Dateline Rice for July 3, 2013


Texas governor fuels speculation about his next move
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 Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas special legislative session.
New York Times

What makes Houston the next great American city?
An op-ed about Houston cites research by Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. A separate article reports that Klineberg will speak in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Professor expected to tell Steamboat audience that income gap is America’s biggest challenge
Craig Daily Press (Colo.) (This article also appeared in the Steamboat Pilot & Today.)

Veggies in fridge ‘can take away goodness’
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.

No more root canals? Scientists aim to regrow teeth using stem cells
Advances in treating tooth decay may one day lead to an ability to restore tooth tissue. Rice is mentioned. (This article also appeared on


Rice a best buy in 2014 Fiske college guide
Rice University is one of 20 private "best buy" schools in the 2014 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges.
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner, the Sugar Land Sun, the Katy Rancher and the Fort Bend Sun.)

Rice’s Zhong lab analyzes mutant worms’ movements to study gene networks
The idea that worms can be seen as waveforms allowed scientists at Rice University to find new links in gene networks that control movement. Weiwei Zhong, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology and of computer science, is quoted.

Marijuana legalization could come to Texas, and law students are helping figure how
Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is mentioned in an article about efforts to legalize marijuana in Texas. Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Houston Press

Houston’s Davis is sole GOP no vote on abortion bill
A front-page article about Texas Sen. Sarah Davis mentions that Rice is in her district.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

The iconic Pennzoil Place is proud to be a misfit
The Houston Chronicle’s Sublime Property, a feature that spotlights exceptional buildings and places in Houston, mentions Rice.
Houston Chronicle

UTPA professor participates in immigration roundtable with President Obama
Alumna Karen Lozano ’96 was among several Latino business leaders who met with President Barack Obama to discuss immigration reform.
Rio Grande Valley Monitor

Houston independent booksellers: In-store events for July 2013
Alumnus Jeff Abbott ’85 is mentioned in an article about book-signing events in Houston.
Houston Press


12th annual convention of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations in Houston a great success
Rice is mentioned in an article about the convention of the Federation of Aligarh Alumni Associations.


Americans now pay more attention to religion, morality
Americans now pay more attention to the religious traditions of their peers, according to findings from a new study. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted. (This article also appeared on

$21,000 dissertation grant aims to help political campaigns motivate voters
An article discusses a grant given to Seonghui Lee, a graduate student in political science, to study individual differences in political interest and knowledge. Randolph Stevenson, professor of political science, is mentioned.

Interview: Time-lapse photographer Rob Whitworth transforms chaos into structure
Will Rice College senior Sophie Feng interviewed photographer Rob Whitworth.

Local students graduate
A news brief reports on a student who graduated from Rice May 11.
Issaquah Press (Wash.)

‘Full Planet, Empty Plates:’ Chapter 4. Food or fuel?
An excerpt from "Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity" by Lester Brown cites Rice research. (This excerpt also appeared on


More than 200 Rice athletes capture academic awards
More than 200 Rice student-athletes were honored for their academic achievement.

Maestri back at UNO, where he last coached in 1985
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned in an article about the University of New Orleans’ new baseball coach.
Baton Rouge Advocate (La.)

Rice Owls ranked No. 55 in Sentinel preseason college football countdown
The Rice Owls football team was ranked 55th in an Orlando Sentinel ranking of Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Orlando Sentinel (Fla.)

PawSox derailed by Scranton
An article discusses former Rice baseball player Brock Holt’s performance in baseball.
Attleboro Sun Chronicle (Mass.)

Louisiana Tech sports programs join Conference USA
Rice is mentioned in an article about Louisiana Tech University athletics.
Alexandria Town Talk (La.)


Rice a best buy in 2014 Fiske college guide
Rice University is one of 20 private "best buy" schools in the 2014 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges.

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.