Dateline Rice for May 17, 2013


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 is quoted. A link to the KROI-FM broadcast is not available.
Rice University getting new center to study religious tolerance
Austin American-Statesman (Texas)
$28.5 million gift to Rice University will establish Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
West University Examiner (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner and the Katy Rancher.)

Global health innovations could lower costs in Texas, Houston expert says
Innovations in health care are already reducing the cost of care in developing countries around the globe and have the potential to do the same here, said University Representative Y. Ping Sun at a meeting of the Junior League of Houston as part of National Women’s Health Week. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on

Sale of St. Luke’s faces obstacle
The Texas Heart Institute, the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System’s most valuable asset, is asking a Harris County court to declare it a free agent, a potentially huge wrinkle in the pending sale of the system to Catholic Health Initiatives. 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 in this front-page, above-the-fold article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

To let graphene boost batteries, add boron
Calculations show that a graphene/boron anode should be able to hold lots of lithium and perform at the right voltage for use in lithium-ion batteries. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted.
Add boron for better batteries
West University Examiner (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)
Making it stick, adding boron improves graphene’s ability to absorb lithium
Graphene Boron addition to lithium ion batteries
Rice theorists suggest layered graphene-boron Li-ion electrode material could have twice the capacity of graphite

Add boron for better batteries


NorTex — Collaboration between universities and industry in Texas and Norway
An informal relationship going back decades became official with the launch of the NorTex Research Collaborative, linking researchers in Texas and Norway. Jan Odegard, executive director of the Kennedy Institute, is pictured. Rice President David Leebron and Provost George McLendon are mentioned.

G20’s secret shame: Ignoring tropical diseases among world’s profoundly poor
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about how mass administration of low-cost drugs around the globe could make a huge impact.

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.
The Himalayan Times (This Indo-Asian News Service article also appeared in the Oman Observer, the Times of India,,,, and
Houston engineering students create shoes that can generate electricity


The rest of the best: Houston’s top 10 tiny art galleries
Rice’s Matchbox Gallery is included in a list of top 10 tiny Houston art galleries. Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, and alumna Erin Rouse ’11 are mentioned.
Houston Press

IAPAC holds an easy dialogue with a congressman who knows India well
Rep. Pete Olson ’85 is mentioned in an article about a meeting of the Indo American Political Action Committee.

The chosen campuses
An article about universities with large Jewish student bodies notes the Jewish studies program at Rice.
Jewish Herald-Voice

Much of student’s world is a stage
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Maplebook Elementary School student.


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. Gary Woods, professor in the practice of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in the KRIV-TV story. Alumni Tiffany Varughese ’13 and Charles Park ’13 are quoted in the article.
Belt that warns of epileptic seizures news 

Public Broadcasting Service’s ‘Tavis Smiley’
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 is interviewed about being the youngest African-American to graduate from Harvard Law School. He is 22.

A story about events in Houston mentions a rugby clinic at Rice.
Eagles Emerick heads to Houston


New form of silicone gains strength under pressure
Silicone in the liquid crystal phase becomes 90 percent stiffer when it’s gently and repeatedly compressed. Rafael Verduzco, the Louis Owen Assistant Professor and Junior Faculty Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.

Robots might replace human brains 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.


As Houston’s population becomes more diverse, the region’s education and income problems intensify
An article reports on a lecture by Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Cyberrisk intelligence: Data security is a matter of management
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about cybersecurity. An English translation of this article is not available.

Slanting an immigration study
Research by Donald Huddle, professor emeritus of economics, is cited in an op-ed about immigration research by the Heritage Foundation.
Ventura County Star (Calif.)

Herman braves Bach on bass
Alumnus Jory Herman ’06 recorded Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites on double bass.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Stacking library shelves
An op-ed about books about Islam in libraries cites a quote by David Cook, associate professor of religious studies.

Leaving on a high note
Julie Simson, a faculty member at the University of Colorado’s College of Music, will teach at Rice.
Boulder Weekly (Colo.)

West Virginia eco-groups want tracers in fracking fluids
A coalition of West Virginia eco-groups is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt a better mthod of detecting fracking fluids used in shale gas drilling. Rice is mentioned.
Akron Beacon-Journal (Ohio)


Marshall baseball falls at Rice
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Marshall University.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.) (Coverage of this game also appeared on

Willson signs
Alumnus Luke Willson ’13 agreed to a four-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks. A separate article discusses Willson’s performance Seahawks rookie minicamp.
Windsor Star (Canada)
Willson opens eyes in rookie minicamp

College baseball: Latest regional projections for Rice
With less than two weeks until the 64-team NCAA baseball tournament field is announced, here is a look at some of the regional projections involving the Rice Owls baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

Southland Conference baseball and Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Sugar Land team up
Four Methodist Sugar Land Hospital physicians have been selected to serve as medical directors for the upcoming Southland Conference baseball tournament. Rice is mentioned.
Fort Bend Star (Texas)

Oklahoma City Thunder
An article about the Oklahoma City Thunder mentions that the Thunder used Tudor Fieldhouse for practice.
The Oklahoman


$28.5 million gift to Rice University will establish Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance
Rice University has received a $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk to establish an institute that promotes religious tolerance.

Add boron for better batteries
Frustration led to revelation when Rice University scientists determined how graphene might be made useful for high-capacity batteries.

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.