Dateline Rice for Nov. 21, 2013


Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed in a segment of “Anderson Cooper 360” about President John F. Kennedy.

For engineering students, a lesson in caring
Collegiate engineering education may foster a “culture of disengagement” regarding issues of public welfare, according to a new Rice study. Erin Cech, assistant professor of sociology, is quoted.
Does engineering education make students cynical?
Inside Higher Ed
US engineering: ‘A culture of disengagement’?
Industrial Equipment News
Engineering education may diminish concern for public welfare issues


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 Tarrant County politics.
George P. Bush files to run for Texas office
Reuters (This article also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Yahoo!News, the Baltimore Sun, Business Insider, the Hartford Courant, the Toronto Sun and more than 20 other publications.)
Republicans, Democrats wrestle over Tarrant County
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
George Prescott Bush files to run for Texas land commissioner
United Press International
Otro Bush regresa a la boleta electoral de Texas
La Voz (An English translation of this article is unavailable at this time.)

How a game of tag turned a Texas campus into immigration’s ground zero
Rice is mentioned in articles about a rally at the University of Texas-Austin held in response to the cancelled “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event.
The Daily Beast
America Ferrera protests Young Conservatives of Texas with University of Texas students
The Daily Kos
University Leadership Initiative hosts rally in support of over 400 undocumented longhorns
The Horn

Deutsche Bank targeted as Dubai’s DFSA fines rogue bankers
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 efforts to crack down on financial misconduct in their country. (This article also appeared in La Repubblica.)

Hackers of all stripes gather in downtown Brooklyn for NYU-Poly’s 2013 ‘Cyber Security Awareness Week’
Graduate student Masoud Rostami is mentioned as one of the participants in the Polytechnic Institute of New York University’s 10th annual “Cyber Security Awareness Week.”
The Brooklyn Eagle

Ashrawi: Negotiations are no longer a viable option for peace
Edward Djerejian, founding director of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy,  is mentioned in an article on approaches to Palestinian peace.
Palestine News Network

La ciencia mexicana busca ser rentable
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.
El Economista (An English translation of this article is unavailable at this time.)

News to us: The tao of Monk
Rice alumnus George “Monk” Foreman III ’06 is featured in an article about the opening of his new boxing facility.
Dig Boston

And this is how you turn an art gallery into a giant, enchanted disco ball
An article features Soo Sunny Park’s installation “Unwoven Light.”
The Huffington Post

President John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech at Rice is mentioned.
Ventura County Reporter

America’s smartest colleges revealed: Did your alma mater make the grade?
Rice is ranked No. 7 among the “Top 10 Smartest Colleges,” according to
Parade (This article also appeared in the


BDO Consulting expands forensics practice with Houston hire
Rice alumnus Jeffrey T. Harfenist ’99 has been appointed managing director of global forensics in BDO Consulting’s Houston location.
The Houston Business Journal (This article also appeared in Accounting Today.)

Award-winning poet to speak tonight at LSC-M
Writers in Performance will host Joseph Campana, associate professor of English literature.
The Courier (Montgomery County)

Orchestra, choral music with special guests highlight season
Rice alumna Allyson Goodman ’13 will perform with the Conroe Symphony Orchestra Dec. 2.
The Courier (Montgomery County)

Culture scene: Nov. 21
Brian Connelly, artist teacher of piano and director of piano chamber music and accompanying program at the Shepherd School of Music, will perform three Beethoven sonatas Nov. 24 at 4 p.m.
The Houston Chronicle


Do students need more formal education?
Moshe Vardi, the Karen Ostrum George, Distinguished Service Professor of Computational Engineering and computer science, was one of the panelists at the Formal Methods in Computer-Aided Design conference’s panel titled “Teaching Formal Methods: Needs, Challenges, Experiences and Opportunities.”
Semiconductor Engineering

Optimizing electronic correlations for superconductivity
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.
Energy Daily

Findings on gold nanoparticles detailed by investigators at Rice University
A Rice study that describes the development and evaluation of an amplification-free molecular assay for detection of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts is cited.

Biophotonics research funding: Flexible funding options for biophotonics
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Stanley C. Moore Professor and chair of the Department of Bioengineering and director of both Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) and Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, is mentioned in an article about private foundation funding for science projects.
Bio-Optics World

IT pay: Can higher ed compete?
Kamran Khan, vice provost for information technology, is quoted in an article about the differences in income between public sector and private sector IT professionals.
Campus Technology


Parsons Brinckerhoff names Beth Arnold water area manager 
Rice alumna Beth Arnold ’83 has been appointed water area manager for the Virginia Beach office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

College radio makes comeback at UVA
Rice is mentioned in an article about the launch of a new radio station at the University of Virginia.
Inside Radio


Obi leads Rice past Texas A&M-CC 63-60
Articles recap last night’s Rice vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s basketball game.
Latest Texas sports

Articles preview tonight’s Rice vs. University of Alabama-Birmingham football game.
Legion Field
USA Today
Rice run game, including top rusher Charles Ross, has UAB’s attention
Rice (7-3) at UAB (2-8)
Idaho Statesman
Thursday’s notebook
College football odds: Rice Owls vs. UAB Blazers free pick

Rice men’s basketball: Owls sign 2 during early signing period
Men’s basketball coach Ben Braun has announced the signings of guard Jordan Reed and forward Maurice Rivers to national letters of intent.
The Houston Chronicle

Women’s basketball welcomes the tougher competition of C-USA
The Rice women’s basketball team is mentioned in an article about the University of North Texas joining Conference USA.

Rice lands highly ranked outfielder in fall signing class
Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham is quoted in an article about the fall signing class.
The Houston Chronicle

Islander can drive at tonight’s game
The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Student Government Association sponsored a canned food drive at yesterday’s Owls vs. Islanders men’s basketball game.

Lady Bears ready for 3 games in 3 days
Women’s basketball coach Gregg Williams is quoted in an article about the Baylor University women’s basketball team.
The Baylor Lariat

Coach Cut, we have you to thank
Former Rice football coach Fred Goldsmith is mentioned in an article about the Duke University football program
The Duke Chronicle

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