Dateline Rice for July 1, 2013


When the next desk over is an ocean away
William Arnold, professor in the practice of management at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted in a front-page article about managing global oil operations.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

National Public Radio’s ‘Morning Edition’
Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in a story about demographic changes in Texas. Emerson is also quoted in an article about his research showing that Americans now pay more attention to the religious traditions of their peers. (The NPR story also appeared on [Boston], and nearly 20 other media outlets.)
Americans now pay more attention to religion, morality (This Asian News International article also appeared on and

In Houston, diversity you can sink your teeth into
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is featured in an article about Houston’s growing diversity. This story appeared on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition.” (This article also appeared on, [Atlanta] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)

National Public Radio’s ‘Morning Edition’
Texas has added about five million people since the turn of the century, and its population is expected to swell by another 5 million by 2020. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted. (This story also appeared on [Washington, D.C.], and nearly 30 other media outlets.)

Guy Hagstette has a plan for Houston
A profile of Guy Hagstette notes that he studied architecture at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front page.)

Trouble teaching science? There’s an app for that
An article discusses Rice’s SciRave app. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, and Rice’s STEMscopes project are mentioned. (This article also appeared on


Why round two of the Texas abortion fight won’t end like round one
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 the fight over a Texas abortion bill, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, Texas Sen. Dan Patrick and Gov. Rick Perry. Jones also appeared on KXLN-TV’s “Conexión Texas” to discuss the Texas abortion bill and the upcoming legislative session. A link to this broadcast is not available.
Washington Post
Texas filibuster star rose from teen mom to Harvard Law
Davis feat fuels talk of her running for governor
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)
Texas Gov. takes aim at Wendy Davis: Abortion filibuster
Texas senator catches national spotlight (This article also appeared in the Sacramento Bee.)
Patrick plots path to lieutenant governor, bashing Dewhurst in opening announcement
Houston Press
Is Perry better off at home?
KXLN-TV’s ‘Conexión Texas’

Radio New Zealand
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, discusses this research.
Managing vegetables’ ‘internal clocks’ postharvest could have health benefits
Texas Medical Center News
Your vegetables know what time it is

Business briefcase
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, recently spoke at a higher education conference in Colorado.
Businessweek (This article also appeared in the Hawk Eye and

Flow of light
A picture of artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation appeared in Time.

How (and why) families affect childhood obesity
An article about healthy eating cites Rice research showing that children living in households where the parents are married are less likely to be obese.


What will protect us from the next surge?
The destruction wrought by Hurricane Ike in 2008 focused attention on the need for storm surge protection for the Galveston-Houston area. James Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law, is quoted. Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Solar flare threat may be overstated
Stephen Bradshaw, assistant professor of physics and astronomy and the William V. Vietti Junior Chair of Space Physics, is quoted in a story about solar flares. A link to the broadcast version of this story is not available.

Cypress Symphony to feature pianist Richard Dowling in inaugural concert
Gregory Barnett, associate professor of musicology, will offer a preconcert lecture for a Cypress Symphony performance.
Magnolia Potpourri

Obama invites UTPA professor to immigration roundtable
Alumna Karen Lozano ’96 was among several Latino business leaders who met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration reform.
Brownsville Herald

Jess Walker isn’t afraid to think outside the box
Alumna Jess Walker ’13 is profiled for her career in music.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

The age of personal air monitoring is at hand
A Massachusetts company, Conscious Clothing, has won a $100,000 competition sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a next-generation personal air monitor. Rice is mentioned in this front-page article.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)


Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, appeared on KRIV-TV to discuss his Cargo Space project.


The next frontier of application context-awareness: Mood
A study produced at Microsoft Research Asia has floated the possibility of adding “mood sensors” as a new form of context-detection to devices. Robert Li Kam Wa, a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, and Lin Zhong, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, are mentioned. (This article also appeared on,,, and

Wison’s Guttulsrod speaking at Canada LNG event
Alumnus Tor-Ivar Guttulsrod ’88 will speak at the Canada LNG Export Forum Sept. 18.


Exit interview
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in an interview with Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia Journalism School.
Columbia Journalism Review

New emir: 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. (This article also appeared on

Academic freedom: Where ‘science’ is up for debate
An op-ed about science education in America features Hanszen College junior Zack Kopplin.

Ghosts of habitats past: A new look at population dynamics
Ben Van Allen, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology, is interviewed about his work on population dynamics.

Education: A pressure cooker
An article about dealing with the stresses of education notes that Rice students are given the opportunity to mingle, de-stress and share hugs with dogs of various breeds during finals week.

Studio visit: Ian Gindes
Alumnus Kris Becker ’07 is mentioned in an interview with pianist Ian Gindes.
Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette (Ill.)

Rouse and Bernt rise to top of their class at Mendham High School
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates of Mendham High School.

Western Michigan University horn player named 1 of 5 finalists in international competition
Rice is mentioned in an article about a Western Michigan University musician.


Woodlands Strykers crank out victory over Pump Jacks in extra innings
McMurtry College senior Chase McDowell is mentioned in an article about the Woodlands Strykers baseball team.
Cypress Creek Mirror (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Courier of Montgomery County, the Magnolia Potpourri and the Tomball Potpourri.)

Padres minors: Geer’s return from cancer
Alumnus Josh Geer ’06 is profiled for his career in baseball.
San Diego Union-Tribune

Up and running
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is featured in a news brief about the Washington Nationals.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican.)

Wacker, Mericle a couple of winners
Alumna Nicole Mericle ’10 is profiled for her performance as a runner.
Boulder Daily Camera (Colo.) (This article also appeared in the Longmont Times-Call and the Brush News-Tribune.)

Former Rice forward drafted by Wizards, traded to 76ers
Former Rice basketball player Arsalan Kazemi was drafted by the Washington Wizards. (Coverage of Kazemi also appeared on and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.)


Two Rice University alumni win Fulbright awards
Two Rice University alumni have received Fulbright U.S. Student awards to help teachers of English in other countries improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States during 2013-14.

Barbour, Cisneros and Chertoff to speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy will host a Bipartisan Policy Center conversation on border security, its role in reform and the implications for border communities July 11.

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.