Dateline Rice for June 12, 2013


Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce awards dinner draws hundreds
University Representative Y. Ping Sun was named ambassador of the year at the 23rd Annual Awards Dinner of the Houston Asian Chamber of Commerce. Sun also delivered keynote remarks at the event.
Houston Business Journal


US expects active hurricane season, Gulf region vulnerable
The U.S. is likely to see an active Atlantic hurricane season this year. Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, is quoted. (This article also appeared on, and

CCTV (China)
David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, is quoted in a story about President Barack Obama’s new space policy which commits to increasing NASA funding and focuses on a Mars mission.

Do THIS together for more sex
A news brief reporting on a survey from the Brooks Running Company showing that couples who run together have more sex mentions Rice research on sweat.
Men’s Health


Rice University professor to profile Fort Bend County for chamber
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will provide a look into Fort Bend County’s population at a Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Houston Chronicle

MFAH celebrates artist James Turrell
An article about an exhibition of work by artist James Turrell mentions his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Houston Marathon Committee announces new courses for 2014 race
The new course for the Houston Marathon will pass by Rice University along Rice Boulevard and Greenbriar Drive.
Houston Press
A change of pace: New Houston Marathon route is flatter, faster and more scenic, officials say
New courses for 2014 Houston Marathon
Houston Marathon sets a new course

Israeli captures the gold in Houston
An article about the Ima Hogg Competition notes that the final performances took place at Rice’s Stude Concert Hall.
Jewish Herald-Voice


Minnesota Public Radio’s ‘The Daily Circuit’
Jenifer Bratter, associate professor of sociology and program director of Race Scholars at Rice in the Kinder Institute of Urban Research, appeared on Minnesota Public Radio’s "The Daily Circuit" to discuss interracial relationships in America.

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 in a story about immigration reform.


Trilogy of 2-D materials could constitute future electronics
Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide. The article includes quotes from Sina Najmaei, a Rice graduate student; Pulickel Ajayan, the Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Engineering, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, professor in chemistry and professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Zheng Liu, research scientist in mechanical engineering and materials science.
IEEE Spectrum

Optoelectronics research center holds summer school on photonics
Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, is mentioned in an article about the seventh International Summer School New Frontiers in Optical Technologies.

Cyberattacks are more dangerous to the energy grid than superstorms
Cyberattacks could be more damaging to the nation’s energy grid than extreme weather. Research by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is cited.
Business Insider


Groton student graduates cum laude from Rice University
News briefs report on students who graduated from Rice May 11.
Des Moines, Rice, St. Francis universities
Fort Wayne News-Sentinel (Ind.)
Your neighbors
Carroll County Times (Md.)

Soo Sunny Park: ‘Unwoven Light’
An article discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.


SEC football: Week 1 predictions for every team in 2013
A photo slideshow predicting the outcomes of college football opening games includes Rice’s season opener vs. Texas A&M University.

Starters take a break while younger players take reps
Former Rice football player Taylor Cook is mentioned in an article about the Houston Texans.
Houston Chronicle

Raph Rhymes fulfills his Omaha promise
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Louisiana State University baseball player.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

Maclay’s Sweeney named state’s top scholar-athlete
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Tallahassee, Fla., student-athlete.
Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (This article also appeared on

Round 2 as a Raider
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Texas Tech University student-athlete.
Colorado County Citizen (Texas)

Mays open their home to Sunbelt
A family in McAlester, Okla., hosts Jr. Sunbelt Classic baseball players in their home. Rice is mentioned.
McAlester News-Capital (Okla.)

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.