Dateline Rice for May 14, 2013


Epilepsy belt alerts caregivers of kid’s seizure
Engineering students at Rice have designed a belt that monitors signs of epileptic seizures and sends information via Bluetooth to a caregiver’s computer or smartphone. Alumni Tiffany Varughese ’13 and Charles Park ’13 are quoted. Gary Woods, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Seizure monitoring smart belt uses tech borrowed from lie detectors


U.N. encourages people to eat more insects
A new report from the U.N. says that eating insects can help fight global warming, pollution and hunger. Rice research is cited.


Rice creating lab to study brain damage
With a $1.5 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, Rice University will create a lab that will be the first in the Texas Medical Center to study brain functions following a stroke, epilepsy or traumatic brain injury. Randi Martin, the Elma Schneider Professor of Psychology, is quoted.
Texas Medical Center News

Center world’s first to connect human sciences, energy, and the environment
A new center at Rice University will merge the field of human sciences, energy and environmental research. Provost George McLendon and Dominic Boyer, associate professor of anthropology, are quoted.
Texas Medical Center News

Medicaid costs driven by poor
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about Medicaid costs.
Houston Chronicle

State legislators from the area not among the most conservative in preliminary ranking
Articles discuss a ranking of the 83rd Texas Legislature 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. A separate article quotes Jones about Battleground Texas.
Amarillo Globe-News (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)
Science confirms Texas Watchdog’s RINO test
Another Battleground Texas story
Houston Chronicle

Tying science research to economic gain is industrial-strength stupid
An op-ed about government funding of science research mentions the discovery of the buckyball at Rice.
Houston Chronicle


A congressman from the Houston area is staging a sweepstakes to give away an assault-style rifle. Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas)
Rice is mentioned in a story about a college event at an elementary school near El Paso, Texas.


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


Volleyball player and Hanszen College junior Jillian Humphrey is regaining her strength after fracturing her right hand in three places.

Rice drops out of Baseball America Poll for first time in two years
Rice dropped out of the Baseball America Top 25 poll on Monday, ending the fourth longest active streak in the nation.
Houston Chronicle

Harper, Willson look to find roles with Seahawks
Lovett College senior Luke Willson was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL draft.
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (Iowa) (Coverage of Willson also appeared in the Oregonian, the Globe and Mail, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Bellingham Herald, the Columbian, [Seattle], [Seattle], [Seattle] and KCPQ-TV [Seattle].)

Alouettes stock up on Quebec talent
McMurtry College senior Hosam Shahin was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League draft.

Rookie Cingrani creates tough choice for Reds
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani’s performance with the Cincinnati Reds.

IronPigs settle for series split at Durham
Former Rice standout Joe Savery and Rice’s May 11 commencement are mentioned in a news brief about the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Allentown Morning Call (Penn.)

Future is bright for MU track coach
Rice is mentioned in articles about Marshall University’s track-and-field teams.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)
Jules leads MU to 5th-place finish in C-USA
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)
Roundup: Tech softball stays alive in tournament
Charleston Gazette (W.Va.)

Vote and help News 92 FM’s Kevin Charles win the Caray Cup
News 92 FM’s Kevin Charles participated in the Caray Cup singing competition at Reckling Park.

Tigers take fourth at C-USA outdoor championships
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Memphis track-and-field teams. (This article also appeared on


Rice engineering students design new capo for guitar
A team of Rice University students has designed a new capo for guitar that won’t block players from making certain chords without cramping their fingers.

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.