Dateline Rice for March 22, 2013


GOP’s shift on immigration could lead to Texas-style reform
Support among rank-and-file Republicans for creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants has grown since the November election, but analysts wonder if results from a sweeping national survey will translate to the party leadership. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in this front-page, above-the-fold article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Changing the culture of college application
Rice is cited among selective universities that magnet students apply to.
New York Times

The man who could turn Texas blue: Rick Perry
Research 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, is cited in an article about Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. (This article also appeared in the National Journal.)

Highest-paying jobs still go to men, study finds
An article discusses research about the workplace gender gap by Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology.

Millennial generation must play active role on HHS federal advisory committees
Sid Richardson College senior Rahul Rekhi authored this op-ed about citizen input on health care reforms.
The Hill

Young cellist Shao tours with BBC Concert Orchestra
An article about cellist Sophie Shao mentions that she studied with Shirley Trepel, professor emerita of violoncello.


Longtime GOP activist announces run for governor
Tom Pauken has announced his intention to run for Texas governor. 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.
Austin American-Statesman

Princes, paupers and pickpockets: This isn’t your ordinary artwork — you’ll need a magnifying glass
Diane Wolfthal, the David and Caroline Minter Professor of Humanities and professor and chair of art history, is mentioned in an article about an exhibition of work by Baroque printmaker Jacques Callot at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Voucher bill generates little enthusiasm
An article about a Texas school voucher bill cites statements made by former Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott at a public education symposium at Rice University. The symposium was hosted by the Texas Tribune and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.
Austin American-Statesman

Ethics lecturer explores society’s role in oil spills
Rusty Riese, adjunct professor and lecturer of Earth science, will speak in Midland, Texas, April 2-3.
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Cy-Fair’s fine arts options increase with new renovations, expansions
Caroline Ewan, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about events at the Houston Family Arts Center.

InView Technology raises $25,000 funding
Camera technology developer InView Technology raised $25,000 of a planned $2 million funding. The article notes that InView’s camera sensing technology was developed at Rice.
Austin Business Journal (This article also appeared in the Oklahoman and

Indian movie on Dalits, "Jai Bhim Comrade," screened at Rice
The documentary "Jai Bhim Comrade" was screened at Rice March 8.


As part of its 20th anniversary event series, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is today hosting a conference on U.S. engagement on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the crisis in Syria.


Stroke patient makes gains in speech, physical therapy with robot
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are touting success in the case of a robot that delivered speech and physical therapy to a 72-year-old male stroke patient. Rice research in creating a robotic exoskeleton operated by the user’s mind is mentioned.

Bankers Petroleum appoints new president and CEO
Alumnus David French ’91 was appointed president and CEO of Bankers Petroleum.
Scandinavian Oil & Gas (Similar articles appeared on, and


US urged to execute new strategy towards Syria to end raging civil war
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute scholar for the Middle East, are quoted about Baker Institute recommendations for U.S. policy in regard to Syria. Djerejian was also interviewed on WABC-AM about U.S. involvement in Israel-Palestine peace talks.
WABC-AM (New York, N.Y.)

Book luncheon features Cronkite historian
An article discusses a lecture given by Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, in Charlottesville, Va.
Charlottesville Daily Progress (Va.)

Jenny Lewis and Drew Ehrlich
Alumna Jenny Lewis ’05 is interviewed about her work as co-founder of Strike Brewing.

CBA building architects chosen, donors recognized
Rice is mentioned in an article about a new college of business administration building at the University of Nebraska.
Lincoln Journal-Star (Neb.)

Business team earns high score at research challenge
An article about the CFA Institute Research Challenge of the Southwest mentions Rice.


Rice gives Bailiff 3-year extension
Rice University and head football coach David Bailiff have agreed to a new contract extension.
Houston Chronicle
Report: Rice, Bailiff agree to contract extension
Rice rewards David Bailiff with a contract extension

Rice completes perfect homestand with 11-5 win over UTSA
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Houston Memorial grad Ratterree plays in Rice win

Irish track-and-field opens outdoor season in Houston
Articles preview the Victor Lopez Invitational track-and-field tournament at Rice. (A similar article appeared on
Huskies kick off 2013 outdoor season in Houston this weekend

Dozier, Jacks fall to Rice in extras
A news brief recaps a baseball game between Rice and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Minnesota Lynx: Taj McWilliams-Franklin retires as player, joins NY Liberty staff
Articles report that Minneosta Lynx player Taj McWilliams-Franklin will join the New York Liberty women’s basketball team as assistant coach and note that she served as assistant women’s basketball coach at Rice.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)
Former players return (Coverage of this news also appeared on, and


Social media and the politics of reform in China to be discussed at Baker Institute conference April 1
As part of its 20th anniversary event series, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the institute’s Transnational China Project will host a discussion on the impact of new media on political reform in China.

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.