Dateline Rice for Nov. 18, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


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 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis.
How John Cornyn has avoided a tough primary challenge
The Washington Post
In one county, the state’s political future
The New York Times (This article also appeared in the Texas Tribune.)

EPA action adds fuel to renewable debate
Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at the Baker Institute, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted in an article about a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency that lowers the amount of biofuels blended into the nation’s oil supply.
The Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This article appeared on the front page of Saturday’s Houston Chronicle and also in the


Shale gas a possible option to Taiwan’s energy mix: US experts
Steven Lewis, the C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor in the practice and associate director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies, is quoted in an article about how shale gas has become increasingly important around the world, providing countries such as Taiwan, which import much of their energy, a chance to adjust their energy mix.
Taiwan News

EPA permitting seen as high hurdle for carbon capture project
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted in an article about the confusing and expensive permit requirements hampering the development of carbon capture, utilization and storage technologies and interviewed in a segment of PBS’ “Platts Energy Week.” (Subscription required.)

Adjusting to the new contours of the ACA
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, is quoted in articles about extending old insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.
Obamacare seeks a fix after the fumble
KUT 90.5

Survey notes higher education’s importance among ethnic groups
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.
The Vallejo Times Herald (Vallejo, Calif.)

San Marcos tech company bets big on tiny quantum dots
Michael Wong, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is mentioned in an article about a San Marcos tech company’s efforts to manufacture quantum dots.
Bloomberg Business Week (This article also appeared on

The battle over Mexico’s crime statistics
An article about the use of questionable statistical evidence in Mexico’s war against drugs mentions the Baker Institute for Public Policy.
American Thinker

Washington, a la cabeza de los SuperDistritos de EEUU por educación y riqueza
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an article about “super districts.” (This article appeared in Yahoo!Noticias, El Correo La Voz and more than 20 other outlets. An English translation of this article is unavailable at this time.)

WWII train exhibit is reminder of sacrifices millions made leaving home for war: Editorial
A World War II naval training program at Rice is recalled in an article about the National WWII Museum’s “Train Car Experience” exhibit that allows visitors to experience the sights, sounds and emotions of boarding a train to go off to war.
The Time-Picayune

Hope and help for sickle cell anemia patients
Rice is mentioned in an article about the risks presented by sickle cell anemia.
Pensacola News Journal

A torch was passed, one that he lit
John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (This article also appears in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)


Houstonians change the world with a giving heart
The Centennial Campaign for Rice University was among the 2013 honorees recognized at the National Philanthropy Day Awards luncheon.
The Houston Chronicle
National Philanthropy Day is just bigger in Houston: Huge crowd turns out to honor difference makers

Abbott says Texas regulates and taxes too much
John Diamond, the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and an adjunct professor of economics, is quoted in an article about a speech delivered by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
The Houston Chronicle

When it floods, is valet responsible for where it parks your car?
Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, is quoted in an article on automobiles that were parked by a valet service and damaged during recent flooding.

Are women in politics just more honest than men?
A new study by Justin Esarey, assistant professor of political science, titled “‘Fairer Sex’ or Purity Myth? Corruption, Gender and Institutional Context,” is cited in an article about gender and politics.
The Dallas Morning News (This article also appeared in the Las Vegas Sun, the Tennessean, the High Point Enterprise and the Chicago Tribune.)

Wetherington, Egan: It’s time for science texts to evolve
Scott Egan, the Huxley Faculty Fellow in Ecology and Evolutionarty Biology, co-wrote this op-ed about the teaching of evolution in Texas public schools.
The Houston Chronicle

Breaking the mold of the traditional fundraising gala: Bobby Heugel and OKRA are floored
An article features the Rice Design Alliance’s “Live Feed” gala. John Casbarian and Lars Lerup, the Harry K, and Albert K. Smith Professors of Architecture, are mentioned.

2 musical events spotlight Viennese treasures
On Saturday the Shepherd School of Music hosted a chamber music festival called “Spotlight on Music From Vienna.” Norman Fischer, the Herbert S. Autrey professor of cello, and Lachezar Kostov, a graduate student, are quoted. Graduate student Viktor Valkov is also mentioned.
The Houston Chronicle

‘Impressionism’ exhibit is one hot ticket
Brian Connelly, artist teacher of piano and director of piano chamber music and accompanying program at the Shepherd School of Music, will deliver a lecture and recital Nov. 21 and a recital Nov. 24.
The Houston Chronicle

Writers Workshop Series
A photo gallery includes pictures from the Rice Alumni Writers Workshop Series co-sponsored by the Association of Rice University Black Alumni and the Community Relations in the Office of Public Affairs.
The Houston Defender

Review: Atrium String Quartet gives spirited Fort Worth performance
Brinton Averil Smith, associate professor of cello, performed with the Atrium String Quartet at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Is heightened security needed for implanted medical devices?
Researchers at Rice have developed a secure way to cut the risk that an implanted medical device could be altered remotely without authorization.


A look back at John F. Kennedy’s policies includes footage of his 1962 speech delivered at Rice University.

Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a segment of the CBS Evening News about Dr. Red Duke and the Kennedy assassination.

Rice is ranked No. 7 among the “Top 10 Smartest Colleges,” according to


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. Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Innovations Report.)

GSK and Save the Children to help roll out student-created breathing technology in Africa
A low-cost device that a team of Rice bioengineering students invented to help premature babies breathe more easily will be rolled out to teaching hospitals in three African nations, thanks to a $400,000 award from pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and London-based charity Save the Children. Team members Jocelyn Brown, Michael Pandya, Joseph Chang, Haruka Maruyama and Katie Schnelle are mentioned.
Finalists vie for $1M in reducing child mortality

Team from Rice, BCM, UT- Austin tackling big data variety
Researchers at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas-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.
Super Computing Online

Growing graphene crystals with electrical properties
Rice is mentioned in an article about new breakthroughs in graphene growth methods.
Controlled Environments
UT-Austin researchers grow large graphene crystals that have exceptional electrical properties


Studio session with WindSync
The Young Artists Showcase this week features WindSync, a quintet formed at and now in residence at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music. WindSync members Garrett Hudson, flute; Erin Tsai, oboe; Jack Marquardt, clarinet; Tracy Jacobson, bassoon; and Anni Hochhalter, horn, are mentioned.

Inspirational travel — My freedom from conventionality
Rice student Kay Rodriguez writes about her unconventional approaches to travel.

College Radio Survivor: This week in college radio news
Rice is mentioned in a recap of the past week’s college radio news.
Radio Survivor

Lista de alimentos altos en sodio
Rice is mentioned in an article that discusses the amounts of sodium found in various foods. (An English translation of this article is currently unavailable.)


Rice beats Louisiana Tech 52-14 for emotional victory
Articles recap the Rice vs. Louisiana Tech football game.
The Houston Chronicle (This article was promoted on the front page of Sunday’s Houston Chronicle.)
Rice gets homecoming win over Louisiana Tech

The Observer (East Montgomery County)
Recap: Rice vs. Louisiana Tech
Tri-City Herald (This article also appeared in the Charlotte Observer, Island Packet, Bradenton Herald, Belleville News-Democrat and the Merced Sun-Star.)
Homecoming trouncing: Breaking down Rice’s win over Louisiana Tech
Rice crushes Louisiana Tech
The Tulsa World
CBS Sports

The Rice vs. Louisiana Tech football game is covered.

Rice cornerbacks may be C-USA’s best
An article features Rice cornerbacks Bryce Callahan and Phillip Gaines. Rice defensive coordinator Chris Thurmond is also quoted.
The Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)

Aggies win close one against Rice, 68-65
Articles recap the Rice vs. Texas A&M men’s basketball game. (This article also appears in WTOL-TV.)
Rice (1-1) at Texas A&M (2-0)
The Charlotte Observer (This article also appeared in the Lexington Hearald-Leader, the Tri-City Herald, the Merced Sun-Star and the Sun Herald.)
NCAA game summary — Rice at Texas A&M (This article also appears in WGRZ-TV, WFMY-TV, WXIA-TV and WZZM-TV.)
A&M escapes Rice, 68-65
The Battalion
Green’s late 3 propels Texas A&M over Rice 68-65
Box score
USA Today
Recap: Texas A&M vs. Rice
The Sacramento Bee
Green scores 5 points in 41 seconds to help A&M hold off Rice

Houston forecast: Expect spring-like weather this weekend
An article provided a game-time weather forecast for last weekend’s Rice vs. Louisiana Tech football game.


Optimizing electronic correlations for superconductivity
The decadeslong effort to create practical superconductors moved a step forward with the discovery at Rice University that two distinctly different iron-based compounds share common mechanisms for moving electrons.

Puentes Consortium at Rice to discuss public health in the US-Mexico border region
A panel of scholars and officials will examine the challenges and successes of public health efforts in the U.S.-Mexico border region as part of the fourth annual Puentes Consortium Symposium being held at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Nov. 21.

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