Dateline Rice for March 12, 2014


Texas tea party taking power back from conservative business groups
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 about the Texas primary on KUT News.
At festival, Perry hints again at presidential bid
Houston Chronicle (Subscription required.)
4 candidates, all Republicans, file for special election to replace Tommy Williams in Texas Senate
Burnt Orange Report
Perry still mum about presidential run on Kimmel
Express News (Subscription required.)
Buc-ee’s could beat boycott
Express News (Subscription required.)
The brief: A Texas tipping point identified in WSJ
Texas Tribune


Legislation seeks to restrict NSF’s social science programmes
Conservative politicians in the US House of Representatives are pushing to limit the National Science Foundation’s support for social-science research. Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Political Science and professor of statistics and of psychology, is quoted.
Obama’s budget request falls flat

Officials still search for missing spring breaker
One article reports on the ongoing search for missing Rice senior Reny Jose. Other articles about a missing Indian American woman mention other people who have gone missing, including Jose.
Jasmine Joseph found dead in her car, committed suicide: Police
American Bazaar
Missing Indian-origin student found dead in her car in US
Times of India (This article also appeared in and 11 other affiliates.)
Missing Indian-origin student found dead in US

Neil DeGrasse Tyson shows science and religion can co-exist in ‘cosmos’
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.
Think Progress

Analysis: On 10th anniversary of Madrid Al Qaeda 3-11 bombing, analysts apply lessons to fight terror in Israel
David Cook, associate professor of religious studies, is interviewed about Islam tradition and its effect on Muslims, citing the Boston Marathon bombing.


Clark: Diversity across state can no longer be denied
Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is featured for his accurate statistics and predictions of Texas’s future. He is also quoted about Austin and San Antonio’s growth.
Houston Chronicle
Could Austin and San Antonio be the next Dallas-Fort Worth?

India’s Ministry of Finance and the benefits of losing
Russell Green, the Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored a blog post about India’s financial struggles.
Houston Chronicle

Texas health insurance enrollment numbers lag as coverage deadline nears
Despite recent data showing hundreds of thousands purchasing health insurance in February, both state and national participations continues to lag. 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 (Subscription required.)

No indictment for Rice cops accused of beating man
A Harris County Grand Jury did not indict Rice police officers who arrested a man last summer for stealing a bike from campus.
Houston Chronicle

Audubon Place bungalow is an example of the surprises in store during spring home tours
Houses on the Rice Design Alliance Architecture Tour are featured.
Houston Chronicle

City closing streets to encourage exercise, exploration
Three busy Houston streets will be closed to vehicular traffic on select Sundays to promote walking, biking and exploring the block rather than driving through. Raj Mankad, editor of the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine, is quoted.
Houston Chronicle

EPA data used to map Houston-area cancer risk
Cite Magazine’s Houston architecture and design review, published quarterly by the Rice Design Alliance, is referenced.
Houston Chronicle
Maps show risk of developing cancer based on where you live
Map shows areas in Houston with higher risks of cancer

Texas makes top 30 of world’s top universities
Rice is No. 65 on the Times Higher Education list of the top universities in the world.
San Antonio Express News (This article also appeared in Beaumont Enterprise.)

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements
Though Algebra II is no longer a course requirement for a high school diploma, colleges will not change their admission standards to drop the math course. Rice is mentioned.
High Plains Public Radio

Brief ‘stay of execution’ granted for Houston’s Art Barn
Rice’s plan to demolish the Martel Center and replace it with grass has been put on hold due to alumni supporters.
Bye-bye Art Barn: Rice University to demolish Martel Center building
Architect’s Newspaper Blog


New clues emerge surrounding Flight 370
Two passengers on a recent Malaysia Airlines flight that mysteriously disappeared were traveling with stolen passports. Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is quoted.
40 Juta Paspor Curian Siap Mengelabui Bandara
Poskotanews (An English translation is not available.)

Researchers get grant to study options to protect Houston area from next big storm
Rice developed an affordable and environmentally friendly competing plan to protect the Houston area from hurricane storm surges. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quoted.

Rice baseball coach has perfect handwriting
Head baseball coach Wayne Graham is featured for his neat handwriting on lineup cards. Rice baseball players, including John Clay Reeves, are quoted.
KHOU-TV (This broadcast also appeared on Yahoo! News.)

Delaware renews focus on youth literacy
A Rice study is referenced in an article about child illiteracy.
Delaware Online


NerdScholar favorites: School-sponsored spring break trips
Rice’s Alternative Spring Break opportunities are featured in a list of school-sponsored spring break trips.

Biomedical optics/emerging biophotonics: BiOS 2014: Spectral imaging, ultrafast lasers and more
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, was presented with the 2014 Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award.
BioOptics World

Nutanix patent ups the ante in software-defined storage wars
Willy Zwaenepoel, the former Karl Hassermann Professor of Computer Science, is quoted.
Hispanic Business

Men’s Wearhouse: Earnings numbers disappoint after acquisition
A Rice stock market study is referenced.
Can Verifone stave off fresh competition?
What the buy side expects from Williams-Sonoma


Douglas Brinkley to speak at Purdue April 2
Douglas Brinkley, professor of history and fellow in history at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, will speak at Purdue University about Neil Armstrong April 2.
Purdue News

Student loan debt is not just an economic problem, it’s a marriage problem
A Rice study about separated parents contributing to student loan debt is referenced.
Action Institute PowerBlog

FotoFest 2014 Biennial
Ussama Makdisi, the Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair of Arab Studies and professor of history, and Farès el-Dahdah, professor of architecture and director of the Humanities Research Center, organized a talk on “Arabophobia” for the FotoFest Bioennial March 15 to April 27.

Winners announced at Young Texas Artists Music Competition
Alumna Allegra De Vita ’13 won the gold medal in the voice division and the 2014 YTA grand prize at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. Alumni Hui shan Chin ’13 won the piano division gold medal, Emma Hoeft ’13 won the strings division gold medal and Baker College junior Nicholas Davies won the winds, brass, percussion, harp and guitar division gold medal.
The Paper

Energy degrees fuel the boom
Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business is listed as a top business school for an energy MBA degree.
Navy Times (This article also appeared in Army Times and Marine Corps Times.)

Vaughaligan Walwyn and Scarface drop new video for ‘Grace STill Abides’
Alumnus Vaughhaligan Walwyn ’04 is featured.
The Urban Daily

Make room to maneuver
John F. Kennedy’s speech given at Rice in 1962 is referenced.
Schriever Air Force Base


Rice men’s basketball drops overtime heartbreaker at C-USA championship
Rice men’s basketball fell to North Texas 63-62 in El Paso.
Memorial Examiner (This article also appeared in Fort Bend Sun and Bellaire Examiner.)
N. Texas edges Rice in C-USA tournament, 63-62 OT
Rice (7-22) vs. North Texas (15-15) (This article also appeared in News Tribune and 14 other publications.)
Conference USA tournament recaps
Chicago Tribune (Similar articles appeared in 54 other affiliates.)
Recap: North Texas vs. Rice University (This article also appeared in Lexington Herald-Leader and 10 other publications.)
KVIA-TV (El Paso)

Golf claims 8th at Bandon Dunes Championship
Rice men’s golf moved up to eighth place at the Bandon Dunes Championship.
Fort Bend Sun (This article also appeared in Bellaire Examiner and Memorial Examiner.)

Rice season, Kuster’s collegiate career comes to a close
Rice women’s basketball fell to Florida International 85-65 in El Paso. Rice senior basketball player Jessica Kuster is featured.

Maryland baseball: Terps best Delaware 10 – 1
Rice men’s baseball team is listed in the USA Today Top 25 Poll. (This article also appeared in WHIO-TV, WFTV-TV and WPXI-TV.)

Brock realizing passion as sand volleyball coach
Former Rice assistant volleyball coach Russell Brock is featured.
The Daily Reveille

Gonzales taking on new leadership role in pursuit of another state title
Alumnus Abel Gonzales ’10 is featured.
Bullard Banner News


Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business to host Rice Marketing Symposium March 21
Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business will host the seventh annual Rice Marketing Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 21 in McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. The theme of this year’s event is “Evolutionary Marketing Strategy.”

Rice wins $3.1M to develop storm strategy for Houston-Galveston
Houston Endowment has awarded Rice’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center a three-year, $3.1 million grant to develop a comprehensive strategy to prepare and protect the Houston-Galveston region from severe storms and hurricanes. Jim Blackburn, professor in the practice of environmental law in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Phil Bedient, the Herman Brown Professor of Engineering, are quoted.

Mexico’s telecommunications sector undergoing quiet revolution, Baker Institute expert says
This past Friday’s ruling by Mexico’s newly created telecommunications regulatory commission, Ifetel, against the country’s giant telecom monopolies América Móvil and Televisa creates a whole new set of opportunities for foreign companies. Tony Payan, a fellow for Mexico studies at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and director of the Baker Institute’s Mexico Center, is quoted.

Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra to perform March 15
The Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra’s first performance since returning from its East Coast tour will be at 8 p.m. March 15 in Alice Pratt Brown Hall’s Stude Concert Hall. The performance will be conducted by Larry Rachleff, director of orchestras and the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Music. William VerMeulen, professor of French horn, is quoted.

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