Dateline Rice for March 4, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Public Broadcasting Service’s ‘Moyers & Company’
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appeared on Public Broadcasting Service’s "Moyers & Company" to discuss his fight against creationism in public schools. He also authored an op-ed about the importance of science education. Separate articles discuss his appearance on "Moyers & Company" and his fight against creationism in schools.
To make a second ‘Giant Leap,’ America needs science
‘Troublemaker of the Year’ tells Moyers science studies needed to ‘ensure the survival of the human race’
Keeping creationism out of public schools
Zack Kopplin on keeping creationism out of public classrooms

Health gap for unmarried same-sex couples?
Married opposite-sex couples have better overall health than same-sex couples living together, according to new research. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.


Where do we go from here?
An op-ed about plastics and environmentalism cites President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.


Drones should raise privacy concerns for Houston
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Duncan College senior Sophia Haase co-authored this op-ed about the domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Bronk also authored an op-ed about cyberwarfare.
Houston Chronicle
Cyber trickery is not exactly new
Pipe and Gas Journal

New state senator Garcia will battle ‘extremist’ GOP
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 news items about the special election to replace deceased State Sen. Mario Gallegos, Gov. Rick Perry, a proposed tax holiday for gun and ammunition sales and the budget sequester.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Gov. Rick Perry stands firm on no federal money into Texas
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News, [Springfield, Mo.] and
Texas lawmaker proposes tax-free holiday for gun sales

A molecule today, a barrel tomorrow
The next great leap in oil production won’t come from massive drilling machines that can reach for miles underground, but from scientists working with beakers, blenders and goo. Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared on

Houston architect Stern dies a day after receiving top award
An article remembers architect William Stern. Stephen Fox, lecturer in architecture, is quoted. The Rice Design Alliance is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

Course explores role of physicians and scientists in startup companies
Rice University is offering a six-week course that explores the roles of physicians, scientists and engineers in high-tech startup companies, such as biotech and medical devices companies. Jack Gill, professor in the practice of entrepreneurship at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, will co-teach the course.
Texas Medical Center News

Domestic partner benefits at UT, A&M remain in ‘legislature’s hands’
An article about a bill to provide domestic partner benefits to employees of the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems mentions that Rice is among the more than 400 universities in the nation that offer such benefits.
Dallas Voice

TribuneFest: Choice and charters
A Texas Tribune video shows a portion of 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 Texas Tribune roundup of state news links to another video of the symposium. Separate articles discuss statements made at the event.
Texas Tribune
TribWeek: Top Texas news for the week of Feb. 25
Texas Tribune
In hunt for roads funds, Texas won’t model Virginia (Midland, Texas)

School vouchers appear dead this session
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

Political newcomer Bush coming to Tyler event
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 will speak at the Hispanic Business Alliance Sixth Annual Achievers Awards Luncheon in Tyler, Texas.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

Fort Worth antiques show director fills Aledo house with treasures
Jan Orr-Harter ’76 is profiled for her career as an antiques dealer.
Dallas Morning News

Karbhari soon to be in charge
An article about the University of Texas at Arlington’s efforts to achieve Tier One status mentions that Rice is one of three Tier One universities in the state.
Fort Worth Business Press

Wild times at the ballet: Creatures of earth and air
An article about upcoming Houston Ballet performances mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Thomas McEvilley, 1939-2013
An article remembering artist Thomas McEvilley notes that he taught at Rice. Alumna Rainey Knudson ’94 authored this article.


Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, appeared on KTRK-TV to discuss the results of the Kinder Houston Asian Survey. A separate article reports that Klineberg will speak at the University of Houston-Downtown this week.
The week ahead, March 3-9, 2013: Professor Stephen Kleinburg to speak at UHD

Tani Barlow, director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, is interviewed about work performed by the center.

KXII-TV (Sherman, Texas) (A similar story appeared on KTEN-TV [Sherman, Texas].)
Rice graduate students in music Bo Moson, Yvonne Chen, Sergein Yap, Francesca McNeeley and Miran Kim performed at a chamber music festival in Denison, Texas.
Chamber music fills Waples Memorial UMC
Sherman Herald-Democrat (Texas)


A surprising twist to protein misfolding
An effort to develop software that unravels the complexities of how proteins fold is paying dividends in new findings on how they misfold, according to researchers at Rice University. Peter Wolynes, the D.R. Bullard-Welch Foundation Professor of Chemistry and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Barnett Shale to remain major contributor to US gas production
The Barnett Shale will continue to be a major contributor to U.S. natural gas production through 2030, despite a slow decline in production through 2030 and beyond, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology. Rice is mentioned.


Keeping the ‘best care’ option out of the health spending equation
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 the Affordable Care Act.
San Juan Islander

College students help school in Jackson
Sid Richardson College senior Adara Robbins, Martel College senior Ginny Johnson, Rice student Adrianna Morrell and alumna Sharion Scott ’11 are quoted in articles about their trip to a Baton Rouge, La., elementary school as an alternative spring break project.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)
Rice students devote break to Jackson school
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

Architecture firm Office 52 finds inspiration in post-recession economy
Alumni Michelle LaFoe ’89 and Isaac Campbell ’89 are profiled for their architecture firm Office 52.
The Oregonian

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.
Stamford Advocate (Conn.)


It was a weekend to forget for Rice baseball
An article recaps Rice baseball’s performance at the Astros Foundation College Classic.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this tournament also appeared on [Bryan/College Station, Texas], [College Station, Texas] and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Rice men fall to UTEP 67-56 for 8th straight loss
An article recaps a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (Coverage of this game also appeared on, the Bradenton Herald, and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Cinco Ranch grad Palmer plays in Rice loss
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 the University of Houston.
The Woodlands College Park grad Shafer plays in Rice loss (Coverage of this game also appeared on

Seven inducted
Alumnus Harold Solomon ’74 was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.
World Tennis

Rice spring football schedule
An article discusses the Rice football team’s 2013 schedule.
Houston Chronicle

Astros report: Veterans Pena, Humber showing improvement
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Minnesota Lynx trade for Janel McCarville, former Gophers star
An article about the Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team mentions Taj McWilliams-Franklin and notes that she is serving as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)


Venezuelan politics expert Mark Jones available to comment on Hugo Chavez
Mark Jones, who is the chair of political science at Rice University, a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a leading expert on Latin American politics, said that Chavez’s health has far-reaching implications for Venezuela and Cuba.

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.