Dateline Rice for May 20, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Annise Parker: The modern American boomtown
An article profiling Houston Mayor Annise Parker cites Rice research on the city’s diversity. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. The Dallas Morning News also profiled Klineberg for his research. A news brief about new members of Financial Mentors of America’s advisory board notes that Klineberg is among the members of the board. Klineberg appeared on KPRC-TV’s "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" and KTRK-TV’s "Viva Houston" to discuss the results of the Kinder Houston Area Survey.
Wall Street Journal

Research shows melting pot’s working in Texas, but education isn’t
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)
People in business
Houston Chronicle
KPRC-TV’s ‘Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
KTRK-TV’s ‘Viva Houston’


$28.5-million gift supports Rice center on religious 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.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Rice University to build tolerance institute with $28 million donation
Houston Business Journal
Rice to set up a religious tolerance institute after a $28.5 million donation from Boniuks

When will the human mind upload to a computer?
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and professor of computer science, is quoted in an article about computer/human hybridization. Vardi also appeared on IEEE Spectrum’s "Techwise" to discuss automation and the job market of the future. Separate articles discuss Vardi’s comments on automation.
IEEE Spectrum’s ‘Techwise’
Driverless cars, pilotless planes … will there be jobs left for a human being?
The Guardian (U.K.) (This article also appeared on
Will robots take all the jobs?
Will the robot uprising make everyone unemployed?
Rice University professor: SkyNET’s gonna take ur jerbs!
Robots will soon rule the roost

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. (This article also appeared on,,, and

Urging government action on water, roads and power in Texas
With Texas’ rapid population growth projected to continue in future decades, infrastructure problems such as water supply, clogged roads and a strained power grid loom. Michael Cline, research scientist at the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is quoted.
New York Times (This article also appeared in the Texas Tribune, the San Marcos Mercury, [El Paso, Texas] [Amarillo, Texas], [Houston] and [Austin, Texas].)

Angelina Jolie proves medical care saves lives — if you can get it
Marc Epstein, distinguished research professor of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, co-authored this op-ed about Angelina Jolie and medical care.

Venezuela’s Maduro still waiting on Washington’s recognition
More than a month since Nicolas Maduro was elected Venezuelan president by less than two percent of the vote, the U.S. has not recognized his victory. 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. Jones is also quoted in news items about immigration reform efforts, recent presidential scandals and the Texas legislative session.
Christian Science Monitor (This article also appeared on and
Texas lawmakers play key roles in immigration debate
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Albany Times-Union.)
Is the road back for Democrats paved with education dollars?
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Veterans up for slew of new benefits from bills in Texas Legislature
Dallas Morning News (subscription required)

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. (This article also appeared on,,,, and

Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Chicago Tribune All-State Academic Team.
Chicago Tribune


Rice’s OwlSpark startup accelerator launches first class
OwlSpark, Rice University’s startup accelerator, began its first class May 16 and has high hopes of launching eight game-changing technology companies. Alumnus Darren Clifford ’13 is quoted. The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared on,, and

Protecting privacy in the digital age
Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in news items about online privacy.

How about indoor skiing in the Dome?
A column about Houston mentions Rice’s Reckling Park.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This column appeared on the front of the Star section.)

Business is booming in Fort Bend County. Expansions, relocations push county to No. 6 in US rankings for job growth
Rice research is cited in an article about job growth in Fort Bend County.
Houston Chronicle

For early music performers, it’s like ‘going through a wormhole’
Alumnus Jonathan Godfrey ’00 is featured in an article about performing early music.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Aggie jumps into 3-D printing startup business
Alumnus Mike Mehlman ’09 is profiled for his 3-D printing startup.
Bryan/College Station Eagle


Rice University sends spring-loaded AutoSyP infusion pump prototypes to Fiji
A team of Rice students developed a spring-loaded device called AutoSyP, which is designed to dispense controlled, round-the-clock doses of medications for patients with cardiac conditions. The team includes Rice students Glenn Fiedler, Peter Jung, Lemuel Soh and Kevin Jackson. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the Stanley C. Moore Professor of Bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Maria Oden, professor in the practice of engineering education and director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, are mentioned.

Graphene-boron mix promising for lithium-ion batteries
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.

Chesapeake confirms Lawler as CEO
Alumnus Robert Lawler ’02 was named CEO of Chesapeake Energy.

Architecture and hospitality students from around the world meet to design EHL’s tomorrow’s campus
The Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne is devising its future campus by adopting an innovative, unique and international approach. Rice is mentioned.


Scientists find new tools for tracing fracking impacts
Andrew Barron, the Charles W. Duncan Jr.-Welch Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, is quoted in an article about hydraulic fracturing.
Scranton Times-Tribune (Penn.) (This article also appeared on

Local students share struggles, victories
Rice is mentioned in an article about Brendan Sullivan Duluth High School students.
Gwinnett Daily Post (Ga.)

Government of wolves ruled by pigs
Research by Donald Huddle, professor emeritus of economics, is cited in an op-ed about immigration research by the Heritage Foundation.
Columbus Republic (Ind.)

Starting businesses is contagious, so spread the bug
The Rice Business Plan Competition is mentioned in an article about a business plan competition at the University of Oregon.
Eugene Register-Guard (Ore.)


Rice wins share of 18th consecutive conference baseball championship
The Rice Owls baseball team won its 18th consecutive conference championship.
Houston Chronicle
UH’s win bolsters Rice’s bid for C-USA baseball title
Houston Chronicle
Conference USA baseball seeding scenarios
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of Rice also appeared in the West University Examiner, the Livingston Daily, the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, the Hattiesburg American, the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, the Lansing State-Journal, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger,,,,,,,, [Oak Hill, W.Va.], [Tupelo, Miss.], WHBQ-TV [Memphis, Tenn.] and [Greenville, N.C.].)

Alumnus Clayton Chaney ’13 is profiled for his career in track-and-field.

Irvin suspended for season’s first four games
An article discusses the performance of alumnus Luke Willson ’13 at a Seattle Seahawks rookie minicamp. (This article also appeared in the South Bend Tribune and [St. Louis].)

Taylor Jordan scoreless streak hits 19 innings; Ricky Hague and Anthony Rendon go wild; Tyler Herron debuts: Harrisburg Senators game notebook
Former Rice baseball players Anthony Rendon and Rick Hague are mentioned in an article about the Harrisburg Senators.

No. 1 draft pick reactions
Martel College junior Austin Kubitza is mentioned in an article about the Major League Baseball draft.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (This article also appeared on

Track teammates push each other toward excellence
Rice is mentioned in an article about two Saugeen Track and Field Club members.
Owen Sound Sun Times (Ontario)

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.