Dateline Rice for May 21, 2013


PediPower device brings kinetic energy to heel
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. A Rice-produced video is featured. (This article also appeared on
Let your shoes do the charging
Rice University students develop shoe energy harvester to power medical devices
Now, shoes that generate electricity
Shoe energy harvester could power future medical devices
Pedestrian power electricity-generating shoes
Shoe-mounted lever could power artificial heart pumps

Practice makes perfect? Not so much, new research finds
New research finds that a copious amount of practice is not enough to explain why people differ in level of skill in two widely studied activities, chess and music. Fred Oswald, professor of psychology, is mentioned.

Chesapeake recruits Anadarko executive as chief
Alumnus Robert Lawler ’02 was named CEO of Chesapeake Energy.
Financial Times
Chesapeake names Anadarko executive as new CEO
Chesapeake Energy names Robert Lawler CEO
Fort Worth Business Press (Texas)
Chesapeake Energy names Anadarko’s Lawler as CEO
The Business Journal
Chesapeake names Lawler as CEO
Chesapeake names Anadarko’s Lawler as CEO
Chesapeake Energy names Lawler CEO
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Gates opens doors with daggers, Kravitz opts for ermine
Alumnus Rhett Butler ’92 is profiled for his career in architecture.

The once and future ‘Star Trek’
An article about science fiction mentions President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice.

When the oil boom turns to bust
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about oil boom/bust cycles. (This op-ed also appeared on


Annise Parker talks about Houston changing from ‘redneck white city’ to ‘boomtown’
An article discusses a Wall Street Journal profile of Houston Mayor Annise Parker and notes that the profile cited Rice research.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Norwalk Citizen, the Darien News, the Connecticut Post and the Greater New Milford Spectrum.)

Sine die is nigh: One very long week to go
A column about Texas politics quotes 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.
Austin American-Statesman

Dr. Peter Hotez shames G20 in new op-ed piece
An article discusses an op-ed by Peter Hotez about how mass administration of low-cost drugs around the globe could make a huge impact. Hotez is a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Denton County Republican Party sponsors scholarship contest
Rice is mentioned in a news brief about a scholarship sponsored by the Denton County Republican Party.
Lewisville Leader

Merged RGV university to walk long road toward national status
An article about a possible merger between the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas-Brownsville mentions that Rice is among the Tier One institutions in Texas.
Rio Grande Valley Monitor

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 top 10 graduates and students of character
Rice is mentioned in an article about high school graduates from Humble and Huffman, Texas.
Atascocita Tribune


The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino held a town hall at Rice. Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, and David Medina ’83, director of multicultural community relations in the Office of Public Affairs, are mentioned in the article.
NALAC supports and advocates for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act
Museum of the American Latino town hall meeting
The Friends of the Museum of the American Latino host first informational town hall with Rice University


Clemson University receives $5 million grant to recruit blacks into computing
The National Science Foundation awarded Clemson University a $5 million grant to increase blacks’ participation in computer sciences. The funds will establish the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences, which will be led by Richard Tapia, University Professor and the Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering.
GSA Business (This article also appeared in the Columbia Regional Business Report.)


Rice University students develop seizure monitoring belt to help children and people with epilepsy
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.

Rice students design new capo for guitars
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 and Rice trustee and alumnus John Jaggers ’73 are quoted.


Rice completes sweep of Marshall to clinch Conference USA championship
The Rice Owls baseball team won its 18th consecutive conference championship.
Cypress Creek Mirror (Texas)

Ricky Hague cannot be stopped at the dish, named Harrisburg Senators Player of the Week
Former Rice baseball player Rick Hague was named the Harrisburg Senators Player of the Week.

Blaze import keen for final revenge
Alumna Brianna Hypolite ’12 will play basketball with the Wagga Wagga Blaze.
Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser (Australia)

Mets sign Rice product Aardsma to minor league contract
Former Rice baseball player David Aardsma was signed to a minor league contract by the New York Mets.
Houston Chronicle

Golden Eagles seek C-USA tourney win for return to NCAA postseason
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference-USA baseball tournament.
Hattiesburg American (Miss.) (Similar articles appeared in the Fay Observer, twice in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, twice on, WTOK-TV [Meridian, Miss.] and

Look for former Cougs at Southland Conference tourney in SugarLand
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Southland Conference baseball tournament.
Tomball Potpourri (Texas)


Rice unveils method for tailoring optical processors
Rice University scientists have unveiled a robust new method for arranging metal nanoparticles in geometric patterns that can act as optical processors that transform incoming light signals into output of a different color. The breakthrough by a team of theoretical and applied physicists and engineers at Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is described this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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.