Dateline Rice for March 1, 2013


Federal budget cuts to kick in Friday
After weeks of dire predictions accompanied by nonstop political finger-pointing, the automatic federal budget-cutting process known as sequestration is set to kick off. The effect of the sequestration on Rice research funding is mentioned in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Texas Rep. Scott Hochberg ’75, a lecturer at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is interviewed about his class on education policy at Rice.

Modified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuel
A link to a Rice news release about research to turn plant waste into fatty acids and then into fuel appeared on the homepage of

Hacking isn’t cyberwar, for now
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about cyberwarfare.
New York Times

TribuneFest: A conversation with Aycock and Patrick
Two Texas Tribune videos show a 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. A separate article discusses statements made at the event.
Texas Tribune
TribuneFest: Accountability and student testing
Texas Tribune
In hunt for roads funds, Texas won’t model Virginia
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared on [Amarillo, Texas], [Abilene, Texas] and [El Paso, Texas].)


BBC Radio
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on BBC Radio to discuss the Syrian civil war.

David McKay
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.
The Telegraph (U.K.)

An example for Alberta in shifting US growth patterns
Rice research showing that Houston has become the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the nation is cited in a column about a Manhattan Institute report.
Calgary Herald (Canada)


Scientists use magnetic levitation to grow lung tissue
In a development that could lead to faster and more effective toxicity tests for airborne chemicals, scientists from Rice University and the Rice spinoff company Nano3D Biosciences have used magnetic levitation to grow some of the most realistic lung tissue ever produced in a laboratory. Thomas Killian, professor of physics and astronomy; Jane Grande-Allen, associate professor of bioengineering; and Hubert Tseng, a graduate student in bioengineering, are quoted.
Texas Medical Center News

Health care industry experts want more medical pricing transparency
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 an article about transparency in medical pricing practices.
Houston Business Journal

Odd and obvious Texas symbols
An article about Texas’ official symbols mentions a 1997 attempt by State Rep. Scott Hochberg ’75 to make the buckyball, discovered at Rice, the official state molecule.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Underrated education: More surprise Texas schools added to national overlooked colleges list
Rice appeared on the Daily Beast’s "Amazing but Overlooked" list.

Rice study suggest gay marriage ban affects health of same-sex couples
Same-sex couples who live together have worse health than married opposite-sex couples and similar health as opposite-sex couples who are living together (after adjusting for socio-economic differences), according to a new study from researchers at Rice University. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted. (This article also appeared on
Married heterosexual couples are healthier than unmarried gay couples

Houston Global Health Collaborative launches first conference March 22-23
Elias Bongmba, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and professor of religious studies, is mentioned in an article about the Houston Global Health Collaborative.
Texas Medical Center News

Intrafaith panel discusses peaceful Islamic futures
An article discusses a panel on the future of Islam at an event sponsored by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.
Houston Chronicle

Ashok Rao re-elected chairman of TiE Global
Ashok Rao, chairman and chief executive officer of the technology startup Whodini Inc., has been re-elected chairman of the TiE Global Board of Trustees. The article notes that Rao is a member of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business’ Council of Overseers.


Nanotube detector a promising optoelectronic device
A nanotube-based photodetector that gathers light in and beyond visible wavelengths promises to make possible a unique set of optoelectronic devices, solar cells and maybe even specialized cameras. Junichiro Kono, professor in electrical and computer engineering and in physics and astronomy, is quoted. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry, is mentioned.


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.
Bellingham Herald (Wash.)

How about a new American dream instead ?
An op-ed about the American dream cites President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Oscars illustrate Hollywood’s gender age gap
An article about the age and gender gaps in the Academy Awards cites research by a former Rice postdoctoral fellow in sociology.
Deseret News (Utah)

Candace Bushnell dishes on ‘The Carrie Diaries’
An article discussing the career of "Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell mentions that she once attended Rice.
Connecticut Post (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time and the Danbury News-Times.)


Women’s college basketball: UH, A&M fall; Rice wins
An article recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
UTEP women’s basketball: Miners lose close one to Rice
El Paso Times (Texas) (Coverage of this game also appeared on and

‘Dogs suffer 4-3 loss to Rice
An article recaps a men’s tennis match between Rice and Fresno State University.

Astros Foundation College Classic teams at a glance
Rice is mentioned in articles about the Astros Foundation College Classic.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
It’s all about consistency for UH pitcher Pruitt
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Aggies make seventh appearance at Astros tournament (Bryan/College Station, Texas) (Similar articles appeared on and

KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)
A story discusses former Rice standout Lance Berkman’s career in baseball.


Modified bacteria turn waste into fat for fuel
"Green" chemistry developed at Rice University is at the center of a new government effort to turn plant waste into fatty acids, and then into fuel.

Numbers tell the story in Medicaid expansion debate, Baker Institute expert says
As the Texas Legislature and Gov. Rick Perry consider whether to accept the billions of dollars available to the state to expand Medicaid coverage in Texas, a health care expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy advocates that decision-makers should look at the hard numbers and not let rhetoric get in the way of covering 1.5 million uninsured Texans.

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.