Dateline Rice for March 19, 2013


This rare homecoming queen/attorney is a rock star at Rice University
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is profiled and interviewed about her work as an attorney, representing the university and family life. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.


Perry pressured by Texas businesses over Medicaid refusal
Texas businesses are challenging Gov. Rick Perry and lawmakers to expand health care for the poor. 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. (This article also appeared in Businessweek.)

The graphene story: How Andrei Geim and Kostya Novoselov hit on a scientific breakthrough that changed the world … by playing with sticky tape
An article about graphene mentions Rice research showing that graphene oxide has the ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water.
The Independent (U.K.) (This article also appeared in the Belfast Telegraph.)

Beat sweetener: The Benjamin J. Rhodes edition
Alumnus Benjamin Rhodes ’00 is profiled for his career as deputy national security adviser.


The new age of cyber threats
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about how hackers are using social media sites as a gateway to other data. (This article also appeared on

Former state rep to teach at Rice University
Former Texas Rep. Scott Hochberg ’75, a lecturer at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, will teach a class on education policy at Rice.

Tech named top college for community service
Rice was named to the Corporation for National Community Service’s 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.


KABB-TV (San Antonio)
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, will guest conduct the San Antonio Symphony.


OpenStax College to deliver new biology texts
OpenStax College will launch a pilot for its two new biology textbooks this fall.
Campus Technology

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.

Harvard online: A worldwide hit
An article about online education at Harvard notes that Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that were announced as new members of the online education provider edX.


Test-taking may improve learning in people of all ages
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. Jessica Logan, assistant professor of psychology, is mentioned.

Closer look at medical price-gouging
Rice is mentioned in an article about health care costs.


The Rice Owls football team held their pro day at Rice Stadium.

From many great stories this basketball season, here are one man’s top 10
Rice is mentioned in an article about Connecticut high school boys’ basketball.
Norwalk Hour (Conn.)

Texans receive compensatory picks in 3rd, 6th rounds
Alumnus Cheta Ozougwu ’11 is mentioned in an article about the Houston Texans.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Conscientious people are more likely to have higher GPAs, according to new Rice research
Conscientious people are more likely to have higher grade point averages, according to new research from psychologists at Rice University.

Obama administration must use policy levers, political heft to encourage states to undertake Medicaid expansion, Baker Institute expert says
The ongoing implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues to be a major point of contention in the halls of Congress and in state capitols across the nation, in particular as it relates to the opportunity for states to individually choose whether to enact Medicaid expansion provisions. The Obama administration must use policy levers and political heft to encourage states to undertake the Medicaid expansion offered in the ACA, according to a health care economics expert at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.