Dateline Rice for July 8, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


US reviews aid to Egypt, debates whether it was a coup
The United States will review but not automatically cut off the $1.5 billion in aid it sends to Egypt annually in the wake of the military ousting of President Mohammed Morsi and the suspension of the country’s constitution, President Barack Obama said last week. Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted. Djerejian was also interviewed by CNN-TV, Bloomberg-TV and the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss unrest in Egypt. A link to the Bloomberg-TV broadcast is not available. A separate article speculates that Secretary of State John Kerry is using a Baker Institute report to guide his decisions in the Middle East. Djerejian is mentioned.
Chicago Tribune (This article also appeared in the Anchorage Daily News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
Washington’s Mideast thicket
Council on Foreign Relations
The Baker paper: Kerry’s guide to Mideast peacemaking
Jerusalem Post


National Public Radio’s ‘Morning Edition’
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 immigration reform, a delay in the implementation of a provision in the Affordable Care Act and Gov. Rick Perry. (The National Public Radio story also appeared on [Dallas], [Houston] and nearly 30 other media outlets.)
Why Obamacare was postponed (This article also appeared on
Texas Gov. Perry expected to disclose political future
Reuters (This article also appeared in the New Haven Register, and nearly 50 other media outlets.)

‘Master key’ to Android phones uncovered
A ‘master key’ that could give hackers complete access to mobile phones and tablets running Google’s Android software has been revealed. Dan Wallach, associate professor of computer science and in electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
900 million Android devices are at risk from a bug that allows hackers to hijack phones and steal data
Daily Mail (U.K.)
Android flaw allows hackers to surreptitiously modify apps

MSNBC-TV’s ‘Morning Joe’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on MSNBC-TV’s "Morning Joe" to discuss the "perfect president."

3-D printing may change all aspects of life
3-D printing technology will revolutionize the manufacturing industry and have a far-reaching impact on people’s daily lives, according to Matthew Wettergreen, lecturer in bioengineering.
Global Times (China) (This Xinhua article also appeared on, and

The amazing public art deep in the heart of Texas
A photo slideshow of public art in Texas includes the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, which was designed by William Cannady, professor of architecture.

Judaism turns out to be the most respected religion in America
Americans now pay more attention to the religious traditions of their peers, according to findings from a Rice study.
Voice of Russia Radio

Firms tap alums to offer cheaper student loans
Two lending start-ups are looking to refinance the high-interest rate deals for the cream of the crop of student borrowers in graduate programs at top schools. Alumnus Michael Kane ’84 is quoted.
Reuters (This article also appeared on


Rice named top best buy school
Rice University is one of 20 private "best buy" schools in the 2014 edition of Fiske Guide to Colleges.
Houston Business Journal
Rice a best buy in 2014 Fiske college guide
West University Examiner (This article also appeared in the Spring Observer, the Cypress Creek Mirror, the Memorial Examiner, the Tomball Potpourri, Magnolia Potpourri, the Spring Observer, the Fort Bend Sun, the Sugar Land Sun and the Katy Rancher.)
Rice University tuition deemed inexpensive: Houston’s Ivy League-worthy college makes best buy list
2 Oregon universities make top 21 best buys list
Salem Statesman-Journal (Ore.)

Myriad projects can dampen storm surge
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center, authored this op-ed about preventing storm surge damage.
Houston Chronicle

100 creatives 2013: Daniel Kramer, photographer of all trades
Daniel Kramer, an instructor in photography at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, appeared in the Houston Press’ list of 100 creatives for 2013.
Houston Press

Baylor doctor dedicates life to helping indigents
Alumna Martha Mims ’78 is profiled for her career in medicine. This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Human resources can provide rewarding career
Rice is mentioned in a column about jobs in human resources.
Houston Chronicle

Dazzled by the ‘Unwoven Light’
A news brief discusses artist Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.
Houston Chronicle

A message for techies
An article about entrepreneurship in Houston mentions the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s Rice Business Plan Competition.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Business section.)

Microsoft Conference comes to Houston for 2nd time
Microsoft will hold its largest annual conference next week in Houston, as about 15,000 representatives of the technology industry from 150 countries gather downtown. Rice is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required) (This article appeared on the front of the Business section.)

Young string quartets shine at Mimir Chamber Music Festival
Axiom, a string quartet formed at Rice, performed in the Mimir Chamber Music Festival.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Framing the future: From pipelines to pre-meds
Rice is mentioned in an article about the job market for non-high school graduates.


The Obama Administration is delaying the part of the Affordable Care Act that requires that medium and large companies offer health care coverage. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted

KPRC-TV’s ‘Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall’
Tony Payan, scholar for immigration studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KPRC-TV’s "Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall" to discuss immigration reform.

Ric Stoll, the Albert Thomas Professor of Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, appeared on KTRK-TV to discuss unrest in Egypt.


Nicaraguan canal plans worry scientists
The recent approval of plans to build a canal across Nicaragua has been met with concern from the scientific community about the project’s environmental risks. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

Wiggling worms allowed scientists to find new links in 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.

Circadian soup: Shop-bought vegetables respond to day-night cycles
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.
Flash in the pan
Missoula Independent (Mont.)
WAGA-TV (Atlanta) (This story also appeared on KMSP-TV [Minneapolis].)

Microsoft creates mood sensing software for smartphones
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.

Food or biofuel production?
An excerpt from "Full Planet, Empty Plates: The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity" by Lester Brown cites Rice research.

Spray on your rechargeable batteries
An article discusses sprayable battery research at Rice.


Manassas Park grads: Who earned a degree this year?
A news brief reports on a student who graduated from Rice May 11.

Darien students’ achievements recognized
Rice is mentioned in an article about graduates from high school in Darien, Conn.
Darien News (Conn.)

Drugs: What are they, how many are there, and what are the effects?
An op-ed about drugs cites a page from Rice wellbeing webpage.

The 15 best cities in the US for rap fans right now
An article about the best cities for rap fans mentions that Houston record label Swishahouse is archived in Rice University library’s special collections department.


Rice DH prevails in homer derby
Duncan College junior Michael Aquino claimed the College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb., beating out seven other contestants with a total of 20 homers.
Houston Chronicle
Aquino, Washburn share home run derby victory
Woodlands Villager (Texas) (This article also appeared in the Cypress Creek Mirror, the Tomball Potpourri, the Magnolia Potpourri and the Courier of Montgomery County.)
WBRZ-TV (Baton Rouge, La.) (Similar stories also appeared on WOWT-TV [Omaha, Neb.], KMTV-TV [Omaha, Neb.], KETV-TV [Omaha, Neb.] and WHNS-TV [Greenville, S.C.].)

A new era, a new rival
An article about Conference USA football mentions Rice.

Former Raven and NFL Seahawks Willson says ‘You can’t forget where you came from’
Alumnus Luke Willson ’13 is profiled for his career in football.
Windsor Star (Canada)

Jones’ blast off Rivera ends Yanks’ streak
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in a news brief recapping a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.
Houston Chronicle

Astros top pick Appel’s debut as a pro to come with fireworks
Rice is mentioned in an article about baseball player Mark Appel.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Elqutub used to making sacrifices
Rice is mentioned in an interview with a Canadian Football League player.
Vancouver Sun


Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber
Large flakes of graphene oxide are the essential ingredient in a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice University.

Artist reception for Ayako Ono’s Rice Public Art BRC pop-up gallery installation July 11
Rice Public Art is featuring a pop-up gallery installation, "Space Musical Instruments," by Japanese artist Ayako Ono.

Baker Institute heath economics expert available to comment on employer health insurance mandate delay
The Obama administration’s announcement that the Affordable Care Act mandate for many small businesses to provide health insurance to employees will be delayed by one year makes sense, according to a health care economics expert at 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.