Dateline Rice for Aug. 22, 2013


CBS ‘This Morning’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discussed the recently released Nixon tapes on CBS’s morning news show and Fox Business Network’s “Imus in the Morning.” (click broadcast)
Fox Business Network ‘Imus in the Morning’ (click broadcast)


World on a wire: Mary Ellen Carroll creates new connections in New Orleans
Artist Mary Ellen Carroll is working with Edward Knightly, professor of electrical and computer engineering and computer science, to adapt a model first developed by Rice’s Wireless Network Group in 2008 that brought Super Wi-Fi to an underserviced area in Houston. Now, they hope to bring Super Wi-Fi to underserviced areas of New Orleans in a project called “Public Utility 2.0.”
Art in America Magazine

Mary Wheeler receives the John von Neumann Medal
Rice alumna Mary Wheeler ’71 received the John von Neumann Medal, the highest award bestowed by the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics. She is the first woman to receive the award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology.

Controversial sociologist claims polls showing majority support for marriage equality are biased
The recent Rice study on support for equal marriage rights is cited.

Women use emoticons in text messages to express themselves!
The article cites a Rice study which found that while women may use emoticons more than men, men used a larger variety of these symbols to express themselves.

Ser muito rico no Sudeste sai bem mais caro; compare regioes
The new economic model on consumer behavior in Brazil developed by Wagner Kamakura, the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing, is cited in these articles. (Brazil)
Pais tera novo modelo de classes sociais a partir de 2014


OwlSpark debuts inaugural class
Rice’s new startup accelerator OwlSpark graduated its first class of nine companies. Rice President David Leebron and OwlSpark managing director Darren Clifford ’13 are mentioned.

Making college dorm shopping easy
The article mentions Rice’s partnership with Dormitup, a Dallas online shop for college dorm gear.
Dallas Morning News

Students ride with NASA
Hanszen College senior Joseph Huseman and McMurtry College senior Daniel Volz are quoted in this article about their recent experiment aboard NASA’s reduced gravity aircraft.
Amarillo Globe-News (Amarillo, Texas)

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra: ROCO celebrates Asia
Tenor and Rice alumnus Zach Averyt ’08 will perform Sept. 27 with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra of Houston.

Spring ISD administrative reorganized to better serve students
Rice alumnus Kwabena Mensah ’00 will be principal at both Clark Primary and Clark Intermediate schools in Spring, Texas.
The Paper (Spring, Texas)

Eat up, Houston!
A recent report from Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas that named Houston as the most diverse city in the U.S. is cited as one of the reasons Houston has many ethnic restaurants.
Houston Chronicle

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awards $1.2M in new achievement scholarships to college juniors and seniors
Rice is mentioned as one of the universities attended by a recipient of the show’s new scholarships for college upperclassmen. (Katy, Texas)
The Vindicator (Liberty, Texas)


KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
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 U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s decision to renounce his Canadian citizenship. (click audio)


Move over graphene, there’s a new superpower in town
Rice’s recent study on the carbyne is mentioned in this article about investment prospects in both graphene and carbyne. Graduate student Mingjie Liu is mentioned in the article.
The Motley Fool
Carbyne could be the strongest element known to man (A link to this article appeared in
Carbyne: The strongest material in the world!
New supermaterial carbyne is the world’s strongest material, beats out graphene and diamond

NEETs, newly identified proteins, could be therapeutic targets against breast cancer
Rice’s Center for Theoretical Biological Physics helped identify two proteins as prime suspects in the proliferation of breast cancer. Jose Onuchic, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted. (Similar articles appeared in,,, and

Chemical engineers’ research may lead to inexpensive, flexible solar cells
Work by a research team at Penn State and Rice could lead to the development of flexible solar cells. Rafael Verduzco, the Louis Owen Assistant Professor and the Junior Faculty Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is mentioned.
Penn State News


In brief | Schools 8-21-13
Duncan College freshman Luke Van der Spoel of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, was awarded a scholarship from the Hawaii Government Employees Association.
West Hawaii Today (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)

Houston Grand Opera visits Woodstock
Soprano and Rice alumna Lauren Snouffer ’09 will perform at the North Universalist chapel in Woodstock, Vt., Aug. 25.
The Mountain Times (Killington, Vt.)

All change on the Internet
In this op-ed, Rice alumnus Gwynne Dyer ’66 comments on the possible wholesale restructuring of the Internet following Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA activity.

New top librarian stresses digital transition as heart of new Gelman
Geneva Henry, formerly the executive director of digital scholarship at Rice, is quoted in this article about her new post as head of George Washington University’s Gelman Library.
The GW Hatchet (Washington, D.C.)

SOM’s Keith Boswell releases building enclosure book
Architectural technical director C. Keith Boswell, who worked on Rice’s Bioscience Research Collaborative, released a new book called “Exterior Building Enclosures: Design Process and Composition for Innovative Facades.”

Bellaire and West U among top-earning towns in US
The mayor of Bellaire cites Rice University as one of the factors that contributed to Bellaire appearing on Money magazine’s list of top-earning towns in the U.S.

Engagement: Ryan Verret and Stefanie Smith
Rice alumnus Ryan Verret ’04 will marry Oct. 11.


Texas A&M chancellor blasts Darren Rovell, ESPN over Johnny Manziel reporting
Rice’s season opener Aug. 31 against Texas A&M and Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel is mentioned.
CBS Sports Network (click broadcast) (Similar stories citing the Owls’s season opener appeared in 16 other news outlets and two broadcast outlets.

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