Dateline Rice for May 22, 2013


Innovators aren’t the smartest people, and other lessons from graduation day
Articles about career advice given in 2013 commencement speeches cite quotes from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s speech at Rice.
16 best pieces of career advice from 2013 commencement speeches

Former Miss America runner-up to host Van Cliburn webcast
Alumna Jade Simmons ’03 will host the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition webcast.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)


To be perfect, practice isn’t enough
There may be more to perfection than a lot of practice, according to a small study of chess players and musicians. Rice is mentioned as a contributor to the research.

Jay Carney press briefing blues
President Barack Obama brought in press secretary Jay Carney "to lower the temperature" in the briefing room back in 2011, but reporters are increasingly skeptical about Carney’s demeanor and the veracity of some answers to questions about recent administration scandals. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Log-jam in agency confirmations
Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article about how political battles are leaving U.S. science agencies without leaders.

Laptop U
An article about online education notes that Rice University is one of six global higher education institutions that recently joined online education provider edX.
New Yorker

We’re not ready to upload our brains to a computer yet
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. A discussion about artificial intelligence cites statements made by Vardi.
IEEE Spectrum’s ‘Techwise Conversations’

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

When the oil boom turns to bust
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about oil boom/bust cycles. (This op-ed also appeared in the Carthage Press, the West Hartford News, the Bastrop Enterprise and nearly 20 other media outlets.)


Rice University engineering students invent mobile seizure monitoring device
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, and Rice students Ethan Leng, Mihir Mongia and Andrew Wu are mentioned. A Rice-produced video is featured.
Tech Universe: May 22
New Zealand Herald

Pupil explores forgotten ‘Huelga Schools’
Amy Tate, a language consultant at the Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, is mentioned in an article profiling her son for his academic achievement.
Houston Chronicle

Role weds man’s love of theater, Chinese language
Rice is mentioned in an article about a production of the play "Chinglish."
Houston Chronicle

Principals learn school entrepreneurship through REEP program
Seven Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District principals graduated last week from the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program.
Cypress Creek Mirror

Kizmet settles into new location
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Port Arthur, Texas, coffee bar.
Port Arthur News

BCCC announces students of the month
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce’s students of the month.
Orange County Register

Beware 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.
San Angelo Standard-Times


Nature, not nurture?
Proteins may be more of a factor in shaping regulatory patterns than environment, according to a new study that looks at how cells’ protein networks relate to a bacteria’s genome. Luay Nakhleh, associate professor of computer science and of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

Floating LNG 2013: Wison’s representative speaks on FLNG future
Alumnus Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod ’88 will speak in the Strategy Roundtable of Floating LNG 2013.

Top 5 trends in mechanical engineering
Rice research to create thread from nanotubes is mentioned in an article about new mechanical engineering research.


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.
Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice (This article also appeared on

An article reviews "Rite," a new album by Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano.

Rice University students build new guitar capo
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. A Rice-produced video is featured.

Indo American Political Action Committee meets with California congressman Ed Royce
Rep. Pete Olson ’85 is mentioned in an article about a meeting of the Indo American Political Action Committee. Rice research is cited.

Lee County High to introduce intensive college prep program
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Lee County High School college prep program.
Sanford Herald (N.C.)

Nanotechnology comes to Newman University
Alumnus Ryan Huschka ’10 authored this op-ed about nanotechnology at Newman University.


Super Bowl announcement excites Texans players
Super Bowl LI will be played in Houston at Reliant Stadium. These news items note that Super Bowl VIII was played at Rice Stadium.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)
Houston’s Super Bowl history
Houston Chronicle
Football on TV is entertainment, especially Super Bowls
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Texas)

ESPN’s ‘Sportscenter’
KBTV-TV (Beaumont, Texas)

UH, Rice well represented in C-USA awards
The Rice Owls baseball team had six players named all-conference: Michael Ratterree, Zech Lemond, Ford Stainback, Keenan Cook, Michael Aquino and Geoff Perrott.
Houston Chronicle

10 college football players who will make excellent coaches someday
McMurtry College junior Taylor McHargue appears in a photo slideshow of football players who may one day make great coaches.

2013 Conference USA Baseball Championship
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Conference-USA baseball tournament.
Houston Chronicle (Coverage of Rice also appeared on

Track teammates push each other toward excellence
Rice is mentioned in an article about two Saugeen Track and Field Club members.
Kincardine News (Ontario) (This article also appeared in the Shoreline Beacon.)


Minus environment, patterns still emerge
Environment is not the only factor in shaping regulatory patterns — and it might not even be the primary factor, according to a new Rice University study that looks at how cells’ protein networks relate to a bacteria’s genome.

Children of married parents less likely to be obese
Children living in households where the parents are married are less likely to be obese, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Houston.

Rice experts available to discuss Texas Legislature end-of-session developments
With the Texas Legislature 2013 session about to end May 27, a range of Rice University experts are available to comment on the issues at play.

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.