Dateline Rice for Aug. 5, 2013 (Weekend Edition)



Shale-boom profits bypass big oil
Ken Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and adjunct assistant professor in economics, is quoted.
Wall Street Journal

Supreme Court may need to decide how private a cellphone is
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’ s comments on cellphone privacy, made during his address at Rice University, are featured.
The Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Brattleboro Reformer – Online, FindLaw: Legal News and Commentary, FindLaw: Legal News and Commentary, The Sydney Morning Herald, (N.D.) and

NSF cancels political-science grant cycle
Less than one month before an annual mid-August application deadline, the National Science Foundation has scrapped new political science funding for the rest of 2013. Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology, is quoted.

Uruguay’s pot legalization could be ‘tipping point’ in war on drugs
The decision by Uruguay lawmakers to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana could signal the beginning of the end for the increasingly unpopular U.S.-led war on drugs. Nathan P. Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.

Africa: Off-grid solar sterilizers could aid remote areas
Rice researchers have developed two solar-powered sterilizers that could provide remote areas in the developing world with a portable, off-grid solution for sanitizing medical instruments and equipment.

Google accused of betraying its net-neutrality stance
Google’s ultrafast broadband service introduced in Kansas City has raised the issue of net neutrality, even though the tech giant says it’s only following industry standards in forbidding users from hosting business-type servers on a network intended for home use. Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.

Lawmakers introduce new legislation to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum in DC
A tall hall meeting at Rice University by an advocacy group for a national Latino American history museum is mentioned.
The Washington Post


North Austin House district faces long election season
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 an article on the upcoming elections in Texas District 50.
Austin American-Statesman

Texas A&M, Rice are the only Texas schools to make most beautiful list
Rice University is ranked 42nd in a list by of the “50 most amazing college campuses” for 2013.

Churchmouse Productions’ ‘Hate Mail’ is crazy fun
Theater critic and alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66 wrote this review of the new play Hate Mail.

A new name for an old problem
Melissa Lopez, a graduate student in bioscience and health policy and an intern for Kirstin Matthews, an adjunct lecturer of sociology and a fellow in science and technology policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, blogs about the American Medical Association’s new classification of obesity as a chronic disease.
Houston Chronicle


John B. Anderson, the W. Maurice Ewing Chair in Oceanography and professor of Earth science, is interviewed in a segment about the effects of erosion on Galveston Island.

Andrew Bowen, Baker Institute scholar for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses heightened security after the U.S. released a global security alert because of an Al-Qaida terrorist threat.

A broadcast features a performance by the Dover String Quartet, currently in residence at the Shepherd School of Music.

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.
Checkup: Timing is everything when eating fruits and vegetables
Sound Medicine


Watching government: Fracking’s burden of proof
Kenneth B. Medlock, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics and senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and adjunct assistant professor in economics, suggests public concerns about unconventional gas production’s possible hazards could influence regulations.
Oil & Gas Journal (subscription required)


Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues with Dvorak’s ‘Mass in D’ at St. Bart’s today
Kenneth Cowan, associate professor of organ, was the guest organist for the Bartholomew’s Choir in a performance of Antonín Dvorák’s “Mass in D, Op. 86.”

Download free, open-source textbooks from OpenStax College
Rice University’s OpenStax College is mentioned in an article on resources for college students.

Karl-Heinz Boewe dies at 79
Alumnus Karl-Heinz W. Boewe ’69 died July 28.
Berea Online (Ky.)

Area students graduate from Rice University
Annie Hsiao, Nicholas Tolat, Jared Niehl, William Marshall, Jessica Walker and Scott Norgaard are mentioned in articles about their graduation from Rice University. Rice President David W. Leebron is also mentioned.
The Potpourri (Tomball Edition)
Tomball’s Jessica Walker graduates from Rice University
The Observer (Spring Edition)
Norgaard graduates from Rice University
Ahwatukee Foothills News (Ariz.)


Jones talks commitment
Jeremy Jones discussed his commitment to the Rice Owls.
Owls Insider

Miners head to Alpine for preseason camp
Rice University former footballer Nate Ross is mentioned.
Odessa American

Unsettled issues await Rice at the start of fall camp
Five things to watch at the Rice Owls’ open fall camp Monday, with heightened expectations as a possible contender in Conference USA.
Houston Chronicle

Power ranking every college football team’s stadium
Rice Stadium is ranked 88th best stadium by

Iran looms as team to beat in FIBA Asia
Former Rice University basketball player Arsalan Kazemi is mentioned.

Pat Wilson wins 111th Met Amateur Championship
Former Rice University golfer Trevor Randolph is quoted. (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Fairfield Citizen.)


Baker Institute expert available to comment on US embassy closures
The State Department has extended embassy and consulate closures at 19 locations in Africa and the Middle East through Saturday. This is in the aftermath of intercepted “chatter” about terror threats, which lawmakers briefed on the information likened to intelligence picked up before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

About Arie Passwaters

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