Dateline Rice for April 24, 2013


Rice survey: Houston a city of ‘tolerant traditionalists’
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. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. A link to the KROI-FM broadcast is not available.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front page and also in the Darien News, the Fairfield Citizen, the Greenwich Time, the Greater New Milford Spectrum, the Danbury News Times, the Norwalk Citizen and the Westport News.)
Houston once more shows America exactly where the country will be in 20 years
Houston Press
Kinder Institute Houston Area Survey: Support for gay rights has grown significantly among Houstonians
Support for gay rights has grown significantly in Houston

View art by Picasso with music by his Parisian associates
Lachezar Kostov and Viktor Valkov, graduate students at the Shepherd School of Music will perform music composed by friends of Pablo Picasso at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)


Al Jazeera
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about the Syrian civil war. An English translation of this interview is not available.

Immigration debate in Congress signals big shift, especially for those in Arizona
The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law, igniting a furor over border security and the country’s treatment of immigrants. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Washington Post (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Boston Globe, and nearly 170 other media outlets.)

As Bush library opening puts his presidency back in the spotlight, his approval rating is up
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about former President George W. Bush.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Oregonian, the Bangor Daily News, the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Fiscal Times.)

Ceremony puts Bush back in public eye
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 an article about the George W. Bush Presidential Center. (This article also appeared in the Waterville Morning Sentinel, Sacramento Bee, Kennebec Journal and the Portland Press Herald.)

Inside the race to build the world’s fastest Bitcoin miner
Scott Novich, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned in an article about Bitcoin mining.

Larry McMurtry: How I write
Alumnus Larry McMurtry ’60 is interviewed about his life and career.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast


West company failed to follow rules
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in an article about the explosion in West, Texas.

Soo Sunny Park’s pretty patchwork of light at Rice Gallery
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.
Houston Press

Farmers markets: Never a better time to go local
An article about farmers’ markets in Houston mentions the Rice University Farmers Market.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Flavor section.)

Vision for West University dates to early 1900s
Rice is mentioned in an article about West University Place.
Houston Chronicle


Genetic circuit balances individual freedom and collective good
In a study published online this week in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Rice University’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics and colleagues from Tel Aviv University and Harvard Medical School show how sophisticated genetic circuits allow an individual bacterium within a colony to act on its own while also ensuring that the colony pulls together in hard times. Eshel Ben-Jacob, visiting research scholar with the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and José Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, are quoted.
Individual freedom and collective good
Punch (Nigeria)
Genetic circuit allows both individual freedom, collective good

Shaped nanosphere lithography delivers large area nanoring and nanocrescent arrays
Researchers at Rice University are busy optimizing a simple and cost-effective process for fabricating well-ordered metal nanorings and nanocrescents over large areas. Zuzanna Lewicka ’09 authored this article. Vice Provost for Research Vicki Colvin is mentioned.

Higher education taps Teambox for social collaboration
Teambox, as a task-oriented, cloud-based social collaboration tool, is a flexible option for collaborative learning and other campus projects. Rice is mentioned.
Information Week (This article also appeared on


With natural gas costly, AEP burning more coal
Rising natural-gas prices mean American Electric Power is burning more coal and less gas compared with a year ago, according to the company’s chief executive. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
Columbus Dispatch (Ohio)

Pianist hopes Tchaikovsky concerto with Jacksonville symphony is bug-free
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra April 25-27.
Florida Times-Union

New WVU project to help students get patents
Rice is mentioned in an article about West Virginia University’s student intellectual property patent services.
West Virginia State Journal


Inside the world of baseball recruiting
Rice is mentioned in an article about baseball recruiting.
Beaumont Enterprise

San Francisco 49ers draft preview part 1: Offensive skill positions
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald appears in a photo slideshow about San Francisco 49ers draft prospects.

Around sports: Robledo leads UH to C-USA golf title
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference USA golf tournament.
Houston Chronicle

An ode to Tony Cingrani
An article discusses the career of former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani.

Washington Nationals team report
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon was called up from the Harrisburg Senators to the Washington Nationals.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune and [Chicago].)

LaSalle’s Willson showcases skills
Articles discuss Lovett College senior Luke Willson’s NFL draft prospects.
Windsor Star (Ontario)
3 NFL teams taking a late look at Canadian O-lineman Sewell


Space coffee gets an upgrade
Rice engineering students devised a better coffee condiment system for the International Space Station.

Rice University sociologist to release results of teacher performance pay study
Results of a Rice University study highlighting the impact of performance pay in the nation’s seventh-largest public school district will be released April 25 during a conference call.

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.