Dateline Rice for July 16, 2013


How to better predict college success
Margaret Beier, associate professor of psychology at Rice, is quoted about her research on factors that help predict the types of students who finish college.

Plus for AP and Personality

Inside Higher Ed

The 40 most popular American universities on Instagram
Rice University is among the most popular universities followed on Instagram.


House GOP plan symbolic vote on individual health mandate
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 in a story about the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Business Journal
The Affordable Health Care Act: What to expect in 2014
Texas Medical Center News

Abbott dislikes business incentive program
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 Greg Abbott’s plan to end the controversial business incentive programs championed by Gov. Rick Perry and Democratic Party fundraising. The Chronicle story about Abbot appeared on the front of the City & State section.
Houston Chronicle
Texas Republican Greg Abbott formally announces he’s running for governor
Campaign finance reports show Davis benefiting from abortion fight
Houston Chronicle
Davis, Battleground Texas collecting mainly small donations, dwarfed by Abbott’s fundraising
1200 News Radio (San Antonio)
KRLD-AM (Dallas/Fort Worth)

George P. Bush raises $2 million
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is raising money for his Texas land commissioner campaign at a clip befitting his famous political pedigree.
George P. Bush raises $2 million for land commissioner bid
Wendy Davis, George P. Bush rake in big Texas campaign bucks
Corpus Christi

Initiative launched to improve Houston area health
Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy hosted a meeting to help shape a new initiative to improve health and well-being in the Houston area.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum set for Sept. 17
The Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum will hold its 16th annual forum, titled “Getting Ahead of the Curve: Adapting to Our Industry’s Accelerating Pace of Change,” Sept. 17 at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative.
Houston Chronicle


KHOU-TV’s ‘Great Day Houston’
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice Stadium is mentioned in a discussion of Texas history.
KHOU-TV (Houston)

Natcore Technology scientists and Rice University researchers have made the first inorganic flexible thin film solar cell by leveraging solution processes.
WHAM-AM (Rochester, N.Y.)

McMurtry College senior Taylor McHargue is profiled as a member of the Rice football team.
KHOU-TV (Houston)


Researchers create new material with graphene oxide
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 graduate student Changsheng Xiang are quoted in an article about a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice.
Not-weak knots bolster carbon fiber
Bellaire-River Oaks-West University Examiner

Maybe it’s alive
Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Down to Earth

US gas demand may make comeback by 2016
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, is quoted.


Stand-alone emergency rooms popping up
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 in a story about the rise of stand-alone emergency rooms and their potential impact on health care costs.
11 (Atlanta)
Freestanding ERs are convenient – but costly
Cincinnati Business Courier
Rapid growth of freestanding ERs raises cost concerns
P & T Community
‘Wildfire’ growth of freestanding ERs raises concerns about cost
The Daily Times (Farmington, N.M.) (This story also appeared in several other outlets including the Chico Enterprise Record, Ft. Bragg Advocate News,, Lebanon Daily News and the Marin Independent Journal.)

Go to the head of the class: Town residents earn degrees       
David Morilla of Greenwich graduated from Rice University.
Greenwich Patch (Greenwich, Conn.)

TV’s all time cheesiest shows
The Rice University Marching Owl Band’s version of the theme song from “Hawaii Five-0” is mentioned in an article on cheesy TV shows.
MSN Entertainment

Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light
An article mentions Soo Sunny Park’s Rice Gallery installation.*

17 incredible moments in Twinkie history
An article mentions a series of experiments conducted by Rice students on Twinkies snack cakes in 1995.


Rice pitcher undergoes surgery to remove gallbladder
Hanszen College sophomore Jordan Stephens underwent surgery Sunday to remove his gallbladder, according to a post on his Twitter account.
Houston Chronicle

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.