Dateline Rice for March 20, 2013


Engineering new tissue for pediatric heart surgery
An article discusses work by Jeffrey Jacot, assistant professor of bioengineering, to help infants suffering from birth defects. It’s currently one of the featured stories on the National Science Foundation home page.

Senate OKs term limits for statewide office holders
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 articles about the Texas legislative session. Jones also appeared on Lithuanian National Radio to discuss the dispute between the U.K. and Argentina over the Falkland Islands.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This front-page article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Chambers get behind Medicaid
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lithuanian National Radio


The mathematics of averting the next big network failure
Leonardo Dueñas-Osorio, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in an article about preventing mass network failures.
Wired (This article also appeared on

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. (China)

Louisiana science education law targeted for repeal by Dem lawmaker
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is quoted in an article about efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.


Personality traits linked to high college grade point averages
Rice University researchers say there is a link between a personality trait and high grade point averages among college students. Sam McAbee, a graduate student in psychology, and Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Post, the Darien News, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Westport News.)
College GPA linked to single personality trait
Being conscientious may help boost academic performances (India) (This article also appeared on and
KEYE-TV (Austin, Texas)

Rice University tuition jumps for next academic year
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 Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post, Darien News and the Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Ball-Nogues, Gaspar Enriquez and Mysterious Davidoff chosen for El Paso stadium commissions
An article about artists commissioned to create artwork for a baseball stadium in El Paso, Texas, mentions a Rice Gallery exhibition.


Christopher Johns-Krull, associate professor of physics and astronomy, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss a House of Representatives hearing on asteroid detection. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Study shows just how fast censorship can occur in social media
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.
ACM Tech News

Enabling real-time analytics using an in-memory data grid
An article discusses a lecture by alumnus William Bain ’75 at the Cloud Expo New York.

Axia, a typeface that started out as a custom design for the Rice School of Architecture, was named to’s list of "our favorite typefaces of 2012."

2013 Edmund Optics European Research & Innovation Award
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 2013 Edmund Optics European Research & Innovation Award.


Douglas Brinkley to discuss ‘Cronkite’ at Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
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.
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Today in hip-hop: Bun B celebrates his 40th birthday
News briefs about Houston rapper Bun B’s birthday mention that he co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Happy 40th birthday Bun B!

Why President Obama should not visit the Western Wall
An op-ed about President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel by Melissa Weininger notes that she once taught at Rice.
Religion Dispatches

Wheeling Township Highway Commissioner candidate: Mike MacDonald
Alumnus Mike MacDonald ’78 is a candidate for Wheeling Township highway commissioner.


SFA baseball falls to Rice in extra innings
A news brief recaps a baseball game between Rice and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Lufkin Daily News (Texas)

Islander women’s tennis absorbs loss against No. 27 Rice
An article recaps a women’s tennis match between Rice and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Media faves in it to win Rice Owls’ singing competition
Rice will host a second Caray Cup singing competition at baseball games in March and April.

No contract offered to Clement: Bombers
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are denying that they have made a contract offer to alumnus Chase Clement ’10. Clement is mentioned in a separate article about the Blue Bombers.
Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)
Blue Chase ex-NCAA star
Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)
Bombers looking at 2 QBs (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

13 questions with former Cavaliers pitcher John Simms
Jones College junior John Simms is interviewed about his performance with the Rice Owls baseball team.
Woodlands Villager


United States should execute new strategy toward Syria, Baker Institute special report says
As Syria’s raging civil war approaches the two-year mark, the United States should prepare a more focused strategy that strengthens the moderate political forces in Syria and engages Syria’s regional and international stakeholders, according to a new special report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Rice Theatre to present ‘Mauritius’ April 5-13
Rice University Theatre will present "Mauritius," written by Theresa Rebeck, creator of the Golden Globe-nominated TV show "Smash," at Hamman Hall.

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.