Dateline Rice for July 17, 2013


Is the 2nd Barack Obama administration doomed?
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about President’s Barack Obama’s performance during the second term.
The Economic Times

National Black MBA Association Inc. salutes courageous leadership and owning your own success at 35th annual conference and exposition
Rice is sponsoring this year’s NBMBAA conference and exposition at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Charleston (Charleston, N.C.)

Emergency rooms are not just in hospitals
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 articles about the rise of stand-alone emergency rooms.
The Tennessean (Nashville, Tenn.)
Stand-alone emergency rooms are a popular, but very expensive, form of health care
The Telegraph (Nashua, Mass.)
Pick up dry cleaning, buy shoes, get stitches: Freestanding ERs are convenient but costly
Med City News
‘Wildfire’ growth of freestanding ERs raises concerns about cost
Loveland Reporter-Herald (Loveland, Colo.)


Immigration showdown
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, comments on upcoming immigration legislation, Greg Abbott’s decision to run for Texas governor and Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.

My Fox Houston
Conservative Texas attorney general announces gubernatorial bid
Chicago Tribune
Texas Republican Greg Abbott formally announces he’s running for governor
AM 870′s The Answer
Davis’ initial haul not a threat to GOP
San Antonio Express-News (subscription required)
Davis foe Burton says she got boost from filibuster
San Antonio Express-News (subscription required)
Davis’ opponent says filibuster helped her fundraising, too
Houston Chronicle
Obama campaign veterans launch ‘Battleground Texas’ to paint state blue
Latin Times
Will Wendy Davis run for Texas governor?
Yahoo! News

Texas Democrats see chance to become relevant again after abortion bill
Steve Murdoch, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, is quoted in a story about the Texas Democratic Party.
Huffington Post (This item also appeared in the Advocate Online, Alamagardo Daily News, Alaska Journal of Commerce, Bay News 9 and others)
Texas Dems see chance to become relevant again
The El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas) (This story also appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News, (Las Cruces, N.M.))

State Sen. Davis, George P. Bush both enjoy large fundraising halls among Texas candidates
Alumnus George P. Bush ’98 is raising money for his upcoming campaign to become Texas land commissioner.
Daily Journal Online (Franklin, Ind.)
The Republic Online (Columbus, Ind.)
Bush, Davis campaigns rake it in; 2 new stars in Texas raising lots of money
Reporter News (Abilene, Texas)
Davis, George P. Bush rake in big campaign bucks

The Affordable Health Care Act: What to expect in 2014
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 an article about the Affordable Care Act.
Cypress Creek Mirror (Cypress Creek, Texas)

GE, Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Mayor Parker and partners announce initiative to improve health
Rice’s Baker Institute has participated in discussions about a new health-care initiative for the greater Houston area.
Daily (This item also appears on Broadway, BioPortfolio, and several others).

Kingwood Summer Opera performs ‘La Bohème’
Rice alumna Annamarie Zmolek ’10 performs the role of “Mimi” in a local production of “La Boheme.”
The Tribune (Kingwood, Texas)

Words and art
The Rice Gallery is hosting a reading of works written in response to Unwoven Light.
Houston Museum District


A news story about the merging of University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas-Brownsville reports that the new school will have a campus about the size of Rice University.

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, comments on the Immigration Bill.

Throughout the summer, Rice University professors and graduate students work with Houston Independent School District high school girls on math, science and engineering.

A story mentions Rice students’ T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project (Tests With Inorganic Noxious Kakes In Extreme Situations) from 1995.


Smart clothes: Why someday your shirt may power your computer
Rice students have developed a shoe that can charge a battery.

Natcore Technology and Rice University researchers claim 1st fabrication of flexible thin film solar cell with solution process
Scientists of Natcore Technology Inc. in collaboration with researchers at Rice University in Houston have successfully fabricated an inorganic flexible thin film solar cell by solution process. (This story also appeared on, Chemical Business and

Air Force support for a new generation of lithium-ion batteries
Research 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, has shown that soluble graphene nanoribbons can significantly increase the storage capacity of lithium-ion batteries by combining graphene nanoribbons with tin oxide.
Bio-Medicine (This story also appeared in The Green Optimistic, Product Design and Development, R & D magazine,, EurekAlert!,, ScienceNewsline and Nanotechnology Now.)

Analysts say US LNG exports could be bad news for several nations
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 on the effects of potential liquified natural gas exports from the U.S. on other nations around the world.

Managing vegetables postharvest provides health benefits
Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.
Farm and Dairy

Scenario puts energy, politics in hackers’ cross hairs
Christopher Bronk, fellow specializing in information technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about a possible cyberwar.
Army (subscription required)

AP exams and personality traits can help predict long-term college success
Margaret Beier, associate professor of psychology at Rice and co-author of a new study designed to predict a student’s performance in college, is quoted.
Predicting long-term success in college (This item also appeared in Newswire and ScienceDaily.)

Emerson appoints James Turley to board of directors
Rice trustee James Turley ’77 has been appointed to Emerson’s Board of Directors.

Sun-powered device sterilizes with steam
A solar powered sanitizer has been built by a team at Rice.
Engineers Australia

Broadband photodetector for polarized light
Researchers from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories have created a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectrum.
ECN (This item also appeared in Eurekalert!, Product Design & Development and Nanotechnology Now.)


Students, teachers to hitch ride on NASA’s ‘vomit comet’ for weightless science
A team of Rice students is performing experiments on electromagnetic position sensing in microgravity.

Priest founds Jesuit prep school for poor students
Students from Brownsville, Texas, prep school attend Rice.
The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas)

Gloucester people
Samuel Newman ’13 graduated from Rice.
Gloucester Times (Gloucester, Mass.)

Kansas governor announces appointments to commissions and boards
Rice alumnus David Sachs ’77 has been appointed to the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review group.
Kansas City (Kansas City, Kan.)

3 Texas universities make global list of ‘best buys’
The Fiske Guide to Colleges names Rice as one of the “best buys.”
KETK-TV (Tyler, Texas)

Turning back the aging clock
Rice research is cited in an article on lipofuscin.
Business Day


Rice QB McHargue feels 2013 could be special
McMurty College senior Taylor McHargue talks about the upcoming football season.

Sategna adds Streete-Thompson, Sevin and Herbster to track and field staff
Rice alumnus Kareem Streete-Thompson ’95 will serve as an assistant coach.

Gray named assistant AD for compliance
Former Rice Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Jason Gray has been named assistant athletic director for Compliance at the University of Memphis.

Kick-off set for Rice-Texas A&M opener
The Rice Owls will take on Texas A&M in their 2013 football opener Aug. 31.

Kicking things off: Sierra College coaches, football players getting used to each other
Former Rice student Edwin Hooper is playing for Sierra College.
Colfax Record (Colfax, Calif.) (This story also appeared in the El Dorado Hills Telegraph and the Lincoln News-Messenger.)


Baker Institute expert available to comment on aftermath of Zetas drug cartel leader arrest
Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an expert on Mexican drug violence, is available to comment on the near- and long-term implications of the arrest of a drug cartel leader.

Broadband photodetector for polarized light
Rice, Sandia team uses carbon nanotubes for polarized-light detection.

About B.J. Almond

B.J. Almond is senior director of news and media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.