Brown in the News

The New York Times: Spared Winter Freeze, Florida’s Mangroves Are Marching North | Tue 30 Dec

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.         

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.

RI NPR: Brown Welcomes New Greenhouse For Plant Research | Fri 26 Dec

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. 

GoLocalProv.com: 13 Who Made a Difference in RI in 2013 | Fri 26 Dec

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."

RI NPR: Brown Researcher Invents Diabetes Drug Delivery Method | Fri 26 Dec

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.

NPR: How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House | Tue 23 Dec

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 between former ambassador K.C. Singh and , 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."

Providence Business News: ChartWise cracking the code for medical billing | Mon 21 Apr

An article on ChartWise: Clinical Document Intelligence, a software designed to match the medical terms doctors use when treating patients with the coding terms needed for billing and insurance records in order to make patient records easier to read. The company was founded by Jon Elion, associate professor of medicine.

The Providence Journal: What on earth will governor candidates do? | Sun 20 Apr

Ed Fitzpatrick writes about the decision by gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan W. Fung not to attend an environmental forum at Brown on Thursday. Timmons Roberts, professor of sociology, also comments: “The environmental community wants a governor who directs all state agencies to prioritize the environment. And it wants a governor who sees the connection between economic development and the environmental protection of Rhode Island’s coasts, state parks and livable cities.”

The Boston Globe: The War of 1812? Don’t remind me | Sat 19 Apr

Ted Widmer, assistant to the president for special projects, writes about why the U.S. should be thinking about the upcoming 200th anniversary of the fallout of the War of 1812, "what was surely the all-time low for the American military—the burning of the White House by British regulars, marching with impunity through the heartland."

The Boston Globe: On CIA abuses, denial does Americans no favors | Sat 19 Apr

Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, writes about the impending release of a congressional report on the CIA’s use of extreme tactics like “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” and why the U.S. and other countries should own up to their "misdeeds."

RI NPR: And the Honorary Degree Recipients Are... | Fri 18 Apr

This year, Brown University plans to honor acclaimed authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Lois Lowry, both Brown alums, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and seven other Brown graduates with honorary degrees. 

BBC: Ancient plants 'frozen in time' by space impacts | Thu 17 Apr

Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences, presented new findings of ancient plant material that has been preserved in the glass formed by asteroids hitting the Earth, at at last month's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in The Woodlands, Texas. His paper, which he co-authored, points out that while space collisions can destroy life on local or global scales, "it can also preserve components of the local biology present at the time of impact."