Dateline Rice for April 9, 2013


CNN’s ‘Anderson Cooper 360′
James Baker, honorary chair of Rice University’s Baker Institute, discusses the legacy of late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Baker is also quoted in an article remembering Thatcher’s visit to Rice as part of a G7 summit. Photo galleries show Thatcher at Rice. Several stories include these photos.
PBS NewsHour
‘Iron Lady’ remembered fondly by Rice University family
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Sugar Land Sun, the River Oaks Examiner, the Bellaire Examiner, the Katy Rancher, the Fort Bend Sun and the Memorial Examiner.)
Margaret Thatcher at Rice University
Houston Chronicle (This slideshow also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Post, the Darien News, the Fairfield Citizen, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Danbury News-Times, the Norwalk Citizen and the Westport News.)
Margaret Thatcher
Connecticut Post (This slideshow also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Stamford Advocate, the Danbury News-Times, the Albany Times-Union, the Norwalk Citizen, the Westport News and the Greenwich Time.)
Margaret Thatcher at Houston G-7 summit in 1990

Zack Kopplin on "Real Time with Bill Maher"
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" to debate science education. Two clips of Kopplin’s appearance are included.


CBS This Morning
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (A link to this video appeared on

Obama’s energy, environment picks face Senate grilling this week
President Barack Obama’s picks to lead energy and environmental policy face scrutiny this week as Senate panels try to tease out details of the administration’s agenda, which had been maligned by Republicans and some Democrats during Obama’s first four years. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Hartford Courant,,,,, [Kalamazoo, Mich.], [Sioux Falls, S.D.], [Duluth, Minn.], [Holland, Mich.], [Lansing, Mich.], [Hibbing, Minn.], [Green Bay, Wis.], [Hibbing, Minn.],, [Green Bay, Wis.], [Wausau, Wis.], and

MBA applicants: Offer explanations, not excuses
An op-ed offering advice to MBA applicants cites President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

Exploration nation: Expedition Central America
Rice is mentioned in a column about a trip to deploy a mobile medical facility for the Rama Indians in Nicaragua’s Indio Maiz Biological Reserve. (This column also appeared in Scientific American.)

The odds of getting off a college wait-list
An op-ed offering advice to students applying to colleges mentions Rice.


Gambling advocates push for voter referendum
Business and state leaders say voters should decide whether to allow casinos in Texas, touting job creation and a new source of revenue. Opponents aren’t willing to take the gamble, warning of financial and social consequences for the state’s poor. 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.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

String quartet — plus one — to perform original composition
The Diotima Quartet along with James Dunham, professor of viola, will perform a piece by Richard Lavenda, professor of composition and theory.
Houston Chronicle


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in news items about late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Memories of Iron Lady: Preventing ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’

Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the risk of cyberattack from North Korea.
North Korean cyberwar possible (This article also appeared on

Martel College sophomores Charles Adelmann and Ravi Sheth, Will Rice College sophomore Kamal Shah and Wiess College junior Aaron Sharpe are among the 271 college students across the country who have been named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.


The casual Friday lie
Hajo Adam, visiting assistant professor of business, is quoted in an article about appropriate business attire.
Canadian Business

Beyond graphene — Innovations in 2-D materials
An article about graphene notes Rice research on the material.

OSU students’ cancer test wins business plan competition, moves on to Rice
Teams from Ohio State University and the University of Louisville will compete in the Rice Business Plan Competition.
Columbus Business First (Ohio)
U of L team VOC Diagnostics to compete in Rice competition
Columbus Business First (Ohio)


2013 AHORA Student Days
Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, spoke at the 2013 AHORA Student Days event at Rice.
Latino Magazine

Researcher explains why federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act is needed
Laws against discrimination can have a significant positive impact on how gays and lesbians are treated in employment situations, according to new research. Mikki Hebl, professor of psychology and management, is quoted. A Rice-produced video is included.

Army sees potential in light-emitting monolayers to benefit Soldiers
Army scientists want to understand the fascinating properties of novel layered materials. 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 mentioned.

Grappling with the ‘gray zone,’ feds focus on nano workers’ health
While U.S. regulators and scientists are mindful of past disasters, such as lead and asbestos, they understand that nanoparticles present a huge challenge. The International Council on Nanotechnology at Rice is mentioned.
New Haven Independent (Conn.)

Hope Commencement plans announced
Alumna Stacy Jackson ’93 will speak at Hope College’s commencement ceremony.
Holland Sentinel (Mich.)

Houston rising — Why the next great American cities aren’t what you think
Rice research is cited in an article about "aspirational cities."

Campus stations keep the beat unique
Rice’s KTRU is mentioned in an article about college radio.
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.)


UH falls to No. 24 in Baseball America poll, Rice climbs to No. 14
The Rice Owls moved up four spots to No. 14 in the Baseball America Top 25 poll.
Houston Chronicle

Blue Bombers cut ties with QB Alex Brink
Alumnus Chase Clement ’10 is mentioned in an article about the Winnipeg Blue. (Similar articles also appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, [Winnipeg, Manitoba] and [Brandon, Manitoba].)

Minor League ball gameday, April 8
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned in a roundup of minor league baseball news.

Astros report: Losing continues with shutout against Mariners
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Without birds, will Guam’s forests look like Swiss cheese?
Ecologists and students from Rice University and the University of Guam will begin an ambitious four-year study this summer to examine how the loss of birds on Guam may be thinning the island’s forests as fewer seeds are spread into open gaps.

Four Rice students named Goldwater Scholars
Four Rice University undergraduate students are among the 271 college students across the country who have been named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

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.