Dateline Rice for Nov. 14, 2013


CNN ‘Piers Morgan Live’
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, discusses the legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The interview was done from the Public Affairs studio in Allen Center.


Personality traits linked to better 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.
Job performance optimized when personality matches task
Psych Central
The best customer service personality trait
Business News Daily

Madeline Albright, Matthew Weiner, Bill Belichick and more remember John F. Kennedy
Actors on the global and theatrical stage and veterans of the civil rights movement and the gridiron reflect on President John F. Kennedy’s enduring legacy in a new book. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned.

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.”
Burbank Leader (Burbank, Calif. This article also ran in The Morning Call.),0,5917633.column
Clarence Page: If up to women, country might get past go
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.)

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.
My Fox Philly (This article appeared in more than 100 other publications and on WWJ-AM radio.)

Winners of $1 million award to support lifesaving innovations announced
A simple low-cost device that helps newborn babies to breathe has been awarded the highest fund in the first GSK and Save the Children $1 million Healthcare Innovation Award. Rice 360: Institute for Global Health Technologies is mentioned as one of the winners.
Times of India
5 inspirational organizations from Malawi, Mali, Kenya, Bangladesh and Colombia recognized by GSK
Business Ghana


A spy agency’s methods could head off hackers
Oil companies are turning to the intelligence industry for insights on how to battle the steady rush of online threats they are facing. Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at the Baker Institute, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle
Hackers prompt energy firms to learn intelligence methods
Fuel Fix

Mysterious Montrose power outage is finally explained: And you won’t believe the shocking culprit
Around 8,000 people in the Montrose area were without power from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, including the people at a Rice University basketball game.
CultureMap Houston

Hector de Jesus Ruiz to return to Eagle Pass Nov. 19
Hector de Jesus Ruiz ’73 will speak to the Eagle Pass Library Foundation Nov. 19.
The News Gram (Eagle Pass, Texas)


KQED-FM (San Francisco)

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, discussed generic statin drugs and the market for them, particularly in light of the new guidelines for people taking statins released this week by the American Heart Association. (This interview also appeared on WBEZ-FM [Chicago], WDDE-FM [Philadelphia], WAMU-FM [Washington, D.C.], KUT-FM [Austin, Texas], KNPR-FM [Las Vegas], KPCC-FM [Los Angeles] and WBFO-FM [Buffalo, N.Y.].)


Administration sees changes in compensation for the 2011-12 school year
Rice President David Leebron is mentioned in an article on the compensation of university administrators.
Tulane Hullabaloo


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. Genevera Allen, the Dobelman Family Junior Chair of Statistics and assistant professor of statistics and electrical and computer engineering, is quoted.
Health Canal (This article also appeared on Medical Design Technology.)

Energy players
Jim Krane has been named the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Oil & Gas Financial Journal

Houston Area Survey: African-Americans are the most likely to value postsecondary education
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.
e!Science News

Global Water Technologies to present at 2013 Water Management & Nano Energy Summit
Global Water Technologies will present at the 2013 Water Management & Nano Energy Summit this week at Rice University.
Azo Clean Tech

Software-defined data centers could uncork bottlenecks
Eugene Ng, associate professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, is working on networks that prevent “data bottlenecks.”
Tech Page One

In-air signature gives mobile security to the password-challenged
Signing your name in the air with your smartphone can offer robust security, researchers claim. Lin Zhong, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and of computer science, is quoted.
IEEE Spectrum


Louisiana Tech releases the highlights from the Duck Dynasty guy’s college football debut in 1965
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.

Southeastern Louisiana edges Rice men 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.
Houston Chronicle


Nano magnets arise at 2-D boundaries
According to a new theory by Rice University scientists, imperfections in certain two-dimensional materials create the conditions by which nanoscale magnetic fields arise.

About Arie Passwaters

Arie Wilson Passwaters is a Web editor in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.