Dateline Rice for April 17, 2013


Rice to create lab to study brain damage with $1.5 million grant
With a $1.5 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Rice University will create a lab that will be the first in the Texas Medical Center to study brain functions following a stroke, epilepsy or traumatic brain injury. Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on


Mexico steps up pricey LNG imports on lack of pipelines
Mexico is stepping up imports of liquefied natural gas from Nigeria and beyond, paying prices that are several times higher than gas piped in from the U.S., and missing out on some of the benefits of the shale-gas boom because of a lack of pipeline capacity at a time of rising demand. Dagobert Brito, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Political Economy, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal


Life Enrichment of Houston classes help seniors live healthier, more productive lives
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will speak at Bethany United Methodist Church April 25.
Houston Chronicle

Houston arts pioneer shoots straight on gallery growth, a happy marriage and closeted gay Republicans
An interview with Hiram Butler mentions art education at Rice.

Houston runners pay tribute and hit the road
The BON Running Club encouraged members to wear green in support of Boston for its weekly Tuesday run around Rice University.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front page.)
Local runners to participate in tribute run for Boston Marathon victims
Texas Cable News

Texas A&M ranked as one of America’s most beautiful campuses
In 2011, ranked Rice the 42nd most-beautiful college campus in America.
Dallas Morning News


Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of Homeland Security, spoke at Rice University as part of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business’ inaugural Rice Veterans Leadership Series April 16. Links to the KXLN-TV and KROI-FM broadcasts are not available.
KHOU-TV (This story also appeared on Texas Cable News.)

Mundo Fox
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 stories about the Boston Marathon bombing, immigration reform and the death of Houston homebuilder Bob Jack Perry. A link to the Mundo Fox broadcast is not available.
Will immigration reform shed ‘amnesty’ label?
Remembering Bob Perry
Austin American-Statesman
Bob Perry dies after $75 million lifetime political spending (Chicago) (This article also appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Middletown Journal and nearly 50 other media outlets.)

Wisconsin Public Radio’s ‘At Issue’
Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at the Baker Institute, appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s "At Issue" to discuss immigration reform. A link to this broadcast is not available.

A town hall meeting on the state of Texas parks will be held at the Rice Memorial Center.


DuPont trials hazardous compound remediation
Researchers from Rice University, Stanford University and E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. will field test a process that aims to gently and quickly destroy some of the world’s most pervasive and problematic pollutants. Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
Environmental Leader


Groundbreaking trumpeter Marie Speziale to retire
Marie Speziale, professor of trumpet and chair of brass, will retire in May after 11 years at the Shepherd School of Music.
Cincinnati Enquirer

Shaw wins Pulitzer for composition
Alumna Caroline Shaw ’04 won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music for her composition "Partita for 8 Voices."

‘West Side Story’ closes Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s 31st season
An article about a Maryland Symphony Orchestra performance notes that the symphony will perform a piece by alumna Gabriela Lena Frank ’94.
Chambersburg Public Opinion (Penn.)

The reason for the failure in the denuclearization of North Korea
Alumna Scott Snyder ’87 is interviewed about North Korea. (South Korea)


Rice game Wednesday against Texas Tech canceled
The April 17 Rice Owls baseball game vs. Texas Tech has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
West University Examiner (Similar articles also appeared in the Memorial Examiner,, [Lubbock, Texas], [Lubbock, Texas] and KAMC-TV [Lubbock, Texas].)

Men’s Tennis wins regular season finales
An article recaps a men’s tennis match between Rice and Southern Methodist University.

Georgia Tech takes after Rice, will hold ‘Football 101′ for international students
An article about a football clinic to promote American football among international students at Georgia Tech University mentions a similar clinic at Rice.


Robert Bazell joins Rice University’s Baker Institute
Award-winning American science and health journalist Robert Bazell has been named the nonresident fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Baker Institute experts available to discuss ‘Gang of Eight’ immigration reform proposals
Two immigration experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are available to discuss the U.S. Senate’s "Gang of Eight" release of details of a broad agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

‘Cultures of Energy’ brings together leading energy, environmental and humanities scholars at Rice April 19-21
Leading local, national and international scholars working at the intersection of energy, the environment and the humanities will gather at Rice University April 19-21 for the second annual Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium.

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.