Dateline Rice for July 30, 2013


Cut welfare spending to pay for prison reform?
Richard Boylan, professor of economics, is quoted in an article about the effects of prison reform on the welfare system.
Prison reform equals welfare cuts, study finds
Dallas Morning
Study links prison reforms to decreased welfare funds
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in
Study links prison reforms to decreased welfare costs
San Marcos Mercury


Feds try new Voting Rights tactic
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 about the U.S. attorney general’s decision to enforce the Voting Rights Act in Texas.
Rome (Ga.) (This article also appeared in the Southern Political

East Jerusalem thorniest of issues ahead of peace talks
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the upcoming Israeli and Palestinian peace talks.
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette (This story also appeared in the Jackson Sun, the Wausau Daily Herald, WMAZ-TV, the Cincinnati Enquirer and more than 10 other outlets.)
Fate of Jerusalem looms over peace talks
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the State Online and

Global energy experts to discuss pivotal Alaska issues this week
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies and adjunct assistant professor in economics, will be speaking at the annual U.S. Association for Energy Economics meeting. He also is quoted in an article about the natural gas fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alaska Dispatch
47 rescued from Gulf rig after natural gas blowout
Houma Today (La.)

Could a private university have made a difference in Detroit?
An article about Detroit’s bankruptcy filing points out that most large cities have an established private university. William Marsh Rice and his namesake institute are mentioned.

Week 2 of the Mongol diaries — Lithuania to Russia: On the road
Alumna Diana Lee ’10 authored an article describing her road trip from Lithuania to Russia, part of a series of articles recording her trip to Mongolia.

Former US presidents not fading away; taking ‘a hyperactive role’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article on U.S. presidents and the lives they lead after leaving office.


Friends of Rice student killed by METRO light rail train question safety at crossing
Friends of the late Vivian Ziwei Guan offer suggestions to improve safety at railway crossings.

SMU among top 100 universities, Forbes says
An article about Forbes’ list of top 100 universities mentions that Rice is the highest-ranked Texas university (No. 33).
Dallas Business Journal
KXAS – Dallas


Rice students are shown participating in NASA’s Reduced Gravity Program.

CIII-Global (Toronto)
Alumna Rosey Edeh ’90 talks about attending Rice and photographing Houston’s Beer Can House.


Groundbreaking new method for detecting single nucleotide polymorphisms in the human genome
David Zhang, the Ted Law Jr. Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, is quoted in an article about a new method of detecting specific mutations in a segment of DNA.
DNA detection breakthrough could lead to improved tuberculosis treatments
Red Orbit
Breakthrough in detecting DNA mutations could help treat tuberculosis, cancer (This article also appeared in and University of
Breakthrough method pinpoints single DNA mutations
Scientists find new way to detect SNPs

Water helps form long graphene nanoribbons
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 an article about the development of graphene nanoribbons. Graduate students Vera Abramova and Alexander Slesarev are also mentioned.
Water clears path for nanoribbon development (This article also appeared in, Nanotechnology Now, and

Rice university nanotechnology researches develop a solar-powered sterilization system
Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics is mentioned in an article about its solar-powered autoclave.

Tracy Steele picked to head Arkansas Division of Youth Services
Alumni Tracy Steele ’85 has been picked to heat the Arkansas Division of Youth Services.

Osaka University student chapter members host photonics conference to build networks, advance science
Junichiro Kono, professor in electrical and computer engineering and physics and astronomy, will speak at the Asia Student Photonics Conference in Osaka, Japan, this week. (This article also appeared in, Virtual Strategy Magazine and more than 10 other outlets.)

Intelligence agencies banned Lenovo PCs after Chinese acquisition
Farinaz Koushanfar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted in an article about a ban on Lenovo computers.

Social amoebae travel with a posse: Tiny single-celled organisms have amazingly complicated social lives
Alumna Debra Brock ’11 is interviewed in an article about amoebae that grow their own food. Former Rice professors David Queller and Joan Strassman are mentioned. (This article also appeared in e!Science News, and

CCMP capital-backed LHP hospital group announces new hire
Alumni Mark Miller ’95 has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for LHP Hospital Group Inc. (This article also appeared in,, and more than 10 other outlets.)

‘Jazz and Johann’ at the Rialto Theatre
Alumna Elizabeth Landon ’05 will perform at the Rialto Theatre.


WGU Texas welcomes new chancellor, Ray Martinez
Ray Martinez, former director of government relations, has been appointed chancellor of WGU Texas.
Austin Business Journal (This article also appeared in the Texas Tribune,, KGWN-TV, WAVE-TV and more than 10 other outlets.)

Name droppers: UCD professor receives German research award
Leila Bell graduated from Rice on May 11.
The Davis Enterprise


Q-and-A with Athletics Director David Sayler
David Sayler, former Rice senior executive athletics director, is interviewed.

Odds to win the 2013 ACC Football Championship
The Rice Owls are mentioned in an article predicting the odds of various teams winning an ACC Football Championship.

TU releases hoops schedule
Rice plays Tulsa Feb. 8, 2014.


Water clears path for nanoribbon development
New research at Rice University shows how water makes it practical to form long graphene nanoribbons less than 10 nanometers wide.

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