Sun 9 Jun | The Providence Journal

A life on stage, TV and directing

Kate Burton, an actress and Brown alum who will receive a Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts from Trinity Rep on Monday night, talks about her time in Providence in this profile. 
Sun 9 Jun | The Providence Journal

End to brutality in Turkey demanded

Omur Harmansah, assistant professor of archeology, was among the 70 protestors who gathered at the State House on Sunday to denounce the violence in Turkey. Harmansah said he just returned two days ago from a trip to Turkey, where he and other protesters were tear-gassed by riot police.
Sun 9 Jun | CNN

Data mining revelation opens political Pandora's box

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the recent revelation of the NSA's secret surveillance programs, explaining why younger generations might be more accepting of the programs: "Growing up with sort of the threat of random terrorism has created a nation that is more frightened than it used to be and more willing to let the government do what it needs to go to keep them safe."
Fri 7 Jun | Rhode Island Medical Journal

The Brown School of Public Health

This month's issue features a special section on the new school of public health, which includes facts and figures about the school, and how it will benefit the state and local physicians. Authors are Kris Cambra, director of biomedical advancement cCommunications and the editor of Brown Medicine magazine, and Terrie Fox Wetle, inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown.
Fri 7 Jun | WPRO

Langevin, Whitehouse tour Brown brain labs

Scientists at Brown University studying the human brain opened their laboratories Friday to members of Congress. Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse toured the labs to get a first-hand look at several examples of brain science research.
Thu 6 Jun | GoLocalProv.com

Group Accuses RI Schools of Racial Profiling

Dannie Ritchie, adjunct assistant professor of family medicine, comments on findings from a new report released by the American Civiil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that found that racial bias has a significant influence upon the enforcement of discipline in Rhode Island schools. Ritchie considered the statistics veering close to profiling, but stopped just shy of calling it that: "I'm really talking about stereotyping."
Wed 5 Jun | The Globe and Mail

Why business should do more to commercialize university research

A new report by Peter Howitt, professor emeritus and a C.D. Howe Institute resident fellow, finds that businesses aren’t doing their part to help commercialize university research in Canada. Howitt says that Canadian universities should be doing more to attract top researchers. 
Wed 5 Jun | Live Science

New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

New research by Kevin Smith, deputy director and chief curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, finds that some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage from L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of Newfoundland and may have led to the first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of the New World.
Wed 5 Jun | Live Science

New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

New research by Kevin Smith, deputy director and chief curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, finds that some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage from L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of Newfoundland and may have led to the first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of the New World.
Tue 4 Jun | The Sun

Achebe a revolutionary author – Obama, Michelle

In a letter to the Achebe family, President Obama and First Lady Michelle describe the late Prof. Chinua Achebe as “a revolutionary author, educator and cultural ambassador.” The letter was read at an event held in honour of Achebe in Washington DC last Sunday, tagged, “A Celebration of Life.” Speakers at the event included former Brown University President Ruth Simmons. 
Tue 4 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown still studying divestment

Brown University will continue to study the issue of divesting its holdings in at least 15 companies that mine or burn coal for the production of power, according to a May 24 statement from university President Christina Paxson. The statement was released after a meeting of the Corporation of Brown University.
Tue 4 Jun | Associated Press

20 seniors get first $2,500 awards from Brown U. fund

Twenty students graduating from Providence public high schools have each received a $2,500 college scholarship from a Brown University fund to help city children. Brown president Christina Paxson and Mayor Angel Taveras recognized the inaugural group of Brown University Providence Scholars at the school district’s annual Parent Conference on Saturday. 
Tue 4 Jun | EcoRI.org

Recycling a Struggle for Some City Neighborhoods

A recap of a recent meeting of the the Providence Environmental Sustainability Task Force mentions that the suggestion of a city-wide bike-share program came up, with Sheila Dormody, the city’s director of sustainability, suggesting that public-private partnership with Brown University or other school might be the best way to initiate one.
Mon 3 Jun | Providence Business News

W&I physician elected national task force co-chair

Amy S. Gottlieb, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a physician with the Division of Ambulatory Care at Women & Infants Hospital,  was recently elected co-chair of the national Society of General Internal Medicine’s Women and Medicine Task Force.
Mon 3 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown Center for Environmental Studies to introduce new leadership, curriculum

Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies will introduce new leadership and a revised curriculum next year, the university announced late last week. Dov Sax, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and Kurt Teichert, senior lecturer in CES, will begin July 1 as the center’s new director and associate director, respectively.
Mon 3 Jun | Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Mouse model mimics mosaic mutation in tuberous sclerosis

Deleting both copies of a gene linked to tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), an autism-related disorder, in only a subset of brain cells recapitulates many of the disorder’s symptoms in mice, according to a study led by Mark Zervas, assistant professor of biology. The study also traces the disorder’s origins to embryonic development, suggesting that introducing the mutation early, rather than later, in gestation causes more severe symptoms.
Fri 31 May | The Providence Journal

Assistant coach moving on

Mike Souza, the assistant men's hockey coach at Brown University since 2011, has taken a job as an assistant at the University of Connecticut. "He's a good guy, and he does a great job. He got a good opportunity, and I do not blame him for taking it,'' said Brown head coach Brendan Whittet.
Fri 31 May | The Providence Journal

Chinese educators get a look at how classes work in the U.S.

On Thursday, a group of educators from the Shenzhen SCHOOL DISTRICT, in China, visited the Segue Institute for Learning charter school to observe educational practices, through a program with Brown University. The visitors were fascinated by the interaction between teachers and students.
Fri 31 May | The Providence Journal

Gee apologizes for comments

Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University and former president at Brown University, apologized for saying that Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten conference because the university’s priests are not good partners and can’t be trusted. In a statement released to the AP, Gee said “The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for.”
Fri 31 May | Red Orbit

Saturn’s Moon Dione May Have A Subsurface Ocean

Scientists now believe Saturn's moon Dione likely had an active geological history after analyzing data sent back from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Noah Hammond, co-author of the study and a graduate student at Brown University, comments on the possibility that Dione may have had a subsurface ocean.
Fri 31 May | The Mail (U.K.)

Tricked into parenthood: How men are SABOTAGING women's birth control in a bid to 'leave a legacy'

A study led by Brown University involving 641 ob-gyn patients, found that 16 percent of women had been with partners who tried to trick them into pregnancy by sabotaging their efforts to use contraception. The study suggests that men resort to these measures because they 'want to leave a legacy', have an 'intense desire for a nuclear family', or want to exercise control.


Thu 30 May | The Providence Journal

Celebratory parade around the pond

An article on the Urban Pond Procession, which takes place around Mashapaug Pond as a way to educate residents about the pond and how to care for it, mentions that Procession founder Holly Ewald worked with an oral history class at Brown University to create “Mashapaug Neighbors — Stories from Beyond the Pond,” an audio cell-phone tour with stops around the pond.
Thu 30 May | The Providence Journal

Chafee makes switch to Democrat a reality

Schiller also comments on Chafee's switch in the Providence Journal: “I don’t think this is a good move for the governor. I don’t think he can win a primary against an attractive, successful Latino and an attractive, successful female treasurer when two of the strongest pillars of the Democratic Party are Latinos and women.”
Wed 29 May | Associated Press

Brown researchers find many NH hikers unprepared

Brown University researchers, led by medical student Ryan Mason, surveying hikers in New Hampshire found that many are underprepared, even including those with experience. Researchers surveyed 199 hikers in the White Mountain National Forest to learn how many of 10 essential items they had. The items included a map, rain gear, first aid kit and extra food and water.

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