Dateline Rice for May 16, 2013


Rice to cast light on faith, tolerance
With a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk, Rice will establish the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance to conduct research, engage in public outreach and develop new courses. Rice President David Leebron and Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, are quoted in this front-page, above-the-fold article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Cow blood prevents globs of nano gold
A protein from bovine blood can keep gold nanoparticles from clumping in a solution — a discovery that could lead to improved biomedical applications. Stephan Link, assistant professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering; Christy Landes, assistant professor of chemistry and the Norman Hackerman-Welch Young Investigator; and Sergio Dominguez-Medina, a graduate student in chemistry, are quoted.


Now, shoes that generate electricity
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.
Deccan Herald (India) (This Indo-Asian News Service article also appeared on,,, and


Men of Distinction flex their fundraising muscle: City’s most powerful players gather in 1 room
Rice Board of Trustees Chair Jim Crownover ’65 and Rice President David Leebron are mentioned in an article about the seventh annual Men of Distinction luncheon. Crownover was honored for his professional and civic leadership. Also mentioned are University Representative Y. Ping Sun and Crownover’s wife, Molly.

Education, diversity at core of city’s global future
The Houston Chronicle and Houston Business Journal reported on the Global Cities Initiative held at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

GHP initiative takes aim at major labor issues in Houston
Houston Business Journal
Global Cities Initiative: Houston can become bigger player in global economy
Houston Business Journal

Ranking the right, left
An editorial discusses 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.  Jones is also quoted in a story about the Texas legislative session.
Amarillo Globe-News

Local MBA programs cater to growing need for flexible schedules
A master of business administration degree can serve as a bridge to a future path. Local universities have pushed flexible schedules to the front of the class for the working professional. Sue Oldham, director of MBA for Professionals admissions at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.

Rice University researchers focus on neighborhood health
An interdisciplinary collaboration between atmospheric scientists at Rice University and the University of Houston and Rice sociologists will study how and where air quality in Houston affects the health of citizens.

Rice University students work on robotics project
A new robot is designed to automate the process of cleaning recessed windows in buildings that present problems for more traditional washers — both human and machine. Fathi Ghorbel, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering, is quoted. Rice students Andria Remirez, Julia Bleck, Erin O’Malley and Michael Liu are mentioned.

Rice University partners with University of Texas for medical device
Rice University students are working on a way to better deliver drugs to patients in remote areas.

Rice University seniors work on health monitoring system
Three teams of senior engineering students at Rice University are working to create a wireless system to monitor a baby’s health in neonatal wards in the developing world.

HWY 19 band to perform Thursday
Alumnus Daron Stone ’13 will perform as part of the HWY 19 Band in Anderson County, Texas.
Palestine Herald-Press


Alumnus Ameer Jumabhoy ’13 is featured for his philanthropic work.


Robots could put humans out of work by 2045
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, comments on the job market of the future.

SMART belt detects seizures, calls for help
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. A Rice-produced video is featured.

Rich media and social media: A match made in marketing heaven
Alumnus Dilip Venkatachari ’84 authored this op-ed about online marketing.

A look at Picasolar’s impressive 2013 run
An article about a University of Arkansas startup mentions the Rice Business Plan Competition.
Arkansas Business


CEO of National FFA to receive honorary doctorate from Purdue
An article about the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Purdue University mentions that Jane Chance, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, is among the recipients of honorary doctorates from Purdue.

Rep. Steve Stockman giving away AR-15 on website
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.

UH professor represented in national Latin-American discussion
An article discusses a town hall held by the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. José Aranda, associate professor of English and Hispanic studies and co-coordinator of the undergraduate Mellon program, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

‘Unwoven Light’ by Soo Sunny Park
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation. An English translation of this article is not available.

ArtPrize 2013 jurors awarding $100,000 in prizes include three curators, an architect and a poet
Eva Franch, the former Visiting Wortham Fellow in Architecture, is a judge for the ArtPrize 2013.

GOOD Ideas: Beyond biking
Alumnus Colin Owen ’01 will participate in an episode of the Web series GOOD Ideas.

Hudson-based Procentive pioneered software as a service
Alumnus Jeff Burton ’87 is featured in an article about his business startup Procentive.
Hudson Star-Observer (Wis.)


Bobcats late rally falls short against Rice
Articles recap a baseball series between Rice and Texas State University.
San Marcos Mercury (Texas) (Coverage of this series also appeared on

Boyd grad selected by Als in CFL draft
McMurtry College senior Hosam Shahin was selected by the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League draft.
Abbotsford-Mission Times (British Columbia) (Coverage of Shahin also appeared in the Tri-Cities Now, the Burnaby Now, the Langley Advance, the Richmond News,, and

When Seahawks give you gold, draft bronze
Lovett College senior Luke Willson was picked by the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL draft. (Seattle)

Memphis Tigers start C-USA track championships short-handed
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Memphis track-and-field teams. (St. Louis, Mo.)

UAB baseball needs to win and get help from Rice to keep season going
Rice is mentioned in an article about the University of Alabama at Birmingham baseball team.
Birmingham News (Ala.)

Galton receives VHSL award
Rice is mentioned in an article about the recipient of the Virginia High School League’s 2013 Allstate Foundation/VHSL Achievement Award.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)


Rice University to announce new institute May 16
More than 20 representatives of different religions in the Houston area will join Rice University officials onstage May 16 to celebrate the establishment of a new institute to study and advance religious tolerance and understanding. The Rice administration will thank the donors whose multimillion-dollar gift made the institute possible.

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.