Dateline Rice for June 25, 2013


Graphene ribbons improve lithium ion batteries
Anodes for lithium ion batteries built with ribbons of graphene perform better, tests show. 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.
Unzipped nanotubes unlock potential for batteries
Graphene nanotubes: The latest advancement in lithium-ion batteries


Qatar’s emir hands power to son in unusual Gulf abdication
Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani handed power Tuesday to his son, Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim, in a rare abdication by a hereditary Gulf Arab ruler to try to ensure a smooth succession. Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared on, Arabian Business, and

A 20-something’s reactions: Why I’m Mongolia-bound
Alumna Diana Lee ’10 authored this op-ed about her reasons for participating in the Mongol Rally.

Why you shouldn’t refrigerate fruit and veg
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, is quoted.
Fruits and veggies stored in the fridge or cupboard kills nutrients, says study
Managing ‘internal clocks’ of post-harvest vegetables for health news
Research finds plants can do math and know what time it is
Could telling your veggies the time help them prevent cancer?
Does your lettuce have ‘jet lag’?
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and [Chicago].)
Plants can do math, tell time to survive night
Plants do math
Plants can do math and know what time it is, scientists confirm
The broccoli in your fridge would appreciate a little more light
Fruits and veggies can be ‘trained’ to defend against herbivores


Dewhurst’s absence at debate gives fuel to critics
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 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and an abortion bill in the Texas legislature.
San Antonio Express-News (subscription required)

Shakespeare productions are all over Texas this year
Rice is mentioned in an article about Shakespeare productions in Texas.
Houston Press


KUHF-FM’s ‘The Front Row’
Artist James Turrell was interviewed on KUHF-FM’s "The Front Row." His "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice was mentioned. A link to this broadcast is not available.


Green electronics sees future in 2-D atomically-flat transistors
Scientists at Rice University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are making progress on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide. 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, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

New book explores manifestation from academic’s perspective
An article reviews "The Physics of Manifestation" by alumnus Louis Houston ’83. (This article also appeared on


University in Texas partnership
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.

Basking Ridge teens talk about their dedication to SHARE
Lovett College junior Shannon McNamara is featured for her work as an activist for gender rights and girls’ education.

‘The Other Typist’ — a mystery — is about obsession
"The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell, graduate student in English, is reviewed.
Durango Herald (Colo.)

Latino business leaders meet with Obama to push for immigration reform
Alumna Karen Lozano ’96 was among several Latino business leaders who met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration reform.

Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action a ‘partial victory’
The Supreme Court’s decision to pass on a major ruling on affirmative action in college admissions is a "partial victory" for Northwestern University and nine other schools that filed an amicus brief championing diversity in higher education, according to the university’s top lawyer. Rice is mentioned.


Countdown to Conference USA: Get to know Rice
An article discusses Rice Owls athletics.

With Texas A&M getting a custom cologne, what would other Texas college fragrances smell like?
A sports humor column speculates on what a Rice University cologne would smell like.
Houston Chronicle

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.