Fifteen universities including Brown are taking part in a program called “Storming Wikipedia,” which offers credit to students who will inject feminist thinking into the popular website Wikipedia. The program was set up by a group called FemTechNet as part of its Dialogues on Feminism and Technology online course.
A roundup of five great books about Syria, recommended by experts at Harvard University, Brown University and the University of Texas at Austin, includes "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East," recommended by Brown University Professor Robyn Creswell.
An article on student sleep cites a Brown study that found that students, especially freshmen, are subpar sleepers, and also cites information from Brown University Health Services on the use of sleeping pills, including the warning that the pills can also result in drowsiness the next day.
Frank Levin, emeritus professor of physics, co-authors with nine other scientists and engineers an op-ed on why anthropogenic (human-generated) CO2-caused global warming is a reality.
Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design have been named among the most hipster schools by Her Campus Media, an on-line community for college women. Brown ranked third on the list.
Jack Mustard, professor of geological sciences, answers questions about his Mars research.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, makes this unofficial list of teaching stars, as voted by students. According to the article, "Schiller’s 25 years of political experience make her an indispensable resource for Brown’s political science and public policy majors."
Brown University will use an $11 million NIH grant for research that aims to better explain the brain and attention and related disorders. The five-year grant will support the creation of a new Center for Central Nervous System Function.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on Gov. Chafee's decision to not seek re-election: “He’s not a natural-born political fighter and was faced with a battle he was very likely to lose.” Schiller also did interviews with the Providence Journal, WGBH, WJAR, Associated Press and WPRO.
Brown University is set to welcome incoming students and formally start the new school year at the annual convocation on Tuesday afternoon. The Ivy League school is welcoming 1,537 freshmen, 639 graduate students, 120 medical students, and 70 transfer students.
The Rhode Island Action Coalition has announced it will host the Rhode Island Campaign for Action for the Future of Nursing on Sept. 11-12 in Providence. Festivities include events at Brown, Women and Infants Hospital, and Rhode Island Hospital.
Rhode Island's economic development agency says about $800,000 in grants is available for projects that study the effects of climate change on marine life. Proposals will be given preference if they use the research facilities in proteomics, genomics and sequencing at Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, or in marine life sciences at URI's Bay Campus.
A blog poist on why online dating can be potentially unhealthy cites research by Rose McDermott, professor of political science, which found that deception has become common in the new fad of internet dating sweeping the nation. McDermott's study a majority of online daters conceal their political preference or ideology.
Barbara Roberts, associate clinical professor of medicine, comments on the push to replace statins, a race that has created much competition between RI-based Amgen and biotech manufacturers around the country.
Maureen Phipps, the newly appointed chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and assistant dean for Teaching and Research on Women’s Health at the Alpert Medical School, talks about her vision for the future of women’s health in Rhode Island.
Andrew Simmons, director of the Center for Careers and Life After Brown, comments on how Brown helps liberal arts students prepare for the job market.
A piece by Robert Coover, visiting professor emeritus of literary arts, is the featured work of fiction in the magazine's issue this week. The New Yorker website also features a Q&A with the writer.
Ken Miller, professor of biology, comments on scientist Eugenie C. Scott's leadership of the National Center for Science Education, which fights againsts the teaching of creationism in schools. Miller says that ss its director, Dr. Scott has mobilized “scientists, educators, lay people, religious groups, skeptics, agnostics, believers, scholars and ordinary citizens” to advance the cause of science.
Robert Klein, the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld professor and chair of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School, pens an op-ed with Michael Fine, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, on the state's handling of health crises following the July 2013 shigellosis outbreak.
Brown welcomed students to campus this weekend, with many students enduring rain and long drives to move-in to their residence halls.
Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science, comments on the racial polarization of Democrats and Republicans in this article on the lack of Republicans present at last week's March on Washington anniversary event.
More than 60 percent of Providence Journal’s readers taking an online survey think Martin Luther King Jr.’s 50-year-old dream of racial equality has been achieved, results that are at odds with other recent polls and studies. Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center, cautions that the poll is not scientific, because results to do represent a random sampling.
Susan Ramsey, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on new research that finds that drinking moderate amounts of alcohol — especially wine — was linked with a lower risk of depression.
A new study by David Weiss and James Head brings researchers a step closer to solving a 40-year-old mystery about some unusual looking craters on Mars. Results suggest that a glacial landslide would have created the craters' second layer.
A team of researchers from Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital developed a new computer-based tool that analyzes babies’ cries which can hold important information about their health. Video included in the story.
The Police Department has beefed up enforcement near the Brown University campus and Thayer Street after a series of assaults, robberies and violent incidents last spring. Deputy Police Chief Thomas F. Oates III said that The Thayer Street District Management Authority has hired two plainclothes Providence police officers to patrol the East Side neighborhood on weekend nights.
Alpert Medical School resident Jen Nickiel, who completed a month-long rotation at Block Island Health Services this summer, talks about her road to medicine and her future path in the field.
Hasan Demirci, investigator in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry, is working on growing ribosome crystals at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford. Demirci hopes his work at SLAC will supply new insights into the timing and chronology of ribosomes at work.
Washington Monthly is out with its rankings of U.S. schools. The magazine uses three broad categories to derive this value-based ranking: Social Mobility, Research, and Service. Brown's rankings are included in GoLocalProv's list.