Dateline Rice for June 7, 2013


Harvard Law grad, 22, heads to College Station for PhD.
Alumnus Cortlan Wickliff ’10 is profiled. He has a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering from Rice and a law degree from Harvard, and he will soon start working on a doctorate in engineering at Texas A&M. He is 22.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Star section.)


Into the light: James Turrell
Articles about artist James Turrell feature his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
The full James Turrell experience in Houston
Houston Press

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.

Louisiana legislator invokes witch doctor to defend creationist law
A Louisiana state senator defended the Louisiana Science Education Act by invoking a witch doctor that he visited and found helpful. Hanszen College junior Zack Kopplin is quoted.
Washington Post


Rice alumna organizes leadership program
Alumna Norma Torres ’13 is profiled for founding a leadership program for minority students. An English translation of this article is not available.
La Voz

Rice University’s Centennial Campaign exceeds $1 billion goal
Rice University has surpassed its $1 billion goal for its Centennial Campaign, the largest fundraising effort in the private institution’s history. Rice President David Leebron; Board of Trustees Chair Jim Crownover ’65; alumni and trustees Bobby Tudor ’82 and Susanne Glasscock ’62; and Darrow Zeidenstein, vice president for resource development, are quoted. A recent $28.5 million gift from Houston philanthropists Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk to establish an institute that promotes religious tolerance and several other major gifts to Rice are mentioned.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Katy Rancher, the Sugar Land Sun, the Memorial Examiner, the Fort Bend Sun, the Tomball Potpourri, the Cypress Creek Mirror and the Magnolia Potpourri.)

Climate change raises stakes on US ethanol policy
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.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)
Ethanol versus water
IEEE Spectrum
Corn growers react to Rice climate and corn study

A special session doesn’t mean work for everyone
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 about the Texas special legislative session.

Local students earn collegiate acclaim
A news brief reports that Eric Zarsky ’13 graduated from Rice May 11.
Dayton News

Woodlands life sciences startup plans to raise $500,000 for manufacturing, marketing
The Woodlands-based Epicypher has recently raised more than $90,000 in equity and plans to use the funds to pay employees and manufacture its products. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Business Journal

In the mid-Atlantic, 3 places to get lost and find the music
Yuri McCoy, a graduate student in music, has been selected to compete in Longwood Gardens’ inaugural International Organ Competition.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in the Lowell Sun, the Farmington Daily Times, the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, the Lebanon Daily News, the North Adams Transcript, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise.)

Meet the top graduates from these Park Cities, North Dallas high schools
Rice is mentioned in an article about Dallas-area high school graduates.
Dallas Morning News


WPTF-AM (Raleigh, N.C.)
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted in a story about a Gallup poll showing that religion is losing its influence on American life.


Broader impacts — examples from the ground
Outreach efforts with Sk8lab Houston by Adrian Lenardic, professor of Earth science, are featured in "EAR to the Ground," the quarterly newsletter of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Earth Sciences. Lenardic appears on Page 3 of the linked article.
EAR to the Ground

Why summer flings are good for your health
An article about "summer flings" cites research by Denise Chen, adjunct assistant professor of neuroscience.


Female breadwinners = death of civilization, says Fox panel
Melissa Weininger, a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish studies, authored this op-ed about reaction to a Pew Center analysis of census data indicating that 40 percent of American households with children under the age of 18 now have a woman as the sole or primary breadwinner for the family.

Find out: Are we planetary nebulae?
A news brief reports that Reggie Dufour, professor of physics and astronomy, will speak in Port Orford, Ore.
Coos Bay World (Ore.)

Ruben Rosario: She was homeless; now, college awaits her
Rice is mentioned in an article profiling a woman for her philanthropic work.
Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minn.)

Escondido High student honored by Teradata group
Rice is mentioned in an article about recipients of scholarships from Women of Teradata.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Walpole High graduates celebrate four-year path to success
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Walpole High School graduate.


NC State stands between Rice, Omaha
Articles preview a baseball series between Rice and North Carolina State University.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
The Rice Owls are 2 wins from the College World Series
Houston Press
NCAA baseball tournament 2013 super regional preview (Coverage of Rice baseball also appeared in the Coos Bay World, the Leader, the Charlotte Observer, and nearly 70 other media outlets.)

Vance McDonald’s size, versatility gives San Francisco 49ers options
An article discusses former Rice football player Vance McDonald’s performance in the NFL. A separate article reports that he proposed to his girlfriend.
49ers’ McDonald proposes on Golden Gate Bridge
Whittier Daily News (Calif.) (This article also appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, the Chico Enterprise-Record, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, the Oakland Tribune, the Marin Independent Journal, the Oroville Mercury-Register, the San Bernardino Sun, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, the Santa Cruz Sentinel, the Eureka Times-Standard, the Solano Times-Herald and the Contra Costa Times.)

Rangers W2W4: MLB draft
Former Rice standout Lance Berkman is mentioned in an article about the Houston Astros. Berkman is also mentioned in an article about MLB draft picks.
The top 10 draft-day blunders of the past 25 years

MLB draft a different animal than most
Alumnus Jon Skaggs ’01 is mentioned in articles about New York Yankees draft picks.
Feeling a draft

The Woodlands seeks to match legendary ’06 baseball title team
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands High School baseball team.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Rice Alliance named top global university business incubator
Rice University’s Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship has been named the top global university business incubator of 2013, according to the first in-depth study by the University Business Incubator Index, based in Sweden.

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.