Dateline Rice for Nov. 13, 2013


Survey suggests views of local schools too optimistic
A study by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research found that blacks and Hispanics are more likely than whites to believe that a college education is key to future success. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article was featured on the front page of the Nov. 12 issue of the Houston Chronicle.)
Which ethnic group values higher education the most?
Houston area survey: African-Americans are the most likely to value postsecondary education

Adria Baker, associate vice provost for international education and executive director of the Office of International Students and Scholars, discusses International Education Week.


John Boehner’s big choice
As John Boehner enters his fourth year as House speaker, his own website biography reflects little in the way of major legislative accomplishments while holding the gavel. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science, is quoted.
National Journal

Are women in politics more honest?
A column discussing the gender gap in political corruption mentions a new study by Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science, titled “‘Fairer Sex’ or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender and Institutional Context.”
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Relax. Rates won’t go up unless Yellen wants them to.
A column mentions a recent conference held recently at Rice University by the CFA Society of Houston.

Potential for future growth lies in localization
An economic essay by Lovett College junior Daniel Lee appears. Lee is the runner-up in the Korea Times’ ninth Economic Essay Contest.
The Korea Times

Divorce may raise risk of accidental death
Divorce may have another downside: a higher chance of meeting up with a fatal accident. That’s the finding of a new study that also finds higher rates of accidental death for people with low levels of education. Justin Denney, assistant professor of sociology and study author, is quoted.
U.S. News & World Report (This article also appeared on MSN Health,, Philadelphia Inquirer and about a dozen other media sites.)

Super zips
Super zips, the zip codes where the rich and highly educated live, are part of the growing division in America. Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Hartford Courant (Connecticut)


Cruz reaches out to mainstream Republicans
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz reached out Monday to the more mainstream wing of the Republican Party and said his top priority is promoting economic growth. 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.
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Power outages leave Montrose, Rice in the dark
Around 8,000 people in the Montrose area were without power from 6:30 p.m. to about 8 p.m. Tuesday, including the people at a Rice University basketball game. Photos of the Rice Owls waiting on the bench after power went out in Tudor Fieldhouse appeared online in the Houston Chronicle.
Montrose area hit with power outage
Houston Chronicle

Channel 26 reporter Hibberd leaving station
Rice alumnus Ned Hibberd ’88, an anchor and reporter at KRIV-TV, will leave the Fox-owned station to become assistant news director at WJZY-WMYT in Charlotte, N.C.
Houston Chronicle

JFK’s undelivered speech gave vision of where he wanted to lead US
President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned in an article about the speech Kennedy had planned to give in Dallas.
Dallas Morning News

Bun B for mayor: Could this ever be a thing?
A columnist contemplates rapper Bernard “Bun B” Freeman, the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning’s Distinguished Lecturer, as a future mayor of Houston. A photo of Freeman and Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, appears.
Houston Press

Young professionals rock Rice campus at grafitti-inspired ‘Club Berlin’ bash
For its 20th anniversary, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University shed its buttoned-down image for a rip-roaring party introducing a young professional crowd to the lighter side of the think tank business. “Club Berlin” rocked the Rice campus as 700 revelers responded enthusiastically to the invitation to join “the night awash in digital graffiti.” James A. Baker III, honorary chair of the Baker Institute, and Ryan Kirksey, director of operations and finance at the Baker Institute, are mentioned.

Bens Branch Elementary girls attend Sally Ride Science Festival
Twenty-four fifth-grade girls from Bens Branch Elementary in Porter attended the Sally Ride Science Festival at Rice University Oct. 12.
Houston Chronicle


Rice University method gives accurate picture of gas storage by microscopic cages
A computational method to quantify the adsorption of gas by porous zeolites should help labs know what to expect before they embark upon slow, costly experiments, according to researchers at Rice University. Rouzbeh Shahsavari, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is quoted.
Eureka! Science News (Similar articles appeared on Product Design and Development, Space Mart and Nanotechnology Now.)

Research overview: Graphene for radically new energy technologies
Graphene for energy use is emerging as an exciting topic of research, with breakthrough discoveries hitting the headlines every week. Recently, scientists at Rice have shown that the addition of graphene to a type of plastic commonly used in packaging beverages can give carbonated drinks a longer shelf life.
Science World Report

Conscientious people more likely to provide good customer service
Conscientious people are more likely to provide good customer service, according to a new study from researchers at Rice. Stephan Motowidlo, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology and the study’s lead author, is quoted.
Health Canal
The best customer service personality trait
BusinessNews Daily

New implantable sensor paves way to long-term monitoring
James Tour, the T.T. and W.F. Chao Chair in Chemistry and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and of computer science, is quoted in an article about a new nitric oxide sensor.
Lab Manager


Clotting protein hardens aging hearts
A team of Rice researchers has discovered a link between the protein known as von Willebrand factor and heart-valve calcium deposits. Jane Grande-Allen, professor of bioengineering; graduate student Liezl Balaoing; and Joel Moake, research scientist, are mentioned.

Former Anadarko CEO wins gold medal from API
James Hackett, former CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Rice trustee emeritus, received the American Petroleum Institute’s 2013 Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.
Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio)


Owl dynasty? ‘Duck Commander’ made collegiate debut vs. Rice
Phil Robertson, star of the A&E reality series “Duck Dynasty,” made his collegiate debut in a 14-0 loss to the Owls at Rice Stadium Sept. 18, 1965. Robertson was the starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech for two seasons.
Houston Chronicle
Louisiana Tech headed to home of Phil Robertson collegiate debut
‘Duck Dynasty’ star Phil Robertson once a college quarterback

SE Louisiana prevails over Rice 63-62
Freshman Joshua Filmore scored the game-winning basket with five seconds remaining in the game Tuesday at Tudor Fieldhouse as the Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Rice Owls 63-62.
Lions rally to knock off Rice, 63-62


New statistical tools being developed for mining cancer data
Researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas at Austin are working together to create new statistical tools that can find clues about cancer that are hidden like needles in enormous haystacks of raw data.

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