Dateline Rice for Dec. 23, 2013 (Weekend Edition)


Obama arrives in his native Hawaii for 17-day holiday vacation
President Obama has embarked on his 17-day holiday vacation to Hawaii, where he plans to spend Christmas and New Year’s gathering with extended family and friends. Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
Washington Post (This article also appeared in the Pittsburg Tribune-Review.)

EPA silenced scientists that challenged their agenda
The Environmental Protection Agency silenced scientific advisers who expressed concerns over the agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions limits for coal-fired power plants, House Republicans claim. Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice’s Energy and Environment Initiative, is quoted.
Daily Caller

Pregnant and looking for work? Attack stereotypes head-on
Pregnant women are more likely to experience discrimination in the job search process than nonpregnant women, but they can minimize bias by addressing negative pregnancy stereotypes in the application process, according to a new study from researchers at Rice University, the University of Houston-Downtown and George Mason University. Michelle Hebl, professor of psychology and management, is quoted. Rice alumna Whitney Botsford Morgan ’04 is mentioned.
Yahoo! UK and Ireland
(This article also appeared on Rocket News and Live

Charitable Microsoft kingpin supports urine batteries project
A solar steam sterilizer that can convert human waste into fuel that was developed at Rice is mentioned.
The Register (U.K.)


Mark Jones, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies, professor and chair of political science and fellow in political science at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted on state and national politics.
Davis campaign’s best hit comes when she keeps it simple
Houston Chronicle (This article also appeared in the San Antonio Express News. Subscriptions required.)
GOP plan would make Texas major player in 2016
Austin American Statesman
Red Dawn: Why SA is the GOP’s best bet for the future
Spanish-Speaking candidates have political advantage (This article also appeared on KEYE-TV, the Monitor and El Diario de El Paso.)

Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted in an column on transformative gifts made by philanthropists Nancy and Rich Kinder across Houston, an op-ed on thriving U.S. cities and a news broadcast on the changing demographics of Houston.
Nancy and Rich Kinder have a passion for transforming Houston
Houston Chronicle
Houston is riding high
Houston Chronicle
KTRK-TV’s ‘Viva Houston’

El Ultimo Grito installation to open at Rice University Art Gallery
An opening celebration for a new installation by El Ultimo Grito will be held at the Rice University Art Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 23.
Houston Chronicle

For better or for worse: Child marriage in Yemen

Ariana Marnicio, research assistant for the Women and Human Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored this blog about young girls getting married in Yemen.
Houston Chronicle

Ho, Marks: Affordable Care Act is based on existing insurance structure
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, and Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, co-authored this op-ed on the Affordable Care Act.
Houston Chronicle


David Alexander, director of the Rice Space Institute and a Rice University professor of astronomy and physics, discusses the spacewalk to repair the cooling system on the International Space Station.
CBS Radio
(This broadcast appeared on more than 1,000 CBS affiliates nationally.)
CBS Radio
(This broadcast appeared on more that 125 CBS affiliates across Texas.)

Houston bike-share program expands to East End housing project
Houston B-Cycle started in May of 2012 with three downtown stations and a total of 18 bicycles. It’s now expanded to 29 stations and 230 bikes throughout Midtown, the Medical Center and Montrose. Rice is mentioned as a possible future station.

KDFW-TV (Dallas)
A Rice study suggests that the way produce is stored and eaten could impact its nutritional value and health benefits. Janet Braam, professor and chair of biochemistry and cell biology, is quoted.

Rice alumnus Scott Snyder ’87 discusses the situation in North Korea.


‘Social’ bacteria that work together to hunt for food and survive under harsh conditions
Rice research into multicell bacterium could lead to new antibiotics or to development of new pest-resistant seeds. Oleg Igoshin, assistant professor of bioengineering, is quoted.

ICT news desk: Superbugs in sewage
Tests at two wastewater treatment plants in northern China revealed antibiotic-resistant bacteria were not only escaping purification but also breeding and spreading their dangerous cargo. Pedro Alvarez, the George R. Brown Professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.
Antibiotic resistant gene found in Chinese river
Digital Journal
‘Superbugs’ found breeding in sewage plants
Medical News Today
Multidrug resistance gene discharged from Chinese wastewater treatment plants
Chemical & Engineering News
Science Briefs: ‘Superbugs’ breeding in sewage plants
News Observer

Increasing personal savings, ‘Groundhog Day’ way
Utpal Dholakia, professor of marketing at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is mentioned in an article about the way people think about time and how it affects their financial planning.
Science Daily (This article also appeared on MedicalXpress and Science Newsline.)
Have a cyclical mind, save more moolah
News Track India (This article also appeared on,, the Sentinel,,, Daijiworld and

SNL Energy’s 10 most influential people of 2013
Alumnus Doug Lawler ’02 is one of SNL Energy’s 10 most influential people of 2013.
SNL Financial


Mexico balances energy reforms with environmental concerns
In the heady debates over energy reform that riveted the Mexican Congress earlier this month, one crucial issue was glaringly absent from the central points of discussion that underpinned the changes to the Constitution: the environmental impacts of increased gas and oil production. 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.
The Cutting Edge


American Heart Association announces finalists for Marathon Oil Corp. Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards
Rice head football coach David Bailiff is one of five coaches named as finalists for the Marathon Oil Corp.’s 2013 Paul “Bear” Bryant Award for Coach of the Year.
Bellaire Examiner

Rice will play Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl Dec. 31.
Rising Rice: Owls 16-4 since last visit to Memphis
Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
2013-2014 bowl game predictions
CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’
WHBQ-TV (Memphis, Tenn.)
WLBT-TV (Jackson, Miss.)
WDBD-TV (Jackson, Miss.)
WDAM-TV (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
WREG-TV (Memphis, Tenn.)
WOLO-TV (Columbia, S.C.)
KARD-TV (Monroe, La.)
College football bowl rankings: The full list 1-35
2013-14 College Football Bowl schedule with predictions
All Voices
Headed to the Liberty Bowl? Don’t miss Bulldog activities
The Dispatch (Starkville, Miss.)
St. Charles North High drill team off to perform at Liberty Bowl
Daily Herald

Texas A&M dominates Rice without several top swimmers
Texas A&M women’s swimming and diving team defeated Rice.
Swimming World Magazine

5th-round pick Luke Willson emerging as consistent tight end for Seahawks
Times Columnist (Similar articles appeared on the Daily Journal and Canadian Press.)

Meet Becky Wade, America’s best young marathoner
Alumna Becky Wade ’12 won the California International Marathon in Sacramento Dec. 8, becoming the fifth-fastest female American marathoner of 2013.
Runner’s World

Rice Owls rock School House Mania with win, 69-56
Rice University men’s basketball regrouped to come back and claim a 69-56 win over visiting Northwood in front 4,924 fans at Tudor Fieldhouse on Thursday.
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in the Fort Bend Sun and the Memorial Examiner.)

Coogs escape with narrow 54-52 win over Rice
Rice University men’s basketball and crosstown rival University of Houston played yet another close contest in the Owls’ recent history of nail-biters with the Cougars. UH claimed a narrow 54-52 victory in the Dickies Shootout at Toyota Center.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in the Memorial Examiner and the Bellaire Examiner.)
Houston beats Rice 54-52
Charlotte Observer (This Associate Press article appeared in more than 25 other publications.)
Recap: Houston vs. Rice
The Olympian (This Associated Press article appeared in more that 10 other publications.)

About Arie Passwaters

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