Dateline Rice for July 11, 2013


Rice names committee to search for new athletic director
Kevin Kirby, vice president for administration, will chair a 13-member search committee to find a new athletic director. Rice President David Leebron is quoted in the Houston Chronicle article.
Houston Chronicle


Smart clothes: Why someday your shirt may power your computer
Students at Rice University in Houston have developed a shoe that can charge a battery — and may someday be able to recharge cell phones and pacemakers. At Rice and other universities, electronic clothing ( “smart clothes") is being developed that has the potential to change how people monitor their health, protect themselves from disease and address a variety of other problems.

Really a ‘new chapter’ in US-China relations?
The biggest technological thorn in U.S.-China ties is "the respect for intellectual property created by U.S. firms" — and lack thereof, said Chris Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. (This article also appeared on [San Antonio], [Fla.] and nearly 20 other media outlets.)

Feeling blue? Smartphone senses your 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. Rice is mentioned.
Phuket Times (Thailand)


A (Texas) liberal in a red state
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, authored this op-ed about liberals in Texas. Jones was also quoted in an article about Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, Gov. Rick Perry and Edward Snowden. The KPFT-FM interview begins approximately 15 minutes into the clip. An English translation of the Clarin article is not available.
Texas Tribune (This op-ed also appeared on
Republican eyes Abbott as Perry’s successor in Texas
Nigerian Tribune
Rick Perry expected to disclose political future
The USA’s obsession to capture and punish the ex-CIA mole
Clarin (Argentina)

UT ranked 7th in the US; 26th in world
Rice placed 94th in the 2013 Center for World University Rankings.
UT Austin ranks high among top world universities
Austin Statesman Journal

100 photos of people having a fantastic time at the Houston Pride Parade
Rice students appear in a photo slideshow of the Houston Pride Parade.
Houston Press

Mineola-Wisener Airport honors local aviator
Alumnus Wayne Collins ’48 was honored July 4 at Wisener Field for his many contributions to aviation as well as his lifetime contributions.
Mineola Monitor

‘Sweeney Todd’: The many local faces of that bloody barber
Rice University and Generations Theatre will present Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Houston Press
Re-imagined ‘Sweeney Todd’ features West U.’s styles
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner.)
Generations, a theatre company’s ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ is captivating and unforgettable
At the theatre July 11-17
Houston Chronicle

Check, please. Why are health care prices so unpredictable?
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, offers some solutions for rising healthcare costs.
Houston Business Journal

Chertoff, Cisneros: Immigration reform remains key to future of Texas
Michael Chertoff and Henry Cisneros will host a public forum at Rice University’s Baker Institute to hear what the citizens of Houston think should be done to improve border enforcement.
Houston Chronicle

FBISD board approves 1 percent pay raise for employees
Rice’s STEMscopes is mentioned in an article about the Fort Bend Independent School District’s School Board of Trustees.
Fort Bend Sun

Daniel Alarcon and Mohsin Hamid
Daniel Alarcon and Mohsin Hamid will perform at Rice March 24, 2014.


Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and a former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, is quoted about demographic shifts in the U.S.

WNYW-TV (New York)
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.


Silicon oxide is a step closer to practicality
Articles discuss research in silicon oxide and carbon fibers by James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science.
Electronic News
Silicon nanowire memory technology integrated into prototype chip
New carbon fiber stays strong when knotted
Researchers create carbon fiber with graphene oxide flakes

Method to improve blood supply to engineered replacement tissues
Research from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and Duke University have created a biodegradable hydrogel-based scaffold containing laminins.
Medical Design Technology

Our quiet star
Rice’s Galileo Project is mentioned in an article about sunspots.
Natural History

Snapshot of America’s future — Texas

The growth of U.S. Latino population is no secret, but one need only peek at Texas to get a kaleidoscopic glimpse of America’s future. Research by Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is cited.

Your career path in oil and gas won’t be a straight line
Alumnus David Vaucher ’06 offers some tips for those who are just starting their careers in oil and gas.

First 15 Generation Ali scholarship recipients named by Ali Center
Rice student Tina Chu has been named as one of the first 15 recipients of the $10,000 New Generation Ali Global Citizenship Scholars scholarship.
Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.)


Rice’s Boswell back on kicking award watch list
Martel College senior Chris Boswell is profiled for his career in football.

Sarah Yang carrying on proud family tradition
Alumna Wendy Yang ’86 is mentioned in an article about her daughter.
Boston Globe

Situational Sensation
Former Rice baseball player Michael Ratterree is profiled for his career in baseball.
Helena Independent Record (Wash.)

Johnson discusses Nats’ 5-1 win over Phillies
Former Rice standout Anthony Rendon is mentioned in an article on the Washingtonn Nationals’ 5-1 win over the Phillies

Victoria native excited about earning spot in US Senior Open
Alumnus Jeff New ’79 earns a spot in the U.S. Senior Open.
Victoria Advocate (Texas)

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.