Dateline Rice for June 27, 2013


CNN International
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, appeared on CNN International to discuss a Texas Senate filibuster over an abortion bill. The interview was conducted in Public Affairs’ TV studio in Allen Center. Jones is also quoted in news items about the filibuster (including a front-page story and editorial in today’s Houston Chronicle), a special legislative session called by Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis and the Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. Links to the KXLN-TV and KLAT-AM broadcasts are not available.
Perry calls 2nd special session
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front page, above the fold.)
Political theater in Austin
Houston Chronicle (editorial)
Marathon filibuster, protests block abortion bill in Texas
Washington Post
Here’s how Texas Republicans will crush the Wendy Davis abortion filibuster
Mother Jones (This article also appeared on
In battle over Texas abortion bill, Democratic senator’s stand catches the limelight
Globe and Mail (Canada) (This article also appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)
Why it’s too soon to celebrate Texas’ anti-abortion defeat
Republicans, tell ‘em why you mad! Texas anti-abortion bill did not pass
Wendy Davis filibuster defeats Texas abortion bill amid raucous statehouse
Texas abortion bill SB5 shut down by Wendy Davis, ‘unruly mob’
All the people mentioned by the New York Times in the 16 paragraphs before they named Texas can-o-whoop-ass Wendy Davis
NY Times called Texas Rep. Davis ‘petite’
Filibuster in Texas Senate tries to halt abortion bill
Wendy Davis’ filibustering can’t stop the Texas GOP forever — or even for much longer
KUT-FM (Austin)
What is in Wendy Davis’s political future?
Washington Post
KLAT-AM (Houston)



Qatar will pursue its ‘independent behavior’
Qatar’s new emir said on Wednesday the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state would not "take direction" from anyone, in an accession speech suggesting the young leader would pursue the assertive, independent-minded foreign policy pioneered by his father. Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for Kuwait at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Antigua Observer, the Chicago Tribune, the Kuwait Times, the Egypt Independent,,,,,,,, and

Why the fridge may not be the best place for your veggies
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.
Globe and Mail
Give picked veg some light to make it better for you
Nutritional value of fruit changes over time
Want more antioxidants? Let your vegetables know when it’s night time
Veggies rely on internal clocks for defense, researchers claim (Amarillo, Texas) (This article also appeared on [Ohio], KSFO560 [San Francisco] and [Birmingham, Ala.].)
Scientific reason to eat local
Charleston Post and Courier (S.C.)

A season well spent: The myth of a summer break
An op-ed by Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay mentions that he used to teach at Rice.


A hidden skyspace at the University of Texas? James Turrell spreads the dazzling lights love
Articles about work by artist James Turrell mention his "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace at Rice. Trustee Suzanne Deal Booth ’77 is mentioned.
James Turrell: Master of illusion and the light inside
Houston Press

Why MC Hammer and Tory Burch are mentoring a Houston company
Rebellion Photonics, a company founded by alumni Allison Lami Sawyer ’10 and Robert Kester ’10, has been admitted to the Wall Street Journal’s new Startup of the Year competition.
Houston Business Journal
Huntsville native’s Houston company competing in Wall Street Journal’s Startup of the Year contest
Birmingham News (Ala.)

Rice, South Texas law school to teach weed policy class
As more states are considering the legalization of marijuana, law students at South Texas College of Law (STCL) 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. William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

How much do immigrants matter in Texas? They drive a lot of growth
Research by Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is cited in a column about immigration in Texas.
Dallas Morning News

Storm protection stirs debate along Texas gulf coast
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.

Mimir members to perform in Australia after Fort Worth festival
Axiom, a string quartet formed at Rice, will perform in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Education-related news for Pflugerville
A news brief reports on a student who graduated from Rice May 11.
Austin American-Statesman

West University resident turns 100
Rice is mentioned in an article about a West University resident who recently celebrated her 100th birthday.
West University Examiner


The Energymakers Show
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, discusses transformations in the U.S. energy industry.


Discussion point: Records management influenced by cloud, collaboration technologies
Alumnus Mike Alsup ’73 discusses records management.


2 Kansas City musicians move onward to Metropolitan Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Alumnus Miles Maner ’09 has joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Health care students meet needs in border clinic
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Rio Grande Valley clinic staffed by Houston volunteers.
Baptist Standard

Medfield’s Troop 89 honors and celebrates new Eagle Scouts
Rice is mentioned in an article about new Eagle Scouts in Massachusetts.


Bo Rong excels at little-known sport
Nick Schafer, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, is quoted in an article profiling his wife’s career in professional badminton.

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.