Dateline Rice for April 23, 2013


Chavez leaves and Maduro arrives
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 news items about the election of Nicolas Maduro as president of Venezuela and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. An English translation of the Sanlian Lifeweek article is not available.
Sanlian Lifeweek (China)
Dispelling doubts, Dewhurst staffs up; dispensing comfort, Obama will appear at West service
Austin American-Statesman

Oaxaca temple complex hints at archaic Mexican state
Much of what we know about past civilizations in Mexico comes from the writings of colonial Europeans who arrived in the Americas in the 1500s. But archaeological evidence from recent excavations at a site called El Palenque in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico, shows that temple precincts similar to the ones the Europeans encountered had existed in the region some 1,500 years earlier. Alumni Elsa Redmond ’73 and Charles Spencer ’72 are featured.
Los Angeles Times


Houstonians in the health care community are still digesting the news that St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System will be sold to a large Catholic hospital chain based in Colorado. 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.

Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in a story about the explosion in West, Texas.

Texas Public Radio
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, discusses his solo piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.


This incredible robot can wash your 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.
Fiscal Times


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.
New Canaan News (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Georgia Tech hosts international football clinic
A story about a football clinic to promote American football among international students at Georgia Tech University mentions a similar clinic at Rice. (This article also appeared on

Rose-colored glasses to the past
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed reminiscing about the past.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel


Brown College senior Dylan Tozier is profiled for his career in tennis. Head men’s tennis coach Efe Ustundag is quoted.

Rice moves back into top 20 in college baseball polls
The Rice Owls baseball team moved up three spots to No. 19 in the Baseball America poll.

Rice baseball takes crucial C-USA series against Houston
An article recaps the annual Silver Glove Series between the Rice Owls baseball team and the University of Houston.
Woodlands Villager (Coverage of this series also appeared on

Washington Nationals team report
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon was called up from the Harrisburg Senators to the Washington Nationals.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Whatever happened to Linsanity
An article about pro basketball player Jeremy Lin cites Rice research showing that Houston is the most diverse city in the nation.

Kazemi’s game, character and loyalty make him worthy of NBA pick
An article discusses former Rice basketball player Arsalan Kazemi’s career in basketball.


Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey: Support for immigration has grown significantly among Houstonians
As the immigration debate in the U.S. Senate heats up, findings from the 32nd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey show that support for immigration reform has grown significantly among Houstonians. Other findings in this year’s survey: Area residents overwhelmingly support expanding criminal background checks for gun sales, support for gay rights has grown significantly, and Houstonians report no improvement at all in their personal financial situations despite Houston’s strong economy and low unemployment rates.

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.