Wed 18 Sep |

A preview of the Better World by Design conference

This year's conference will take place from September 27–29 at locations on the campuses of both the Brown University and RISD. Here, the Better World content team offers a sneak peek of some of the most anticipated speakers and workshops.

Tue 17 Sep | Time

Aaron Alexis and the Dark Side of Meditation

In an article on the meditation habits of suspected Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, Willoughby Britton, assitant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, who has published research demonstrating how meditation can be used in depression, said she is currently carrying out what she calls the “dark night” project, which will explore the rockier parts of the mindfulness path.

Mon 16 Sep | Providence Business News

Health care showcase to promote health care innovation in R.I.

Academic and medical institutions around the state are collaborating to host the Rhode Island Healthcare Showcase for the exchange of ideas on health care and public health, with a focus on the aging population. The showcase will take place at the Alpert Medical School on Oct. 15. 

Mon 16 Sep | The New York Times

‘56 Ways of Saying I Don’t Remember’

Filmmaker Alan Berliner writes about his short documentary, part of a suite of short films collectively titled “Translating Edwin Honig: A Poet’s Alzheimer’s,” completed in 2010, which portrays his cousin, distinguished poet, translator, critic and Brown University professor Edwin Honig and his journey through the depths of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Sun 15 Sep | The Providence Journal

The theme of complexity is simply fascinating, says Pestana

The Granoff Center will be the site for one of four exhibitions opening in Providence this week around the theme of complexity, which were organized by Steven Pestana, a RISD graduate student. The Brown show will explore links between art and science. 

Sat 14 Sep | The Washington Post

Prince George’s principals determine how to use funding

Ellen Foley, senior counsel at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, comments on the use of student-based budgeting in Washington, D.C.-area schools. “The downside is that we are trying to cut up an education pie that is not equitable. You don’t have enough to go around,” Foley said. 

Fri 13 Sep | American Press

Lack of sleep causing academic downfalls

This editorial cites on the importance of sleep for teens cites previous research by Mary Carskadon that found that the beginning of puberty marks the start of a “phase shift,” with adolescents going to bed later and rising later than younger children, and that teens are often unable to fall asleep at earlier times like they used to, so they sleep in later to compensate.

Fri 13 Sep | The American Prospect

Meanwhile, in the Refugee Crisis

Elias Muhanna, assistant professor of comparative literature, comments on the growing number of Syrian refugees, many of whom have gone to Lebanon. Muhanna said that while many of those refugees have arrived with money and are able to rent apartments and put their children in school, the scene in Beirut "there's a lot more evidence of poverty."

Fri 13 Sep | HealthDay

Older Age May Mean Fewer Hangovers

Robert Swift, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on new research that finds that hangovers fade with age, noting that while there are some possiblities for the study results, such as the fact that many older people smoke less as they age, but adds that "we still do not understand the cause."

Thu 12 Sep | CNN Money

Colleges with the highest-paid grads

Brown places eighth on this list of which colleges and universities produce graduates with bachelor's degrees who earn the highest salaries in the country. According to, Brown graudates have a starting salary average of $52,300 and a mid-career salary average of $119,000. The Wall Street Journal also reported on this survey. 

Wed 11 Sep | Providence Business News

Tech Collective recognizes 2013 Graduate Fellows

This year’s Tech Collective graduate fellowship program participants include Brown students Jessica Claflin and Jon Hills. The fellowship program connects recent college and university graduates with local IT and bioscience employers.

Wed 11 Sep | WPRI

9/11: Dan Yorke State of Mind

Ian Straughn, Joukowsky Family Librarian in Middle Eastern Studies, appears on the new "Dan Yorke State of Mind" show to discuss the situation in Syria and offer an analysis of President Obama's Tuesday night speech. 

Wed 11 Sep | The Wall Street Journal

NYC auction features Eva Peron flag brooch

Gems belonging to a descendant of Brown University's founder and a diamond-and-sapphire Argentine flag brooch worn by Eva Peron will be auctioned at Christie's in New York City on Oct. 15.

Tue 10 Sep | East Side Monthly

The Art of Nature at Brown

An article on an upcoming exhibition by Leslie Bostrom, professor of visual art and chair of the visual art department, titled "Monster Flowers," which will be on display at The Chazan Gallery at the Wheeler School from September 19 through October 9.

Tue 10 Sep | The Providence Journal

Cuts target R.I. patients

Mariah Stump, a resident in internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, the teaching hospital of the Alpert Medical School, writes an op-ed about how cuts to funding for the training of America’s resident physicians is at risk of being reduced at all major teaching hospitals across the country and how those cuts would affect patient care. 

Tue 10 Sep | Northeast Public Radio

Microbe Transplants Treat Some Diseases That Drugs Can't Fix

A story on a fecal transplant recently performed by Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, who is among a growing number of doctors who are starting to use what scientists are learning about our microbiomes to help prevent, diagnose, and treat many illnesses. 

Tue 10 Sep | Bloomberg

DeVry Lures Medical School Rejects as Taxpayers Fund Debt

Glenn Tung, associate dean for clinical affairs at the Alpert Medical School, who has studied for-profit medical schools, comments on Devry's pay-for-play medical school model, which pays hospitals in the U.S. to take its students for the two years of clinical training that they need to complete their degree. Tung says U.S. medical schools typically provide hospitals with other benefits, but not cash. 

Tue 10 Sep | Providence Business News

Web directory gives R.I. scientific community access to lab resources

Academic and medical institutions from across Rhode Island unveiled, an online directory of publicly shared core science facilities and services, Brown University announced Tuesday. provides detailed information on more than 500 lab instruments and services available in more than 30 core facilities and laboratories at 12 institutions.

Tue 10 Sep | U.S. News & World Report

Take 3 Steps to Build In-Demand Job Skills at College

A list of strategic steps students can take to put themselves on track to land that first job mentions that Brown University, George Mason University and a growing number of schools are implementing "writing across the curriculum" and "writing in the disciplines" to develop students' ability to synthesize information in any subject, and convey it convincingly in the appropriate format and language.

Tue 10 Sep | USA Today

Students protest U.S. strike on Syria

 Recent protests on the campuses of Brown University and Penn State University decried President Obama's wish to use force against Syria. Syrian native Elias Deeb organized a rally of more than 100 Providence students and workers to march along Thayer Street and through Brown's campus. 
Tue 10 Sep | Bloomberg

Kerry's 'Gaffe' Beats Military Strikes

Nina Tannenwald, professor of political science, is quoted in this op-ed on Secretary of State John Kerry's suggestion earlier this week that Syria could avoid a U.S. military strike by giving up its chemical weapons. Tannenbaum says that by getting Syria to give up its weapons, such a deal would still accomplish Obama's goal by stigmatizing Assad.