Dateline Rice for April 2, 2013


Infographic tool offers a detailed look at 3,000 deaths by US drone attacks
Using data from the London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism, a new data visualization tool charts the total number of drone deaths in Pakistan. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Scientific American (This article also appeared on


Rice University to research oil and gas extraction processes
Rice University researchers are in the process of creating a model to predict how brine, oil and gas react to different conditions as they are drawn up from a well to the surface. Walter Chapman, the William W. Akers Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, is quoted. Mason Tomson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Kenneth Cox, professor in the practice of chemical and biomolecular engineering, are mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on and the Oklahoman.)

New study declares Fort Bend County ‘most diverse in the nation’
A new study from Rice University that analyzes the transformation of the Houston area’s Asian community declares Fort Bend County the most diverse in the nation. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun.)

Bun B to be featured as part of Mayor Parker’s plan to curb texting while driving
An article about Houston rapper Bun B’s involvement in a local campaign to curb texting while driving notes that he co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Connecticut Post, the Darien News, the Greater New Milford Spectrum and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)


The next generation of nanotubes
Scientists from Rice, the Dutch firm Teijin Aramid, the U.S. Air Force and Israel’s Technion Institute unveiled a new carbon nanotube fiber that looks and acts like textile thread and conducts electricity and heat like a metal wire. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and of chemistry, is quoted.
Specialty Fabrics Review

With infrared, military owns more than the night
An article about the U.S. Army’s Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate mentions research by InView Technology and notes that InView’s camera sensing technology was developed at Rice.

Where to invest in an oscillating market
An article about advice in investing mentions Natcore Technology and notes that the company has an exclusive licence from Rice for a process that allows growing thin films of silicon or germanium on various substrates using a mild chemical bath.


Patrick lays out his bill to end straight ticket voting for judges
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 articles about the Texas legislative session and Venezuelan politics in the wake of Hugo Chavez’s death. (subscription required)
Living in a post-Chavez world

George P.: Young, Latino and the next president named Bush?
An article discusses alumnus George P. Bush’s ’98 decision to run for Texas Land Commissioner.

Meet David Nunes Carvalho, the Jewish investigator who rivaled Sherlock Holmes
The murder of William Marsh Rice is mentioned in an article about investigator David Nunes Carvalho.
Jewish Daily Forward

Residence hall to be dedicated to California couple, alumnus
A residence hall on the campus of Mississippi State University will be named for alumnus Niles Moseley ’64.


Rice storms back to beat Texas State 4-3 in 12 innings
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Texas State University.

Lions Club all-star game needs overtime
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Gallatin County High School boys’ basketball team.
Harrisburg Daily Register (Ill.) (This article also appeared in the Benton Evening News and the West Frankfort Daily American.)

Conference USA officially announces WKU addition
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting that Western Kentucky University will join Conference USA.
Murfreesboro Daily News Journal (Tenn.) (This article also appeared in the Tennessean.)

UCLA hopes to get some answers in spring practice
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of California, Los Angeles football team.
Los Angeles Times


3-D scaffolds a new tool to fight cancer
Researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York reported this week that three-dimensional scaffolds used to culture Ewing’s sarcoma cells were effective at mimicking the environment in which such tumors develop.

Immigration reform conference at Rice’s Baker Institute set for April 9
The April 9 conference "Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century" at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will bring together leading United States immigration experts as well as key public policy thinkers involved in the current reform debate.

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.