Dateline Rice for March 15, 2013


China censors Web in ‘real time’
The operator of a Twitter-like social media site in China tracks individual users and key topics and deletes 90 percent of offending posts within 24 hours, new research shows. Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
United Press International (This article also appeared on

Forbes China 30 under 30 list: Women entrepreneurs face more hurdles than men in China
Yan Anthea Zhang, professor of strategic management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is interviewed about women entrepreneurs in China.

9 incredible uses for graphene
An article about graphene mentions Rice research showing that graphene oxide has the ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water.


Houston higher education centers make the grade on list of nation’s Best Graduate Schools
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.

In search of the ‘Texas Solution’ to Medicaid
Statements 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, are noted in an op-ed about the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.

Rice tuition going up
Rice University’s undergraduate tuition for the 2013-14 school year will be $38,260, up 4.5 percent from 2012-13. Rice President David Leebron and Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, are quoted.
Houston Woman

2 new physicians joining Big Bend Regional Health Center in August
Alumnus Raphel Escovar ’04 will join the the Big Bend Regional Health Center.
Alpine Avalanche (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Big Bend Sentinel.)

Richland College students from Plano among STEM Institute scholars
Rice is mentioned in an article about the spring 2013 scholars selected by the Dallas County Community College District Foundation for participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Institute.
Plano Star


Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in news items about census reports on population growth in Texas.
KRLD-AM (Dallas)
Harris County gained more residents than any other in US
Greenwich Time (Conn.)

A story discusses census data showing Texas’ population growth. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.

A planned flash mob for immigration reform was stopped by police. 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.

Lovett College junior Jemina Bouma is quoted in a story about Houstonians’ reactions to the election of Pope Francis.


Touch me not
An article about how plants respond to touch cites research by Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology.

Exxon sees American exporting 15 percent of natural gas output
William Colton of Exxon Mobil unveiled the company’s 30-year energy economic outlook report at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Malaya Business Insight
US oil, gas production to climb while US energy consumption declines
ExxonMobil: Natural gas will be key energy source of the future
Oil & Gas Investor (subscription required)

Seeking to hike biofuel efficiency
Rice is mentioned in an article about biofuel research.


Breathe deeper: Ground level ozone declining
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.
Air getting cleaner but work needed, study suggests
Cleveland News-Herald

Group says China should join the space station
New recommendations from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy would fold China into the 15-nation International Space Station partnership while examining spacecraft reusability and on-orbit assembly options in lieu of the Space Launch System/Orion combination that NASA is currently developing for future U.S. human deep space missions.

Cuttlefish: Masters of disguise teach us new kinds of camouflage
New research is showing that cuttlefish and their squid cousins may hold the key to creating new kinds of camouflage to mask clothes, buildings and vehicles. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is quoted.

Documentary explores life of architect of ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’
Rice is mentioned in an article about a documentary discussing the career of artist Wayne White.

15 geeky college courses you won’t believe actually exist
An article about unusual college courses mentions the Rice course "Scandanavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim." (Ohio)


Washington Nationals cuts 7 players, roster at 42
Articles discuss the performance of former Rice standout Anthony Rendon with the Washington Nationals. (Washington, D.C.)
Around the camps: Nationals send Rendon to Class AA team
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Top prospect Rendon to start season with Senators (Harrisburg, Penn.)

Casey could be all over the field
Alumnus James Casey ’11 signed to play with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vineland Daily Journal (N.J.)
Fans react as Texans say goodbye to Houston and hello to new teams

Ely earns praise despite rough outing
Former Rice baseball stand-out Jose Cruz Jr. recently visited the Houston Astros spring training camp.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Rice announces tuition for fall 2013
Rice University’s undergraduate tuition for the 2013-14 school year will be $38,260, up 4.5 percent from 2012-13.

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.