Tue 11 Jun | The Providence Journal

Pell honorees in the spotlight

The annual Pell Awards, named for the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, were given out Monday night at the Providence Public Library. This year's winners included actress Kate Burton, daughter of famed actor Richard Burton, and John Krasinski, of the NBC comedy "The Office", both Brown University graduates.

Tue 11 Jun | The Providence Journal

School will boost RI's public health

Through its connectedness, Rhode Island has brought together advocates, researchers, and public health practitioners to reduce the burden of disease and health costs for all Rhode Islanders. But there is a special promise in the partnership between Brown University’s Program in Public Health and Rhode Island’s Department of Health because it will increase the opportunities for collaboration between different areas of study while benefiting the citizens of Rhode Island.

Tue 11 Jun | Providence Business News

Citizens Bank awards grant to youth-refugee program

The Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education, or ARYSE, will receive $1,000 from Citizens Bank as part of the bank's Banking on Youth competition. The collegiate youth refugee tutoring program was started in February by former leaders of similar programs at Brown University and Yale University.

Tue 11 Jun | The New York Times

A.C.L.U. Files Lawsuit Seeking to Stop the Collection of Domestic Phone Logs

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute, comments on the recently uncovered NSA surveillance program, saying limits on when the information is accessed were put in place so that people’s privacy is not invaded by having their records collected, but only when a human examines them. Edgar is also quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, although his Brown affiliation is not mentioned. 

Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dan Bacher

Dan Bacher, founder and executive director of the SpeakYourMind Foundation, answers questions about the new startup nonprofit, which is a spinoff of Brown’s BrainGate lab that aims to use low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware and custom software to create communications solutions.

Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Butler, R.I. Hospital to test ‘pacemaker’

A large study of deep brain stimulation to treat Alzheimer’s Disease is now underway at Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospitals. Garth Rees Cosgrove, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Alpert Medical School, and Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, are two of the researchers involved in the study. 

Mon 10 Jun | The Providence Journal

Century-old debate gets a new life

Schiller comments on the question of whether Rhode Island should take up the ratification of the 17th Amendment, citing recent research she co-authored that suggests the 17th Amendment “failed to deliver on its promise” of producing a more “open, accessible and responsive” government.

Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown steps onto cutting edge of online education

With the launch last week of the first two of three free Massive Open Online Courses, Brown University has joined the cutting edge of online higher education for the masses. Wendy Drexler, director of online development, comments on the courses. 

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.