Dateline Rice for March 26, 2013


Cyber arms control? Forget about it
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, and Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, co-authored this op-ed about cyberwarfare.

Hybrid ribbons give batteries oomph
Hybrid ribbons thousands of times thinner than a sheet of paper could speed the development of powerful lithium-ion batteries, researchers report. Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor in chemistry and professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Shubin Yang, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, are quoted. Yongji Gong, a graduate student in chemistry, is mentioned.


The disease next door
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about neglected tropical diseases.
Foreign Policy (registration required)

Desire to succeed linked to better grades in college
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.
Philadelphia Inquirer (This article also appeared in U.S. News & World Report,,,, and


Elkins graduate seeks to empower women through medicine
Alumna Reem Sabouni ’09 is profiled for her education and career.
Sugar Land Sun

TRAC center to bring array of university reps
Rice is mentioned in an article about Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Maverick Transfer, Recruitment and Career Center.
Courier of Montgomery County

Corporate jets for business
An op-ed by Grady Easley notes that he taught at Rice.
Huntsville Item


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


From fat to fuel: Genetically modified bacteria could convert waste into energy
Engineers at Rice University have developed new strains of Escherichia coli bacteria that efficiently convert sugars into fatty acids, which can be converted into synthetic diesel and lubricants. Ka-Yiu San, the E.D. Butcher Professor of Bioengineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted. Xiujun Zhang and Mai Li, postdoctoral researchers in bioengineering, are mentioned.

As Obama prepares to sign sequestration cuts, 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 re-election. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (Editor’s note: A correction on Brinkley’s name in the article has been requested.)
Las Cruces Sun-News (N.M.) (This article also appeared in the Waterville Morning Sentinel.)
WashPost paints little sequester as big loss for Obama’s ‘second-term economic vision’

Major gifts advance UNL College of Business building initiative
Rice is mentioned in an article about a new college of business administration building at the University of Nebraska.
Beatrice Daily Sun (Neb.)


Best start since ’89 has UH baseball team in top 25
An article about the University of Houston’s ranking in a Baseball America college baseball poll notes that Rice remained No. 18 in the poll.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Eagles drop 2 over the weekend
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Veterans to be honored by baseball team in Rice game
An article previews a baseball game between Rice and Sam Houston State University.

Kingwood sets national marks at Rice meet
An article discusses the Rice University Victor Lopez Bayou Classic track-and-field tournament.
Kingwood Observer (Texas)


Rice student Jenny Wen awarded Watson Fellowship
Rice University senior Jenny Wen is one of 40 students across the country awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She will receive $25,000 for 12 months of world travel and independent study.

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.