Dateline Rice for May 9, 2013


How much are you paying? Houston hospitals charge wildly different rates for same procedures
Data released from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shows charges for the same procedure at hospitals within Houston — and across the country — vary substantially from one provider to the next. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Business Journal

NEA spring grants announced: Texas visual arts orgs share $382,000
An article about National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grants notes that Rice received $25,000 to support Cite, Rice Design Alliance’s architecture and design magazine.

National Oilwell Varco ready for ‘Big Crew Change’
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about ways National Oilwell Varco is recruiting new personnel.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Recruiters take to OTC exhibit floor to snag top-notch students
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.

Planned cyberattacks flop
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about an attempted cyberattack on U.S. government and financial services. (This article also appeared on


Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in a story about cybercrime.


OERs increase access, drop book expenses
Rice’s OpenStax is mentioned in an article about open educational resources.
Community College Times


Prediction: Cuban-American Sen. Ted Cruz will be ‘one term’ senator in Texas dominant Mexican-American state
An op-ed about Sen. Ted Cruz cites a quote by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Tucson Citizen (Ariz.)

First look: New sparkling chain link fence sculpture
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.

Q-and-A: Kevin Shanley
Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned in an interview with Kevin Shanley, CEO of SWA Group.

Duo combines Japanese, Western musical traditions
Alumnus Hikaru Tamaki ’98 will perform at the Krasl Art Center.
St. Joseph Herald-Palladium (Mich.)

Sarah Rosenberg Memorial Foundation Scholarship recipients announced
Rice is mentioned in an article about Kealakehe High School scholarship recipients.
West Hawaii Today


UH, Rice athletes to watch at C-USA track meet
Rice athletes will seek titles at the Conference USA Outdoor Track-and-Field Championships at Rice’s Holloway Field/Ley Track.
Houston Chronicle

Louisiana Tech baseball falls 15-2 to No. 18 Rice
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Louisiana Tech University.
Monroe News-Star (La.)

Humber takes move to bullpen in stride
Articles discuss the performance of former Rice baseball player Philip Humber with the Houston Astros. Humber recently visited Rice to see a plaque commemorating his perfect game last year.
Humber latest to stumble out of rotation
Houston Chronicle

Twinning: 3 sets of twins headline Houston’s top teams
Head football coach David Bailiff is mentioned in an article about Houston high school football.

Als select Mike Edem third overall in CFL college draft
McMurtry College senior Hosam Shahin was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League draft.
The Province (British Columbia)

San Francisco 49ers upgrade Delanie Walker with Vance McDonald
An article discusses Lovett College senior Vance McDonald’s career in football.

Miners try to unseat C-USA favorite Houston
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Texas at El Paso track-and-field teams.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Carlsbad Current-Argus and the Alamogordo Daily News.)

Memphis readies for C-USA outdoor track and field championships
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Memphis track-and-field teams. (A similar article appeared in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal.)

Marshall’s Walker hopes to contend in women’s long jump
Rice is mentioned in an article about Marshall University’s track-and-field teams.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

Boyd’s Ladd plays for ‘elite’ status in highly touted quarterback competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about a McKinney Boyd High School student-athlete.

Central’s Elliott commits to Rice
A Billings, Mont., student-athlete committed to Rice.
Billings Gazette (Mont.) (A similar article also appeared on [Billings, Mont.].)


Rice University faculty developing 12 new online courses
A hands-on laboratory course in electrical engineering that enables students to build and test their own circuits is among 12 new online courses currently being developed by Rice University faculty.

Texas’ three presidential libraries topic at Rice’s Baker Institute May 14
The directors of the three presidential libraries in Texas will discuss the role of their institutions and the presidents they represent at a free public forum May 14 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Texas is the only state to have three presidential libraries.

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.