Dateline Rice for Nov. 20, 2013


‘Convert or die,’ Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram tells Christian women
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is quoted in an article about the Boko Haram’s attacks against Christians in Nigeria.

Mexico bolsters science funding
Tony Payan, a fellow in Mexico studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted in an article about efforts by the Mexican government to grow the country’s science and technological infrastructure.

Shell still exploring huge Pa. natural gas plant
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted in an article about Shell’s plans to build a natural gas processing plant in western Pennsylvania.
Associated Press (This article also appeared in the Miami Herald, the Fort Mills Times, CBS Money Watch, and more than five other sites.)

Glitzy Dubai eyes profit in setting Islamic standards
Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Dubai’s plans to profit from the production of “halal” goods and services.
CNBC (This article also appeared in the Times of Onan, the Malaysian Insider and the Malay Mail.)

African-Americans are the most likely to value postsecondary education, according to first-ever Houston Education Survey
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, is quoted.
African-American Lifestyle Magazine


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 Rice alumnus George P. Bush ’98 and the Texas Voter ID laws.
George P. Bush makes state candidacy official
The Houston Chronicle
George P. Bush makes it official
The San Antonio Express-News (Subscription required.)
George P. Bush files to run for Texas land commissioner
The Washington Post
There were a few problems with voter ID law during early voting in Texas
Austin American-Statesman

These shops can roll to customers
Rice is noted for hosting Sarah Platt’s “Urban Izzy” mobile boutique.
The Houston Chronicle

Equality for Kuwaiti women is more than changing a law — it’s changing expectations
Baker College junior Ellen Trinklein wrote this article about women and politics in Kuwait as a research intern at the Baker Institute for Public Policy..
The Houston Chronicle

Rice No. 7 on list of America’s smartest universities
Rice is ranked No. 7 among the “Top 10 Smartest Colleges,” according to
Houston Press

Doris Lessing leaves her mark on Texas
Richard Bado, director and professor of opera studies, is quoted in an article about the late author Doris Lessing.
San Antonio Express-News


Shale gas group brings heavy hitters together to pitch for manufacturing
Rice is mentioned as one of the charter members of the American Shale and Manufacturing Partnership.

US, Chinese scientists’ discovery may help find new superconductors
Rice physicist Qimiao Si, the Harry C. and Olga K. Wiess Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is quoted in an article about his recent experiments investigating the superconducting properties of iron-based compounds.
The People’s Daily
Researchers step closer to creating practical superconductors
Optimizing electronic correlations for superconductivity
Product Design and Development

Verizon to guard smart meters from hackers
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted in an article about Verizon’s new smart meters, designed to prevent hacking.
Verizon helps defend smart meters from hackers

Columbia, military academy among 20 best college campuses
Rice is ranked No. 4 on a list of the “20 Best College Campuses in the U.S.,” according to Business Insider.

UT-Austin researchers grow large graphene crystals that hold great promise for electrical energy storage advances
Rice is mentioned in an article about graphene crystal research at the University of Texas-Austin.

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.


At 110, Pewabic Pottery still burns brightly
Rice is mentioned in an article about the 110th anniversary of Pewabic Pottery.


A segment previews tonight’s Rice vs. University of Texas-Corpus Christi men’s basketball game.

Rice (7-3) at UAB (2-8)
An article previews tomorrow’s Rice vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham football game.

St. Thomas senior Rodgers inks scholarship to Rice
St. Thomas High School senior Michael Rodgers has signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Rice.
The Potpourri (Magnolia edition)
Bigger, better St. Thomas hoopsters ready to break out season
The Houston Chronicle

With no Griner, Sims must become team leader
An article recaps the Rice vs. Baylor University women’s basketball game.
Baylor Lariat

UAB encouraging fans to sit on one side of the stadium for TV purposes
Tomorrow’s Rice vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham football game is mentioned in an article about the UAB’s strategy to make it appear that the stands are filled.

Mid-major Report: Toledo looking to play spoiler against unbeaten Northern Illinois
Rice running back Charles Ross is mentioned in an article about the upcoming University of Toledo vs. North Illinois University football game.


Beethoven Festival and Handel’s ‘Messiah’ headline Shepherd School’s December events
Rice Chorale’s holiday concerts and an all-Beethoven festival are among several events scheduled in December at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Engineering education may diminish concern for public welfare issues, sociologist says
Collegiate engineering education may foster a “culture of disengagement” regarding issues of public welfare, according to new research by a sociologist at Rice University.

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