Dateline Rice for June 26, 2013


Filibuster in Texas Senate tries to halt abortion bill
Texas Democrats tried a filibuster to prevent Republicans from passing a bill that gives the state some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country. 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. A link to the KXLN-TV broadcast is not available. Jones is also quoted in articles about Texas Sen. Wendy Davis. The first New York Times article appeared on the website’s homepage.
New York Times
Texas vote passing abortion bill is rendered moot
New York Times
Texas bill would drastically cut number of abortion clinics
Houston Business Journal
Texas senator speaks for 11 hours in abortion law filibuster
Irish Times
Texas GOP get caught trying to fudge time stamp on anti-abortion law
Is Wendy Davis ready for a bigger stage?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
12 state legislators to watch in 2012


Obama unveils climate change strategy: End of line for US coal power?
President Barack Obama announced plans Tuesday to issue new emissions regulations for U.S. power plants as part of a wider strategy to address climate change. Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
National Geographic

Qatar’s outgoing emir, a visionary for tiny Gulf state
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. Ulrichsen is also quoted in an article about Kuwait politics. (This article also appeared in the International Business Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Hampton Roads Daily Press,,,,,,,,,,, and [Lansing, Mich.].)
Qatar’s outgoing Emir — an entrepreneur for the small Gulf state
Qatari emir hands over power to his son
New elections unlikely to end Kuwait’s political turmoil
World Politics Review

Economic impacts of Obama’s climate plan: Gauging the cost of carbon capture
President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at existing U.S. power plants. Michael Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
International Business Times

Vegetables rely on internal clocks for defense
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. (This article also appeared on
Veggies rely on internal clocks for defense, researchers claim
Storing vegetables in your fridge ‘can take away goodness’ (This article also appeared on
Timing is everything when eating fruits, vegetables
Veggies rely on internal clocks for defense, researchers claim (Salem, Ill.)

Batteries are now unbelievably tiny
An article about innovations in battery technology mentions Rice sprayable battery research.

Too little, too late
Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute scholar for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this op-ed about U.S. foreign policy in regard to Syria.


Alvin junior high students attend program at Rice University
Students from Alvin Independent School District’s five junior high schools attended an AVID Summer Bridge Program at Rice University for two weeks in June.
Houston Chronicle


National Public Radio’s ‘State Impact’
Texas officials are working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to assess a number of proposals to protect the Texas coast from severe storms. James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted. Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.


The matter of light
An article about work by artist James Turrell includes his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice.
Architectural Lighting

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. Edward Knightly, professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science, is quoted.

Using network standby to lower home/office device power consumption
Rice research is cited in an article about using network standby to lower power consumption.

Books get new lease on life
Rice is mentioned in an article about artist Mike Stilkey.
Business World


Leahy pledges ‘immediate action’ on voting rights
Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont pledged "immediate action" Tuesday to ensure a "strong and reconstituted" Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the law. Chandler Davidson, the Radoslav A. Tsanoff Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Sociology, is quoted.
Burlington Free Press (Vt.)

Are the majority of scientists atheists?
Research by Elaine Howard Ecklund, associate professor of sociology, director of the Religion and Public Life Program and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is cited in an article about the religious affiliations of scientists.

Meet Sasha Cooke
Alumna Sasha Cooke ’04 is profiled for her career in music.
Classical Singer

Cannon thunder will kick off the Deer Valley Music Festival
Thomas Hong, a lecturer at the Shepherd School of Music, will conduct the Utah Symphony.
Park Record (Utah)

Friday finds
Articles discuss artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation. English translations of the,, and articles are not available.
A light fabric by Soo Sunny Park
Colorful goggles, disco fever
Unwoven Light
The rainbow network of Soo Sunny Park

College and university graduates, June 25
A news brief reports on a student who graduated from Rice May 11.
Racine Journal Times (Wis.)


Bayou Bucket may go on hiatus
The annual Bayou Bucket football game between Rice University and the University of Houston may be canceled as UH moves from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference. Rick Mello, senior associate athletic director, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)

Wright call is Rice: North Pole standout receiver will go to Houston after Patriot career
A North Pole High School student-athlete has committed to play football at Rice in the fall.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska)


Rice political scientist available to comment on filibuster on abortion bill
Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis attempted a filibuster on controversial omnibus abortion legislation. Mark Jones, chair of political science at Rice University and a fellow at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is available to comment on the legislation and filibuster.

Rice sociologist available to discuss US Supreme Court decision on DOMA and Prop 8
The Supreme Court today announced two decisions affecting same-sex marriage. Rice University sociologist Justin Denney is available to comment on the potential health benefits of marriage for sexual minorities in response to how the court ruled on California’s Proposition 8 referendum that bans same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act that limits federal married-couple benefits to unions between a man and a woman.

Rice political scientist available to comment on limitation of federal oversight of Voting Rights Act
Following a deeply divided Supreme Court limiting the groundbreaking Voting Rights Act of 1965, Rice University political scientist Robert Stein is available to discuss the decision’s implications.

Baker Institute, South Texas College of Law collaborate on marijuana policy
As more states are considering the legalization of marijuana, law students at South Texas College of Law will have the unique opportunity to draft model drug policy legislation as part of a new interinstitutional collaboration between STCL and 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.