Dateline Rice for March 28, 2013


For better or worse
Rice is mentioned in a number of articles in the first issue of Houstonia magazine. Lester King, a postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability; Jacob Robinson, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin; Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and alumnus Greg Gatlin ’03 are mentioned in these articles.
We’re No. 1! We’re No. 1!
Exit through the bike shop
A beautiful nanoday in the neighborhood
The ten best barbecue joints in Houstonia
The perfect party
Suffer the children
250 reasons to love Houston

Colleges getting price paranoia? Schools trying to cut costs with technology
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted in an article about how colleges are working to reduce costs for students.

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, appeared on KUHF-FM to discuss how Houston has changed in the past 30 years and how the city can become more attractive to prospective workers.


A two-track solution to the Syrian crisis
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about the Syrian civil war.
Asharq Al-Awsat (London)

5 religious leaders who became outspoken atheists
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, appears on a list of five prominent skeptics who formerly served as religious leaders.

Take 4 steps to decide how much to borrow for an MBA
Rice is mentioned in an article about determining how much to borrow when pursuing an MBA.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared on


Girl Scouts recognize Rice University’s McIntire
Mary McIntire ’75, dean of the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, will be honored by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto during their Success to Significance luncheon April 26.

As hurricane season arrives, Rice’s SSPEED Center plans for ‘next big one’
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is busy preparing for the next major hurricane to hit the Houston area. James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Friendswood Journal, the Deer Park Broadcaster, the Pearland Journal, the Pasadena Citizen, the Bay Area Citizen, the Memorial Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)

Partying with the Houston Astros’ new big hire and with secretaries of state keeps the scene rocking
University Representative Y. Ping Sun is mentioned in an article about a welcome lunch for Meg Vaillancourt, the Houston Astros’ new vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros in Action Foundation.

A Texas election without a Bush?
An op-ed discusses alumnus George P. Bush’s ’98 decision to run for land commissioner.
Longview News-Journal (This op-ed also appeared in the Pleasanton Express.)

Canned Acoustica compiles cornucopia of local clips
An article about Canned Acoustica concerts in Houston mentions Rice.
Houston Press

Culture scene
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)

Obsolete technology annex
An op-ed about a building on the University of Houston campus notes that Rice is one of Texas’ Tier One universities.


KUT-FM (Austin, Texas)
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 a story about a Texas bill that would translate legislative information into Spanish in an effort to boost civic engagement.


EPA revisits ‘fracking’
The U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board announced the formation of a Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory panel. Katherine Ensor, professor and chair of statistics, will serve on the panel.
Pollution Engineering

Ribbons a boost for battery performance
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, is quoted.
Graphene ribbons could boost efficiency of Li-ion batteries

What’s new in digital scholarship: Real-time censorship and whether online news actually increases knowledge
A roundup of academic research notes Rice research showing that 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. Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, and Adam Pridgen, a graduate student in computer science, are mentioned.
Nieman Journalism Lab

Music Academy of the West’s 2013 summer season announced
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, will conduct the Music Academy of the West’s Academy Festival Orchestra June 22.


Shocking news about batteries
An article about battery research notes Rice research to convert a plant extract into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, a postdoctoral research associate in mechanical engineering and materials science, is quoted.
Bayside Bulletin (Australia) (This article also appeared in the Bega District News, the North West Star, the Illawarra Mercury, the Western Advocate, the Bombala Times, the Bunbury Mail, the Cooma-Monaro Express, the Eden Magnet, the Fairfield City Champion, the Moonee Valley Community News, the Mudgee Guardian, the Gulgong Advertiser, the Brimbank Weekly, the Northern Daily Leader, the Port Lincoln Times, the Tenterfield Star, the Maitland Mercury and the Victoria Harbor Times.)

Personality may determine a student’s GPA
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, is quoted.


Bearkats defeat Rice 9-3 for sweep
An article recaps a baseball series between Rice and Sam Houston State University. (Coverage of this series appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Allentown Morning Call.)

Tulane’s baseball team eager to get on track with C-USA series at Rice
An article previews a baseball series between Rice and Tulane University.
New Orleans Times-Picayune (Similar articles also appeared on and

Reseeding the Sweet 16 teams by overall awesomeness
Former Rice basketball player Arsalan Kazemi is mentioned in an article about NCAA men’s basketball.
USA Today

The playbook
Rice is mentioned in a roundup of Dallas-area student-athlete news. (Texas)

Manziel still adjusting to life as youngest Heisman winner
Rice is mentioned in an article about Texas A&M University football player Johnny Manziel.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Study: ‘Waste heat’ may economize CO2 capture
In some of the first results from a federally funded initiative to find new ways of capturing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants, Rice University scientists have found that CO2 can be removed more economically using "waste" heat — low-grade steam that cannot be used to produce electricity.

Gender verification policies in elite sports topic at Rice April 4
Katrina Karkazis, senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, will discuss gender verification policies in elite sports as part of the Gray/Wawro Lecture Series April 4 at Rice University.

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.