Dateline Rice for July 10, 2013


Silicon oxide tested for next-gen ‘flash’ memory
Large flakes of graphene oxide are the essential ingredient in a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice University. James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted.
Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber


Filibustering days over, Wendy Davis faces a big decision
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 Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. relations with Latin America and the debate over a Texas abortion bill. Links to the KAKW-TV, KXLN-TV, KUVN-TV and KWEX-TV broadcasts are not available.
Perry yields to Ecclesiastes, won’t seek another term as governor
GOP eyes Abbott as Gov. Perry’s successor in Texas
Dalton Daily Citizen (Ga.) (This article also appeared in El Diario.)
US in Latin America: Seeking to charm
Voice of Russia Radio
KAKW-TV (Austin)
KXLN-TV (Houston)
KUVN-TV (Dallas)
KWEX-TV (San Antonio)

3-D printing may change all aspects of life: US expert
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. (This article also appeared in


Texas is not ready for a worst-case hurricane
An editorial discusses models by Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle

People in business
The Rice University Board of Trustees has elected six new members with expertise ranging from banking and investments to the airline, energy, product distribution and satellite communication industries. The board also re-elected one current member. New trustees are Doyle Arnold, vice chairman and chief financial officer of Zions Bancorporation; Mark Dankberg, co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of ViaSat Inc.; Doug Foshee, chairman, president and CEO of Sallyport Investments LLC; Jeffery Smisek, chairman, president and CEO of United Continental Holdings Inc.; B.B. "Ben" Hollingsworth Jr., chairman of BBH Capital; Guillermo "Memo" Treviño, president of Southern Distributing Co. Randa Duncan Williams, chairman of the board of directors of Enterprise Products Holdings, was re-elected.
Houston Chronicle

Urgent attitude needed
A letter to the editor responds to an op-ed by Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering and director of Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center.
Houston Chronicle

UT ranks among top in world; best buy in higher education
Rice placed 94th in the 2013 Center for World University Rankings.
UT Austin ranks high among top world universities
Austin Business Journal
UT receives high international rankings and ‘best buy’ in education
The Daily Texan

Cypress Symphony prepares for inaugural performance
Caroline Ewan, a graduate student at the Shepherd School of Music, is featured for founding the Cypress Symphony.
Tomball Potpourri

Making the right choices: Boys & Girls Clubs event showcases diverging paths for teens
Rice is mentioned in an article describing a trip hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Collin County.


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


Asian gas prices will drop fast in response to US LNG exports: Analyst
The response of Asian and global markets to U.S. liquefied natural gas exports will be much stronger and will happen much sooner than many anticipate and put strong downward pressure on Asian prices, according to 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.

Solar-powered autoclave punks pathogens
A team at Rice University has built a solar-powered sanitizer with a combination of off-the-shelf parts and nanotechnology. Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, is quoted.
Chemistry World

Applications of graphene in electronics
An article discusses Rice University graphene research. Yu Zhu, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice, is mentioned.

Revolutionary treatment could help provide increased blood flow to organs
A new study gives an in-depth look at how it may be possible to create increased blood supply to engineered replacement tissue. Rice is mentioned.
Science World Report


NASA selects CU team for deep-space habitat project
NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation have selected seven projects from six universities to participate in the 2014 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. Rice is mentioned.
Boulder Journal (Colo.)


Cingrani’s rise not without challenges
Former Rice baseball player Tony Cingrani is profiled for his career in baseball.


Rice University’s HERC receives $1.8 million grant from Laura and John Arnold Foundation to continue improving educational achievement
A new $1.8 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation will provide continued support to Rice University’s Houston Education Research Consortium to improve educational achievement and help Houston’s education policymakers make informed decisions.

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.