Thu 11 Jul | Providence Business News

Brown taps Pendse as VP, chief information officer

Ravi Pendse, currently vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Wichita State University, has been named Brown University’s vice president for computing and information services and chief information officer.

Wed 10 Jul | The Weather Channel

Which Country is the Fattest?

Brown research on Samoan babies' high birth weight is cited and linked to in this article on the countries with the highest obesity rates. 

Tue 9 Jul | USA Today

NASA's next Mars mission would sniff out 'biosignatures'

The Mars 2020 Science Definition Team report released Tuesday sets out the goals for NASA's next planned rover, set to arrive in the next decade on Mars. "We are looking where life could have once been on Mars," said report chairman and professor of geological sciences Jack Mustard. The report was covered by several outlets, including CBS News and Reuters. 

Tue 9 Jul |

How bad is that health 'mistake'?

In this list of 10 potentially worrisome everyday habits, Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on the practice of weighing yourself daily, noting that it can be a smart way to keep tabs on whether you've been gaining over time.

Mon 8 Jul | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dr. Jack Elias

Newly appointed Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Jack Elias talks about his new role and vision for the future of the Alpert Medical School. 

Mon 8 Jul | RI NPR

Brown Researchers Find Genetic Clue for Autism

Brown University researchers say they have discovered a possible genetic variation that can lead to autism and an intellectual disability. What’s more, the discovery may explain why one sibling can be affected while another isn’t.

Mon 8 Jul | The Wall Street Journal

Secret Court's Redefinition of 'Relevant' Empowered Vast NSA Data-Gathering

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute, comments on a 2006 secret court ruling that allowed bulk phone records to be collected under the Patriot Act, saying that many lawmakers saw the change as a step forward, as it allowed for more oversight to the program. 

Sun 7 Jul | CBS News

Battling American Samoa's 75-percent obesity rate

An article on obesity among American Samoans cites a recent Brown University study that found that one in five American Samoa babies has an excessive birth weight, while many of them are obese or overweight by 15 months. 

Fri 5 Jul | Smithsonian magazine

Amazing High Speed X-Ray Videos Reveal How Bats Take Flight

A group of biologists led by Nicolai Konow, investigator in ecology and evolutionary biology, decided to take a much closer look at how exactly bats manage to be the only mammals truly capable of sustained flight, taking ultrahigh-speed X-ray videos of fruit bats as the creatures lifted themselves off the ground. 

Thu 4 Jul | The New York Times

Ahead of Elections, India’s Cabinet Approves Food Security Program

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, comments on the Indian Cabinet's recent approval of a sweeping executive order that establishes a legal right to food: “It is very consistent with the overall thrust of the government to become the welfare party of India,” Varshney said. 

Wed 3 Jul | BET

This Day in Black History: July 3, 1944

Ruth Simmons, the first Black president of an Ivy League institution, was born on July 3, 1944.  Simmons became the 18th president at Brown University in 2001. At Brown, she completed an initiative called Boldly Brown: The Campaign for Academic Enrichment. The $1.4 billion initiative was designed to boost the university’s academic programs.

Wed 3 Jul | The Providence Journal

Assembly approves 10-cent Sakonnet bridge toll, but unable to adjourn

The Providence Redevelopment Agency would have the power to construct new buildings under legislation headed to Governor Chafee after a final House vote Tuesday.  Approval comes as the city considers plans to build a parking garage near the vacant South Street Power Station known as the Dynamo House. In June, three colleges -- including Brown University --  announced plans to lease the Dynamo House.

Wed 3 Jul | American Medical News

Marked decline in Medicare patients who spend final days in hospital

Research shows that more people are seeking hospice, but physicians say patients often enter such programs too late to experience the palliative and social benefits. “Many of the hospice referrals are in the last three days of life,” said Joan M. Teno, professor of health services, policy and practice at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Wed 3 Jul | American Medical News

Marked decline in Medicare patients who spend final days in hospital

Research shows that more people are seeking hospice, but physicians say patients often enter such programs too late to experience the palliative and social benefits. “Many of the hospice referrals are in the last three days of life,” said Joan M. Teno, professor of health services, policy and practice at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Wed 3 Jul | ABC6

RI Assembly endorses Dynamo House project

Rhode Island lawmakers are giving their encouragement to a major redevelopment proposal by Brown University, Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island to share space in the Dynamo House, passing a resolution endorsing the project Wednesday, following a similar resolution in the Senate on Tuesday.

Tue 2 Jul | The Providence Journal

Teespring sprung from idea by former Brown students

The brainchild of Brown University students Walker Williams and Evan Stites-Clayton, Providence-based Teespring helps people raise money on the Internet by managing T-shirt sales. In so doing, the company is benefiting from the rising comfort people have with Web-based buying and donating.

Tue 2 Jul | The Boston Globe

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

Cate McQuaid shares her thoughts on Kelli Rae Adams's show "Breaking Even," after visiting the Cohen Gallery at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. "The three works there, in concert, have such visual magnetism it doesn't matter what they're about," McQuaid said about the gallery.

Mon 1 Jul | The Scientist

Transcriptomics for the Animal Kingdom

Casey Dunn, assistant professor of biology, comments on how the science of transcriptomics allows zoologists to affordably and efficiently analyze gene activity in organisms that don’t have sequenced genomes. In the past, researchers were limited to studying “about 20 out of 10 million species,” says Dunn. “Now we can learn about the properties of all kinds of organisms in a way we could not do before.”

Mon 1 Jul | The Providence Journal

New dean brings passion for work

A profile of new Medical School Dean Jack Elias describes his pulmonary fibrosis research and his vision for the role the Alpert Medical School will play in the state’s health-care system. “I’d like to see Brown become an engine for the local economy,” Elias says. “I’d like to see it spin off new companies. I’d like to see a biotech boom take place around Brown and intellectual property that Brown generates.”

Mon 1 Jul | Providence Business News

Brown adds new faculty to engineering school

As part of a project to develop and expand its school of engineering, Brown University will add six new faculty members to the school in the coming fall, Brown announced Monday. The School of Engineering’s faculty will total at 49 with the six new members, and the hiring is the beginning of a $160 million multiyear campaign to develop the school. 

Sun 30 Jun | USA Today

L.A. to NYC: Run honors victims of Boston Marathon blast

Ian Alden Russell, curator for the Bell Gallery, took part in the One Run for Boston this weekend, a coast-to-coast relay to raise money for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, running the relay baton from the 9/11 memorial in New York City to Central Park. 

Sat 29 Jun | Business Standard

Chair on Indian Studies in two more US Universities

Two more Chairs on Indian Studies will be set up in Brown and Pace Universities in the US with the support of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). Following the signing of a MoU with Rutgers University on Contemporary Indian Studies last week, the Consulate has been reaching out to many American Universities for setting up of  Chairs, Indian Consul General in New York Dnyaneshwar Mulay said. 

Sat 29 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown builds model public-private deal

A PBN editorial opens with "Any questions as to how much Brown University is contributing to the vitality of Providence and Rhode Island should be put to rest by the announcement last week of the $206 million plan to rehabilitate the South Street Power Station and develop a mixed-use building and parking facility adjacent to it."

Fri 28 Jun | Inside Higher Ed

Academic Minute: The Impulse to Do Nothing

In today’s Academic Minute, James Cavanagh, postdoctoral research associate in cognitive, linguistic, and psychological services, reveals how our brain and behavior can be influenced by our evolutionary past.

Fri 28 Jun | The Providence Journal

Brown appoints Elias as 7th dean of medicine

Brown University has appointed Dr. Jack A. Elias, chairman of the department of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and physician in chief of Yale-New Haven Hospital, as the university’s seventh dean of medicine and biological sciences.