Dateline Rice for Sept. 13, 2013


20 years on, Oslo Accords promise rings hollow
In this article on continuing Israeli-Palestinian disagreements 20 years after the 1993 Oslo Accords, Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, notes that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was shown a Baker Institute paper on a new approach to Israeli-Palestinian peace. Kerry saw the March 2013 paper when he went to the West Bank in August to help launch a new round of peace negotiations.
Boston Globe (This Associated Press article appeared in 69 other news outlets and on 85 broadcast outlets.)

US professor helps to authenticate Van Gogh painting
A professor with Rice has helped to authenticate a painting by Vincent Van Gogh in an Amsterdam museum with digital sleuthing. Don H. Johnson, the J.S. Abercrombie Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering and professor of statistics, is quoted.
The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, Calif. This Associated Press article appeared in 36 other news outlets and 16 broadcast outlets.)
X-ray ‘fingerprint’ points to Van Gogh (This article is the lead story on
KRIV-TV (Click broadcast.)

Gender and political corruption: Women more likely to disapprove of illegal activity
New research from Rice shows that women are more likely than men to disapprove of or participate in political corruption. Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
Science World Report (Similar stories appeared in nine other news outlets.)


In Venezuela, leader finds conspiracies behind every door
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 why Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blames the U.S. and others for Venezuela’s growing problems. Jones also comments on the Houston mayoral election.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.) (Spanish edition)
KPFT-FM (Click Sept. 12, 4 p.m. news.)

A history of violence: Western empires in the Middle East
In this commentary, Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies and professor of history, provides a historical perspective to the conflict in the Middle East and the crisis in Syria.
Aljazeera America

ABC News Radio
David Alexander, professor of physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Space Institute, comments on NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe, the first human-made object to leave the solar system and venture into interstellar space. (Similar stories appeared on 13 other broadcast outlets.)

Butterflies drink turtle tears to get sodium, rain forest researcher says
Graduate student Phillip Torres notes that butterflies are likely attracted to turtles’ tears because the liquid drops contain salt, specifically sodium — an important mineral that is scant in the western Amazon.
The Huffington Post
Yahoo!Maktoob (Jordan)

Meet the fall 2013 executive dean: Some sage advice from a long-time explorer
Nicholas Iammarino, professor of kinesiology, is featured in a Q-and-A about his experience as the executive dean of Semester at Sea. (Charlottesville, Va.)

Bold visions
President John F. Kennedy’s speech at Rice in 1962 calling for a U.S. manned mission to the moon before the end of that decade is mentioned.
The Motley Fool
Today in history
Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Valdosta Daily Times (Valdosta, Ga.)

CanalPlus-TV (France)
This French TV site features a video of artist Soo Sunny Park installing her “Unwoven Light” glasswork display at the Rice Gallery.


Political will said lacking for Isle storm protection
Two plans for hurricane storm barriers for the Galveston area put forth by Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters Center are mentioned in this article.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Houston’s early fall art film roundup
Rice Cinema will screen films by Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Houston Chronicle

Rice is top Texas university in US News ranking
This year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s top colleges and universities featured only one Texas school — Rice at No. 18 — in the top 50. (Lubbock)

Dallas Theater Center opens season with ‘A Raisin in the Sun’
Rice alumnus Lawson Taitte ’66 reviews a new production of the play.
Dallas Morning News (Subscription required.)


Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science and fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on a voter referendum that if passed in November would lead to the conversion of Houston’s Astrodome into a multi-purpose special-event-center. broadcast.)
KENS-TV (San Antonio) (Click broadcast.)

Patricia Reiff, professor of physics and astronomy, comments on Comet ISON, a comet making its first visit to our solar system later this year. Also, the public is invited to view today at the Rice University Campus Observatory asteroid 324 Bamberga as it passes near Earth. (Click audio.)
KTRH-AM (Click audio.)

KYTX-TV (Tyler, Texas)
Rice alumnus Ray Perryman ’78 will be presented with the Lindale Independent School District’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee honored Thomas F. Freeman, who taught at Rice for more than 20 years. Freeman, professor of psychology and philosophy at Texas Southern University, now in his 90s, retires this year. (Click broadcast.)

WSCL-FM (Salisbury, Md.)
Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestra Conducting and music director at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, comments on working with experienced and young orchestras. (Click audio.)

Two high school students from the Dallas area who achieved perfect SAT scores hope to attend Rice.
KDFW-TV (Dallas)


Japan deep sea drilling boat casts off to find quakes
This article on a new mission by a Japan-led team of seismologists to drill deep beneath the seabed in a search for the origin of earthquakes, notes that Dale Sawyer, professor of Earth science, and his colleagues last month reported the discovery of a strong variation in the tectonic stresses in a region of the Pacific Ocean notorious for generating devastating earthquakes.

Gamers get to work on hard-to-treat tumors
Aaron Becker, a postdoctoral researcher, comments on a new game developed at MIT that allows players to use nanoparticles in their arsenal in novel ways to zap cancer cells on screen. The idea is that crowds of online users may find solutions to cancer that researchers haven’t thought of yet.


Kansas focuses on road victory
The Sept. 14 Rice-Kansas football game is previewed.
Lawrence Journal-World
Kansas (1-0) at Rice (0-1) (ET) World (Articles mentioning the Rice-Kansas Sept. 14 game appeared in more than 200 other news outlets.)
KSNW-TV (Wichita, Kan.)
KSAS-TV (Wichita, Kan.)
KWCH-TV (Wichita, Kan.)
KMBC-TV (Kansas City, Mo.)

Chronicle week 3 pick ’em: Tide rolls into College Station
Rice is predicted by the Houston Chronicle to beat Kansas 31-20 in Saturday’s football game.
Houston Chronicle
Samson Faifili bringing positive vibes to Kansas
Kansas linebacker Samson Faifili is profiled.
Houston Chronicle

President George H.W. Bush is pulling for Aggies, Manziel
The article features photos from the Aug. 31 Rice-Texas A&M football game.
USA Today (Articles mentioning that game appeared in 160 other news outlets and on three broadcast outlets.)

Former Rice guard Jackson signs with Israeli basketball team
Former Rice guard Tamir Jackson ’13 has signed a professional contract with Elitzur Yanve in Israel.
Houston Chronicle


Are women less corrupt? New study suggests it depends on cultural expectations
Women are more likely than men to disapprove of — and less likely to participate in — political corruption, but only in countries where corruption is stigmatized, according to new political science research from Rice. The research finds that women are less tolerant of corrupt behavior, but only in democratic governments, where appropriating public policy for private gain is typically punished by voters and courts.

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