Thu 15 Aug | The Washington Post

Pauline Maier, historian of American Revolution, dies at 75

Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of history, comments on the work of historian Pauline Maier, who passed away this week. On her analysis of the Declaration of Independence, Wood notes "She had no political agenda. There was nothing that drove her except trying to reconstruct the past as honestly as possible.”

Wed 14 Aug | The Providence Journal

Marine defense team

A team of New England researchers is working along the coast to identify invasive species in local waters. In this story on a recent dive in Newport, the researchers collect specimens and bring them to a lab at Brown to study them more closely. 

Wed 14 Aug | The Providence Journal

R.I. Board of Education releases agenda for upcoming public retreat

State Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso on Wednesday released the tentative schedule for the board's upcoming two-day retreat. During its retreat the board will discuss the proposed nursing center in Providence, at the site of the old Dynamo house. It would be collaborative effort including the state, city, University of Rhode Island, Brown University and Rhode Island College.

Wed 14 Aug | The New York Times

Children’s Rights and Animal Cruelty Are Cited by Times Readers

In a Public Editor's Journal blog post on recent photos that have raised questions among Times' readers, editor Margaret Sullivan cites a recent letter to the editor from Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, who objected to the use of photographs of two autistic children who have a tumor-causing gene.

Wed 14 Aug | Medpage Today

Biomarker Picks Up Alzheimer's Early

Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, comments on a new study that found that low levels of mitochondrial DNA in cerebrospinal fluid appear to signal the onset of Alzheimer's disease at least 10 years before clinical symptoms and may also be its cause.

Tue 13 Aug | The Block Island Times

Dr. Christopher Klaus: Family medicine is the key

Christopher Klaus, one of several Alpert Medical School doctors currently on rotation at Block Island Health Services, talks about his background and what he enjoys most about being a doctor. 

Tue 13 Aug | The Huffington Post

Method to Racist Madness in Fresh Racial Attacks on President Obama

A column on recent examples of racism against President Obama, including one incident at the Missouri State Fair, cites 2012 Brown research that found that reagrding race-neutral issues that were points of contention between Obama and the GOP, those with a racial antipathy toward blacks were more prone to oppose anything that Obama supported.

Mon 12 Aug | Providence Business News

W&I, Brown to offer women’s mental health fellowship

A new 12-month fellowship offering physicians more-in-depth training after completing their residency will focus on the psychiatric needs of pregnant and postpartum women, the impact of infertility on women, and the impact of mental illness on infants and children. The program is a partnership between the hospital and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine.

Mon 12 Aug | Providence Business News

STAC grant helps team study deaths of sea stars

Gary Wessel, professor of biology, is collaborating with researchers from URI and Roger Williams University on a project that will try and identify what disease is killing sea stars up and down the East Coast. The research is funded by a $40,000 Collaborative Research Grant from the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council.

Sat 10 Aug | The New York Times

Microsatellites: What Big Eyes They Have

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the use of low-orbiting microsatellites that will soon be sending back frequent, low-cost snapshots of most of Earth’s populated regions from space, saying that the frequency with which images can be updated could raise privacy questions.

Sat 10 Aug | The Providence Journal

3 Providence schools receive grants from Brown University

Three Providence schools - Sophia Academy, Inspiring Minds and the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program - will receive grants totaling $50,000 from Brown University's Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence.

Fri 9 Aug | The Washington Post

NSA cites case as success of phone data-collection program

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the NSA program that collects tens of millions of phone records from Americans, saying that while a former deputy privacy officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, he had pushed for a middle ground solution that would let the phone companies hold the data and perform the link analysis.

Thu 8 Aug | The Providence Journal

Ex-Justice O’Connor, Justice Kagan to speak at local events

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will participate in a forum about how Rhode Island’s 1663 Colonial Charter helped shape American jurisprudence, to take place at the Chace Theater at Trinity Rep Aug. 20. Brown historian Ted Widmer, a former speech-writer for both Clintons, will engage the justice in a dialogue on stage. 

Thu 8 Aug | MedPage Today

Higher Blood Sugar Tied to Dementia Risk

 Suzanne DeLaMonte, professor of neurosurgery, comments on new research that found that higher glucose levels had a significant association with an increased risk of dementia in older, nondiabetic individuals. DeLaMonte says that although this connection was made in research several years ago, "I'm very happy about this because it opens doors for the development of new [treatments] or retooling of old treatments for neurodegeneration."

Thu 8 Aug | Providence Business News

Six local colleges among 378 best

Brown is among six local schools to rank among the 378 best in the nation according to the Princeton Review’s annual college book. Brown’s review highlighted the school’s open curriculum, and the University came in at 20th on the “Best College Radio” list.

Wed 7 Aug | National Geographic

Strange Mars Craters Created By Ice?

New by Brown plentary geologists suggests that mysterious double-rimmed craters on Mars may be directly linked to giant ice sheets that could have blanketed the Red Planet sometime in its ancient past. 

Tue 6 Aug | Science 360

The Nautilus

Today's featured video is provided by Brown, and shows how the nautilus swims underwater, even though it has no fins and lives in a shell.

Tue 6 Aug | The Providence Journal

URI lands big research grant

A University of Rhode Island professor and his colleagues have been awarded $11.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research on dengue virus, a potentially deadly mosquito-borne disease. Prof. Alan Rothman will work with colleagues from several American universities including Brown on the project. 

Tue 6 Aug | The Providence Journal

Brown picked to finish third in Ivy League football

Brown is predicted to place third among Ivy League football teams in the upcoming season, according to a poll of media representatives who regularly cover the eight-team conference. University of Pennsylvania and Harvard are expected to come in first and second, respectively. 

Tue 6 Aug | EmaxHealth

Insulin Pills for Diabetes, Fact or Fiction?

Scientists at Brown University and Wayne State University have come one step closer to making insulin pills a reality. The researchers, under the leadership of Edith Mathiowitz, professor of medical and engineering at Brown, have discovered that the small intestine is better equipped to absorb large molecules than originally believed, which brings drug makers closer to developing the type of oral pill that might be needed to deliver insulin. 

Mon 5 Aug | Providence Business News

More schools hook into entrepreneurship

At many local schools, including Brown, students are seeking out established curriculum-based entrepreneurship programs, and launching startups and careers they had even not imagined when they first enrolled. The article includes information on Brown's Program for Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship, also known as Prime.

Mon 5 Aug | Providence Business News

Bioengineering a key at Brown school expansion

The growth taking place at Brown University’s School of Engineering is not generic in nature, just adding to the program’s existing chemical, computer, electrical, environmental, material science or mechanical engineering lines of study. Rather, it is bioengineering that is driving a significant part of the size increase at the school.

Mon 5 Aug | Providence Business News

Statewide autism registry planned

A new research and advocacy consortium, the R.I. Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, or RI-CART, is developing an autism registry for Rhode Island, one of the first statewide registries to be put together. Organizations participating in RI-CART include Brown University and its Warren Alpert Medical School, the Brown Institute for Brain Science, the Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

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