Dateline Rice for March 18, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Learning to love Houston’s rich tapestry
Wiess College senior Anthony Lauriello authored this op-ed about living in Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Texas should go local when it comes to education
Leo Linbeck III, adjunct professor in management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored this op-ed about education reform in Texas.
Houston Chronicle


US researchers find way to defeat antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Rice environmental engineers have discovered a way to stop a particular strain of bacteria from passing on a drug-resistant DNA element to subsequent generations. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Global Times (China) (This article also appeared in Xinhua and

College student leads fight against anti-evolution teachings in schools
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is profiled for his fight against the teaching of creationism in public schools.
Washington Post

Consider 4 factors about Graduate PLUS loans before borrowing
Rice is mentioned in an article about Graduate PLUS loans.
U.S. News & World Report


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. Rice President David Leebron and Chris Muñoz, vice president for enrollment, are quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, the Cypress Creek Mirror, the Katy Rancher, the Sugar Land Sun, the River Oaks Examiner, the Memorial Examiner, the Fort Bend Sun, the Magnolia Potpourri and the Tomball Potpourri.)

Rice joins nonprofit global online course initiative
Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX. Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)

HGO artistic director to muse about music
Patrick Summers, artistic and music director of Houston Grand Opera, will discuss a conductor’s role as a cultural leader and teacher in the community as part of Rice University’s Campbell Lecture Series March 18-20.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Old story, new chapter: Austin leads US in growth among biggest metro areas
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted in an article about census reports on population growth in Texas.
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared on

Classical music and barbecue: Western chic competition dishes out $20,000 in cash
Allyson Goodman, a graduate student in music, is mentioned in an article about the 29th annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition.

In advance of Carnegie Hall debut, WindSync works to shape a new future for classical music
Alumni Tracy Jacobson ’10 and Garrett Hudson ’11 are featured in an article about the woodwind quintet WindSync’s Carnegie Hall debut.

John Marsh to speak at St. John Vianney Catholic Church
John Marsh, director of operations of Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, will speak at St. John Vianney Catholic Church April 9.

Historic Emancipation Park overhaul is just part of the plan to reenergize the Third Ward
Rice architect William Ward Watkin is mentioned in an article about the restoration of Emancipation Park.

Health care exchanges, the next boom in care, are on the way
Rice research is cited in a column about the Affordable Care Act.
Dallas Morning News


Adam Pridgen, a graduate student in computer science, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss computer hacking. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Researchers at Rice University develop vanadium oxide-graphene materials for high power-density Li-ion batteries with ultrafast charging and discharging
A team from Rice University has developed vanadium oxide-graphene ribbon materials that, when used as cathode materials in Li-ion batteries, enable ultrafast, "supercapacitor-like" charge and discharge rates with long cycle life while maintaining highly reversible capacity. Several Rice researchers are mentioned.

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. (This article also appeared on

James Turrell’s ‘Roden Crater’ and ‘Autonomous Structures’ on view at Pace Gallery
The James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice is mentioned in an article about an exhibition of works by Turrell.

Research collaboration seeks to improve biofuel efficiency
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NAFTA at 20: The New Spin
Javier Rojo, professor of statistics, co-authored this article about Mexico’s economy.

Can we cut healthcare costs without hurting patients?
Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in an article about rising health care costs.

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.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre rocks the art song with ‘Guns N’ Rosenkavalier’
Alumna Jill Ponasik ’03 is featured in an article about the Milwaukee Opera Theatre’s "Guns N’ Rosenkavalier" recital.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


No. 33 Ducks fall to Rice Owls
Articles recap men’s and women’s tennis matches between Rice and the University of Oregon and Western Michigan University.
Women’s tennis goes down at No. 29 Rice Owls

James Casey in position to be an Eagles fan favorite
Alumnus James Casey ’11 signed to play with the Philadelphia Eagles. (Philadelphia)


Israel-Palestinian negotiations and Syrian crisis topic at Baker Institute March 22
As part of its 20th anniversary event series, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host a conference on U.S. engagement on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the crisis in Syria March 22 at the institute.

Spring begins March 20; Rice University B-roll available for download
In preparation for the beginning of spring, Rice University is making available new campus HD video B-roll that includes images of the azaleas in bloom and students enjoying the outdoors. Spring has already sprung on campus!

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.