Thu 25 Jul | The New York Times

Roberts’s Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, comments on the increasing importance of courts in American life as more surveillance programs come under its review. “If the court is seen as skewed or biased, politically or ideologically, it will lose credibility,” said Edgar.

Wed 24 Jul | Forbes

America's Top Colleges 2013

Brown University was ranked the No. 12 best college in the U.S., according to Forbe's annual America's Top Colleges listing. The 2013 rankings placed Princeton, Yale, and Harvard in No. 3, 4 and 8, respectively.

Wed 24 Jul | The Providence Journal

R.I. health sciences task force begins strategic planning

A group of Rhode Island's academic, economic and labor leaders met Wednesday morning to begin crafting a way for the state to capitalize on its various health sciences organizations. The meeting included a discussion about the nursing education program to be housed in a redeveloped South Street Power Station.

Wed 24 Jul | Discovery News

Red Planet, White Christmas: It Once Snowed on Mars

First it was fresh toboggan tracks on Mars, now it’s evidence that it snowed there, albeit a billion years ago. A new study, led by geology graduate student Kat Scanlon of Brown University, supports the idea that water came down as snow and then melted and ran off to create the branching valley networks that remain visible on Mars today.

Wed 24 Jul | The Washington Post

A visionary’s final ideas on fixing high schools

When Theodore Sizer died of colon cancer at 77 in 2009, critics say the nation lost a leading scholar on high schools and one of the best education writers ever. The former Brown University professor's recently-published book, “The New American High School,” explains his final ideas on fixing high schools.

Tue 23 Jul | Inside Higher Ed

The Stakes for All of Us

Matthew Pratt Guterl, professor of Africana studies and American studies at Brown University, pens an op-ed on the threats humanities face and the value it provides for students.

Tue 23 Jul | The Providence Journal

A major new plan for South Street Power Station

The plan to develop the South Street Power Station into college classrooms and academic offices along the Providence River must resolve little-discussed utility and environmental issues before the proposal for the former industrial sites can move forward.

Tue 23 Jul | GoLocalProv

NEW: Brown Named Top 10 Healthiest College in US

Brown University was named the #6 healthiest college in the U.S. according to, a health and fitness media startup that promotes a healthier, happier, and better lifestyle for its readers.

Tue 23 Jul | ABC6

URI scientists probing starfish deaths

University of Rhode Island scientists are working with colleagues from Brown University and Roger Williams University to identify the disease that is killing starfish along the Atlantic coast, URI officials announced Tuesday.

Tue 23 Jul | International Business Times

Snow On Mars? New Evidence Suggests Ancient Precipitation

Researchers have discovered evidence that suggests the existence of ancient snow and precipitation on Mars. According to the study, led by researchers from Brown University, some Martian valley networks may have been created by runoff from rain or snow.

Tue 23 Jul | Fox News

Incredible tech: How to find life on Mars

Jack Mustard, a professor at Brown University and chairman of the 2020 rover mission's Science Definition Team, comments on the search for life on Mars. "To go and look for simple organisms, or not-so-simple organisms, that are living within that toxic, harsh environment we just think is a foolish investment of the technology at this time," Mustard said.

Mon 22 Jul | GoLocalProv

Rhode Island Autism Experts Launch Consortium

Numerous experts from Brown University have joined to form the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART). Eric Morrow,  assistant professor at Brown University and co-director of the RI-CART research committee, comments on the difficulty of building a multidisciplinary consortium and its importance in tackling problems such as autism.

Mon 22 Jul | RI-NPR

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. For the past few years, in Providence, Brown and Johnson & Wales University have collectively paid millions of dollars in fees to city government.

Sun 21 Jul | The Providence Journal

A dynamic Dynamo

After many years and much hesitation, it seems as if the old South Street Station power plant, in Providence, may get a new life as Dynamo House following last month's announcement by Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College.

Fri 19 Jul | East Side Monthly

Community Gardens Blossom on the East Side

An article on East Side community gardens includes a section on the Urban Environmental Lab’s Community Garden, which was created in 1984. Garden coordinator Sophie Soloway describes some of the garden's features and academic uses. 

Fri 19 Jul | The Providence Journal

Levine hired to fill Brown coaching job

Brown University on Thursday officially announced the hiring of Mike Levine as an assistant men’s hockey coach. Levine is replacing Mike Sousa, who is now an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.

Fri 19 Jul | The Wall Street Journal

Pressure Builds for Data-Sweep Alternative

Amid growing concern of the National Security Agency's terrorism related surveillance program, Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, comments on privacy technology under development and keeping data at the phone companies.

Thu 18 Jul | WBUR

Heroin’s New Reach

Josiah Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology, appears on "On Point" to discuss heroin and its reach following the death by overdose of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. 

Thu 18 Jul | U.S. News & World Report

Decide if a New Medical School Is the Right Fit

In this article on the questions to ask when considering a newly opened medical school is the right fit, Kachiu Lee, a dermatology resident at Brown and adviser at MedSchoolCoach, advises that it's important for prospective students to gauge if there is a strong relationship between the school and the hospitals at which rotations will take place.

Thu 18 Jul | RI NPR

Dozens of Organizations Come Together to Focus on Autism in RI

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, or RI-CART, brings doctors researchers and educators together to advance autism research and put a spotlight on the disorder. Dozens of organizations are involved, including Bradley Hospital, Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Thu 18 Jul | U.S. News & World Report

Childhood Abuse May Add to Drug Users' Suicide Risk

Drug users with a history of severe childhood abuse may have an increased risk for suicide, a new study says. The study's lead author Brandon Marshall, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Brown University, says the findings show how detrimental childhood trauma can be.

Wed 17 Jul |

Zimmerman + Racial Profiling in Rhode Island

Brown student Nicole Haslinger pens a "Mindsetter" column on steps local community groups have taken to combat racial profiling in Rhode Island, including proposed legislation. The article also cites racial profiling community forums that have been held locally, including one at Brown this past spring.