Dateline Rice for July 19, 2013


Bridenstine responds to Laffer study on Internet taxes
Rice alumnus and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine ’97 (R-Okla.) responded to a study that found that allowing states to enforce their sales taxes on some Internet sales would create jobs.
The Tulsa World

U.S. mainstream media laughing at Snowden’s asylum requests
Luis Duno-Gottberg, associate professor of Hispanic studies, co-authored this editorial on media coverage of Edward Snowden’s request for asylum.
Common Dreams
Global Research

Nick Rischbieth re-elected president of BCIE
Alumnus Nick Rischbieth ’77 has been re-elected president of the Central American Bank of Economic Integration.
(English translations of these articles were unavailable.)
Diario de Centro America
Estrategia y Negocios

Texas matters: Perry signs sweeping anti-choice HB2 into law. What’s next?
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 Texas Sen. Wendy Davis.
The Daily Kos

New rankings put UT Austin among top world universities, best buys in higher ed
The 2013 Center for World University Rankings names Rice as a “best buy.”
The Gilmer Mirror (Gilmer)


Community leaders teach CPR to help save lives
A new study from Rice University found there’s a corridor running straight through Houston where residents have a higher risk of dying from cardiac arrest because their friends, neighbors and family don’t know how to save them.
Click 2 Houston
Houston air quality study reveals surprising details about heart attacks
Texas study identifies Houston neighbourhoods at higher risk for cardiac arrests also lack knowledge of CPR
Big Medicine


Photodetector discerns polarized light intrinsically
A team from Rice University and Sandia National Laboratories used carpets of aligned carbon nanotubes to create a solid-state electronic device that is hardwired to detect polarized light across a broad swath of the visible and infrared spectra.
Broadband nanotube photodetector directly detects polarized light
Laser Focus World (This article also appeared in Wireless Design and Development.)

Graphene ‘onion rings’ have delicious potential
Concentric hexagons of graphene grown in a furnace at Rice University represent the first time anyone has synthesized graphene nanoribbons on metal from the bottom up — atom by atom.
EurekAlert! (This story also appeared in,, Product Design and Development, Science Daily, Nanotechnology Now and Nanotechnology Today.)

New material created at Rice University with graphene oxide flakes
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 in articles about a new recipe for robust carbon fiber created at Rice and silicon oxide devices with diodes that eliminate data-corrupting crosstalk.
Composite Industry News
Silicon oxide memories transcend a hurdle: Embedded diodes boost Rice University invention’s potential as robust, roomy memory
Electronics Web

Predicting long-term success in college
Margaret Beier, associate professor of psychology, is co-author of a study that predicts college performance using advanced placement exams and personality traits in combination with standard admission practices
Lab Manager

Georgia Tech’s VentureLab ranks No. 2 among university-based incubators
A study conducted by the University Business Incubator Index named the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship as the world’s overall top university business incubator for 2013.
Homeland Security News Wire

Bad weather delays student team’s zero-gravity fire experiment
A team of Rice students is performing experiments on electromagnetic position sensing in microgravity. (This story also appeared in Yahoo! Makoob.)

Banorte announces appointment
Rice is mentioned in an article on the appointment of José Antonio Murillo Garcia to the Grupo Financiero Banorte board of directors. (English translations of these articles were unavailable.)
Yahoo! Noticias
Banorte contrata a ex director del Banxico
El Economista (Mexico)

Legendary investor John Doerr will take the stage at Disrupt SF
Rice alumnus John Doerr ’73 will be taking the stage to talk about what the future looks like at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in September.


Jubilee’s ‘Mirandy and Brother Wind’ will combine music, dance and puppetry
A play is reviewed by alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66.
Dallas Morning News

Lynda Powell wins Fenno prize for best book in legislative studies
Lanny W. Martin, the Albert Thomas associate professor of political science, is quoted in a story about Fenno prize winner Lynda Powell.
University of Rochester

Alexandria school notes
Claire Garney graduated from Rice University.
Alexandria Gazette Packet (Alexandria, W. Va.) (This article also appeared in the Connection (Alexandria, W. Va.).)

Two Mayo natives scoop prestigious Fulbright award
This year’s Fulbright awardees will travel to America to study at Rice and other U.S. universities.
Mayo Advertiser (County Mayo, Ireland)

Dover Quartet at the Mainstay in Rock Hall
The former Quartet-in-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music plays at the Mainstay in Rock Hall, Md.
Delmarva Town Crier (Worton, Md.)

Winnette Wimberly
An article on the life of Winnette Wimberly mentions she attended Rice.
Big Bend Sentinel (Marfa)


Rice DB Gaines earns top CUSA preseason honor
Owls defensive back Phillip Gaines has been named Conference USA pre-season Defensive Player of the Year.

SEC announces TV schedule for Weeks 1-3
Rice football’s season opener is mentioned.

EWU men’s basketball honored for academics
Rice is one of the recipients of the 2012-13 NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards.

Record breaking year for the NFF Chapter Network
Head football coach David Baliff is mentioned in an article about the National Football Foundation.
Sports Page Magazine


Rice researchers part of new LHC discovery
A discovery facilitated by Rice University’s contribution to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will impact scientists’ search for dark matter in the universe.

Graphene ‘onion rings’ have delicious potential
Concentric hexagons of graphene grown in a furnace at Rice University represent the first time anyone has synthesized graphene nanoribbons on metal from the bottom up — atom by atom.

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