Mon 29 Apr | The Providence Journal

Bakery’s ‘open hiring’ aims to build ‘social enterprise’

 430 people from around the country registered for this weekend's two-day Social Enterprise Ecosystems for Economic Development (SEEED) Summit, co-organized by the local Social Enterprise Greenhouse and SEEED@brown, a student group. Speakers spoke about their work in "social enterprise," simply defined as businesses with a mission to improve a community.
Mon 29 Apr | ABC News

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Medical Care Is Covered at Federal Facility

Bradley W. Brockmann, executive director of the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at Brown University, comments on how Boston bombing suspect Dzhohkar Tsarnaev's medical care will be paid for: "The transformative moment is when he's transferred into custody of the federal government...At that point, they would be responsible for the hospital bill payments."
Mon 29 Apr | Providence Business News

Student data key to campus planning

Russell Carey, executive vice president for planning and policy, talks about the University's use of data collection involving faculty, staff and students in the campus planning process. “In the campus planning process, we gather a tremendous amount of information from students, faculty and staff, and how they work together, make use of curriculum, and [what they] would like to see improved in the physical campus," Carey said. 
Sun 28 Apr | The Providence Journal

Microbes a big help for good health

Amanda Pressman, assistant professor of medicine, comments on the health benefits of microbes, while cautioning against the overuse of probiotics.  “I think probiotic supplements should be saved more for resetting the systems of people having symptoms such as diarrhea, or after an infection,” Pressman said. 
Sun 28 Apr | The New York Times

Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream

John Donoghue, director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, comments on emerging brain computer interface technologies and what future products using that technology may look like: “The current brain technologies are like trying to listen to a conversation in a football stadium from a blimp...To really be able to understand what is going on with the brain today you need to surgically implant an array of sensors into the brain.”
Sun 28 Apr | USA Today

Leaving no school behind: Can bad ones be turned around?

Michelle Renee, a researcher at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, comments on charter schools' performance in this article on a new plan aimed at funding the improvement of failing charter schools. Renee says that the schools are still in the experimental phase and not as successful as they may appear. "They're taking a small cross-section of people, and they're taking a small group of really invested teachers," she said. "When you try and do that at scale across an entire system, all of them are having trouble."
Sat 27 Apr | RI NPR

Future Docs: Live Forum at Brown

At a forum at the Alpert Medical School on April 23, panelists, including Brown faculty and two students featured in the "Future Docs" series spoke about the changing landscape of medical education. Listen to a recording of the forum here. 
Fri 26 Apr | RI NPR

Future Docs 9: Teaching Medical Ethics

Jay Baruch, assistant professor of emergency medicine, discusses teaching ethics to medical school students. He says students need training and practice before they encounter ethical dilemmas with their own patients. “Once students get on the wards, once you enter into clinical practice, you realize that so much of medicine is sort of wrapped up in messiness and ambiguity,” says Baruch.
Fri 26 Apr | Providence Business News

WaterFire lands $50K NEA grant

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced its grant recipients for the year. Among the 817 nonprofit recipients, Brown will receive $10,000 to support the Dance Legacy Development Project. 
Fri 26 Apr | The New York Times

A Song of Lament for Syria

Nihad Sirees, a fellow in the International Writers Project at Brown University, writes about the culture of music that was once pervasive in Aleppo, Syria, and how "Today, the sound of battles and bombs overpowers the sound of violins."
Thu 25 Apr | USA Today

Ben Affleck to get Brown University degree

Actor and director Ben Affleck is one of six artists, writers, scientists and educators selected to receive an honorary degree at Brown's May 26 graduation ceremonies. The Ivy League school in Rhode Island says Affleck will receive a doctor of fine arts degree.
Thu 25 Apr | Associated Press

3 at Brown elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Three professors at Brown University have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. David Cane is a professor of chemistry, Rose McDermott teaches political science and Walter Strauss is a professor of applied mathematics. They will be officially inducted as members of the independent policy research center in October
Thu 25 Apr | Providence Business News

Dowling tapped as Brown investment officer

Joseph L. Dowling III has been named the new chief investment officer at Brown University effective June 2013, the school announced Thursday. In his new position, he will be responsible for developing and implementing an investment strategy for the university’s long term pool, a $2.8 billion asset primarily made up of the university’s endowment.
Wed 24 Apr | Rhode Island Monthly

A Mother's Momentum

Leslie Gordon, associate professor of pediatrics, and her devotion to the research of progeria, which her son has, is profiled in the May issue. 
Wed 24 Apr | National Geographic

Crouching Bird, Hidden Dinosaur

An article on birds' evolution from standing upright to a crouching position mentions that "Steve Gatesy from Brown University was the first person to seriously focus on the hind-limbs back in 1990, and his ideas on the evolution of dinosaur leg muscles and running gaits have since become textbook material."
Tue 23 Apr | Fox News

Psychiatrists spend 1 million hours a year awaiting insurance approval, study says

A new study by Amy Funkenstein, teaching fellow in child and adolecent psychiatry, finds that psychiatrists across the country spend one million hours each year each year waiting to get approval from insurance companies before they’re able to hospitalize suicidal or mentally ill patients from the emergency room. “If we think logically about what it would be like if someone came into the ER with a life-threatening illness and they had to wait to get admitted – that would be ridiculous,” Funkenstein said.  
Tue 23 Apr | The Brian Lehrer Show

Community Reaction to Bombing Suspects

Rose, introduced as the new CSREA director, talks with Brian Lehrer about the complex reactions when we think and talk about the religion and ethnicity of the Boston bombing suspects.
Tue 23 Apr | Providence Business News

Rose tapped to lead CSREA, shift focus

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies at Brown University, has been selected as the new director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, effective July 1. Rose will succeed Evelyn Hu-deHart, who has led the academic center since 2002, according to a release from Brown.
Mon 22 Apr | Providence Business News

‘One thing [won’t] fix our economy’

In a Q&A, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says Brown's announcement that it will expand its engineering school on College Hill is "another opportunity to work with Brown, to work with our tax-exempts to attract other businesses to the Knowledge District and Interstate-195 land" and that "no one thing is going to fix our economy."
Mon 22 Apr | The Providence Journal

Sequester hitting home

An article on how federal spending cuts are affecting Rhode Island, mentions that Brown estimates it will see a decrease of nearly $8 million in fiscal 2013 due to the sequester’s effect on higher education research grants, as well as $115,000 in cuts to student aid from federally funded programs, according to spokeswoman Darlene Trew Crist. Crist said the university plans to devote other resources to mitigate those cuts.
Mon 22 Apr | Providence Business News

W&I doc lands $1.6M NIH grant

Kristen A. Matteson, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a doctor at Women and Infants Hospital, has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant, from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, will be used to study the effectiveness of two treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding.
Mon 22 Apr | WPRI

Brown community asked to 'lend a hand'

In an effort to reach out to missing student Sunil Tripathi, the Brown community has been asked to attend an event that is taking place on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. on the College Green at Brown. All are invited to write messages for Tripathi on their hands. Photos of these messages will then be shared on Facebook and other social media to inspire the missing student to return.
Sun 21 Apr | Los Angeles Times

Sens. Feinstein and Boxer keep racking up seniority

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the benefits — and limits — of seniority that California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer share, having served longer together than any other pair of California senators. "They have recognized that they could both be successful if they cooperated, without being best friends," Schiller said. 
Sat 20 Apr | Black Hills Pioneer

Searching for WIMPS

Rick Gaitskell, professor of physics, talks about the Large Underground Xenon dark matter detector search for the Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPS), which researchers believe make up dark matter. Gaitskell, a principal investigator of the LUX experiment , says the team is close to operating the detector and that an upcoming two-month run of the detector will be a test to determine how the various detector systems operate underground. 
Sat 20 Apr | The Washington Post

Search for Prince George’s County schools chief could be a tough assignment

Kenneth Wong, professor of education, comments on the implementation of an experimental school system structure in Maryland, in which the schools chief is hired by one entity but reports to another. Wong said he thought the new setup, while creating “divided accountability,” also could appeal to some candidates. 
Thu 18 Apr | Inside Higher Ed

It’s Only Getting Hotter

The movement to get colleges and universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuel companies is starting to ramp up, with groups recently generating headlines at institutions such as Cornell University and Brown University. Brown announced earlier this month that, in May, President Christina Paxson would present to the university's governing board a campus committee’s recommendation that “the university publicly divest from the 15 coal companies that have contributed most egregiously to the social and environmental harms associated with the coal industry.” 

Thu 18 Apr |

Brown to Host Debate on Marijuana Legalization on April 23

Brown University will host a debate entitled "Is it time to legalize marijuana?" on Tuesday, April 23. Hosted by the Janus Forum and Brown Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the debate will feature Kevin Sabet, board member Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), and Aaron Houston, national director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.