Dateline Rice for Feb. 13, 2014


Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards
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 about Wendy Davis’ campaign and the Texas primaries.
Greg Abbott brings Rick Perry into the fold on campaign trail
Huffington Post (This article also appeared on, Pegasus News
and Governing.)

Review questions staying power of gains in HISD Apollo program
The Houston Independent School District’s Apollo program could more effectively improve struggling schools if it extended intensive tutoring sessions beyond math to include reading studies, according to an independent review by Rice’s Houston Education Research Consortium.
Houston Chronicle (This article was the top story on the front of the City & State section.)

The rise of energy humanities
Dominic Boyer, professor of anthropology and director of Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, co-authored an op-ed about energy humanities and its contribution to creating a sustainable energy future.
University Affairs


Meditation makes people feel better. Can it help you work smarter, too?
New evidence suggests meditation can produce better business decisions. Erik Dane, assistant professor of management at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, is quoted.
Bloomberg Businessweek

Women prefer taller men, study finds
According to new research from Rice and the University of North Texas, the height of a potential partner matters more to women than to men, and mostly for femininity and protection. Michael Emerson, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted.
Huffington Post (This article also appeared on CTV News.)
Height DOES matter! Women want their man to be taller, because it makes them feel ‘secure and delicate’ … but where does that leave smaller guys — and taller girls?
Daily Mail
Why size really does matter to a woman
The Independent
Height: Bad news for short guys
Guardian Liberty Voice
Houston study reveals how your height affects romantic relationships
Height matters: Why women prefer tall men
Houston study reveals how your height affects romantic relationships
San Antonio Express (This article also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and Greenwich Time.)
In a relationship, size DOES matter
Web Watch
Why women prefer taller men
The New Age (This article also appeared in Sowetan and 110 other affiliates.)
KLIF-AM (Dallas)
‘Vrouw zoekt langere man’
Plusonline (An English translation is not available.)
Vrouwen vinden lengteverschil in relatie belangrijker dan mannen (An English translation is not available.)
Kenapa wanita lebih suka pria berpostur lebih tinggi?
Rata-rata wanita pilih pria bertubuh lebih tinggi darinya, ini alasannya

Obama picks low-profile arts center executive to chair the NEA
The late Michael Hammond, former dean of the Shepherd School of Music, is mentioned in an article about President Barack Obama’s nomination for the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Los Angeles Times


Expanding entrepreneurship: Rice’s OwlSpark to form national accelerator network
Rice’s OwlSpark is launching a National University Accelerator Network to share practices and link mentor and investor networks.
Houston Business Journal

Older people lured to insurance marketplace
The government is dependent on younger, healthy people signing up for health insurance. Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and professor of economics, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle (This story appeared on the front of the Business section.)

2014 Campbell Lecture Series featuring Robert Wilson
Playwright, experimental theater producer and painter Robert Wilson will deliver the 2014 Campbell Lecture Series at Rice March 26-28.

Acting in Texas: Jordan Jaffe at Black Lab Theatre
Alumnus Jordan Jaffe ’10 is interviewed; he mentions Justin Doran, who taught theater and directed productions at Rice.
Arts and Culture Texas


3-D printing may help create new organs
Jordan Miller, assistant professor of bioengineering, comments on the medical applications of 3-D printing.

Enrollment continues under Obamacare, with 207,000 Texans signed up so far
Elena Marks, scholar in health policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the number of Texans who have signed up for health care.


Houston’s Texas Life Science Forum adds valuable, last-minute educational sessions to conference
Houston’s Texas Life Science Forum added additional educational sessions that will be led by top biotech and life sciences industry leaders and influencers. Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance, is quoted.

Computer model simulates complex chemical dissolution
Rice scientists have discovered a new way to predict how water dissolves crystalline structures with experimental techniques and computer simulations.

Feds fund study of drug that may prevent radiation injury
A new Rice study has been commissioned by the Department of Defense to determine whether a new drug based on carbon nanotubes can prevent death associated with radiation exposure.
Science Codex

New analytical biochemistry study findings have been reported by investigators at Rice University
Rice research about Azaspiracids, lipophilic toxins discovered in mussels from Ireland, is referenced.

Miller Energy appoints John M. Brawley as chief financial officer
Alumnus John Brawley ’04 is now the chief communications officer for Miller Energy Resources.
Ulitzer (This article also appeared in 4-Traders, Yahoo! UK and Ireland, SYS-CON Belgium,, SYS-CON Deutschland and


Naomi Halas, M.A. ’84, Ph.D. ’87, elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Naomi Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and professor of physics and astronomy, has joined the elite rank of scientists elected to both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.
Bryn Mawr Now

Ryerson prof finds that gender-diverse groups produce better science
A professor at Ryerson University worked with colleagues at Rice to determine if gender diversity improves decision-making.
Yonge Street

Recyclemania kicks off at UMBC
Rice is mentioned as a past participant of Recyclemania.
The Retriever Weekly

Music Club to host Yon, Hester for Sunday concert
Alumna Kirsten Yon ’08 will perform at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church Feb. 16.
Fredericksburg Standard


TU women fall at home to Rice
Rice women’s basketball won against Tulsa 75-59 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Feb. 12.
KTUL-TV (Tulsa)

Astros to honor Lance Berkman, Roy Oswalt April 5
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 will be honored at a special pregame ceremony April 5. He will also be a radio guest on the offseason program “Astroline.”
Houston Chronicle
Astros to honor Berkman, Oswalt April 5
Lance Berkman to be guest on tonight’s ‘Astroline’
Astros announce plans to honor Berkman, Oswalt
Sugar Land Sun (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner, Memorial Examiner and Fort Bend Sun.)

College football: AstroTurf returning to Rice Stadium
The Owls have selected AstroTurf to replace the current surface at Rice Stadium. It will be installed by the start of the 2014 spring football practice March 11.
Atascocita Observer (This article also appeared in the East Montgomery County Observer, Lake Houston Observer, Kingwood Observer and Humble Observer.)

Fort Bend ISD High School football players take part in National Signing Day
An article mentions Rice’s Signing Day picks.
Fort Bend Star


Study: Renewable energy won’t fix Abu Dhabi’s consumption problem
Abu Dhabi’s recent expensive renewable energy venture will neither allow the United Arab Emirates to forgo construction of conventional energy generation nor  provide more than a token reduction in carbon-emissions growth, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

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