Dateline Rice for April 10, 2013


Famous Texas authors
Justin Cronin, distinguished faculty fellow in English, and alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 appear in a photo slideshow of famous Texas authors.
Beaumont Enterprise (This slideshow also appeared in the Stamford Advocate, the Connecticut Post, Darien News, Fairfield Citizen, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Danbury News-Times, the Norwalk Citizen and the Westport News.)

Board of Education to consider 12 more contracts
Administrators are recommending the Houston Independent School District Board of Education authorize the district to negotiate design contracts with 12 firms on a dozen more 2012 bond projects, including 10 of the largest high schools. Rice is mentioned.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner and the Memorial Examiner.)


Stories discuss a forum on immigration policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, and Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at the Baker Institute, are quoted.
Immigration experts call for a comprehensive plan

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.

Texas Public Radio
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the murders of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife.

WOAI-AM (San Antonio)
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted in a story about a new single by country singer Brad Paisley.

KLTV-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Rice is mentioned in a story about a concrete canoe competition.


Imaging methodology reveals atomic details not seen before news
A team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles and Northwestern University has produced 3-D images and videos of a tiny platinum nanoparticle at atomic resolution that reveal new details of defects in nanomaterials that have not been seen before. 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. Ajayan is also quoted in an article about military graphene research.
Army sees potential in light-emitting monolayers

Polymer scaffolds may lead to more effective cancer therapies
Researchers at Rice University and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York reported that three-dimensional scaffolds used to culture Ewing’s sarcoma cells were effective at mimicking the environment in which such tumors develop. Antonios Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.
Polymer Solutions

Electron conflict
Rice University physicists on the hunt for the origins of high-temperature superconductivity have published new findings about a material that simultaneously exhibits the characteristics of both a metallic conductor and an insulator.


Texas turns battleground as cowboy boots win Hispanics
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 an article about the effect of Texas’ shifting demographics on the state’s politics.

OCU music students to compete in regional contest
Brian Connelly, artist teacher of piano and director of piano and chamber music accompanying program at the Shepherd School of Music, served as a judge at the 73rd Naftzger Young Artists Auditions and Music Awards.
The Oklahoman

American Pianists Association finalist
Andrew Staupe, a graduate student in music, is one of five finalists of the American Pianists Association’s Classical Fellowship. (Indianapolis)


Rangers’ Berkman looks like a bargain after hot start
An article discusses former Rice standout Lance Berkman’s performance with the Texas Rangers. (Dallas)

MLB report: Angels’ Weaver out at least 4 weeks
Former Rice standout Jeff Niemann will have shoulder surgery.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Numbers put Lamar’s girls at front of pack in track and field
The Victor Lopez Classic at Rice is mentioned in an article about the Lamar High School track-and-field team.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


New Baker Institute papers tackle immigration reform issues
United States immigration experts gathered Tuesday at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy for a conference on "Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century." Panels discussed solutions to crucial questions surrounding immigration reform, including "Immigration and the Face of America," "Security, the Economy and Immigration," "Dealing with Immigration at the Local Level" and "Moving Forward on Immigration."

First homeland security secretary Tom Ridge to speak at Rice April 16
Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of Homeland Security, will speak at Rice University April 16 at the inaugural Rice Veterans Leadership Series, "An Evening with Tom Ridge: A Life of Public Service and Leadership."

Rice sociologist to release results from 32nd annual Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey April 23
Stephen Klineberg, Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research co-director and sociology professor, will release findings from the 2013 Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey April 23. The 32nd annual study covers such topics as Houston’s current economic outlook, quality-of-life assessments and perspectives on the region’s demographic transformations.

42 teams from around the world to compete in 2013 Rice Business Plan Competition
Forty-two teams hailing from some of the world’s top universities will vie for more than $1.2 million in prizes April 11-13 at the 13th annual Rice Business Plan Competition — the world’s richest and largest graduate-level competition of its kind.

Rice students build bridge for Houston Arboretum  
A team from Rice University built a bridge at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

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.