Dateline Rice for March 6, 2014


How to pick a candidate in Texas: Eeny, meeny, miney, moe
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 and authored a blog post about the Texas primary. He also discusses the primary results as a guest on KUHF’s “Money Matters” program. He is also quoted on the evolution of the Chavista movement in Venezuela one year after Hugo Chavez’s death.
National Public Radio (This article also appeared in KRWG-FM and 100 other affiliates.)
Former front-runner Dewhurst has an uphill climb in runoff
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page.)
Primary results from Valley show Davis has work to do
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required. This appeared on the front page.)
Primary election analysis, kids and nutrition, service dogs and bagpipes
KUHF-FM’s “Houston Matters”
Seven takeaways from the March 4 Texas primaries
Houston Chronicle
Bitter opponents now call for unity in local GOP
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
Primary lessons: Tea party holds sway; Dems and Davis in disarray
Austin-American Statesman
Davis’ primary losses in border counties encourage GOP
Texas Tribune (This article also appeared in My High Plains, Big Country, The Monitor and Star-Telegram.)
Everyone’s trying to out-crazy each other in the Texas primaries
Harris County Republicans elect new county chairman
Heated race expected for Texas governor
Don Huffines ekes out narrow win against longtime Sen. John Carona
Dallas Morning News
Texas issues like water and roads are too important to let the Tea Party handle them
Dallas Morning News
Dewhurst left with few options in runoff
San Antonio Express (This article also appeared in the Austin-American Statesman.)
Davis showing in some South Texas counties raises questions
San Antonio Express
Runoff to replace Congressman Steve Stockman
News 92 FM
Rep. Perry’s landslide victory could mean bright future in Austin, area leaders say
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Subscription required.)
El Paso County elections: Loss comes as a surprise for incumbent Naomi Gonzalez
El Paso Times
The Texas right to life pro-life revolution advances
Texas Right to Life
Tea Party triumph in Texas
TCOT Report
Texas Republicans choose establishment candidates over Tea Partyers
The National Memo
Wendy Davis, @BGTX fared poorly in Texas primary
PJ Media
El chavismo se tambalea tras un año sin Chávez
El Nuevo Herald (An English translation is not available. This article also appeared in El Periodiquito, El Horizonte, ACN, Reporte Confidencial, Hoy and Noticias Bolivianes.)


Texas student vanishes during spring break in Florida
Martel College senior Reny Jose has been reported missing in Panama City Beach, Fla., where he has been spending spring break with fellow students at a rented beach-front home.
New York Daily News (This article also appeared in University Herald and 53 other affiliates.)
Still no sign of Rice student who vanished during spring break trip to Florida
Panic sets in as 2nd Indian-American student goes missing
India Today (This article also appeared in Daily News & Analysis and 38 other affiliates.)

Two million Evangelical scientists; Improving odds of minority boys; Megan Alexander
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.
Christianity Today

Doing the math on daily-deal discounts
A Rice study about daily-deal promotions is referenced in an article about business promotions.
Barcelona News (This article also appeared in Russia News, Britain News, Buenos Aires News, Cambodian Times and Toronto Telegraph.)


Kiplinger ranks Rice at top of best-value university list
Rice University ranks No. 1 among private universities on Kiplinger’s list of “30 Best Values in Small Colleges” and “30 Best College Values in the West/Southwest.”
30 best values in small colleges, 2014
Rice snags first place in rankings for schools with best value
Houston Business Journal

Dan Patrick’s path to power; from talk show host to frontrunner
Bob Stein, the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science, is quoted about State Sen. Dan Patrick and his campaign for lieutenant governor.

The US response to the crisis in Ukraine
Richard Stoll, the Albert Thomas Chair in Political Science and scholar at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about U.S. military intervention in Ukraine.
Houston Chronicle

Harnessing solar energy
A reader mentions Rice in a comment about solar energy.
Houston Chronicle

Sloan-C announces 2014 Effective Practice Awards Honoring Innovation in Online Education
Rice is listed as a Sloan-C Effective Practice awards selection committee member.
Houston Chronicle

Energy chief: Industry arguments for exporting US oil are unconvincing
Rice has launched an analysis of the oil industry wanting to lift the 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude.
Fuel Fix

Missouri City’s March Leadership Luncheon to feature renowned Rice University demographer Dr. Steve Murdock
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, will speak at Missouri City’s Leadership Luncheon March 13 at the City Centre.
Fort Bend Sun

Former Young Texas Artists winners, where are they now?
Baker College senior Coleman Itzkoff is featured.
The Courier

A&M inches closer to open online courses
Rice is mentioned as one of the universities offering courses through online education provider edX.
The Battalion Online

Da Camera presents ‘Scenes of Childhood’ with mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke
Rice alumna Sasha Cooke will perform at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 8.


Cytoskeletons get a closer look
Rice researchers developed a theoretical approach to analyze the process by which protein building blocks form the biopolymer skeletons of living cells. Anatoly Kolomeisky, professor of chemistry and of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted. (This article also appeared in Hispanic Business.)
Simple mathematical way to consider correlations in analysis of cytoskeletons

Study identifies new treatments that can delay liver failure in patients waiting for transplants
In a new study that could help doctors extend the lives of patients awaiting liver transplants, a Rice-led team of researchers examined the metabolic breakdown that takes place in liver cells during late-stage cirrhosis and found clues that suggest new treatments to delay liver failure. Deepak Nagrath, assistant professor in chemical and biomolecular engineering, is quoted.
Med India

Ancient Egyptian soldier’s letter home deciphered
Doctoral candidate Grant Adamson translated a letter found outside a temple in the Egyptian town of Tebtunis using infrared images to read the century-old text.
Live Science

Global LNG market to face oversupply, study finds
An increased demand for liquefied natural gas in Asia may result in a Gulf Coast region energy boom. Kenneth Medlock III, the James A. Baker III and Susan Baker Fellow in Energy and Resource Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, senior director of the Center for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute and lecturer on economics, is quoted.
Hydrocarbon Processing (This article also appeared in and Macro Business.)


US and Russia still friends in space
NASA is maintaining a relationship with Russia despite tension between the U.S. and Russia over the situation in Ukraine. Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor and senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, is quoted.
WPRO-FM (This article also appeared in News Tonight Africa.)

Ireland has great potential for synthetic biology — Prof Matthew Bennett, Rice University
Matthew Bennett, assistant professor of biochemistry and cell biology, is interviewed. He will speak at the Synthetic Biology Future conference.
Silicon Republic

Quillen appointed to Obama’s advisory board
Davidson College President Carol Quillen, Rice’s former vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives, has been appointed as a member of the newly constituted President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
The Herald Weekly

Rice Gallery : El Ultimo Grito
El Ultimo Grito’s “Garden Object” installation is featured. It will be on view at Rice University Art Gallery through March 16.
Brave Praxis


Rice loses staff ace Stephens for season
Due to surgery, Rice baseball player Jordan Stephens will miss the rest of the season. Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is mentioned.
Houston Chronicle

Rice Owls vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs March 6, 2014
Rice men’s basketball will play Louisiana Tech March 6 at Autry Court.
Sports Chat Place

SEC assistant commissioner Claybrook named to NCAA women’s basketball committee
Former senior associate athletics director Leslie Claybrook has been named to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.
SEC Sports

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