Dateline Rice for April 25, 2013


Latest Klineberg poll about Houston
A Houston Chronicle editorial discusses the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle


Owning guns doesn’t preserve freedom
There is very little correlation between heavily armed citizens and the presence of democracy. Justin Silver, a graduate student in statistics, is quoted.
The Atlantic

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.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Allentown Morning Call and


Space station visitors can thank Rice students for the delicious coffee
A group of Rice University engineering students think they can make the perfect cup of coffee with a 3-D printer for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Duncan College sophomore Colin Shaw is quoted. Will Rice College sophomore Robert Johnson and Jones College sophomore Benjamin Young are mentioned. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Houston Chronicle
The perfect blend: Rice students take on space coffee overhaul
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in the Oklahoman and

Rice, UH to study how air pollution impacts Houstonians
Rice University and the University of Houston will collaborate in a study to determine how and where air quality in Houston affects the health of residents. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology, and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, are quoted in these news items. Rob Griffin, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is pictured.
Houston Business Journal
KUHF-FM (This story also appeared on

‘Rogues, Rascals and Role Models’ Houston history conference coming up
Centennial Historian Melissa Kean will speak at the Houston History Conference.
Houston Chronicle

Master Series ends with start of 6-part Bach concerto
Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology, will offer a pre-concert lecture for a Victoria Symphony performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto.
Victoria Advocate (This article also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.)

Fort Bend among top 10 counties in the nation for job growth
The Greater Houston region continues to lead national job growth trends, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rice research is cited.
Houston Chronicle

Health experts speak at Rice today
A news brief reports on a conference about health care costs at Rice.

Asian Film Festival
The film "The Owl and the Sparrow" will be screened at Rice.
Houston Chronicle


The Keystone Oil Pipeline has gotten backlash from people worried about pollution from the project, including people here in Houston. Dagobert Brito, the George A. Peterkin Professor of Political Economy, is quoted.


5 hurdles to OER adoption
In their quest to incorporate open educational resources into today’s college classrooms, OER advocates are coming face to face with technology issues, faculty pushback, information overload and myriad other obstacles. Rice’s OpenStax College is mentioned.
Campus Technology

Soo Sunny Park transforms Rice Gallery into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.

A close eye on nanotechnology
An article about nanotechnology mentions "lava dots" research at Rice.


Library dedication a chance to look at George W. Bush’s legacy
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Seattle Times

Congressional immigration debate signals big shift
The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law and ignited a furor over border security and the country’s treatment of immigrants. Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Bellingham Herald and nearly 80 other media outlets.)

10 reasons Houston is better than Austin
Rice is mentioned in a slideshow about reasons Houston is better than Austin, Texas.


Deep pickups: Hitters
An article discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s performance in pro baseball.

Canadian’s decision to choose football over baseball about to pay off
Articles discuss Lovett College senior Luke Willson’s NFL draft prospects.
Globe and Mail (Canada)

SISD spends $260,000 to repair track
Rice is mentioned in an article reporting on ways the Sealy Independent School District plans to improve a stadium.
Sealy News (Texas)


Three from Rice University elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Two Rice University professors and a fellow from Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Air pollution study goes mobile
An interdisciplinary collaboration between atmospheric scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston and Rice sociologists will study how and where air quality in Houston affects the health of citizens.

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.