(Editor’s note: Rachel Tolbert Kimbro is an associate professor of sociology. Yesterday’s issue of Dateline cited her previous faculty appointments.)
Lower obesity rates for kids in traditional families
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. Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, associate professor of sociology and director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program, and Jennifer Augustine, adjunct assistant professor of sociology, are quoted.
Marriage, obesity in children linked, Rice University study finds
Obesity in children linked to parents’ marital status
MSN.com (This Indo-Asian News Service article also appeared on Sulekha, NewsTrackIndia.com and Mangalorean.com.)
Study: Family structure linked to childhood obesity
Kids of married parents less likely to be obese
NewKerala.com (This Asian News International article also appeared on WebIndia123.com.)
Children with married parents have reduced chances of obesity
Crusade for term limits brings together some unlikely allies
An article about term limits in Texas 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.
New York Times
What’s behind Venezuela’s toilet paper shortage?
Last month, Venezuela elected a president on the recommendation of Hugo Chavez. But as the problems the country faces loom larger, President Nicolas Maduro is finding his predecessor’s one-man show a difficult act to follow. 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.
Invention of the day: Shoes that generate power from your steps
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.
PediPower device brings kinetic energy to heel
Electronic Engineering Journal
Duke’s MBA Games: Dance-offs, races and tug-of-war
Students of the Jones Graduate School of Business are mentioned as in an article about Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and its MBA Games, a weekend of dance-offs, tug-of-war competitions and races that require students to wear formal business attire.
New Boniuk Institute at Rice to study and advance 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. Rice President David Leebron is quoted.
Texas cities again lead nation in population growth
Texas towns accounted for eight of the 15 fastest-growing "large cities" in the U.S. in the latest batch of population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Austin vaults to No. 11 on list of biggest U.S. cities
HTC honors Vijay Goradia for entrepreneurship at annual gala
An article about the Houston Technology Gala mentions Rice.
Young artists compete for grand prize in Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition
The 38th annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition of the Houston Symphony League will take place May 30 and June 1 in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University.
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted about population growth in Texas.
Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses U.S. drone strike policy. The interview begins approximately 5 minutes and 30 seconds into the clip. Click the link to download the clip.
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Last Arellano to plead guilty Friday
Eduardo Arellano Félix, one of four brothers who ran Tijuana’s most dominant and ruthless drug cartel for almost two decades, is expected to plead guilty to federal drug charges in San Diego. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Mexico drug cartel commander pleads guilty in murder of U.S. official
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Hartford Courant, Yahoo! News, Morning Call and Global Post.)
A growing role for the president: America’s consoler in chief
When President Barack Obama travels to Oklahoma on Sunday to meet with the survivors of Monday’s tornado, it will mark the third time this year that he has journeyed to a patch of America to console a community on behalf of the country. During his five years in office, this presidential ritual has become as familiar a symbol of sadness as the sea of stuffed animals and flowers that accompany these mournful scenes. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Eureka Times-Standard (This article also appeared in the Vacaville Reporter, the El Paso Times, the Long Beach Press-Telegram and more than 25 other news outlets.)
Rachleff steps down at Chicago Philharmonic
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting, was named music director emeritus at a May 24 Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra concert.
Highland Park News (Ill.) (This article also appeared in the Glencoe News, Northbrook Star, Evanston Review and more than a dozen other news outlets.)
Flaws in governor’s budget
An op-ed on Massachusetts’ recently approved budget mentions studies by 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, that document that states that have cut "cumbersome bean-counting have reduced costs while maintaining equal if not better patient outcomes, including fewer deaths."
Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.)
Stephens, Rice strong-arm Central Florida
An article recaps a baseball game between Rice and Central Florida.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Crimson Tide topples Rebels, 7-5
An article features coverage of the 2013 Conference USA Baseball Championship at Rice University’s Reckling Park.
Hattiesburg American (Miss.)
Dominant pitching leads Rice to second C-USA Tourney win
The Rice baseball team is now a win away from the Conference USA title game after a 5-1 victory over Central Florida Thursday at Reckling Park.
From spring football to baseball, here’s what’s up
Rice is mentioned in an article about Houston-area high school football.
Dillard track-and-field teams head to NAIA National Championships
Rice is mentioned in an article about Dillard University’s track-and-field teams.
New Orleans Times-Picayune