Dateline Rice for April 4, 2014


Needed: A debate on the security of the power grid, not on leaks about it
Christopher Bronk, fellow in information technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, authored an op-ed about leaked information concerning the electrical grid to the Wall Street Journal.


Hinduism experts fear lasting effects of controversy over scholar’s book
American scholars of Hindu religion and culture say recent efforts in India to suppress the work of a prominent academic are having a chilling effect on their field. Jeffrey Kripal, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Religious Studies, is referenced.
Chronicle of Higher Education

Young workers fail to flock to employer health plans
Less young American workers have signed up for health plans this year. 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.
Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

‘Russians, Americans alike disappointed by NASA’s decision to halt cooperation in space’
George Abbey, the Baker Botts Senior Fellow in Space Policy at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is interviewed about international cooperation in space.
Russia Today (This broadcast interview also appeared on


Spanish lecture spotlights ‘Meditaciones del Quijote’
Robert Kauffmann, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will give a lecture in Spanish on José Ortega y Gasset’s “Meditaciones del Quijote” at Texas A&M University.

Seminole ISD student numbers over 2,700
Enrollment at Texas schools has increased more than 19 percent over the past decade. Steve Murdock, the Allyn and Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and director of Rice’s Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, is referenced for his analysis of Texas public schools.
Seminole Sentinel
Texas public school enrollment hits new high
KTRH-AM (This article also appeared in KODA-FM and Real Estate Center.)

Former top government official on science to speak April 10
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, will present “Giving Science Advice to the President – and Why It’s Getting Harder” at Texas A&M April 10.
TAMU Times

Tips from the great debater
Thomas Freeman, formerly of Rice’s Department of Religious Studies, is featured.
Texas Monthly


Houston online tutoring company growing
Alumnus Shelby Joe ’07 is featured for General Academics, the tutoring company he began while studying at Rice.


You’ll pay more if you book a vacation while at work
According to a new study from Rice University and Iowa State University, consumers who traveled farther and made reservations during business hours were more likely to select higher quality hotels but were less satisfied after their stay. Ajay Kalra, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Business and professor of marketing, is quoted.
Business Insider
A simple way to get more enjoyment out of your vacation
Austin American-Statesman (This article also appeared in WOKV-FM, Palm Beach Post, WHIO-TV and Journal-News.)

ACC surgeon’s council names UTHealth’s Dr. Tom Nguyen as new appointee
Alumnus Tom Nguyen ’96 was announced as a new appointee to the Surgeons Council of the American College of Cardiology.
BioNews Texas

The leaders in innovative education
An article reflects on our current educators, and which schools are fostering potential in their students to be future thought leaders. Rice is mentioned.


Residential revolution: College braces for overhaul
Rice is referenced for its campus housing and residential colleges. Martel College junior Sanjana Puri is quoted.
The Dartmouth

Female drivers Rothmuller, Tooth named inaugural recipients of SCCA Wendi Allen Scholarship
Alumna Sarah Tooth ’11 was named one of the first recipients of the Wendi Allen Scholarship.
Paddock Talk (This article also appeared in National Speed Sport News.)


ACU men’s tennis splits a pair of matches in Houston
Rice men’s tennis beat Abilene Christian 5-1 at home yesterday.
Abilene Reporter News

Owl football: Rice University remembers Mike Tyler, 1950-2014
The late Mike Tyler ’72 will be remembered at a memorial service at the Abundant Life Cathedral.
Cypress Creek Mirror

USM seeks 4th straight C-USA series victory against MTSU
The Rice baseball team ranking is mentioned.

Track and field weekly release – April 3
Rice’s Victor Lopez Classic is mentioned.

Astros to honor Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt on Saturday, April 5
Alumnus Lance Berkman ’98 is featured.

Former BCA coach, AD to lead Tiger sand volleyball
Former volleyball coach Russell Brock will lead Louisiana State University’s volleyball program.
Baytown Sun

Johnny Manziel’s latest trademark distracts from football
The Rice Owls are mentioned in the cutline of a photo of Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel.
FDL Reporter (This article also appeared in Fremont News Messenger and 42 other affiliates.)


Boniuk Institute to host panel on religious tolerance in America and globally
Three leading international scholars will discuss the challenges of advancing religious tolerance in American and around the world at an April 10 panel hosted by Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

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