Christopher Anderson, postdoctoral research associate in ecology and evolutionary biology, comments on new research that showed that the brightness of the colours chameleons display and how rapidly they change are good indicators of which animal will win in a fight. Anderson was not involved with the research but studies the lizards at Brown.
WPRI: Gastro illness outbreak at Brown Univ. | Wed 11 Dec
Health officials at Brown University are urging students to take precaution after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness. According to The Brown Daily Herald, 19 students have reported symptoms of the illness since Saturday.
Brown ranks sixth among Rhode Island schools on the state-by-state "Student Debt and the Class of 2012" report, which is compiled by the Student Debt Report.
Jim Head, professor of geological sciences, comments on new research that found unexpected dampness in the Martian tropics. If confirmed, the discovery would mean that water on Mars is more widespread than imagined. Head, who was not involved in the study, said that the findings bolster the case for briny liquids at work on Mars.
International Business Times: Ancient Crater Could Explain Moon’s Interior And The History Of Its Evolution | Tue 10 Dec
A team of researchers from Brown University and the University of Hawaii have found a diverse mineralogy in the Moon's largest impact crater that could help uncover secrets about the moon’s evolution.
New data from the Curiosity rover indicates the strongest evidence yet of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that could have been home for life as we know it. Ralph Miliken, a member of the Curiosity team and assistant professor of geological sciences, comments on the findings.
Richard G. Moore, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of the Center for Biomarkers and Emerging Technologies at Women & Infants Hospital, led a team of researchers in the development of a test to guide the treatment of women with persistent or recurrent ovarian cancer.
The Hummel Spotlight: Debating Their Future | Mon 9 Dec
Local reporter Jim Hummel features the Rhode Island Urban Debate League on his blog and WPRO. The nonprofit is housed at Brown and works closely with Swearer Center students and staff.
The Providence Journal: Study grants awarded | Mon 9 Dec
The first study grants from the College & University Research Collaborative were awarded to five research teams last week. Recipients included Michelle Bach-Coulibaly, senior lecturer in theatre, arts and performence studies, and M. Dawn King, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies.
Yale and Brown University are among the latest colleges and universities to promise free tuition to students as part of the Say Yes to Education compact. New York City-based Say Yes announced the addition of 10 institutions on Friday. Say Yes offers locally funded tuition scholarships to Buffalo and Syracuse public school students who attend a public two- or four-year college.
Several Brown students walked away with prozes after competing in the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition’s eighth annual Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday night.
A new study led by David Savitz, vice president for research, finds that women who were exposed to air pollution during pregnancy tended to give birth to slightly lighter babies.
Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of history, comments on the death of his former graduate school classmate, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Michael Kammen: “He was an extraordinary scholar and one of the most wide-ranging historians I’ve ever known.”
In a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server, Caitlyn Witkowski of Bryant University and Brian Blais, adjunct professor of brain and neural systems, attempt to mathematically model the zombie plague as it appears in movies. Their work expands on that of Philip Munz of Carleton University, who in 2009 drafted a similar paper called “When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical Modeling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection.”
Michael Kennedy, professor of sociology, pens an op-ed about the current protests in Ukraine and why the president's resignation might be the best solution to ending the revolution.
The Providence Journal: Panel at Brown University discusses transparency and privacy in light of massive NSA snooping disclosures | Thu 5 Dec
Coverage of Wednesday's NSA conference at Brown, which considered this year’s revelations about the federal government’s wide-ranging phone and Internet surveillance programs mean for the future of transparency and privacy.
The Providence Journal: Providence wins $200,000 to increase the number of youth going to college | Thu 5 Dec
Providence is one of 20 cities to win a $200,000 grant from the Lumina Foundation to figure out how to increase the number of city youth attending college. The grant was awarded to Mayor Angel Taveras' Children and Youth Cabinet, a group of educators, private sector and community leaders, and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
In an article on an upcoming electronic music concert, Bill Van Siclen writes that Providence boasts a small but active group of composers and musicians who specialize in electronic music thanks to the music program at Brown University, "which has long been a hotbed of electronic music and its younger, hipper sibling, electronica."
A new study led by Eli Adashi, professor of medical science, on the impact of medical intervention on multiple births, finds that fertility drugs, not in vitro fertilization (IVF), were the primary cause of multiples.
The Economist: What to read on Lebanon | Wed 4 Dec
Qifa Nabki, run by Elias Muhanna, assistant professor of comparative literature, is cited as "the leading blog on Lebanese politics," in this round-up of sources for news from the Middle Eastern country.
The Providence Journal: Bigger Brown a plus | Wed 4 Dec
An editorial applauding a 10-year plan approved on Oct. 27 by Brown’s board of governors for continued expansion into the Jewelry District.
This Saturday, December 7, a taped lecture by Megan Nelson, visiting assistant professor of history, will air on C-SPAN's "American History TV."
Brown is included on this list of schools that offer programs that incorporate both online and in-class learning.
Katherine Sharkey, assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry and human behavior, comments on the possiblity that the engineer of the train that derailed this weekend in New York was "consciously asleep." While experts don't recognize the term, Sharkey says that there are transitions from wakefulness to sleep during which different parts of the brain go off-line and “wakefulness is very unstable.”
A review of the newly published Brown University: The Campus Guide by alumnus Raymond P. Rhinehart, which tells the story of Brown's history through nine walks, supported by maps and photos by Walter Smalling.
The Providence Journal: Peculiar polling | Tue 3 Dec
Today's editorial questions the use of "pointed questions" in a recent Taubman Poll survey, some of which were not released to the public. Taubman Director Marion Orr explains that Brown included additional questions as part of research projects under way, while his predecessor Darrell West suggests that it's best to release all questions and results so that the public can decide whether the poll was fairly conducted.
A list of the various effects sugar can have on health and the body cites research by Suzanne de la Monte, professor of neurosurgery, who coined the term "type 3 diabetes" after her team was the first to discover the links between insulin resistance, high-fat diets, and Alzheimer's disease.
Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine, whose five-year study of the HIV epidemic in Jackson has involved black churches and clergy, is leading a coalition called Mississippi Faith in Action, which asked black clergy in Jackson to preach a “public health gospel” from the pulpit on Sunday, Dec. 1, World Aids Day.
The Providence Journal: Providence clinic serves young patients in the ‘sexual minority’ | Sun 1 Dec
An article on the “Child and Young Adult Gender and Sexual Health Services Clinic,” of Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, which is run by Michelle Forcier, associate professor of clinical medicine.