Dateline Rice for April 22, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


New Rice laboratory to study consequences of brain trauma
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 in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle

With Pulitzer, a musician has become a composer
Alumna Caroline Shaw ’04 is profiled for winning the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in music for her composition "Partita for 8 Voices."
Houston Chronicle

The shocker that shouldn’t have been: St. Luke’s sale
From health care watchers who had predicted a Texas Medical Center institution would prevail to Methodist Hospital officials caught unawares by the news, the announcement that a huge national Catholic health system will buy the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System stunned Houston. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted in this front-page story.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Nonteaching campus jobs all contribute to school’s success
Jana Callan, director of recruitment and systems management for Human Resources, is quoted about nonteaching employment opportunities at Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Hire this robot: It does windows
A new robot is designed to automate the process of cleaning recessed windows in buildings that present problems for more traditional washers — both human and machine. Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, and Rice students Andria Remirez, Julia Bleck and Erin O’Malley are quoted. Rice student Michael Liu is mentioned.


Flying high: The career path that sent George Abbey soaring from his maternal home in Laugharne to NASA
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is profiled for his life and career.

Graphene’s Achilles’ heel
Graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon, has become famous for its extraordinary strength. But less-than-perfect sheets of the material show unexpected weakness, according to researchers at Rice University in Houston and Tsinghua University in Beijing. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Huge defect discovered in graphene

Venezuela: Chavez heir Maduro sworn in as president
Hugo Chavez’s successor has been sworn in as president of Venezuela, despite the electoral council authorizing a partial recount of his victory of 1.5 percent in last Sunday’s elections. 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. Jones is also quoted in an article about the George W. Bush Presidential Center and appeared on KXLN-TV to discuss the effect of the Boston Marathon bombing on immigration reform efforts. A link to the KXLN broadcast is not available.
Scotsman (U.K.)
Bush set to dedicate presidential library Thursday
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Houston group joins NASA for international space challenge
At the second annual two-day International Space Apps Challenge under the auspices of NASA, a small, diverse group in Houston had two things in common with each other and with team members around the world: enthusiasm for problem solving and a love of space exploration. David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, is quoted.
Global Times (China) (This article also appeared in Xinhua, and

Trojan horse strategy looked into for treatment of breast cancer
Research by Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is cited in an article about breast cancer research. (This Asian News International article also appeared on,,,,, and

Global MBA ranking 2013
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business ranked 37th in the Financial Times 2013 global business school rankings.
Financial Times

Part-time MBA programs
Rice’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business ranked sixth in Businessweek’s 2013 list of part-time MBA programs.


Photos show a kid’s view of Houston
Geoff Winningham, professor of visual and dramatic arts, is mentioned in a column about a photography project of photos taken by children.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)

What will set the Bush library apart
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

Hip hop continues to evolve
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted in an article about how hip-hop culture has evolved.
Houston Defender

Rice University students create new type of soap dispenser
Rice University students developed a unique type of soap dispenser using a common kitchen utensil that a downtown Houston restaurant will soon incorporate into its bathrooms. Rice students Sarah Hernandez, Marie Hoeger, Josiah Grace, Kayla McCarty and Ann Saterbak, professor in the practice of bioengineering education, are mentioned.

Rice students work with cancer center to create comfortable chair for patients
In cooperation with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, five Rice students have developed a seat that helps patients relax as they stay perfectly still while precise beams of radiation attack tumors. Rice students Sarah Mason, Samuel Stein, Jina Ko, Nathan Han and Brandon Nguyen are mentioned.

Soo Sunny Park: ‘Unwoven Light’ at Rice Gallery
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.

MCPAS provides fantasy trip to Italy at ‘Mimosas in May’
Andrew Staupe, a graduate student in music, is mentioned in a column about the Montgomery County Performing Arts Society.
Courier of Montgomery County

Percussionists get their due with new concerto
Alumnus Matthew McClung ’05 will premiere a percussion concerto with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.
Houston Chronicle

Memorial Hermann CEO: Affordable Care Act won’t fix health system
An article reports on statements made by Dan Wolterman, CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, at a health care panel at Rice.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on

Kids can have a sporting good time
An article about summer activity programs for kids mentions the Rice Recreation Center’s Summer Youth Activity Program.
Houston Chronicle

Whooo’s there? The most adorable baby owlets ever make Houston debut — and one’s upside down
A parliament of owls was seen near Roberts Elementary School. Rice is mentioned.

Bauer students invest in future
A team from Rice participated in the Oil and Gas Investment Banking Case Competition and Conference.

Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land turns up heat with chili cook-off
Research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research is noted in an article about a chili cook-off in Sugar Land, Texas.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time.)

Q-and-A with filmmaker Madsen Minax
Rice is mentioned in an interview with filmmaker Madsen Minax.


Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss the Boston Marathon bombers. A link to this broadcast is not available.

WAGA-TV (Atlanta)
A story about a football clinic to promote American football among international students at Georgia Tech University mentions a similar clinic at Rice.

Texas Public Radio
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.


Student entrepreneurs’ success in global business competition
Articles recap the Rice Business Plan Competition.
SiNode Systems wins grand prize in Rice Business Plan Competition
Northwestern business teams win more than $1 million in contest

Best cities to start a business
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is mentioned in an article about the best cities for business startups.


Indian American students named 2013 Goldwater Scholars
Martel College sophomore Ravi Sheth and Will Rice College sophomore Kamal Shah 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.

Sex culture makes abstinence difficult
Hanszen College sophomore Adriana Duarte authored this op-ed about abstinence education.
Charleston Gazette (W.Va.)

About the Central Asian link to those Boston bombers
Alumnus Casey Michel ’10 authored this op-ed about the ethnicity of the Boston bombers.

Tuesday Musical wraps up season with Canadian Brass performance
An article about a Canadian Brass concert mentions alumnus Eric Reed ’02.

Bun B and Shea Serrano’s hip-hop coloring book to hit stores
An article about "Bun B’s Rap Jumbo Coloring and Rap Activity Book" notes that Houston rapper Bun B once co-taught a class on religion and hip-hop culture at Rice.

KTRU Navrang show expands understanding of Indian experimental films
An article discusses interviews on KTRU’s Navrang show.


Rice women’s tennis earns spot in NCAA Tournament
The Rice Owls women’s tennis team won the Conference USA championship and will compete in the NCAA Tournament.
Houston Chronicle (A similar article appeared on

Ratteree’s bat leads Owls to run-rule win over Cougars
Articles recap the annual Silver Glove Series between the Rice Owls baseball team and the University of Houston.
Houston Chronicle
Rice drops series opener against rival UH
Houston Chronicle
Rice shuts out UH to even Silver Glove Series
Houston Chronicle
UH tops No. 22 Rice to open weekend series
Rice defeats UH, 4-0, to even up Silver Glove Trophy series

From phenom to everyday NBA player
An article about pro basketball player Jeremy Lin cites Rice research showing that Houston is the most diverse city in the nation.
New York Times (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)

Former Rice star Rendon called up to big leagues
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon was called up from the Harrisburg Senators to the Washington Nationals.
Houston Chronicle
MLB report
Houston Chronicle
Nationals put Ryan Zimmerman on DL, call up Anthony Rendon (Coverage of Rendon also appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the Washington Times,, and

Former Bulldog Cingrani earns first MLB victory
A news brief discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani in a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Florida Marlins.

A tribute to Tom Franklin
Tom Franklin will not return this fall as the radio voice of University of Houston football and basketball. Rice is mentioned.

Great news for Wolverines and Beilein
A column about Michigan sports notes that alumnus Jeremy Rathjen ’12 spoke at a sports luncheon.
Midland Daily News (Mich.)


Rice’s Jones School reaches out to America’s veterans
When members of the military make the transition to civilian life, many find themselves contemplating their next career move. Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business is going above and beyond in its efforts to attract and prepare military veterans for careers in business.

Students’ lofty goal is clear
As long as buildings have windows, engineers will fret about how best to keep them clean. Rice University engineering students are no exception and are working on better ways to keep skyscrapers shiny.

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.