Dateline Rice for March 21, 2013


Why US engagement in Israeli-Palestinian peace is needed
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about how strong and sustained U.S. engagement with the president’s full backing would be essential to advance a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian peace. A separate article discusses Baker Institute policy recommendations for U.S. policy in regard to Syria by Djerejian and Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute scholar for the Middle East.
Jerusalem Post
US urged to execute new strategy toward Syria to end raging civil war (This Asian News International article also appeared on


Who lives longest?
Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted in an article about life expectancy.
New York Times Magazine

US strategic reserve may be past its prime
As the U.S. produces more of its own energy supplies and imports less foreign oil, a growing number of energy experts believe the strategic petroleum reserve concept may be past its prime. Peter Hartley, professor of economics and the George and Cynthia Mitchell Family Chair in Sustainable Development, is quoted.

Men still get the highest-paying jobs
An article discusses research about the workplace gender gap by Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology.
Business News


Freeze on some CPRIT grants lifted
The state of Texas has authorized the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to finalize recruitment grants that had been in limbo. Rice University is among the recipients.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Post.)

Asteroids offer no major threat
Christopher Johns-Krull, associate professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about a House of Representatives hearing on asteroid detection. (This article also appeared on

Brigid’s Place reveals women’s role in Easter story with new music and meditation
"Easter in Memory of Her," a production written by April DeConick, the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies, will be performed March 30.
Village News

We’ve had enough of Perry
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 an op-ed about Gov. Rick Perry.


According to the Pew Research Center, almost one in five Americans say they are not affiliated with a particular religion. This trend is mirrored in Harris County. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.


Being conscientious may help boost academic performances
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. (This article also appeared on, and
Conscientiousness linked to higher college GPA scores
Conscientious people are more likely to have higher GPAs, Rice University study

Our views: A new effort for science
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is mentioned in an op-ed about efforts to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)


NFL team owners passed a player safety rule barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. Head football coach David Bailiff is quoted.

No. 18 Rice hammers UTSA 11-5 in baseball
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
San Antonio Express-News

College Park grad Simms firing on all cylinders for Rice
Jones College junior John Simms is interviewed about his performance with the Rice Owls baseball team.
Courier of Montgomery County (Texas)

SHSU-Rice baseball March 26 service night at Don Sanders Stadium
An article previews a baseball game between Rice and Sam Houston State University. (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Ex-Azle QB signs with Philadelphia Eagles
Alumnus James Casey ’11 signed to play with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Azle News (Texas)

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.