Dateline Rice for April 29, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


A new Rice University study suggests that HISD’s multimillion-dollar bonus program improves attendance and retention among teachers and leads to continued gains in students’ test scores. Ruth Lopez Turley, associate professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, is quoted.

A reunion in Westmoreland at a special Houston house
Alumni Chick Bianchi ’70, Wally Washington ’70 and Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 are quoted in an article about a meeting of former and current residents of the Elbert C. Crawford House, where Parker now lives. The article includes a picture of Paul Hester, artist teacher in visual and dramatic arts, photographing the alumni in front of the Mayor’s house.
Houston Chronicle

Rice sees trio of tight ends taken in NFL draft
Lovett College seniors Vance McDonald and Luke Willson, Hanszen College senior Taylor Cook and Baker College senior Sam McGuffie were picked in the NFL draft.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Rice’s McDonald joins NFC champ 49ers as second-round pick
Houston Chronicle
Rice tight end Willson picked by Seahawks in fifth round
Houston Chronicle
Rice’s Cook, McGuffie join NFL teams
Houston Chronicle
2013 NFL draft: NFC West grades
Seahawks select Canadian Luke Willson in 5th round of NFL draft (Coverage of Rice draft picks also appeared on, and nearly 310 other media outlets.)


Economic gains may not help Democrats much in 2014
Presidents like to take credit for economic recoveries, just as President Barack Obama is angling to do now. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Brinkley is also quoted in articles about the George W. Bush Presidential Center. An article reports that Brinkley will be the commencement speaker at Allegheny College.
Boston Globe (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Sacramento Bee, and nearly 110 other media outlets.)
Bush library revives focus on maligned presidency
Japan Times
Bush aims to rewrite record
Omaha World-Herald (Neb.) (This article also appeared in the Aiken Standard and the Youngstown Vindicator.)
2013 college commencements across the region
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Space coffee, just the way you like it
Some 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, Will Rice College sophomore Robert Johnson and Jones College sophomore Benjamin Young are mentioned. A Rice-produced video is featured.

Fueling geopolitics: The oil saga
Mahmoud El-Gamal, Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on an Al Jazeera English news special about oil geopolitics.

One last Seattle Symphony Orchestra concert for composer Samuel Jones
Samuel Jones, professor emeritus of music, will end his long association with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra with a free concert April 30.
Seattle Times

Social media censorship offers clues to China’s plans
What gets removed from China’s social networks shows how censorship strategies are advancing and can hint at the government’s plans. Rice is mentioned.
MIT Technology Review


‘Princes and Paupers’ is too rich to walk by
Joseph Campana, assistant professor of English literature, authored this review of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s exhibit "Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot."
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Butts out: University of Houston bans smoking, joining a research-dollar-driven health kick
School officials announced that the University of Houston will become tobacco-free June 1. The article notes that Rice banned tobacco on campus last year.

RSVP of the Gulf Coast honors dedicated volunteer
Alumnus Charles Cernik ’50 was honored as 2013 Volunteer of the Year by RSVP of the Texas Gulf Coast.
Houston Chronicle

Haley Ray is a hero at HAWC
Alumna Haley Ray ’09 is profiled for her work with the Houston Area Women’s Center.
Houston Chronicle


Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about the results of the 32nd annual Kinder Houston Area Survey.

KPRC-TV’s ‘Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
Rice is mentioned in an interview with Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier.


Genetic circuit allows both individual freedom, collective good
In a study published online 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.


Rethinking national security
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about America’s role in making peace in the Middle East.

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.

Nonprofit group steps up efforts to arm vulnerable Americans
A nonprofit group in Houston has begun an ambitious new effort to help an entire neighborhood. Kyle Coplen, assistant director of aquatic programs, is quoted.


Video highlights for former Rice tight end
A photo slideshow discusses Lovett College senior Vance McDonald’s performance on the Rice Owls football team.

Porter not ready to hit panic button on pitchers
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle

Nationals’ bats silenced by Reds rookie as sweep try fall short
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani and former Rice standout Anthony Rendon are mentioned in an article recapping a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds.
Washington Times (Similar articles also appeared on and

Anthony Rendon must stay in Washington
An article discusses former Rice standout Anthony Rendon’s career in baseball.


Fiji patients await Rice device
Like a fine watch, a Rice University student team’s invention will tick and tock to pump lifesaving fluids into heart-attack patients a little bit at a time for hours on end.

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.