Dateline Rice for Sept. 9, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Rice selects Karlgaard as next athletics director
Joe Karlgaard, the senior associate athletic director for development at Stanford, will be the new athletics director at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (The article was prompted on the front page of the Sports section in the print edition.)
KRIV-TV Houston (Click broadcast.)
Rice finds new athletics director to replace former IU AD Rick Greenspan (Indianapolis, Ind. Similar articles noting Rice’s selection of a new athletics director appeared in three other news outlets and seven broadcast outlets.)

C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the conflict in Syria. (Click broadcast.) (Click broadcast.) (Click broadcast.) (Click broadcast.) (Click broadcast.)
Ex-US diplomat: Obama could strike Syria without congressional approval (United Arab Emirates) (Germany)
No military solution for Syria, says former ambassador
Stars and Stripes
Former envoy: No military cure for Syria
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)


Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, provides commentary before and after live coverage of President Barack Obama’s news conference Sept. 6 from the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Brinkley also previews Obama’s Sept. 10 address that will be televised. (Click broadcast.)
MSNBC’s ‘Now with Alex Wagner’ (Click broadcast.)
Live from the West Wing: Obama goes prime time

If oil drops, Eagle Ford to lose luster
Mahmoud El-Gamal, Chair of Islamic Economics, Finance and Management, professor of economics and statistics and Rice Scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is mentioned as a co-author of a paper discussing the likely drop in oil prices in the absence of a Middle East war.
Shale boom could be on last leg
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Oil prices are high now, but look out for 2016-17
Columbus C.E.O. (Columbus, Ohio)
Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas)

How Democrats are aiming to make Texas a swing state
Texas’s Hispanic population is mushrooming; this gives rise to optimism among Democrats that they can turn Texas into a swing state. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology, comments on the demographics of the state’s Hispanic population.

Manhein’s new ‘Bone Remains’ looks at 15 cases
Centennial Historian Melissa Kean examines how leaders at five southern private universities — Duke, Emory, Tulane, Rice and Vanderbilt — resisted integration during the civil rights era in her book “Desegregating Private Higher Education in the South.”


Bun B’s rap coloring and activity book
Bernard ‘Bun B’ Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, discusses his new book, “Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book.”
Houston Chronicle

World’s largest volcano named after the Aggies. What other geographic landmarks might Texas schools be named for?
Rice could be known as the ‘Owl Forest’ because of its fascinating cropping of trees.

A visual celebration in the great outdoors
Rice’s School of Architecture will participate in “Art in the Park,” a celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Houston’s Hermann Park.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Austin boutique Blue Elephant opens Houston location
The new boutique is noted for having coasters bearing images of Rice University.
Houston Chronicle


KFYO-AM (Lubbock, Texas)
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 the 600 new Texas state laws, the visit to Texas this week by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the national attention garnered by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on that city’s passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from bias.
KTSA-AM (San Antonio)
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Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the G-20 Summit and President Barack Obama’s address Tuesday on Syria. (Click broadcast. Forward to minute 9:40.)
KROI-FM (Seabrook, Texas)
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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 health insurance options for unemployed and self-employed Houstonians under the U.S. Affordable Care Act. (Click audio.)


First uses of new solar energy technology: Killing germs on medical, dental instruments
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, chemistry and biomedical engineering, discussed the development of solar energy technology that turns water into steam without boiling the entire container of water. The technology is the basis for new devices to sanitize medical and dental instruments and human waste in developing countries. (Similar articles appeared in six other news outlets.)

Bismuth-carrying nanotubes show promise for CT scans
Lon Wilson, professor of chemistry, and his colleagues are inserting bismuth compounds into single-walled carbon nanotubes to make a more effective contrast agent for CT scanners. Wilson is quoted.
Materials Today
Medical News Today

Drug patch treatment sees new breakthrough under watch of Virginia Tech biomedical engineering assistant professor
Rice alumna Lissett Bickford ’10 has developed a flexible microneedle patch that allows drugs to be delivered directly and fully through the skin. The new patch can quicken drug delivery time while cutting waste and likely minimize side effects.
Nanotechnology Now

A trio of black scholars in new teaching posts
Rice alumnus Derek Hicks ’09 is assistant professor of religion and culture at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education


Watching the sunset and rainfall through James Turrell’s Rice University Skyspace
Blogger Benjamin Sutton took photos while enjoying the view from James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” skyspace at Rice.

From columns to conifers
Rice alumnus Bob Hill ’64 is featured on this article about his career path from journalist to nursery owner.

Free chamber music concert to be held Sept. 14 in Avalon
Cellist Jie Jin ’04 will perform as part of the Bay-Atlantic String Quartet Sept. 14 in Avalon, N.J.


University gets new basketball coach in former student
Former Owl Amber Cunningham ’06 returns to Rice to work with women’s basketball head coach Greg Williams as a video coordinator for the program. Both are quoted.
Los Angeles Sentinel

Rice soccer shut out by New Mexico Lobos
A trip to Albuquerque resulted in eight shots, but no goals for the Rice soccer team. The Lobos downed Rice 3-0 Sept. 6.

College football schools with the best and worst graduation rates
Rice is No. 5 in a ranking for best graduation rates of players.

Power ranking all 126 college football teams for week 2
The Rice Owls are No. 73 in Bleacher Report’s college football rankings. Owls quarterback Taylor McHargue is mentioned.

Rice offense shows plenty of promise in A&M loss
Owls football head coach David Bailiff is quoted in this review of the Aug. 31 Rice-Texas A&M game. Several players are mentioned.
Johnny Football’s payday
This op-ed mentions the Aug. 31 game between Rice and Texas A&M.
New York Times (Other articles mentioning that game appeared in 736 news outlets and 63 broadcast outlets.)

WDAF-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)
The Sept. 14 football game between the Rice Owls and Kansas University Jayhawks is mentioned.

1st of 7 Aggie home football games set Saturday
The Oct. 19 football game between the Rice Owls and New Mexico State University Aggies is mentioned.
Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.)

KXAS-DAL (Dallas)
Rice commit Destri White of Mesquite Horn High is named Scholar Athlete of the Week. (Click broadcast.)


Leebron announces Joe Karlgaard as Rice’s next director of athletics
Rice University President David Leebron announced at a news conference on campus today that Joe Karlgaard will be the school’s next director of athletics, recreation and lifetime fitness. Karlgaard currently serves as senior associate athletics director for development at Stanford University. Prior to Stanford, Karlgaard was athletics director at Oberlin College from 2005 to 2011. He will start at Rice Oct. 7.

A swarm on every desktop: Robotics experts learn from public
The next experiment from Rice University’s Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory could happen on your desktop. The lab’s researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data from five free online games that anyone can play.

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