clark Needham, a graduate student in bioengineering, will appear as a contestant today on ABC’s "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire."


More elite universities offer free online courses
Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX.
Orangeburg Times and Democrat (S.C.) (This article also appeared on
ANU joins edX online education revolution

Study links smoggy air 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.
Visalia Times-Delta (Calif.)

Colleges offer courses on taking over family businesses
Rice is mentioned in an article about classes on managing family-owned businesses.
Asbury Park Press (N.J.)

MSU performing arts present faculty recital Tuesday
Alumna Lina Morita ’01 will perform at McNeese State University Feb. 26.
Sulphur Daily News (La.)


Rice remains 13th in Baseball America poll
Rice remained No. 13 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll in advance of this weekend’s early season showdown with top-ranked North Carolina.
Houston Chronicle

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer scores 6 points in Rice victory
Articles discuss the performance of Hanszen College freshman Megan Palmer and Baker College freshman Megan Shafer at a women’s basketball game between Rice and Marshall University.
College Park grad Shafer contributes to Rice victory
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared on

Humber off the mark against Cardinals
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Philip Humber in a game between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals. A separate article about the Astros also mentions Humber.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Astros’ Humber, Bedard battle for rotation slots (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) (This article also appeared on [Fla.], [Fort Smith, Ark.], [Grand Junction, Colo.], [Albuquerque, N.M.], [Monterey, Calif.], [Spokane, Wash.], [New Bern, N.C.], [Milwaukee], [South Bend, Ind.], [Greensboro, N.C.], Greenville, S.C.] and

Full scouting report for Nationals’ top 10 prospects at spring training
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon appears in a photo slideshow of top Washington Nationals prospects.


Conference at Rice University to look at Brazil as a model for affirmative-action policies in Latin America
Leading American and Brazilian scholars will gather at Rice University March 5 for a conference on "Beyond Multiculturalism? Brazil as a Model for Affirmative-Action Policies in Latin America."

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.