Dateline Rice for May 7, 2013


Well control devices help boost oil field manufacturing
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a front-page article about blowout preventers.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

John Doerr’s plan to reclaim the venture capital throne
A cover story profiled alumnus John Doerr ’73 for his career as a venture capitalist.


A new way to address the international tax mess for US companies
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. A conference hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned.


The policy and politics of drug sentencing
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this article about drug sentencing guidelines.
Texas Monthly

Battleground Texas wraps up 1st phase; now hard part begins
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 Battleground Texas. Jones also appeared on KXLN-TV and KTMD-TV to discuss immigration reform and reproductive health reforms. A link to the KTMD-TV broadcast is not available. An English translation of the KXLN-TV broadcast is not available.
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiters compete to find talent at OTC
Energy companies are scrambling to find enough employees with the right mix of technical, engineering and other skills. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the FuelFixOTC section.)

Survey says Rice is 4th healthiest college in the country
Rice was named the fourth healthiest college in America by
Houston Press

MFAH offers activities for families during the summer
Rice is mentioned in an article about summer activities at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Kingwood Observer, the Atascocita Observer, the Fort Bend Sun, the Memorial Examiner, the Sugar Land Sun, the Katy Rancher, the Tomball Potpourri, the Cypress Creek Mirror, the Magnolia Potpourri, the Lake Houston Observer, the East Montgomery County Observer and the Humble Observer.)


Free textbook developer could save students $750 million over 5 years
Rice University-based publisher OpenStax College announced plans to more than double the number of titles in its catalog of free, online textbooks by 2015, thanks to a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted. (registration required)

APL hosts collegiate cybersecurity competition
Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, spoke at the 2013 National CyberWatch Center Mid-Atlantic Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.
Business Monthly

Carbon nanotube detector works in the infrared at room temperature
A nanotube-based photodetector that gathers light in and beyond visible wavelengths promises to make possible a unique set of optoelectronic devices, solar cells and maybe even specialized cameras. Junichiro Kono, professor in electrical and computer engineering and in physics and astronomy, is quoted. Robert Hauge, distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry, is mentioned.

Ray Irani out as chairman of Occidental Petroleum
An article reports 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 article also appeared on

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.
Akron Legal News (Ohio)


Inventors share $100,000 award for health devices for impoverished
Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Maria Oden won the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation and 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.
McCook Daily Gazette (Neb.)

New ranking: Würzburg is top
Rice placed sixth in the CWTS Leiden Ranking of the world’s top universities.


Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber visited Rice.

Rice’s Fox named C-USA co-pitcher of the week
Will Rice College freshman Blake Fox was named Conference USA co-pitcher of the week.
Houston Chronicle

Rice climbs in college baseball polls; RPI remains troubling
Rice is 17th this week in the Baseball America poll.

Consistent mechanics, repertoire key for Cingrani
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is profiled for his career in baseball.

Q-and-A with Anthony Rendon, Harrisburg Senators infielder and top Washington Nationals prospect
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is interviewed about his career in baseball.
Harrisburg Patriot-News (Penn.)

Rice scores four late runs to knock off UAB
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)

Couples among World Golf Hall of Fame inductees
McMurtry College senior Hosam Shahin was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League draft.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (Coverage of Shahin also appeared on and [Montreal.].)

MLB report
Former Rice standout Joe Savery is mentioned in an article about the Philadelphia Phillies.
Houston Chronicle


Prototype provides pedestrian power
Some Rice University mechanical engineering students are getting a charge out of having the coolest new shoes on campus.

New ‘Jack’ sculpture by Jim Love to be dedicated May 10 at Rice
Rice University will dedicate "Jack," a new permanent installation from acclaimed American modernist sculptor Jim Love, at 1:30 p.m. May 10.

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.