Dateline Rice for June 18, 2013


Insured patients’ out-of-pocket costs high, AMA says
Insured patients are responsible for nearly a quarter of their doctor bills, according to an American Medical Association study of health insurance claims. 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, is quoted in this front-page, above-the-fold article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Group wants higher tax for pre-K programs
Harris County voters could be asked to approve a tax increase later this year to improve and expand early childhood programs if a coalition of business and civic leaders can get its initiative on the November ballot. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is a member of the committee that recommended the initiative. He is quoted in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


We are light-eaters: The unearthly art of James Turrell
An article about work by artist James Turrell includes his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice. (This article also appeared on

US-Argentina rapprochement still far off
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 articles about U.S. relations with Argentina and the Texas legislative session.
Gulf Times (U.A.E.)


ACC Upward Bound student’s success continues
Alumna Breanna Chachere ’13 is profiled for her academic career.
Pearland Journal

College notes for the Coastal Bend
News briefs report on students who graduated from Rice May 11.
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
College grads return home with diverse degrees
Los Gatos Weekly Times (Calif.)

International energy recruiter grows Houston office
An article reporting that Park Brown International named Joy Brown Kirst as managing director of its Houston office notes that Kirst once served as director of alumni and corporate relations at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business.
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

Flexible ribbons of graphite make for better, stronger battery anode
Researchers at Rice University have come up with a new way to boost the efficiency of the ubiquitous lithium ion battery by employing ribbons of graphene that start as carbon nanotubes. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is mentioned.

Nanoscale processor controls light with light
Rice University scientists have unveiled a robust new method for arranging metal nanoparticles in geometric patterns that can act as optical processors that transform incoming light signals into output of a different color. Yu Zhang, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, is quoted.

Doctors and lawyers and such
Alumnus David Kemp ’06 authored this article about the relationship between the government and medical providers.

Saudi Arabia remains key to oil prices, despite US production surge
An article discusses an energy forum hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. (Versions of this article also appeared on and


UB Technology Incubator named as best in world for life sciences
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.
Buffalo News (N.Y.)

Winston-Salem State to partner on computer science mentoring effort
Rice is one of seven universities recently chosen by the National Science Foundation to launch the Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computer Sciences.
Winston-Salem Journal (N.C.) (This article also appeared on

MU alum to participate in music competition
Yuri McCoy, a graduate student in music, has been selected to compete in Longwood Gardens’ inaugural International Organ Competition.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

Visits to college campuses enlighten
Rice is mentioned in an op-ed about choosing the right college.
Ogden Standard-Examiner (Utah)


Cingrani to stick around, pitch out of bullpen
Articles report that former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani may remain with the Cincinnati Reds. (Coverage of Cingrani also appeared on and the Hamilton Journal News.)

Quantum Seahawks
Rice is mentioned in an article about the Seattle Seahawks.

Twins’ Single-A team Cedar Rapids loaded with talent
Former Rice baseball player Tyler Duffey is mentioned in an article about minor league baseball.


2014 outlook for Affordable Care Act topic at Rice’s Baker Institute June 28
Health economist Vivian Ho will discuss the latest research on how rates for health insurance coverage are expected to change under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 at a June 28 luncheon at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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.