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

 

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL

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
http://on.wsj.com/19IXpRH

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, InForum.com (N.D.) and OregonLive.com.)
http://wapo.st/15IemHV

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.
Nature
http://bit.ly/1enXojT

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.
Ca.news.yahoo.com.
http://yhoo.it/1b7htel

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.
AllAfrica.com
http://allafrica.com/stories/201308050112.html

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.
http://bit.ly/19IP5S8

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
http://bit.ly/14e8yWT

HOUSTON/TEXAS

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
http://bit.ly/16vjAb5

Texas A&M, Rice are the only Texas schools to make most beautiful list
Rice University is ranked 42nd in a list by thebestcolleges.org of the “50 most amazing college campuses” for 2013.
Culturemap.com
http://bit.ly/1enZPCQ

Churchmouse Productions’ ‘Hate Mail’ is crazy fun
Theater critic and alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66 wrote this review of the new play Hate Mail.
Dallasnews.com
http://bit.ly/1enZPCQ

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
http://blog.chron.com/bakerblog/2013/08/a-new-name-for-an-old-problem/

BROADCAST/WEBCAST

KRGV-TV
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.
http://bit.ly/14utf3M
KAVU-TV
http://bit.ly/13UTBod

KRIV
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.
http://bit.ly/1crAX0s
KPRC-TV
http://bit.ly/16vjNuB

WSCL-FM
A broadcast features a performance by the Dover String Quartet, currently in residence at the Shepherd School of Music.
http://bit.ly/19IQCaA

WORL-TV
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.
http://bit.ly/1cDWuSd
Checkup: Timing is everything when eating fruits and vegetables
Sound Medicine
http://soundmedicine.iu.edu/segment/3765/Timing-is-everything-when-eating-fruits-and-vegetables

TRADE/PROFESSIONAL

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)
http://bit.ly/17uaiJl

OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

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.”
Broadwayworld.com
http://bit.ly/15IhDa1

Download free, open-source textbooks from OpenStax College
Rice University’s OpenStax College is mentioned in an article on resources for college students.
LifeHacker.com
http://bit.ly/19IRKex

Karl-Heinz Boewe dies at 79
Alumnus Karl-Heinz W. Boewe ’69 died July 28.
Berea Online (Ky.)
http://bereaonline.com/?p=22362

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)
http://bit.ly/12VtSC7
Tomball’s Jessica Walker graduates from Rice University
The Observer (Spring Edition)
http://bit.ly/12VuBDq
Norgaard graduates from Rice University
Ahwatukee Foothills News (Ariz.)
http://bit.ly/1953IQ7

SPORTS

Jones talks commitment
Jeremy Jones discussed his commitment to the Rice Owls.
Owls Insider
http://bit.ly/13B8DUA

Miners head to Alpine for preseason camp
Rice University former footballer Nate Ross is mentioned.
Odessa American
http://bit.ly/12Vv4pe

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
http://bit.ly/13EpceP

Power ranking every college football team’s stadium
Rice Stadium is ranked 88th best stadium by bleacherreport.com.
http://bit.ly/1c0bMTn

Iran looms as team to beat in FIBA Asia
Former Rice University basketball player Arsalan Kazemi is mentioned.
Philstar.com
http://bit.ly/13P6lNd

Pat Wilson wins 111th Met Amateur Championship
Former Rice University golfer Trevor Randolph is quoted.
StamfordAdvocate.com (Conn.) (This article also appeared in the Fairfield Citizen.)
http://bit.ly/1eo4eWH

NEWS RELEASES

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.
http://news.rice.edu/?p=47890

About Arie Passwaters

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