Dateline Rice for March 12, 2013


Company sees opening for OER
In a sign of continuing evolution in the college textbook market, an unlikely partnership was announced between Wiley, an industry leader, and Rice University-based OpenStax College, a newcomer from the "open education resources" movement. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted in the Information Week and University Business articles.
Inside Higher Ed
Wiley, OpenStax team on college biology textbook
Information Week (This article also appeared on
Unlikely partners — Wiley and OpenStax College — create innovative product for college biology
University Business (This article also appeared on and


US News releases 2014 Best Graduate Schools Rankings
The part-time MBA program at Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business tied for 17th in a U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate business schools.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared in the New York Daily News.)

How China censors Weibo
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. Rice is mentioned.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on

Falklands sovereignty referendum moves forward, Argentina rejects validity of Malvinas plebiscite
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 a Falkland Islands sovereignty referendum. Jones also appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss the political benefits of the Bush name and was quoted on KXLN-TV, Voice of Russia radio and CubaSi about the Venezuelan presidential election. Links to the BBC Radio Five and KXLN-TV broadcasts and English translations of the Expressen, El Economista and CubaSi articles are not available. (This article also appeared on and
Falklands want Britain
Expressen (Sweden)
98.8 percent of the Malvininians voted to maintain British sovereignty
El Economista (Spain)
BBC Radio Five
Voice of Russia
Venezuela: The growing strength of Maduro
CubaSi (Cuba)

Anadarko’s Jim Hackett to attend Harvard Divinity School
Rice trustee James Hackett, adjunct professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, plans to attend Harvard Divinity School following his retirement from Anadarko Petroleum.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on
Anadarko chairman heeds a higher calling
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article was promoted on the front of the City & State section.)


Houston Symphony Ball blends czar-like grandeur with New Orleans good time
Rice President David Leebron and University Representative Y. Ping Sun are mentioned in an article about a farewell celebration for Houston Symphony Maestro Hans Graf, artist in residence at the Shepherd School of Music.

Downtown Houston Pachyderms hear about failed drug war
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, spoke recently at the Downtown Houston Pachyderm Club.
Houston Chronicle

Radiating pattern exhibit transforms Rice Gallery
Nonya Grenader, professor in the practice of architecture and assistant program director of the Rice Building Workshop, authored this article about artist Gunilla Klingberg’s Rice Gallery installation.

‘Picasso Black and White’
Rice graduate student Rachel Hooper authored this article about a Picasso exhibition.


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. The interview begins approximately three minutes into the clip.

WYSR-TV (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Rice is mentioned in a discussion about Amazing Faiths Dinner Dialogues.


Rice/EPA study finds ground-level ozone falling faster than CMAQ model predicted
While dangerous ozone levels have fallen in places that clamp down on emissions from vehicles and industry, a new study from Rice University suggests that a model widely used to predict the impact of remediation efforts has been too conservative. Daniel Cohan, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Wei Zhou, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, are quoted.
Clean-air rules may squeeze South Carolina
The State (S.C.)


Biographer Brinkley recounts Walter Cronkite’s rise to trusted anchorman
An article profiles Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, for his work chronicling the life of Walter Cronkite.
Palm Beach Daily News (Fla.)

As GOP ponders Medicaid expansion, Hispanic support hangs in the balance
An article about Hispanic support for the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion cites research by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, and Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

Ad campaigns fight it out over meaning of ‘jihad’
Backing a continuing effort that has featured billboards on the sides of Chicago buses, a national Muslim advocacy group has been promoting a nonviolent meaning of the word "jihad." David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted.
Bend Bulletin (Ore.)


Rice forward Kuster earns top C-USA defensive honor
Lovett College junior Jessica Kuster was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Houston Chronicle
Kuster lands C-USA honor
Houston Chronicle

Bulldogs travel to take on Rice in midweek series
An article previews a baseball game between Rice and Louisiana Tech University.

Not a coincidence that Rice Owls took a dive when former Wilsonville star Seth Gearhart got hurt
Will Rice College sophomore Seth Gearhart is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls men’s basketball team.
The Oregonian


Rice’s Baker Institute releases policy recommendations for the Obama administration
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy today released policy recommendations for President Barack Obama’s second term. Focusing on 12 critical issues facing the country, these recommendations are intended to provide policymakers with an analytic overview of the opportunities and challenges the authors advocate need to be addressed by longer-term, strategic policy formulation.

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.