Dateline Rice for April 18, 2013


Obama’s gun-safety strategy fails with political missteps
A stripped-down version of President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals failed in the Senate, delivering a blow to Obama’s second-term agenda and gun-control allies who sought to transform the horror over the Newtown shootings into their first chance in two decades to pass new restrictions. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Businessweek.)

Partner without the prize
Sarah Whiting, dean of the Rice School of Architecture and the William Ward Watkin Professor of Architecture, is mentioned in an article about the 1991 Pritzker Prize.
New York Times (This article appeared on the front of TheArts section.)

MIT tops Leiden Ranking as US dominates
Rice placed sixth in the CWTS Leiden Ranking of the world’s top universities.
Times Higher Education
UCSB ranks second among research universities globally


Math classes for teachers at the Rice School
Houston Independent School district teachers attended a series of math classes hosted by the Rice University School Mathematics Project at the Rice School. Anne Papakonstantinou, director of RUSMP, authored this article. Richard Parr, executive director of RUSMP; Susan Troutman, associate director for secondary programs with RUSMP; and Alice Fisher, instructional support specialist for RUSMP, are mentioned. Scroll to page 13 to read the article.
Village News (This article also appeared in the Southwest News.)

Agenda Texas: Bond rating battle
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about Texas bond ratings.
Texas Tribune/KUT-FM

Is Fort Bend County the most ethnically diverse in nation?
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 Star

Rice, A&M among top 50 most beautiful US campuses
Rice is ranked 42nd on’s list of "The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses for 2013."
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Norwalk Citizen, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Greenwich Time, the Darien News and the Stamford Advocate.)
Rice, A&M among ‘Most Amazing College Campuses’ (Houston)

Kilgore College student publications receive top honors
An article about awards given by the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association mentions that the Rice Thresher placed second in Division 2 competition.
Longview News-Journal

‘Mojo Hand’ looks at Lightnin’ Hopkins the man
A review of the book "Mojo Hand" by Timothy O’Brien and Dave Ensminger mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Voters hear from Rosenberg Council candidates at forum
Alumna Susan Kroll Euton ’80 is among the candidates for Rosenberg City Council.
Fort Bend Star


Rice is mentioned in an interview with 2013 Houston Improv Festival organizer Todd Boring.


Me, my mom and the mouse
Joanna O’Leary, a graduate student in English, authored this column about enjoying food and drink at Walt Disney World with her mother.
Wine Enthusiast

Team from WVU once again selected for NASA program
A team from Rice will participate in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.
Fayette Tribune (W.Va.)


Women’s tennis: Utes’ rocky start leads to bitter upset in Houston
An article recaps a women’s tennis match between Rice and the University of Utah.

Texas Tech baseball loses seventh straight game with 11-2 loss to No. 22 Rice Owls
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Texas Tech University. (Lubbock, Texas)

Rice’s second-leading scorer to transfer
Duncan College sophomore Julian DeBose has received his release to transfer to another school.
Houston Chronicle
Guard Julian DeBose plans to transfer, could return to Owls
Houston Chronicle
Rice’s DeBose gets release to transfer

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. (Atlanta)

Sizing up tight end prospects in NFL draft
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald appears in an article about NFL draft prospects.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Reds to call up Cingrani for Thursday start vs. Miami
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani will be called up from Triple-A Louisville to start against the Marlins.


Rice University students to de-stress with therapy pets during finals week, April 24-May 1
Rice University students will have the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week, April 24-May 1, at Fondren Library.

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.