Dateline Rice for May 8, 2013


Rice foresees boost with construction of new tennis facility
Rice University held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new George R. Brown Tennis Complex. The new $8 million complex is named for the late George R. Brown, former chair of the Rice Board of Trustees. Trustee emeritus Ralph O’Connor provided lead funding for the project. Brown, O’Connor, head women’s tennis coach Elizabeth Schmidt and head men’s tennis coach Efe Ustundag are quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Rice breaks ground on new tennis center

Rice students put gears on a shoe to power a cellphone
Rice mechanical engineering students Carlos Armada, Julian Castro, David Morilla and Tyler Wiest have created PediPower — a device embedded in the soles of shoes that generates power to charge the batteries of mobile devices. A Rice-produced video is featured in the article.
Houston Chronicle
PediPower extracts gadget-ready energy from walking

Celebrity astrophysicist speaking to Rice grads this weekend
Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is set to be the commencement speaker this Saturday at Rice University’s 100th graduation ceremony.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)

Universities seek contacts at OTC
Dagmar Beck, director of the professional master’s degree program at the Wiess School of Natural Sciences, and John Marsh, director of operations of Rice’s Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, are quoted in an article featuring Rice’s efforts to help students find internships at the Offshore Technology Conference.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the FuelFixOTC section.)


After a violent youth, Earth said getting calmer in middle age
Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, is quoted in articles about Earth’s tectonic activity.
United Press International (This article also appeared on,,,,,,, and
Earth’s crust had a billion-year youthful rampage

Double agents
Alumnus Craig Dos Santos ’03 appears in a photo slideshow of athletic tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco.

Intro to the south Rice University colleges
A video on shows two Rice students introducing the south colleges on campus. (Editor’s note: A correction for the spelling of Will Rice in the transcript has been requested.)

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


National Oilwell Varco sees big business in blowout preventers
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in an article about blowout preventers.

Tax credits for R&D partnerships with universities pass House
Partnerships between private companies and Texas universities for research and development projects would get a tax credit under legislation approved by the Texas House of Representatives. A partnership between IBM and Rice University to develop a new supercomputer is mentioned.
Dallas Morning News

Cortlan Wickliff youngest African-American to graduate from Harvard Law School
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 will become the youngest African-American to graduate from Harvard Law School. He is 22.
Liberty County Vindicator

19 museums to broaden your mind in Houston
The Rice Art Gallery appears in an article about museums in Houston. The article begins on page 54.
VIP (Beaumont, Texas)


Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in a story about an attempted cyberattack on U.S. government and financial services on Tuesday.


UA startup Picasolar wins MIT clean energy contest
An article about the winner of the MIT Clean Energy Prize mentions the Rice Business Plan Competition.
Arkansas Business

LNG exports may help put US in stronger global position, Jaffe says
An article about liquid natural gas exports quotes former Baker Institute energy fellow Amy Myers Jaffe.
Oil & Gas Journal


Princeton Symphony Orchestra concludes its 2012-13 season
Cho-Liang Lin, professor of violin, performed with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
New Jersey Star-Ledger

North Oldham junior aces ACT twice
Baker College sophomore Kaylen Strench is mentioned in an article about her brother, Will.
Louisville Courier-Journal (Ky.)

Rank college debt loads, graduation rates instead
An op-ed about college rankings notes that Rice was ranked No. 1 for happiest students by the Princeton Review.
Wilmington News Journal (Del.)


Louisiana Tech baseball hosts No. 18 Rice
An article previews a baseball series between Rice and Louisiana Tech University.
Monroe News-Star (A similar article appeared on

Projecting San Francisco 49ers’ 10 most heated roster battles this offseason
Lovett College senior Vance McDonald appears in a photo slideshow about the San Francisco 49ers.

Rookies poised for big K stats
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani appears in an article about rookie major league baseball players.

‘Pigs get veteran minor league reliever Bramhall
Former Rice standout Joe Savery is mentioned in an article about the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

UTEP track and-field: Miner makes dramatic improvement in a year
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Texas at El Paso track-and-field teams.
El Paso Times (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Carlsbad Current-Argus.)


Rice breaks ground on new tennis facility
Rice University held a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new George R. Brown Tennis Complex, which is located on campus near Rice Stadium in West Lot No. 3.

Whether anger impacts negotiation outcomes depends on ethnicity of negotiator
It’s said you should never go to bed angry, but what about to the negotiation table? Researchers at Rice University and New York University suggest that ethnic backgrounds can influence the effectiveness of expressing anger in negotiations. In a series of studies, the researchers found that angry individuals of East Asian descent are perceived as tougher negotiators than their angry European-American counterparts and consequently elicit greater cooperation at the negotiation table.

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.