Dateline Rice for March 13, 2013


As cyber threats mount, business is booming in the security world
The dramatically increased attention from corporate America and the federal government alike has helped transform cyber security from a niche area to a key growth sector that is likely to receive a larger and larger chunk of both private and public sector budgets. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

US News releases 2014 Best Graduate School 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.
Texas grad schools rank among the best on US News report
Houston Business Journal

George P. Bush, fourth generation of family, to run for public office
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 alumnus George P. Bush’s ’98 decision to run for office in Texas and Venezuelan politics.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune,, and nearly 70 other media outlets.)
George P. Bush running for office in Texas
Epoch Times (New York)
Bush political dynasty set to continue with George P.
The Times (U.K.)
WOAI-AM (San Antonio) (A similar story appeared on KLBJ-AM [Austin, Texas], WCBS-AM [New York] and KRLD-AM [Dallas].)
Venezuela looks to China for economic boost

George P. Bush makes Texas bid official
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 filed paperwork in Texas to run for land commissioner. (This article also appeared on [Allentown, Penn.], [New Bern, N.C.] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
George P. Bush throws hat in land commissioner’s race
San Antonio Business Journal

My kingdom for a parking space
Rice is mentioned in an advice column about parking at universities.
Chronicle of Higher Education


Rare comet visible over Houston
Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about the approach of the comet Pan-STARRS. (This article also appeared on

10 new books from Houston-area authors
A list of new books by Houston authors includes "The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell, graduate student in English, and "Damage Control" by Amber Dermont, who will join the Rice English department in July.
Houston Chronicle

Life, fruits and veggies on the street
Rice University architecture students were recently given the problem of addressing the spatial needs of the farmers market for Houston’s not-for-profit Urban Harvest.
Texas Architect


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss North Korea’s recent threats.

Wiess College junior Elaine Sulc appeared in a live broadcast from Rome about Houstonians’ reactions to the Papal election. (Editor’s note: KHOU-TV has been notified that Elaine’s last name is incorrect.)


Wiley partners with open textbook initiative, OpenStax College
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.
Publisher’s Weekly

Emissions models underreporting ozone reductions, claim researchers
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, is quoted. Wei Zhou, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, is mentioned.
Clean-air rules may squeeze South Carolina
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel and the Allentown Morning Call.)

Wetware advances: Biological logic gate built by splitting viral gene
An article discusses Rice genetic research.


Learning to speak and write again for the first time
Jennifer Wilson, director of Rice’s Center for Written, Oral and Visual Communication, is featured in an article about the center.

Anadarko Petroleum chairman 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.
Tulsa World (Okla.)

Ozone pollution levels linked to cardiac arrest
Researchers at Rice University in Houston have found a direct correlation between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and levels of air pollution and ozone. Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, and Loren Raun, faculty fellow in statistics, are mentioned.

Cox making indie films in Texas
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Houston filmmaker.


UH, Rice battle for right to extend season
Articles preview a men’s basketball game between Rice and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (Similar articles appeared in the El Paso Times, and
Sizing up Rice-UH matchup in C-USA tourney opener
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

UH’s House named C-USA Freshman of the Year
Wiess College freshman Max Guercy was named to the Conference USA all-freshmen team.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Rice star chosen as women’s C-USA Defensive Player of the Year
Lovett College junior Jessica Kuster was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year.

Texans lose Casey to Eagles, cut Walter
Alumnus James Casey ’11 signed to play with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)
Texans cut WR Kevin Walter, lose FB/TE Casey
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
James Casey, Patrick Chung acquisitions headline Philadelphia Eagles free agent frenzy

Humber shines in 5-inning stint
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Philip Humber in a game between the Houston Astros and the Miami Marlins.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

PTHS alum hired as grid coach
Alumnus Buck Casson ’07 was hired as head football coach for Pontiac Township High School.
Pontiac Daily Leader (Ill.)
Buck worth a lot to football in Pontiac
Bloomington Pantagraph (Ill.)


Study shows just how fast censorship can occur in social media
An analysis of censorship patterns on the Twitter-like Chinese social media service called Weibo gives the clearest picture yet of how the site’s operator, Sina Weibo, finds and deletes controversial posts in near real time, despite a daily volume of 100 million messages. The study, which was conducted by an independent researcher and collaborators at Rice University and the University of New Mexico, is available online and undergoing peer review.

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.