Dateline Rice for Oct. 30, 2013


Obama official testifies against EPA’s global warming agenda
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted in an article about his testimony before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Environment at their Oct. 29 hearing.
The Daily Caller
Don’t know much about energy – DOE closes 2 defunct loan guarantees – New York sets up gasoline reserve

Badger, mole, and Marianne Moore
An article reviews the new biography “Holding on Upside Down: The Life and Work of Marianne Moore” by alumna Linda Leavell ’84.
The New York Times Review of Books


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, is quoted in articles about Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn.
New voting law required Davis to affirm her identity
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Middle name on ID flags Davis at polls
San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)

James Turrell: ‘The Color Inside’
An article about “The Color Inside,” the new James Turrell installation at the University of Texas-Austin, mentions the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace at Rice.


Cargo Space at the Hardesty Art Center
A video previews Cargo Space’s installations at the Hardesty Art Center. Christopher Sperandio, assistant professor of visual and dramatic arts, is interviewed.


Divorced people more likely to die from preventable accidents than married people
An article discusses “The Social Side of Death,” a new study from sociologists at Rice and the University of Pennsylvania. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology at Rice, associate director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Urban Health Program and the study’s lead author, is quoted. Rice alumna Monica He ’13 is also mentioned.
Health Canal

Rice team fabricates stable 3-D plasmonic nanoclusters
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, and Peter Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy and in electrical and computer engineering, are featured in an article about their new method to manufacture stable, 3-D nanoclusters.

UCD chemistry professor wins $250,000 grant for online textbook
Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Engineering and founding director of OpenStax College, is quoted in an article about online textbooks.
The Sacramento Bee (This article also appeared on

Have iPod, will test for drug toxicity: Rice students help Houston-based startup create drug toxicity app
An article features the new assay method to measure drug toxicity using an iPod app. Senior scientist Hubert Tseng ’13 and graduate students Will Haisler, Shane Neely and Jianbo Chen are mentioned.
Nanotechnology Now

Advances for flexibles drive growth
Rice is mentioned in an article about advances in nano coatings used in packaging.


Baylor College of Medicine appoints Dr. Timothy Stout chair of ophthalmology
Rice alumnus Timothy Stout ’81 has been appointed chair of ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Amerex Energy Services expands northeast presence, adds three team members
Rice alumnus Will Matthews ’83 has been appointed director of portfolio management for Amerex Energy Services.
The State Journal (This article also appeared in Citybizlist Philadelphia, SYS-CON Media, KMPH-TV and more than 40 other sites.)

Does the promise of recognition really prompt good deeds?
Recognition might not be as important as previously thought in motivating people to perform good deeds, according to a study conducted by Rice University. Vikas Mittal, the J. Hugh Liedtke Professor of Marketing at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, and Richard Swartz, statistician, are mentioned.

From Jeffrey Nytch: The entrepreneurial symphony
Rice alumnus Jeffrey Nytch ’94 contributes a guest article about the arts and entrepreneurship.


Rice golfer ties tournament record on 2012 PGA Championship course
An article features Wiess College freshman Kevin Reilly’s outstanding performance at the Invitational at The Ocean Course. Rice golf coach Justin Emil is quoted. Martel College senior Landon Michelson is also mentioned.

Rice University RB Jayson Carter, 4-foot-9 and 135 pounds, gets 1st career carry
Articles mention Rice running back Jayson Carter’s debut in the Rice vs. University of Texas-El Paso game.
Rice University sophomore football player makes history during game
Forde-Yard Dash: College football’s proving ground is upon us

Pirates head toward finale
An article recaps the Rice vs. East Carolina University women’s soccer match.
The East Carolinian

Rice (6-2) at North Texas (5-3) (ET)
An article discuss the upcoming Rice vs. North Texas University game.
The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)
Thursday’s college action

North Pole lands 9 on all-state team
North Pole High School offense senior wide-out Lance Wright will be attending Rice.


Divorced people more likely to die from preventable accidents than married people
Divorced people are more likely to die from preventable accidents than married counterparts, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University and the University of Pennsylvania.

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