Dateline Rice for Aug. 14, 2013


BBC Radio 5 Live
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed Israeli-Palestinian settlement and peace negotiations. (This story aired in the U.K. on 19 BBC Radio stations and in Europe via the BBC Radio network.)

‘Obamacare’ and you: Resistance in Texas, where many are uninsured
The article mentions a recent study by Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas which indicated that half of the 6 million Texans without health insurance could gain it via the Affordable Care Act.
USA Today (This article also appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer and 26 other papers.)

Brasil adotara novo modelo de classes sociais a partir de janeiro de 2014
Wagner Kamakura, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing, was interviewed on Brazilian TV about his new book, “Socioeconomic Stratification and Consumption in Brazil.” The book offers insight and a new economic model on consumer behavior in Brazil.

Plants ‘hear’ herbivores coming — and prepare
Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted in a National Geographic story.
National Geographic

Drones don’t just fly. Here’s one that crawls inside sewer pipes.
U.S. Air Force Academy graduate Lt. Kyle Fitle, who is headed to Rice this fall, co-designed a new drone device that can navigate a building’s plumbing system to help first responders reach trapped disaster victims.
The Washington Post

Age, size throw ecosystems out of whack
Volker Rudolf, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is quoted in this article about a Rice study that found that natural ecosystems are likely to be a lot more sensitive to change, and especially to human activities, than previously thought.
Study: Human impacts on ecosystems go beyond species loss (This article also appeared in Big News Network online news service.)
Ecosystems change long before species are lost (This article also appeared in EurekAlert!, R&D Magazine, and ScienceNewsline.)

‘Lego’ viruses stick together to fight disease
Junghae Suh, assistant professor of bioengineering, and Jonathan Silberg, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, are quoted in this article about their study on a set of rules to custom-design Lego-like viral capsid proteins for gene therapy.

Interview: World to see more extreme weather due to climate change: US expert
Ronald L. Sass, a fellow in global climate change at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in this article about the impact of climate change on the widespread heat waves across the globe this year. (China) (Distributed by Xinhua News Agency [China], this story also appeared on, People’s Daily [Spanish-Online] and World News Connection.)

There’s lots of life in exclusive ex-presidents club
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about the lives U.S. presidents lead after leaving office.

A rational examination asking why so many chose to escape
In Charles Glass’s new book, “The Deserters,” an earlier investigation by Gen. Elliot Cooke, is mentioned. Cooke reportedly learned that some draft boards exempted from service 14 members of a Rice football team.


It’s time for an independent review of Apollo 20
Ruth Lopez Turley, associate professor of sociology and director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, is quoted in this feature column about a possible review of HISD’s Apollo program.
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)

Former NASA astronaut Danny Olivas joins UTEP to launch space research
Former NASA astronaut and University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Rice alumnus John Danny Olivas ‘96 will direct UTEP’s new Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research.
El Paso Times (This article also appeared in Las Cruces Sun News [N.M.] and in

Events calendar: Fall bazaars and festivals abound this year
The article provides a link to the personal development courses offered this fall at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies.
Houston Chronicle


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, comments on the proliferation of freestanding emergency medical centers. (click audio) (This story also aired in 16 other broadcast outlets.)

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, commented on the Houston mayoral race.


Physics: Places to be, places to avoid
Rice earned the top worldwide ranking in both materials science and chemistry in a new study from the Max Planck Society in Germany, based on citations of research papers. Rice also ranked second in engineering, fourth in physics and eighth in computer science.
Science 2.0

Santa Fe Gold announces results of 2013 annual stockholder meeting held Aug. 6.
Rice alumnus Michael Heeley was elected Aug. 6 to the board of directors of the Santa Fe Gold Corp.
Yahoo!Finance (This article also appeared in The Herald [N.M.] and seven other papers, and on WGFL-TV [Fla.] and 23 other broadcast outlets.)

Cumulative LNG exports approach magic line
The margin for U.S. liquefied natural gas exports is razor thin, according to 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 lecturer of economics.

Lord Howell plots with fracking firms in Windsor dungeon Aug. 13
This article on the Windsor Energy Group (WEG) mentions the participation at a 2011 WEG event by Wiilliam Arnold, professor in the practice of management.


New pastor for First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights
Rice alumnus Rev. Alexander Lang ‘02 is the new pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Ill.
Chicago Tribune (This story also appeared in the Daily Herald [Ill.].)

Motor City: Art deco gem can rise again
Rice alumnus Gwynne Dyer ‘66 wrote about his recent tour of Detroit, its remaining art and its ability to rise out of bankruptcy.
Thompson Citizen (Manatoba, Canada)


A&M selling seats on WWII bomber to fly over game against Rice
Seven seats on a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber are being auctioned off for a flyover during the Aug. 31 Texas A&M game against Rice.
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express-News.)

Aggies get $1.4 million baseball donation
Michael and Judy Johnson, longtime supporters of Owls baseball, have given a donation to support the baseball program at New Mexico State University.
KDBC-TV (This story also appeared in Las Cruces Sun-News [N.M.], and Federal News Service.)

Reports of more autograph signings for Johnny Manziel
Rice’s opener Aug. 31 against Texas A&M is mentioned.
Los Angeles Times (Similar stories mentioning the football opener appeared in 30 papers and on First Take – ESPN2 and 10 broadcast outlets.)
A&M should sit Manziel … and hope


A new study by Rice University biophysicists offers the most comprehensive picture yet of the molecular-level action of melittin, the major toxin in bee venom. The research could aid in the development of new drugs that use a similar mechanism as melittin’s to attack cancer and bacteria. The study appears this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

About Arie Passwaters

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