Dateline Rice for May 13, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


A different kind of Mother’s Day gift: Helping Houston students save the lives of Malawian babies
For Mother’s Day, the Houston Chronicle’s SciGuy urged readers to donate to the Rice 360° Day One Project. 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.
Houston Chronicle
GISH grad uses award to improve Third World health care
Grand Island Independent (Neb.)

Cruz family to enjoy a proud day together
Baseball players Enrique and Jose Cruz graduated from Rice.
Cruz clan still honors biggest hit: education
Houston Chronicle

2013’s big-name college commencement speakers
A photo slideshow of famous commencement speakers includes a picture of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and notes that he spoke at Rice’s commencement May 11.

Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone interview
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, interviews Vice President Joe Biden. The print version of this interview notes Brinkley’s Rice affiliation. Brinkley was also the commencement speaker at Allegheny College.
Rolling Stone
Doug Brinkley makes cover of Rolling Stone for Joe Biden interview (This article also appeared on
Allegheny commencement ‘all in the family’
Meadville Tribune (Penn.)

Across the country, universities and colleges are experimenting with new online courses with massive enrollments. Here in Houston, Rice University has not only joined the experiment, but has decided to expand the number of online classes. Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English, is quoted.


As Pennsylvania gas production soars, experts debate taxes
A boom in natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania is generating billions of dollars for companies and private landowners, but some experts question whether the state’s low effective tax on the bounty makes long-term sense. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted. (This Associated Press article also appeared on, the Indiana Gazette and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

CPO to name Larry Rachleff Music Director Emeritus at May 24th concert
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, will be named Music Director Emeritus at a May 24th Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.)

Reality check for ‘Trek’ tech
An article about new developments in technology includes a photo credited to 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.

Cameron University’s new president
Alumnus John McArthur ’87 has been named president of Cameron University.
KFDX-TV (Wichita Falls, Texas)
John McArthur, current provost at Cameron University, is named university’s president
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared on and
McArthur to lead Cameron University
Duncan Banner (Okla.)
McArthur named new CU president
Lawton Constitution (Okla.)


An early look at legislative partisanship
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, authored this op-ed about the Texas legislative session. A Texas Tribune roundup of news includes Jones’ op-ed. Jones is also quoted in articles about Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s run for a third term, elections in Tarrant County and Battleground Texas.
Texas Tribune
The playlist: Hail to the chief
Texas Tribune
Parker gears up for re-election to third term
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front page.)
Mayor Parker kicks off her campaign
Houston Chronicle
Local and school elections decided today
Fort Worth Star-Telegram (This article also appeared on and
Obama campaign veterans launch ‘Battleground Texas’ to paint state blue

East End shopping center evolves with its environs
Alumnus Dick Adkins ’60 is featured in an article about Tlaquepaque Plaza.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Business section.)

TIRZ introduces new exec; will revisit drainage solutions
Alumnus Don Huml ’05 has been hired as executive director of TIRZ 17.
Memorial Examiner

SHS senior sets his sights on Rice
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Stephenville High School student.
Stephenville Empire Tribune

National Latino Museum hosts meeting
Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino is holding its first Houston town hall meeting to drum up local support. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Approval for Hofheinz project sought
Rice Stadium is mentioned in an article about the proposed expansion and renovation of the University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

New ‘Jack’ sculpture dedicated at Rice University
The sculpture "Jack" was installed on campus, courtesy of the Kenneth E. Bentsen family. (A version of this story appeared on KIAH-TV.)

UT Arlington professor seeks new ways to urban growth
Alumnus Michael Buckley ’63 is interviewed about developing downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
Fort Worth Business Press

County Judge stresses importance of library and its vision
Alumna Marcine McCulley ’85 is mentioned in a column about the Rockwall County Library.
Rockwall Herald Banner

JNF to bring a night of Israeli wine and style to Houston
An article about Jewish National Fund’s Wine for Israel event notes that the guest speaker was a panelist at Rice University’s Women in Leadership Conference.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Houston couple establishes Houston Hillel endowment
Rice is mentioned in an article about a new endowment fund for Houston Hillel.
Jewish Herald-Voice

New UTA president will make $485,000
An article about the University of Texas at Arlington’s president’s salary mentions that Rice is one of Texas’ Tier One universities.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram


Sue Oldham, director of MBA for Professionals admissions at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, appeared on KROI-FM to discuss professionals balancing work and school. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Building a corporate bond market
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about the the corporate bond market.

Study identifies influenza viruses circulating in pigs and birds that could pose a risk to humans
A new study from MIT reveals that there are many strains of H3N2 circulating in birds and pigs that are genetically similar to a 1968 influenza strain and have the potential to generate a pandemic if they leap to humans. Yizhi Jane Tao, associate professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.


Free e-textbooks could save Oklahoma college students hundreds of dollars
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and founder of OpenStax, is quoted in an article about free electronic textbooks in Oklahoma schools.
The Oklahoman (This article also appeared in the Tulsa World.)

US restudying drug smuggling problem
Federal agencies are seeking information about traffickers in a region dominated by the Sinaloa drug cartel. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Diego Union-Tribune

No rush: Obama historically slow in stocking his second-term Cabinet
Political analysts say heightened scrutiny has caused President Barack Obama and his advisers to be more cautious in selecting potential Cabinet members. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
Washington Times

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. (This article also appeared on

Mahlerfest to honor departing CU professor Julie Simson
Julie Simson, a faculty member at the University of Colorado’s College of Music, will teach at Rice.
Boulder Daily Camera (Colo.)

Power proceeds to fund Launch NY competition
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about the Launch NY business plan competition.
Buffalo News (N.Y.) (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune and [Springfield, Mo.].)

Mohawk native to attend Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Brown College Junior Rebecca Reale is featured for her career in music.
Herkimer Telegraph (N.Y.) (This article also appeared in the Little Falls Evening Times.)

USC lures two prominent brain researchers from rival UCLA with vow to expand lab
An article about new neuroscientists at the University of Southern California notes that three University of California, San Diego researchers moved their labs to Rice.
Providence Journal (This article also appeared on, the Sacramento Bee and

‘Unwoven Light’ by Soo Sunny Park
A news brief discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.

Physician, missionary now protecting state’s health
Alumnus Nate Smith ’86 is profiled for his career in medicine.
Three Rivers Edition (Ark.)

FWBHS students receive perfect scores, major academic scholarships
Rice is mentioned in an article about Fort Walton Beach High School students.
Destin Log (Fla.)


Rice’s Chaney repeats as C-USA champion
Alumnus Clayton Chaney ’13 defended his title in the decathlon at the Conference USA Outdoor Track-and-Field Championships.
Houston Chronicle

Simms, Lemond quiet Memphis bats as Rice avoids sweep
An article recaps a baseball series between Rice and the University of Memphis.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of this game also appeared in the West University Examiner, the Memorial Examiner and the Memphis Commercial Appeal.)

SpringSpirit Baseball gets tour of Rice
Students from Hollibrook Elementary, Northbrook Middle and Northbrook High School visited campus and attended a Rice baseball game. McMurtry College sophomore Ford Stainback met with the students.
Memorial Examiner (Texas)

Sweeney wins 4 events, but UH’s C-USA track run ends
An article discusses Rice’s performance at the Conference USA track-and-field championships.
Houston Chronicle

Texas Cable News
Alumnus Klein Kubiak ’13 and Rice’s commencement are mentioned in news items about the Houston Texans. (This story was rebroadcast from KHOU-TV.)
Rookie mini camp notes: Day 2

Seahawks sign Canadian tight end Willson to contract
Lovett College senior Luke Willson was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL draft.
Harper, Willson look to find roles with Seahawks
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (This Associated Press article also appeared on, and nearly 20 other media outlets.)
Team report — Seattle Seahawks (Coverage of Willson also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer,, the Windsor Star, and

Vance McDonald looks to contribute
An article discusses Lovett College senior Vance McDonald’s career in football.

Joe Savery returning to Lehigh Valley IronPigs, after first picking up degree at Rice University
Former Rice standout Joe Savery will rejoin the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Easton Express-Times (Penn.)
Extra innings
Wilmington News-Journal (Del.) (This article also appeared in the Courier-Post.)

Ex-Rice standout Humber designated for assignment by Astros; Gonzalez returns to team
Former Rice baseball player Philip Humber was designated for assignment by the Astros.
Houston Chronicle
Astros designate Humber, sign righty Gonzalez
Astros designate Humber for assignment
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
Humber falls to 0-8 as Rangers slip past Astros 8-7 (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune and [Roanoke, Va.].)

Rotich clocks in meet record at C-USA championship
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Texas at El Paso track-and-field teams. (El Paso, Texas)

Walker places 8th at C-USA championship
Rice is mentioned in an article about Marshall University’s track-and-field teams.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

Rayfield, Spadaccini set multi-event records at C-USA meet
Rice is mentioned in an article about the East Carolina University track-and-field teams.

Jersey Village beats Seven Lakes to advance to regional quarterfinals
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school baseball.
Houston Chronicle


Rice has help for people with epilepsy
Rice University students have created a belt that monitors signs of epileptic seizures and sends information to the caregiver’s bedside.

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.