Dateline Rice for May 6, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden are interviewed about winning the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation. The pair are donating their prize money toward the construction of a new neonatal ward at the African hospital that has helped implement Rice’s low-cost, student-designed health care technologies since 2007. Richards-Kortum is the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering. Oden is a professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. A Houston Chronicle editorial praises Richards-Kortum and Oden for their work. KRIV-TV and the Boston Business Journal also discuss this story.
Week in the rearview
Houston Chronicle
Lemelson-MIT award goes to founders of Beyond Traditional Borders
Boston Business Journal (This article also appeared on


Occidental Petroleum chairman Irani replaced at annual shareholder meeting
Various news articles reported that Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute, will serve as the independent chairman of the board of directors of Occidental Petroleum for one year while continuing to lead the Baker Institute. He has been an independent director on the OXY board since 1996 but is not an officer of the company or an employee. (This Associated Press article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Washington Post, and nearly 100 other media outlets.)
Occidental Petroleum board elects Edward Djerejian independent chairman

A Louisiana law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms will remain on the books, despite criticism that it’s a back-door way to teach creationism. Hanszen College sophomore Zack Kopplin is interviewed. Separate articles about the law also quote Kopplin.
Louisiana State Senate: ‘We <3 creationism’
Creationism still allowed in Louisiana classrooms
Louisiana stuck with creationism: Repeal of science education act fails
Teaching creationism still alive in Louisiana

DEA issues poster seeking information about alleged drug traffickers in San Diego area
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration released a poster that it says identifies the most significant drug traffickers in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. (This Associated Press article also appeared in the Windsor Star, the Regina Leader-Post, the Province, the Ottawa Citizen, the Victoria Times-Colonist,, the Middletown Journal, the Santa Maria Times, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Franklin Daily Journal, [San Antonio], [San Jose, Calif.], [Nev.] and

Mexico’s WTO candidate, a veteran trade negotiator
Former Rice professor Herminio Blanco is among the candidates to lead the World Trade Organization. (This article also appeared on and

Tax reform: How to fix the international tax mess
Corporate tax reform is impossible without addressing international issues. Yet, this corner of the tax law is not only immensely complex but most proposed solutions inevitably run into massive political and policy roadblocks. Statements made at a conference hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy are cited.
Christian Science Monitor

Perceived value of ‘hard’ versus ‘soft’ engineering might drive gender pay gap
Women engineers are underpaid for their contributions to technical activities, due to cultural ideologies in the engineering profession, according to Rice University research. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Boston Globe
Could wage disparity discourage women from engineering?

The Kinder Houston Area Survey is cited in an interview with Rep. Michael Burgess.

The $1 million mouse hunt
An article follows a team through its day at the Rice Business Plan Competition.

Commencement speakers announced
Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, will serve as commencement speaker at Portland State University.

US universities discuss security in South Caucasus and Nagorno Karabakh conflict
An Azerbaijan delegation attended a round table organized at Princeton University. Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.

College rankings
An op-ed about college rankings notes that Rice was ranked No. 1 for happiest students by the Princeton Review.
Washington Post

DLA Piper expands patent practice with two from Kirkland firm
Alumnus Paul Steadman ’91 was hired by DLA Piper.

‘Big Green’ houses: An alternative Dartmouth experience
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about housing at Dartmouth University.


Take your pick as spring sports scene is in full swing
Articles about attractions in Houston for attendees of the Offshore Technology Conference mention Rice’s Reckling Park, the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice and the three-mile walking/running path around campus.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Houston-area attractions are anything but predictable
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Lots of trails to hit during run to Houston
Houston Chronicle

Art blue bloods at the Blanton
Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 and the James Turrell "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice are mentioned in an article about a gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.
Paper City

Why you should be paying more attention to Houston
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is interviewed about trends in Houston and the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

Experts say state funding is creating inequitable educational environments
Experts say that unless Texas figures out how to fund education in a more equitable manner, the state is in danger of creating an increasingly inequitable educational environment. Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
Dallas Morning News

University of Houston puts art in its place — on campus
An article about the University of Houston’s public art program mentions public art at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

El Paso Symphony Orchestra names new conductor
Alumnus Bohuslav Rattay ’97 was named conductor and music director of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared on

Education among many factors El Paso County voters to consider
Houston Mayor Annise Parker ’78 is mentioned in an article about candidates for mayor of El Paso, Texas.

El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News.)


James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is interviewed about protecting the Houston Ship Channel from major storms.

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 were interviewed. A Rice-produced video is featured.


Massive: What good is the M in MOOC?
An article about massive open online courses
quotes Joe Warren, professor and chair of computer science; Scott Rixner, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and of computer science; and Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science.
Campus Technology

Economic gains may not help Democrats much in 2014
Presidents like to take credit for economic recoveries, just as President Barack Obama is doing now. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Youngstown Daily Legal News (Ohio)

Shining examples: The best structural steel buildings
James Turrells’ "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice received a merit award from the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Design Build Source

Super Bowl champion O.J. Brigance tackles ALS with faith
Alumnus O.J. Brigance ’92 is featured for his struggle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
MDA/ALS News Magazine


Why Democrats think they will soon dominate Texas politics
An article about how Texas’ shifting demographics will affect politics in the state cites a quote by 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. (This article also appeared on

When bigotry is ‘balance’
Alumna Julie Hollar ’99 authored this op-ed about bigotry.

Stuck at Boise State: Are elevators on campus safe or sketchy?
Fines for elevator pranks at Rice back in 2000 are mentioned in an article about elevators at Boise State University.

Letter: Weston Planning Board candidate introduces himself
Alumnus Stephen Oppenheimer ’75 authored this letter to the editor about his run for the Weston, Mass., planning board.

2 students win prestigious scholarship
Rice is mentioned in an article about the winner of a Leonore Annenberg Scholarship.
Tampa Tribune (Fla.)

High-density housing will occur in Norman someday
Rice is mentioned in an editorial about high-density housing in Norman, Okla.
Norman Transcript (Okla.)

Texas matters: Guns on campus and NRA in Houston
An op-ed about the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston cites a Houston Chronicle editorial that mentioned the Kinder Houston Area Survey.

The political roots of American obesity
An op-ed about the causes of the obesity epidemic in America cites Rice research.


UAB baseball rallies, but falls short against Rice as Owls even series
An article recaps a baseball series between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Birmingham News (Ala.) (Coverage of this series also appeared on, [Birmingham, Ala.] and [Birmingham, Ala.].)

Humber’s starting days may be numbered
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Philip Humber’s performance with the Houston Astros.
Houston Chronicle

Tony Cingrani works through two Alfonso Soriano blasts
An article discusses the performance of former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani with the Cincinnati Reds.
Southtown Star (Ill.) (This article also appeared in the Joliet Herald-News.)

Mackey’s Twins notes: Polanco, Pinto among under-the-radar prospects
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned in an article about Minnesota Twins prospects. (Minneapolis)

The Woodlands’ McLellan, College Park’s Jensen to duel again in 1,600
Rice is mentioned in an article about the UIL State Track and Field Championships.
Woodlands Villager (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County.)

Discipline transfers to classroom for area seniors in Atomic Rowing Club
Rice is mentioned in an article about members of the Atomic Rowing Club.
Knoxville Sentinel (Tenn.)


Rice math students: Helping Houston save dogs
City officials in Houston are praising the work of a team of Rice University undergraduates who spent the past nine months creating a Web application that predicts how proposed policies and initiatives will impact the live-release rate at the city’s municipal dog shelter.

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.