Dateline Rice for March 8, 2013


Budget survival strategies
With higher education budgets putting information technology organizations under strain, three IT leaders explain their strategies for handling the heavy lifting demanded of them. Kamran Khan, vice provost for information technology, is featured.
Campus Technology

An eight-year-old cancer survivor visited the Rice Owls football team during a spring training session. Head coach David Bailiff is quoted.

What comes after the ‘Great Unifier?’
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, authored an op-ed about the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Separate articles about Chavez quoted Jones. Luis Duno-Gottberg, associate professor of Hispanic studies, appeared on KXLN-TV to also comment on Chavez’s death. English translations of the Wall Street Journal Americas, La Stampa,,, Veja and KXLN-TV news items are not available.
Chavez vs. Lula: Two distinct approaches to poverty reduction in Latin America
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on
Comandante Hugo Chavez: What role will military play in next administration?
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on
Hugo Chavez dies; anointed successor already polishing anti-US credentials
What will happen with Venezuela’s oil
Wall Street Journal Americas
Obama’s fears for oil
La Stampa (Italy)
What will happen with oil in Venezuela after Chavez’s death (Romania)
He who has eyes that see and he who has ears that hear
Chavistas will use absolute power to win, say analysts
Veja (Brazil)


National Public Radio’s ‘Morning Edition’
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in a story about the closure of the Cargill Excel Beef Processing Plant in Plainview, Texas.

How China censors its Twitter at light speed
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. (This article also appeared on
Scientists measure speed of censorship on Sina Weibo
China starts arm wrestling Android (This article also appeared on and


Book explores near-death experience
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor in Religious Studies, is quoted in an article about the book "Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near-Death Experiences."
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

KTRU and KPFT have great reasons to get outside
An article discusses the KTRU Outdoor Show.

An intimate, tuneful trip: Houston Friends of Chamber Music 2013-14 season disrobes classical music
An article about the Houston Friends of Chamber Music volunteer board mentions that they meet at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss North Korea’s recent threats against the U.S. A link to this broadcast is not available.


How does your restaurant bring customers back?
Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about daily deal websites such as Groupon. (This article also appeared on

Cloud Expo New York: Using an in-memory data grid for real-time analysis
Alumnus William Bain ’75 spoke at the Cloud Expo New York.

Being tested on new material just as important for older adults
Older adults who haven’t been in school for a while are as capable of learning from tests as younger adults and college students, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. Rice is mentioned.
Test-taking may improve learning for all ages


People are awesome: 19-yr-old gives creationists a run for their money
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appeared on Public Broadcasting Service’s "Moyers & Company" to discuss his fight against creationism in public schools.

Same-sex couples’ health would benefit from marriage
Married opposite-sex couples have better overall health than same-sex couples living together, according to Rice research. (This article also appeared on


Rice knocks off C-USA champ SMU
A news brief recaps a women’s basketball game between Rice and Southern Methodist University.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (Coverage of this game also appeared on

News items discuss the Rice Owls football team’s preparations for the fall season.
Spring college football 2013: Clemson starts spring practice, while Louisville makes Jell-O shots

Rice offensive line coach has toe amputation
An article discusses assistant football coach Ronnie Vinklarek’s recovery from injury.
Houston Chronicle

Around the camps
A photo appearing in the Houston Chronicle shows former Rice standout Anthony Rendon and discusses his performance with the Washington Nationals.
Houston Chronicle

Crane considering sites for new spring home
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber appears in an article about the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Football clinic to educate international students
An article about a football clinic to promote American football among international students at Georgia Tech University mentions a similar clinic at Rice.

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.