Dateline Rice for June 24, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Most still prefer in-person classes, survey shows
Even as online education grows more popular, most people still prefer the on-campus experience, according to a new study. Caroline Levander, vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, the Carlson Chair in the School of Humanities and professor of English, is quoted in this front-page article. The article notes that Rice is a member of online education providers edX and Coursera.
Houston Chronicle

Colleges help veterans go from combat to classroom
More and more veterans are choosing to pursue higher education after their military service. This spring, Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business awarded the first scholarship from its new Military Scholars Program for veterans enrolled in its graduate business program. Rachel Fleck, director of development at the Jones School, and alumnus Jimmy Battista ’13 are quoted. Mike Freedman, an MBA student, is pictured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section and also in Stars & Stripes, the Greenwich Time, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Education News.)


National Public Radio’s ‘Science Friday’
Managing vegetables’ "internal clocks" postharvest could have health benefits, according to new research from Rice University and the University of California at Davis. Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, discussed this research on NPR’s "Science Friday."
Does your lettuce have ‘jet lag’?
Los Angeles Times
How circadian rhythms give vegetables a healthy boost (San Francisco) (This story also appeared on [Rhode Island].)
Rice biologists find continued light-dark exposure enhances vegetables’ anticancer potency after harvest
Circadian rhythms give vegetables healthy boost
Give picked veg some light to make it better for you
Fruit and veggies kept in daylight more nutritious
Storing vegetables in your fridge ‘can take away goodness’
Fruit’s biological clock
Globe and Mail (Canada)
The produce is alive!
Timing is everything when eating fruits, vegetables
Fruit and veggies kept in daylight more nutritious (This article also appeared on, and
KVUE-TV (Similar reports appeared on WRTV-TV [Indianapolis], KFXA-TV [Iowa City, Iowa] and nearly 20 other media outlets.)
Managing the internal clocks of vegetables
Storing fruit and vegetables differently may boost health benefits
Your salad is still alive and more healthy when in the right mood
Science World Report
Fruits and vegetables found to respond to dark-light cycles after harvest, research
Built-in ‘clock’ in plants may help maintain freshness
Produce exposed to light is more nutritious
Runner’s World
Fruits and vegetables in grocery store are still alive

Swansea University forges links with Texan counterparts
Swansea University is forging closer links with universities in Texas in a move it hopes will attract technology companies to South Wales. Rice is mentioned.

Al Jazeera
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on Al Jazeera to discuss the crisis in Syria. An English translation of this interview is not available.


Eva Longoria: Power player in DC
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 news items about actress Eva Longoria’s political activism, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Gov. Rick Perry, immigration reform and Jones’ research analyzing the voting records of Texas legislators. The KPFT-FM interview begins approximately 10 minutes into the clip.
Houston Chronicle
Dewhurst’s absence at debate gives fuel to critics
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Decision day looms for Perry on re-election
Austin American-Statesman (subscription required)
Area lawmakers put results over politics
Amarillo Globe-News (This article also appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.)

Whatever floats your boat
Photos of the Rice Design Alliance’s Anything That Floats competition appeared in the Houston Chronicle.
Houston Chronicle

Worldwide students perform for music festival
Stephanie Mientka, a graduate student in music, is quoted in an article about the Texas Music Festival.

Houston tech scene gathers strength
Local technology startups are looking beyond medical devices and energy products to Web and consumer technology. The article notes that Rice recently launched a business accelerator for companies founded by students.
Houston Chronicle

Tune in for fitness: How to create a workout playlist
Alumnus Henry Richardson ’09 is featured in an article about music playlists for working out.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time.)

Education briefs for June 26
News briefs report on students who graduated from Rice May 11.
Amarillo Globe-News
College graduates
Lowell Sun (Mass.)

Class act honored for service to arts
Journalist Peggie Miller was honored in recognition of her "leadership, public service and many lifetime achievements." The article notes that she took writing courses at Rice.
Courier of Montgomery County


Graphene nanotubes: The latest advancement in lithium-ion batteries
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 quoted.


Nobel Prize winner in Wisbech
Scientist Sir Harry Kroto recently addressed students at Wisbech Grammar School. Kroto, along with Robert Curl, University Professor Emeritus and the Kenneth S. Pitzer-Schlumberger Professor Emeritus of Natural Sciences, and the late Richard Smalley, discovered the buckyball.
Fenland Citizen (U.K.)

How do businesses benefit from Groupon?
Rice research is cited in an article about daily-deal websites such as Groupon.
Arizona Republic

Chamber Music Northwest: 15 must-see concerts, from Bach to Gabriel Kahane
A string quartet from Rice will perform at the Chamber Music Northwest classical music festival.

Meet the valedictorian and salutatorian
Rice is mentioned in an article about recent high school graduates.

Ode to Renee Reder and the Tree Streets
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Nashua, Mass., intern.


A look at Rice’s national title baseball team 10 years later
An article discusses the careers of Rice’s 2003, College World Series-winning baseball team.
Houston Chronicle

Rick Mello to become interim AD at Rice
Rick Mello, senior associate athletic director, will serve as interim athletics director. Rick Greenspan, director of athletics, will leave Rice June 30. Rice President David Leebron is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Greenwich Time and the Stamford Advocate.)

Tigers agree to terms with Ziomek, Kubitza
Martel College junior Austin Kubitza signed with the Detroit Tigers
Rice pitcher Austin Kubitza signs with Tigers
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the Stamford Advocate.)

MU’s Hunter wins C-USA scholarship
An article discusses a winner of a Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Awards. The award is named for late Rice faculty member and coach Jim Castañeda.
Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.)

Cheetahs take BC spots in stride
Baker College sophomore Hodson Harding is mentioned in an article about the Coquitlam Cheetahs track-and-field club.
Abbottsford-Mission Times (British Columbia) (This article also appeared in the Langley Advance.)

Mustangs outpace Brewers
Former Rice baseball player Michael Ratterree is mentioned in an article about the Milwaukee Brewers.
Helena Independent Record (Mont.)


Rice to host Materials Genome Initiative workshop
Rice University will host a regional workshop on President Obama’s Materials Genome Initiative on campus Dec. 9-10.

Artist eyes unused TV channels for New Orleans project
Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll’s latest vision, PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0, would combine unused TV channels, emblematic cultural symbols and cutting-edge wireless technology from Rice University for connectivity in underresourced communities across greater New Orleans. Carroll plans to build PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0 for the upcoming Prospect.3 New Orleans, the third edition of the acclaimed international contemporary art biennial launched in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2008.

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.