Dateline Rice for Feb. 17, 2014 (Weekend Edition)


Q&A: Industry veteran brings fossil fuel priority to Rice
Charles McConnell, executive director of Rice University’s Energy and Environment Initiative and former U.S. assistant secretary of energy for fossil energy in the Department of Energy, is featured in a Q-and-A about technology, energy policy and his relatively new position at Rice.
Houston Chronicle (“Fuel Fix” column)

Elaine Howard Ecklund on BBC World Service discussing science and religion
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, discussed her new research on the relationship between science and religion on BBC World Service’s “Newsday,” which reaches 44 million people worldwide.
BBC World Service
Not quite two cultures
Inside Higher Ed
The science of stupid: Galileo is rolling over in his grave
Survey: Religion and science aren’t always at odds
Futurity (This appeared as the top story on the home page.)
Science, religion go hand in hand in U.S., study shows
Japan Today (This article also appeared in GlobalPost and 15 other publications.)
Science, religion go hand in hand in US
Yahoo! News UK & Ireland
God knows, scientists are more religious than you think
Religion News Service
When science and religion collide, it’s not always a bad thing
Red Orbit
Initial findings from the RUS study at AAAS
Science and Religion Today
Misconceptions about science and religion abound
Science 2.0 (This article also appeared in Science Codex.)
Science vs. religion: Study’s surprising finds about Christianity and science
New survey finds religion and science closer than most Americans think
Religion and science can coexist: Some scientists practice more than the general public
Misconceptions of science and religion stunt progress
Business Standard (This article also appeared in Newstrack India,,, Siasat Daily, TruthDive and

Going strong at 77, Rice’s Graham intends to keep coaching
Rice baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the Sports section.)


The next Colorado or Washington: Probably not here
William Martin, the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Senior Fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted about the legalization of marijuana in Texas.
New York Times

This carbon nano-cable beats copper for conductivity
According to new research, carbon nanotube-based fibers invented at Rice have greater capacity to carry electrical current than copper cables of the same mass. Junichiro Kono, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics and astronomy, is quoted. Matteo Pasquali, professor of chemical and biological engineering and of chemistry and Xuan Wang, postdoctoral research and lead author of this study, are mentioned.
Carbon nanotube-based cables carry four times the current of copper
The Engineer
Carbon nanotube fibers outperform copper in carrying electrical current
Science Daily (This article also appeared in SMT and Computer Magazine.)
High ampacity power cable of tightly packed and aligned carbon nanotubes
Nanotechnology Today

GOP struggles to sell message in big cities
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 the upcoming Texas Republican primaries, the current Venezuelan political crisis and is cited for his research on the Texas House.
National Public Radio (This article also appeared on KUHF-FM and 142 other affiliates.)
Republicans struggle to sell their message in big cities
KPCC-FM (Southern California)
Fight ramps up for Texas Senate 10 seat
A referendum on tea party strength?
Austin American-Statesman (Subscription required.)
American Digest
Austin American-Statesman
Todd Staples stresses border security in run for lieutenant governor
Dallas Morning News
Shining light on Texas House speaker Joe Straus
Texas District 77: Lyda Ness-Garcia defends use of cropped photograph
El Paso Times
Texas House race turns nasty
Hispanic Business (This article also appeared in 790 Talk Now.)
Venezuelans demand immediate action to quell crime and inflation
The Voice of Russia

In ‘unthinkable’ shift, U.S. could be net natural gas exporter by 2016
Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted about the use of natural gas.
National Journal

Barack Obama’s paragraph
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is one of 10 leading historians to assess Obama’s rank among his predecessors.

Our humanity, naturally
Anthony Pinn, the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities and professor of religious studies, is quoted about atheists leading purposeful lives without belief in God.
Psychology Today


Face of Houston’s income inequality
Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology and co-director of Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, is quoted about the income inequality among Houston residents.
Houston Chronicle (This article appeared on the front of the City & State section.)

Concert explores Sephardic, Latin music
Playwright, experimental theater producer and painter Robert Wilson will deliver the 2014 Campbell Lecture Series at Rice March 26-28.
Houston Chronicle

Woodfill faces well-funded challenger for county GOP chair
Alumnus Paul Simpson ’76 is in the race to head the Harris County Republican Party.
Houston Chronicle


Baker College senior Alberto Rodriguez and Andrea Galindo-Escamilla are featured as part of Mariachi Luna Llena, the university’s first mariachi band and winner of Rice’s International Fest, on “Viva Houston.”

Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra fine tunes their notes for Saturday
Rice student and soprano soloist Katherine Smith performed with the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra.
KPLC-TV (Lake Charles, La.) (This article also appeared on KSLA-TV and WAFB-TV.)

WWZN-FM (Boston)
Rice is launching a sports media camp.


Superior semiconducting & thermal properties of diamonds
Perfect sheets of diamond a few atoms thick appear to be possible even without the big squeeze that makes natural gems.

Warning: This is not a toy
Rice is using National Instruments’ myRIO, a new product designed to ease learning for engineering students.
EE Times

Cheap field test detects DNA of crypto parasite
Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.

Methane hydrate: The energy source of the future. (Maybe).
A Rice study about gas hydrates in referenced.
Fuel Fix


Revealed: Why women prefer taller men
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.
Hindustan Times

The devil we refuse to see
Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, is referenced.

Historian to speak on Vietnam, Cronkite
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will discuss “Vietnam, Walter Cronkite and Today’s Foreign Policy Lessons” at Ohio Wesleyan University Feb. 27.

Rhode Island Philharmonic announces lineup for its 70th season
Pierre Jalbert, professor of composition and theory at Rice’s Shepherd School of Music, commissioned a work for the Rhode Island Philharmonic’s 70th season.
Providence Journal

International Piano Series continues with Jon Kimura Parker
Jon Kimura Parker, professor of piano, will perform and conduct a master class at College of Charleston.
The Post and Courier


Rice rewards Bailiff with new 5-year contract
Rice football coach David Bailiff has been rewarded with a new five-year contract at Rice.
Houston Chronicle
Owl football: Rice University, Bailiff agree to five-year deal
Tomball Potpourri
Bailiff, Owls agree on new contract
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun and Cypress Creek Mirror.)
Rice awards David Bailiff five-season contract extension
Rice extends coach David Bailiff for five seasons
Gant Daily
Rice gives Bailiff 5-year deal after 10-win season
The Washington Post
Rice coach David Bailiff gets new five-year contract
MyFox Houston
Rice University gives football coach David Bailiff 5-year deal

Purdue faces one opponent in opening weekend
Rice men’s baseball will play Purdue Feb. 21-23 at Reckling Park.
The Exponent

Men’s golf spring season starts Monday at Rice Intercollegiate
The Rice Intercollegiate will begin its 2014 spring season Feb. 17-18 at Westwood Golf Club.
Gonzaga Golf

Rice men’s baseball won against Stanford University 10-3 in California.
Rice baseball holds on for win over No. 25 Stanford
Houston Chronicle
Rice scores 10 runs in opening-day win at Stanford
Baseball: Stanford Cardinal fall to 0-2, drop 5-1 decision to Rice
Golden Gate Sports
College baseball: Rice beats Stanford in season opener
Humble Observer
KCRA-TV (Sacramento, Calif.)

Rice men’s basketball fell to Louisiana Tech Feb. 15 at Thomas Assembly Center.
Owls fall in opening game of road trip
Bellaire Examiner (This article also appeared in Sugar Land Sun, Memorial Examiner and Fort Bend Sun.)
Louisiana Tech overwhelms Rice 85-46
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Rice Owls – Feb. 15, 2014
Sports Chat Place
Tech starts fast, blows past Rice
Monroe News Star (This article also appeared in Shreveport Times.)
Rice (7-16) at Louisiana Tech (20-5) (This article also appeared in KansasCity Star, Island Packet, Lexington Herald-Leader, Merced Sun-Star and Tri-City Herald.)
Recap: Louisiana Tech vs. Rice
News & Observer (This article also appeared in Merced Sun-Star, Lexington Herald-Leader and the Telegraph.)

UTSA men knock off Florida Atlantic on ‘Senior Day’
Rice women’s basketball fell to UTSA 63-61 at Tudor Fieldhouse.
San Antonio Express

College notebook: Austin Ramljak savors D-I experience at Rice
Rice men’s basketball player Austin Ramljak is featured.
Ventura County Star

Magnolia West’s Jones, New Caney’s Klingler named to TSWA all-state team
An article mentions Rice’s signing-day pick.
The Montgomery County Courier


Misconceptions of science and religion found in new study
Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair and Professor of Sociology, co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance and director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, conducted a study that supported coexistence and introduced similarities among science and religious communities.

Caps not the culprit in nanotube chirality
Boris Yakobson, the Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and professor of chemistry, and his Rice colleagues found that those who wish to control the chirality of nanotubes should look at other aspects of their growth.

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