Dateline Rice for March 6, 2013


After Chavez, a question of his country’s oil

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 death of Venezuean President Hugo Chavez. An English translation of the El Economista article and links to the Voice of Russia Radio and CBS Radio News broadcasts are not available.
Wall Street Journal
BBC Radio Five
Bloomberg Radio
What does Chavez’s death mean for Venezuelan oil giant Pdvsa?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio
Maduro begins his campaign
El Economista (Mexico)
ABC Radio News
Voice of Russia Radio
CBS Radio News

Supercomputers grow industry’s imaging abilities by leaps and bounds
The growing use of supercomputing in the oil and gas industry is discussed in coverage of the Oil and Gas HPC Workshop hosted by Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. Jan Odegard, executive director of the Kennedy Institute, is quoted.

Rice University’s OpenStax Tutor tackles personalized learning
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of Rice’s OpenStax College, spoke about OpenStax Tutor at SXSWEdu, the educational innovation and learning technologies spinoff of the South by Southwest conference.
Information Week (This article also appeared on


Computer scientists measure the speed of censorship on China’s Twitter
Censorship on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, is near real time and relies on a workforce of more than 4,000 censors who stop work during the evening news, according the first detailed analysis of censorship patterns. Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
MIT Technology Review

Deep carbon observatory spotlights ‘zombie’ microbes far below Earth’s surface
A dark realm far beneath Earth’s surface is a surprisingly rich home for tiny worms and "zombie microbes" that may hold clues to the origins of life. Rajdeep Dasgupta, assistant professor of Earth science, is quoted. (This article also appeared on, and
Microbes thriving deep within Earth (This article also appeared on

Prince Alwaleed receives former US Secretary of State James Baker
An article reports that James Baker, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, met with Saudi Arabian businessman Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal.

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.
Ottawa Citizen (This article also appeared in the Province.)


Texas 288 work indicative of growing intercounty communting
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about commuting in an expanding Houston.
Houston Chronicle


Stories discuss a panel discussion about hip-hop label SwishaHouse at Rice University.

Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss protecting one’s information online.
Cyberattacks on the rise (This article also appeared on


Cells ‘flock’ to heal skin wounds: study
Cells coordinate their motions as they race to cover and ultimately heal wounds to the skin. Herbert Levine, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, is quoted.


My talk with Zack Kopplin on creationism in classrooms
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appeared on Public Broadcasting Service’s "Moyers & Company" to discuss his fight against creationism in public schools. A separate article discusses Kopplin’s work.
5 kids bravely fighting Christian domination of their schools

Amy Einhorn on the mark of a best-seller
An article about book editor Amy Einhorn mentions "The Other Typist," a novel by Suzanne Rindell, graduate student in English.

Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University
Alumna Maeve Quigley ’04 is quoted in an article about the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University.


Owls have spring in step as practices kick off
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team’s preparations for the fall season. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

Rice University golfer Tommy Economou balances passions
Hanszen College sophomore Tommy Economou is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls men’s golf team.
Toronto Observer (Canada)

Conference champions prepare for season finale against Rice
An article previews a women’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.

UH hosts Rice looking to get on a roll
An article previews a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (A similar article also appeared on

Rendon’s goal is to have camp Nats will remember
An article discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s performance with the Washington Nationals.

A&M’s Manziel back in spring routine
Rice is mentioned in an article about Texas A&M football player Johnny Manziel.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Rice expert available to comment on the death of Hugo Chavez
Mark Jones, 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, is available to comment on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Stressed proteins can cause blood clots for hours
New research from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the Puget Sound Blood Center has revealed how stresses of flow in the small blood vessels of the heart and brain could cause a common protein to change shape and form dangerous blood clots.

ExxonMobil to present 2013 ‘Outlook for Energy’ at Rice’s Baker Institute March 13
ExxonMobil will roll out the U.S. edition of its 2013 "Outlook for Energy" report March 13 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.