Dateline Rice for April 5, 2013


NSF Science Now
While dangerous ozone levels have fallen in places that clamp down on emissions from vehicles and industry, a new study from Rice University suggests that a model widely used to predict the impact of remediation efforts has been too conservative.

Bass, tenor, alto, sombrero
The Houston Grand Opera is commissioning new works that tap into city’s growing Hispanic community. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal


Arming for virtual battle: The dangerous new rules of cyberwar
Now that wars are also being fought on digital battlefields, experts in international law have established rules for cyberwar. But many questions remain unanswered. Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Der Spiegel

A $40 baby-saving device and other highlights from the Clinton Global Initiative University
Sid Richardson College senior Swetha Kotamraju and a team of Rice students attended the Clinton Global Initiative University at Washington University in St. Louis to show their Babymetrix project.
Fast Company

What Woody wrote
Alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 authored this review of the Woody Guthrie novel "House of Earth." Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned.
New York Review of Books


The true love shack: How a suave home design consultant saved one couple’s marriage
A home designed by John Mixon, lecturer in architecture, will be part of the Rice Design Alliance’s showcase of Houston homes. Gordon Wittenberg, professor of architecture, is mentioned.

UTSA snatches up Rice professor for new business school position
Gerry Sanders, professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, has been named dean of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s College of Business.
Houston Business Journal
UTSA taps Rice professor as dean of College of Business
San Antonio Business Journal (This article also appeared on and the Oklahoman.)

Rice engineer develops soap dispenser
Rice University students developed a unique type of soap dispenser using a common kitchen utensil that a downtown Houston restaurant will soon incorporate into its bathrooms.

County most diverse in nation, study says
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.
Fort Bend Herald (subscription required)

The secret’s out! Houston Pavilions breaks out a new name as it tries to shed its troubled past
An article about the downtown Houston GreenStreet project mentions Rice.


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the escalation of tensions between North and South Korea.


Thanks to all our JCP reviewers!
The Journal of Chemical Physics thanks its reviewers, which include Gustavo Scuseria, the Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry, vice chair of the Department of Chemistry and professor of physics and astronomy.
Journal of Chemical Physics


Art Notes: April 5
Alumnus Joby Bell ’96 will perform at Brevard College April 7.
Hendersonville Times-News (N.C.)

Will you get your Social Security benefits?: 1/2 of Boomers born in ’64 will be dead by 2045
An article about Social Security benefits cites research by Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology.

Texas Matters: April 4, 2013
A roundup of Texas news mentions an Economist article about Texas politics that cited research by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Tulane must hold criminals accountable
Rice protocol for investigating a sexual assault is mentioned in an op-ed advocating that Tulane University change its procedures.


Baseball hosts No. 21 Rice
An article previews a baseball series between Rice and East Carolina University. (Similar articles appeared in the Pitt County Daily Reflector, and WNCT-TV [Greenville, N.C.].)

Throwback Thursday: 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl
An article recaps a 1961 football game between Rice and the University of Kansas.


Material turns ‘schizophrenic’ on way to superconductivity
Rice University physicists on the hunt for the origins of high-temperature superconductivity have published new findings this week about a material that becomes "schizophrenic" — simultaneously exhibiting the characteristics of both a metallic conductor and an insulator.

Immigration reform requires a piecemeal approach, Baker Institute expert says
As U.S. House and Senate negotiators approach their self-imposed targets of early April to lay out immigration reform legislation, legislators and President Barack Obama’s administration must work toward immigration reform using a piecemeal approach, according to Tony Payan, a scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.