Dateline Rice for April 15, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


You’ve got 60 seconds with Warren Buffett: What’s your pitch?
Articles discuss the Rice Business Plan Competition.
How to win a business plan competition
Big new ideas meet investors in annual Rice competition
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Business section.)
Rice business plan winners look to future of batteries, biotech
Houston Business Journal

David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, and Mike Massimino, executive director of the Rice Space Institute, are quoted in a story about the International Day of Space Flight. Alexander and Massimino are also quoted in a story about a space exploration conference at Rice.


Perfecting bullet-proof glass from the nanoscale up
An article features research to create more effective bullet-proof materials by Ned Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Jae-Hwang Lee, research scientist in mechanical engineering and materials science.
Stars and Stripes (subscription required)

Houston homebuilder Bob Jack Perry dies
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 death of Houston homebuilder Bob Jack Perry, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and the Texas legislative session.
United Press International
Perry, backer of GOP causes and Houston builder, dies at 80
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This front-page article also appeared in the Albany Times-Union, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Norwalk Citizen, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Greenwich Time, the Darien News and the Connecticut Post.)
Can Mayor Julian Castro turn Texas blue?
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Harmony in Texas Senate a far cry from 2011
Austin American-Statesman
Drug test bills gain ground
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

National Public Radio’s ‘Science Friday’
Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin appeared on National Public Radio’s "Science Friday" to discuss his fight against the teaching of creationism in public schools. (This interview also appeared on [New York], [Boston],, [New York], [Arkansas],, and

Transitions: People in academe
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.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Alumni embrace the MBA student loan business
An article about alumni-sourced student loans mentions Rice.
Businessweek (This article also appeared on

Weibo, China’s microblogging site, officially expands into Thailand
China’s most popular microblogging site officially expanded into Thailand. Rice research is cited.
International Business Times

USA prepares shale gas bubble for feverish Europe
An article about shale gas production cites research by former Baker Institute energy fellow Amy Myers Jaffe.
Pravda (Russia)


For evangelicals, a shift in views on immigration
As Congress is about to start a debate on overhauling the immigration system, conservative Christians are rethinking their views on immigration. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Rice piano student vies for $100,000 prize
Andrew Staupe, a graduate student in music, is a finalist in the ProLiance Energy Classical Fellowship Awards, a yearlong contest run by the American Pianists Association. Staupe is a student of Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Difference between MetroRail ridership and fares is vast
Since the 7.5-mile rail line opened in January 2004, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has carried more than 100 million riders and collected $40.3 million in fares, far below what a $1.25-per-ride ticket price would indicate. What appears to be a disconnect from basic math, however, is more complicated. Baker College junior Hector Alvarenga is quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

UT Tyler wins first in concrete canoe contest
Rice is mentioned in a story about a concrete canoe competition.
Tyler Morning Telegraph

College journalists nab awards for publications
Rice is mentioned in an article about awards given by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.
Tyler Morning Telegraph


Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss the Rice Business Plan Competition. A link to this broadcast is not available.

KSAT-TV (San Antonio)
Rice is mentioned in a story about a La Vernia High School student-athlete.


The wild west of MOOCs
An article about massive open online courses mention’s Rice’s OpenStax College.


Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America
Research by Elaine Howard Ecklund, associate professor of sociology, director of the Religion and Public Life Program and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited in an article about Jewish atheism and Jewish theism.
Los Angeles Jewish Journal

‘I wouldn’t change any of the decisions I’ve made’ — Salazar
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Employers’ costs, not technology, threaten jobs
An op-ed about changing job markets includes a comment by Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, about routine jobs being performed by robots.
Portland Press-Herald (Maine)

More efficiently capturing CO2 at power plants
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. A Rice-produced video is included.


Rice walks 10 batters in 11-7 loss to UCF in 12 innings
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and the University of Central Florida.
Houston Chronicle
Rice rallies in 9th to tie, but loses in the 12th inning
West University Examiner (Coverage of this series also appeared in the Bellaire Examiner, the Memorial Examiner, the River Oaks Examiner, the Orlando Sentinel and

No. 20 Rice turns back Utah on Senior Day
An article recaps a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of Utah. (A similar article appeared on

With 2.89 ERA, Humber could use a little help
Articles discuss the performance of former Rice baseball player Philip Humber with the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Humber could use offensive support from Astros
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Tom Franklin out as UH football, basketball voice
Tom Franklin will not return this fall as the radio voice of University of Houston football and basketball. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle


Rice to create lab for study of recovery from brain damage
A $1.5 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation will enable researchers at Rice University to build out the Texas Medical Center’s first core laboratory devoted to studying neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself after traumatic injury or neurological disorders.

Chloroform cleanup: just the beginning for palladium-gold catalysts
Researchers from Rice University, DuPont Central Research and Development and Stanford University have announced a full-scale field test of an innovative process that gently but quickly destroys some of the world’s most pervasive and problematic pollutants.

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.