Dateline Rice for May 15, 2013


UN encourages people to eat more insects
A new report from the United Nations says that eating insects can help fight global warming, pollution and hunger. Rice research is cited.
Daily Times (Pakistan)

Using gut instinct
A study suggests that people should trust their intuition when deciding whether a product is counterfeit or authentic, particularly if they are experts in the field. Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.


Rice students develop electric shoes that may someday power medical devices
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. Morilla and Armada are quoted. David McStravick, professor in the practice of mechanical engineering and materials science, is mentioned.
Texas Medical Center News

Believe it or not, ‘lovebugs’ have a purpose
Evan Siemann, professor and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary biology, is quoted in an article about "lovebugs."
Beaumont Enterprise

Market day brings shoppers to Rice
Ann Swain, director of Rice’s faculty club, is quoted in an article about the Rice University Farmers Market.
Houston Chronicle

Congressman Stockman raffling AR-15
A congressman from the Houston area is staging a sweepstakes to give away an assault 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. (Dallas) (This article also appeared on [San Antonio].)

4 spots to find fresh food
Alumni Richard ’76 and Georgia Bost ’72 are mentioned in an article about farmers markets in Houston.
Houston Chronicle

Local DAR chapter celebrates centennial
The John McKnitt Alexander chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated their centennial May 13 at the Junior League of Houston. The article notes that the chapter established the first scholarship for women attending Rice University in 1913.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)

Rice students solve space station coffee problem
Rice University engineering students think they can make the perfect cup of coffee with a 3-D printer for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Duncan College sophomore Colin Shaw is quoted.

Paying for college
An article about paying for college notes that the author, John McDonough, completed the course work to sit for the Certified Financial Planner professional designation exam from Rice University.
Gilmer Mirror (This article also appeared on

Fare-free transit, Houston beats Austin, better commuter transit, and more
An urban living columnist mentions the meter in a parking garage at Rice.
Houston Chronicle


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. Rice students A.J. Fenton, Eric Stone, Lisa Sampson, Nicki Chamberlain-Simon and Amber Wang designed and built the capo. Fenton, Wang and Rice trustee and alumnus John Jaggers ’73 are quoted.

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 a story about the 1944 water treaty between the United States and Mexico.


Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival comes to Lopez May 19
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform at Lopez Island May 19.
Islands Sounder (Wash.)

Woodburn graduate named 2013 Goliard Scholar at Rice University
A news brief reports that David Wimmer ’13 graduated from Rice May 11.
Woodburn Independent (Ore.)

‘Unwoven Light’ by Soo Sunny Park beautifully refracts light
Articles discuss artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.
Dazzling chain-link sculpture that makes light ‘reveal’ itself

Meet your best friend; bear awareness week; all-Beethoven concert
A news brief about an upcoming concert by cellist Lynn Harrell mentions that he once taught at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music.
Royal Oak Daily Tribune (Mich.)

Summer fun with bridge
An article about a summer program dedicated to the card game bridge mentions a bridge program at Rice.
Macon Telegraph (Ga.)


Astros’ hierarchy ought to include a crisis manager
A column about Houston sports mentions a former Rice football player.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This column appeared on the front of the Sports section.)

Harper, Willson look to find roles with Seahawks
Lovett College senior Luke Willson was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL draft. (Seattle)

7 players on the 49ers feeling the most pressure heading into camp
A photo slideshow of new San Francisco 49ers players includes former Rice football player Vance McDonald.


Bovine blood keeps gold nanoparticles stable
Rice researchers found that a protein from cow blood has the remarkable ability to keep gold nanoparticles from clumping in a solution. The discovery could lead to improved biomedical applications and contribute to projects that use nanoparticles in harsh environments.

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.