Dateline Rice for March 25, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Brownwood: The suburb that sank by the Ship Channel
Larry Albert, visiting critic in architecture, is featured in a front-page article about the Brownwood subdivision.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Top tutor offers insight on selective schools
Alumnus Shelby Joe ’07 is interviewed about his work as president of General Academic. Joe mentions that his sister, Jennifer Joe ’02, also attended Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in the Stamford Advocate.)


The ghost of Chavez haunts Venezuela’s election
As the Venezuelan presidential campaign heats up, candidates try to emulate late President Hugo Chavez as much as possible. 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. Jones also appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss Gov. Rick Perry’s political future and is quoted in an article about Tom Pauken’s announcement of his intention to run for Texas governor.
The Atlantic
Longtime GOP activist announces run for governor
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call, the Aberdeen News and the South Bend Tribune.)

As Obama signs sequestration cuts, his economic goals are at risk
With his signature this week, President Barack Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. A separate article discusses a lecture given by Brinkley in Charlottesville, Va.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Connecticut Day, the Portland Press Herald, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and the Kennebec Journal.)
Book luncheon features Cronkite historian

Peering through the filters
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.
Global Times (China)


San Antonio Symphony welcomes in spring with ‘Four Seasons’
An article reviews a San Antonio Symphony concert. Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, guest-conducted the concert.
San Antonio Express-News

A library for the modern world, from Houston to Africa
Librii, a nonprofit started by a group of Rice University students, is currently soliciting donations on Kickstarter for its first Librii library in Accra, Ghana. Alumnus David Dewane ’10 is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Songs grow from prisoners’ words
A news brief about a concert by the Foundation for Modern Music mentions that the group will perform a piece by Charles Halka, a graduate student in music.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Starkly funny tales collected in ‘Damage Control’
An article reviews the novel "Damage Control" by Amber Dermont and notes that she will join the Rice English department in July.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


KTRK-TV’s ‘Viva Houston’
Rice is mentioned in an interview with a Texas Southern University student-athlete.


Higher grade point average linked with conscientiousness
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.

Hubbert’s peak, the economy and war for oil
Research by Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited in an article about a speech by geoscientist Marion King Hubbert.


NYT’s Rhodes to nowhere: A cipher in the Oval Office
An article discusses alumnus Benjamin Rhodes’ ’00 career as deputy national security adviser.


Owls down Eagles to take weekend series
An article recaps a baseball series between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Hattiesburg American (Miss.) (Coverage of this game also appeared in the Mississippi Press, the Lansing State Journal, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger and [Meridian, Miss.].)

Aggies coast to 3-0 win over Rice
An article recaps a women’s soccer match between Rice and Texas A&M University. (Bryan/College Station, Texas)

Irish wrap up first outdoor meet of the season
An article discusses the Victor Lopez Invitational track-and-field tournament at Rice.

Rice football coach David Bailiff receives 3-year extension
Rice University and head football coach David Bailiff have agreed to a new contract extension.

Freiman claimed off waivers by A’s
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi: From Iran to NCAA hoopla
Articles discuss the basketball career of former Rice player Arsalan Kazemi. A photo of Kazemi appeared in the Houston Chronicle. (This article also appeared on [Georgia], [Missouri] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
Eager rebounder from Iran powers Oregon with double-doubles
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Bend Bulletin.)
Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi savoring every moment of tournament run (Coverage of Kazemi also appeared in the Oregonian.)
Oregon not playing like underdog
Houston Chronicle

North Shore knocks off Rangers 3-0 in tough 21-5A battle
Rice is mentioned in an article recapping a high school baseball game.
Baytown Sun (subscription required)

Fab Five members Juwan Howard and Ray Jackson discuss iconic style at Michigan
An interview with University of Michigan men’s basketball players mentions Rice.


Hybrid ribbons a gift for powerful batteries
Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for electric cars and other demanding applications. The Rice University lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan determined that the well-studied material is a superior cathode for batteries that could supply both high energy density and significant power density.

42 teams from around the world to compete in 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition
Forty-two teams hailing from some of the world’s top universities will vie for more than $1 million in prizes at the 13th annual Rice Business Plan Competition April 11-13.

Rice experts available to discuss US Supreme Court hearings on DOMA and Prop 8
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear cases March 26-27 regarding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, Rice University experts are available to comment on topics related to the debate on same-sex marriage.

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.