Dateline Rice for Oct. 4, 2013


Houston loves/hates Sen. Cruz during shutdown
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 repercussions for Texas of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act and shut down the federal government, and whether that shutdown reflects on the country’s standing as a superpower. Jones also comments on the accomplishments of Texas state Sen. Tommy Williams, who will not seek re-election, and the announced gubernatorial candidacy of Texas state Sen. Wendy Jones.
USA Today (This USA Today article was reprinted in 34 news outlets.)
KODA-FM (Houston)
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Top senator from Woodlands mum on plans after exit
Houston Chronicle
Williams’ retirement stuns Legislature
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
State senator confirms this session is his last
San Antonio Express-News
The (presumptive) governor’s race — CyberStar program
Texas Public Radio (Click audio.)
Davis takes national stage with gubernatorial bid
U.S. News & World Report
Democrat Davis kicks off campaign for Texas governor
Wall Sreet Journal (Subscription required.)
Texas Sen. Davis builds governor’s race off filibuster
Business Week
KNTV-TV (San Jose, Calif.) (This Associated Press article also appeared on WVIT-TV [West Hartford, Conn.,] KNSD-TV [San Diego] and WCAU-TV [Bala Cynwyd, Pa.].)
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Daya seminar offers insights on immigration reform, race relations
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, presented demographic research on the rise of the Asian communities in Houston at a symposium hosted by

The end of the full college scholarship?
The article discusses how various schools, including Rice, determine the cost for students with scholarships.
Wall Street Journal (Click broadcast.) (Chicago)


An unequal quiet in U.S.-India relations
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. financial attache to India, comments on current U.S.-India relations.
Houston Chronicle

Day 1 of health insurance exchange: Houston, we have a problem
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, comments on the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Business Journal

Woody lived here too
The article notes that Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, penned an introduction to Woody Guthrie’s novel “House of Earth.” Also, Brinkley spoke Oct. 3 in Idaho about the late CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, and Brinkley’s book “Majic Bus: An American Odyssey” is the October selection for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library’s Pageturners book club.
Author Brinkley reports on Cronkite
Coeur D’Alene Press (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)
Take a ride on Brinkley’s ‘Majic Bus’
Coeur D’Alene Press (Coeur D’Alene, Idaho)

Are women less corrupt than men?
The article references a Rice study that suggests female politicians are less likely than their male counterparts to engage in corruption and more likely to disapprove of it when they see it. Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science and the study’s lead author, is mentioned.

Houston restoration company brings theaters back to life
Stephen Fox, lecturer of architecture, comments on restoration projects in New Orleans and Brooklyn, N.Y.
San Antonio Express-News
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.)


KTRH-AM (Houston)
A Houston-area poll conducted for KHOU-TV and KUHF-FM by Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership found support for a bond referendum that would fund the building of a new inmate processing center. Robert Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, fellow in urban politics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and faculty director of Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership, is quoted. (Click audio.)
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WBUR-FM (Boston)
A conversation on this NPR station references an earlier interview with Earl Black, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor Emeritus of Political Science, on the Affordable Care Act. (Click audio. The broadcast also aired on WAMU-FM [Washington, D.C.].)


Technology, not uninsured patients, driving hospital costs
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 her study that found that technology, not uninsured patients, likely explains the steep rise in hospital care costs in Texas.
P&T Community

Proof the Voting Rights Act has helped boost black political representation
Melissa J. Marschall, professor of political science, is mentioned as a co-author of a study that found that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act played a major role in boosting black political representation and that its impact was ongoing.

iPlant delivers free big data tech to the bioscience community
The article mentions Rice’s new Big data and Optical Lightpaths-Driven networked system research infrastructure, or BOLD for short, that will store big data from the university’s labs.
Government Computer News

How Tijuana’s criminal virtuous cycle has reduced violence
The article cites a report from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy in which Nathan Jones, the Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, describes Tijuana as an oasis of relative calm among the chaos in northern Mexico.


Director of multi-robot systems lab at Rice featured speaker at Yeager Scholars Symposium
James McLurkin, assistant professor of computer science, will speak Oct. 8 at a symposium at Marshall University in West Virginia. (Huntington, W.Va.)

International Baccalaureate chooses new director general ‘passionate about international education’
Siva Kumari, formerly the associate dean and director of programs at Rice’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, the head of Rice’s major programs for teacher training in Advanced Placement and founder of International Baccalaureate (IB) teacher trainings, is the new IB director general. She is the first woman to hold the post in the IB’s 45-year history. (Fort Mill, S.C.) (Rock Hill, S.C.)

Teachers recognized by community college
Rice alumnus Scott Lukas ’98 received a distinguished faculty award from Lake Tahoe Community College.
Tahoe Daily Tribune (Tahoe, Calif.)

Emily Carr string quartet joined by cellist Brian Yoon
Rice alumnus Brian Yoon ’12 is performing this week in Victoria, B.C. (Victoria, B.C.)

Aleister Crowley — superheroes and human sacrifice
The article references Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, and his book “Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics and the Paranormal.”


Rice’s leading rusher ‘close’ to returning
Owl running back Charles Ross will travel to Tulsa, Okla. for the Rice-University of Tulsa football game Oct. 5. A decision on whether he will play has not been made. Rice football head coach David Bailiff is quoted.
Struggling Hurricane enters Saturday’s must-win game with clean slate
The Rice-Tulsa game is previewed. (Tulsa, Okla.)

Conference USA football power rankings: Week 6
Rice is ranked third among Conference USA football teams. Owl quarterback Taylor McHargue is mentioned.

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