Much of the Florida shoreline was once too cold for the tropical trees called mangroves, but the plants are now spreading northward at a rapid clip, according to new research led by postdoctoral researcher Kyle C. Cavanaugh. That finding is the latest indication that global warming, though still in its early stages, is already leading to ecological changes so large they can be seen from space.
Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the unfolding situation in Turkey.
Professor of Sociology John Logan comments on how the influx of Latinos to some California communities is creating less, not more, diverse neighborhoods.
Nature World News: High Mortality Rates in US Have Shifted to Tobacco-Friendly Southern States | Sat 27 Dec
Although adult mortality rates are lower in the US than they are in other developed countries, the geographic location of where people die most frequently in the US has shifted over time and is now concentrated in the central southern part of the nation, according to a new study by Andrew Fenelon, postdoctoral fellow in population studies, that suggests smoking may have a role in the mortality shift.
Brown University and Rhode Island College are among more than a half-dozen New England universities and colleges that have publicly stated their opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions led by Washington-based American Studies Association announced to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
The New Year is set to usher in a new era of plant research at Brown University with a new greenhouse atop the renovated Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT). Mark Johnson, associate biology professor and faculty director of the greenhouse, talks about the new facility.
Brown President Christina Paxson makes the list, which cites her handling of the Ray Kelly incident and student opposition to coal investment as ways that she "emerged the stronger from her first tests as President, and will not doubt continue to play a critical role in the University -- and city's future."
Edith Mathiowitz, professor of medical science, has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her work inventing better ways to deliver drugs into the human body, including an innovation that may help diabetics.
In a Q&A, Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, talks about the current state of politics in India.
Brown ranks 5th on the list, which was based on data points from the following student traits — highly experimental, creative in ideas, and happy for others to create ideas.
Erica Kahn, an undergraduate at the Brown University School of Engineering who helps put on the school's yearly Extreme Gingerbread Competition, weighs in on how to make a stronger gingerbread house.
Business Standard: Browned off | Tue 23 Dec
An argument broke out on Twitter between former ambassador K.C. Singh and Ashutosh Varshney, head of the India programme at Brown University, after Singh accused former foreign secretary and ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao of going to Brown University after an endowment from the Government of India created a position there. Varshney responded by saying Singh was "spreading lies."
The Providence Journal: Suspensions at R.I. schools down; rates for minority students disproportionately high | Tue 11 Mar
Tricia Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, comments on a new ACLU report that found that minority students in Rhode Island are suspended at disproportionately higher rates than their white peers. “It’s clear that there is a pattern of criminalizing a whole class of people,” said Rose.
In the ongoing "Brown 250" series, former Brown President Vartan Gregorian talks about Brown’s impact on Rhode Island in the past, and its potential for the future.
The Providence Journal: Aga Khan, speaking at Brown, sees virtue in social media, Internet | Mon 10 Mar
Speaking at Brown University on Monday, the Aga Khan — the spiritual leader for some 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims worldwide — focused on the potential of social media and Internet-based technology to bridge cultural divisions.
The Daily Mail (U.K.): The incredible cake made to look exactly like Brown University for the Ivy League school's 250th anniversary | Mon 10 Mar
Brown University celebrated its 250th anniversary in true Ivy League style this weekend with a six-foot-long, 600lbs cake fashioned to resemble its main ‘University Hall’ building. The impressive cake, which took Boston’s Oakleaf Cakes one month of planning and over a week to build, served 1,300 people at the Providence, Rhode Island-based school.
An MIT team has proposed storing extra rocket fuel in space for future missions. James Head, professor of geological sciences, comments on the proposal.
An article on how people react differently to certain smells cites Rachel Herz, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, who has said that a specific odor linked to a “conditioned stimulus” can bring about the emotional experience linked to that particular odor.
RI NPR: Brown 250: Campus Culture Today | Mon 10 Mar
As Brown University celebrates its 250th anniversary, four current students offer a peek into their lives and a sense of Brown culture.
Few neuroscientists share the tools they build, making it difficult for other scientists to replicate their experiments. That’s why Josh Siegle and Jakob Voigts of the Moore Lab at Brown University founded Open Ephys, a hub for sharing open source neuroscience hardware designs.
The Providence Journal: Dance festival at Brown brings joy of movement to Central Falls students, adults with Parkinson’s | Mon 10 Mar
Brown's Granoff Center was the site of the American Dance Legacy Initiative's (ADLI) dance festival on March 1. Julie Adams Strandberg is a co-founder of the organization and a senior lecturer in theatre arts and performance studies.
Jason Hack, associate professor of emergency medicine, comments in this special report on the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose.
Students, alumni, faculty and visitors gathered at Brown University throughout the weekend to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Ivy League university’s founding. The celebration drew 4,000 to 5,000 people, said Marisa A. Quinn, Brown’s vice president for public affairs.
A report on the opening panel of the President's Colloquium, which took place as part of Brown's 250th celebration weekend.
Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, pens an op-ed on the growing realization that America may not be as powerful as it once was. Referring to Crimea and recent wars, Kinzer writes "we have been sobered by the realization that there are some things we want to accomplish in the world but cannot, no matter how much we wish for them or how hard we try."
The Providence Journal: Starting off with a bang | Sat 8 Mar
Thunder ruled the sky over Brown University’s College Green Friday evening, when the university punctuated the first round of celebrations on its 250th anniversary with a vigorous fireworks display that brought roars from the crowd that jammed the hallowed area.
On Friday, as part of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, more than 250 middle school students from across Rhode Island got a glimpse of the eclectic academics at the Ivy League’s quirkiest college, a campus where grades are optional and you can create your own major.
A report on “ABCs, Bits, Bytes and MP3s: Technology and Its Impact on a Liberal Education,” one of the panels of the President's Colloquium, which was part of Brown's 250th celebration weekend.
The Providence Journal: Brown’s 250th anniversary: U.S. labor secretary calls for raising minimum wage | Sat 8 Mar
A report on U.S. Labor Secretary tom Perez's keynote during Brown's 250th celebration weekend.
A report of World Bank President Jim Kim's address during Brown's 250th celebration weekend.