Dateline Rice for June 6, 2013


New device turns running shoe into battery charger
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.
Runner’s World


Here’s what Antarctica looks like under all the ice
John Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, is quoted in an article about Antarctica.

Bohr’s model: Extreme atoms
Physicists are stretching, stripping and contorting atoms to new and bizarre limits. Barry Dunning, the Sam and Helen Worden Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted.

George Bush rides again
An op-ed discusses a Los Angeles Times profile of alumnus George P. Bush ’98.

Clouds gather over Mexico’s proclamation of new oil dawn
The vast Ku Maloob Zaap oil field is the jewel in the crown of Mexico’s oil industry. It pumps one in every three barrels of crude the country produces, at some of the lowest costs in the world. A Rice lecture by economist Juan Jose Suarez Coppel is cited.
Reuters (This article also appeared on and

Ryder sees natural gas fleet adoption threatening diesel demand
Ryder, the largest commercial fleet leasing company in the U.S., sees the growth of natural gas use in transportation expanding enough to affect domestic demand for diesel fuel. Rice is mentioned.

Academy chief’s salary, resume get scrutiny
American Academy of Arts and Sciences President Leslie Cohen Berlowitz allegedly misrepresented her credentials; members of the academy’s board, including Rice’s Neal Lane, were asked to comment. Lane is 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.
Boston Globe


Illuminating Turrell: The light inside
An article about artist James Turrell mentions his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.

How’s about another heaping helping of Houston economy porn?
A Business Insider list of "17 Reasons Why Houston Is the Best City In America" mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle

Burgess announces service academy appointees
Lovett College sophomore Stephen Ward was honored by Rep. Michael Burgess for accepting an appointment to a United States Service Academy.
Lewisville Leader

Cooper grad works to aid environmental health
Rice is mentioned in an article about a John Cooper School graduate.

How do you fight back if student-loan interest rates double?
On July 1, Congress may let the interest rate on government-subsidized student loans double to 6.8 percent. Rice’s tuition is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

Higher ed stakeholders express concerns over declining research funding
On the cusp of possibly losing $105 million in research funding under the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration, University of Texas System officials are working to find alternative options to fund research. The articles note that Rice is one of Texas’ Tier One universities.
Cigarroa touts 10 breakthrough actions for research universities


Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, appeared on KTRH-AM to discuss pictures from Mars that show a rock that resembles a rat.
Is that a rat on Mars?

Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPFT-FM to discuss Susan Rice’s nomination to be National Security Adviser. The interview begins approximately 23 minutes into the clip.

The Michael Medved Show
Hanszen College junior Zack Kopplin appeared on the Michael Medved Show.

Rice was mentioned in coverage of the Houston Fire Department memorial service.

3 News (New Zealand)
A story about violinist Natalie Lin mentions that she plans to attend Rice.


RFA disputes study on climate change impacts on corn production
A new study suggests that demands for water will make it harder for the United States to meet current biofuel goals if the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and alumna Rosa Dominguez-Faus ’07 are quoted.
Ethanol Producer Magazine
As climate change worsens, US corn ethanol becomes uneconomical
Hotter planet will make corn ethanol unviable
Environmental Leader
Climate change raises stakes on US biofuels policy
Corn growers question study on climate and corn yield

Houston group eHRI forms to promote health tech collaboration
Jan Odegard, executive director of the Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, is quoted in an article about the eHealth Research Institute.

‘Aleppo Evil’: The ulcer, the boil, the sandfly and the conflict
Peter Hotez, a fellow in disease and poverty at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about a possible disease outbreak in Aleppo, Syria.

New block copolymer solar cells shows promising results
Scientists have created solar cells based on block copolymers, self-assembling organic materials that arrange themselves into distinct layers. Rafael Verduzco, the Louis Owen Assistant Professor and Junior Faculty Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is quoted.


For National Merit, Achievement scholars, offers at in-state schools often too good to resist
Rice is mentioned in an article about National Merit Scholars attending the University of Alabama.
Birmingham News

Twinsburg graduate Katie Jenson serves with Peace Corps in Senegal
Alumna Katie Jensen ’12 is profiled for her philanthropic work in Senegal.
Twinsburg Bulletin (Ohio)

Graduates: Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies
Rice is mentioned in an article about Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies graduates.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

Graduates: Cabrini High School
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates of Cabrini High School.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)


Rice’s Stephens embracing role of leader
Hanszen College sophomore Jordan Stephens is profiled for his performance on the Rice Owls baseball team. Head coach Wayne Graham, Sid Richardson College senior Michael Ratterree and Wiess College senior Christian Stringer are quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

College baseball super regionals 2013: Programs bound for trip to Omaha
Rice is mentioned in an article previewing the NCAA college baseball super regional tournament. (Coverage of Rice baseball also appeared in the Oregonian, the Portland Tribune, the Klamath Falls Herald and Tribune, the Coos Bay World, and

Rant Sports college football top 100: No. 86 Rice Owls
An article discusses the Rice Owls football team.

Rice pitcher tagged as one of college baseball’s best freshmen
Will Rice College freshman Blake Fox was selected to the 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.
Houston Chronicle
UH, Rice players earn honors
Houston Chronicle

Every MLB team’s biggest draft bust in the past decade
Alumnus Wade Townsend ’05 appears in a photo slideshow of MLB draft picks.


Energy market globalization topic at Rice’s Baker Institute June 12
Top energy and financial industry leaders, policymakers and industry commentators will gather June 12 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy to discuss geopolitical and structural drivers of oil prices, relationships between commodity prices and macroeconomic indicators and outlooks for oil supply and demand.

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.