Wed 17 Apr | The Denver Post

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Kenneth Wong, professor of education, comments on the national attention received by Denver Public Schools board president Mary Seawell's announcement this month that she will not seek re-election. Wong said the days of school board races that drew only local attention and meager donations have faded as national groups push for change at the local level. 

Wed 17 Apr | The New York Times

Brown University Creates Online Course for High School Students

In what seems to be the first major effort by a university to tailor a massive open online course, or MOOC, specifically to high school students, Brown University is preparing to offer a free online engineering class with the aim of teaching high school students about the merits and challenges of the field. “The real goal here is to get students interested in engineering to better understand engineering, so that they can make good decisions about what they do in the next step,” said Wendy Drexler, director of online development at Brown.
Wed 17 Apr | RI NPR

Future Docs: Educating Doctors for a Changing Health Care Landscape

Rhode Island Public Radio presents a public forum hosted by the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University on Tuesday April 23, at Alpert Medical School, which will address the question "Will the medical students we’re educating today be prepared to navigate a health care system that’s changing practically before our eyes?"
Tue 16 Apr | Science 360

Getting Around When You Are Round

A video of graduate student Henry Astley explaining how brittlestars move is today's featured video. In the first year of his thesis research at Brown, Henry closely observed brittlestars over the course of a week at South Water Caye in Belize and described those findings in a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology.
Tue 16 Apr | Associated Press

Ayad Akhtar 'shocked' by Pulitzer Prize win

Brown alum Ayad Akhtar '91 has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play "Disgraced," about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party spins out of control amid a heated discussion of identity and religion. 
Tue 16 Apr | Providence Phoenix

The aftermath of atrocity

Greg Cook reviews Wafaa Bilal's "The Ashes Series" and Daniel Heyman's "I Am Sorry It Is So Difficult To Start," currently on view at Brown University's Bell Gallery.

Tue 16 Apr | Providence Business News

Rhode Island Foundation names 2013 innovation fellows

Lynn Taylor, assistant professor of medicine, is one of two winners of the Rhode Island Foundation's 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship, an annual program designed to stimulate solutions to Rhode Island problems by the state’s residents. Taylor was selected for her plan to make Rhode Island the first state to eradicate Hepatitis C.
Tue 16 Apr | The New York Times

Writes Well With Others

Playwright and Brown/Trinity MFA graduate Jackie Sibblies Drury is profiled. Drury wrote "Social Creatures," the production currently on stage at Trinity Repertory Company. Rebecca Gibel, who is quoted in the article and stars in the show, is also MFA '10.
Mon 15 Apr | Scientific American

Can Evolution Beat Climate Change?

Dov Sax, assistant professor of biology, comments on new research that finds that the purple sea urchin may be able to evolve to cope with ocean acidification. Sax, who was not involved with the research, notes that “Right now, it's really unclear what sorts of species are likely to be able to evolve their way out of trouble...It's a giant question that needs to be resolved and feeds into the issue of who is most at risk of extinction from climate change."
Sun 14 Apr | WBUR

Look: ‘Spring Thaw Pow Wow’

Brown University’s “Spring Thaw Pow Wow” attracted Wampanoags, Mohawks, Mi’kmaqs, Lakotas and others from across the region to the Providence college Saturday for an afternoon of Native American dancing and drumming. Article includes several photos from the event. 
Sun 14 Apr | The Providence Journal

Syrian author calls for end to war

Syrian author Nihad Sirees, an exile from his civil-war-torn country where his writings are banned, spoke Sunday of the need for international awareness of the deadly conflict and to “tell the government in Syria to stop this war against its people.” Sirees, who was born in Aleppo, Syria, but left last year, is now a Brown University visiting fellow.
Fri 12 Apr | The Providence Journal

Corporate donors launch Brown's engineering school expansion

In his latest column, John Kostrzewa writes that while Brown University's decision to build its School of Engineering on its East Side campus "disappointed" advocates of developing the old Jewelry District, "any investment and expansion in Rhode Island is welcomed in these tough economic times, and Brown's plans to create a world-class engineering school on College Hill is good news."
Fri 12 Apr | RI NPR

Brown's wise engineering decision

Scott McKay voices his support of Brown University’s decision to expand its engineering school on College Hill and questions the Providence Journal's reporting of the news, which mentioned that state and city leaders were in support of the school moving to the Jewelry District. 
Thu 11 Apr | RI NPR

Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel

Julio Ortega, professor of hispanic studies, comments on the popularity of Rómulo Gallegos, a Venezuelan novelist for whom the prestigious International Rómulo Gallegos Prize for the Novel is named. Despite the prize's prestige, Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least read and translated writers in South America.  
Thu 11 Apr | The Providence Journal

Engineering school to expand on College Hill

Brown University officials on Wednesday said they have launched a $160-million campaign to expand the newly formed School of Engineering on the College Hill campus, including new teaching and research space, renovating existing classrooms, starting an entrepreneurship center and adding 15 new faculty members. 
Thu 11 Apr | WPRI

Abandoned 'Dynamo House' could house URI-RIC nursing school, Brown U.

With Brown's announcement that it would be expanding its engineering school on College Hill, the question of what happens to Dynamo House remains. The option of building a long-discussed new state nursing school there is still alive, and Brown spokeswoman Marisa Quinn says the University is still looking at ways it could use Dynamo House in the wake of the engineering school decision.
Thu 11 Apr | Yahoo! News

Made-to-Order Embryos Create New Legal Issues

Eli Y. Adashi, professor of medical science, is the co-author on a New England Journal of Medicine article on the new practice of selling embryos. Despite legal and ethical concerns from some, the article points out that it is an open question whether the practice covers much new ethical ground because the purchase of sperm and egg is already, for the most part, socially acceptable.
Thu 11 Apr | The Wall Street Journal

Psalm Book Could Fetch Record Price

Boston's Old South Church is planning to sell a rare copy of a Puritan-written psalm book—the first book printed in America—for $15 million to $30 million at Sotheby's in New York this fall. Only 11 copies of the psalm book survive today; Yale, Brown and Harvard universities own other versions, as does the Library of Congress.
Wed 10 Apr | The Providence Journal

9 to be inducted into R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame

Charles J. McDonald, founding chairman of the department of dermatology, and the late John M. Sapinsley, a long-tenured professor of economics at Rhode Island College and Brown University, are among those to be inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame April 19.
Wed 10 Apr |

RI Business Plan Competition 2013 Names 15 Semi-Finalists

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition announced that it has named 15 semi-finalists in the 2013 competition from 77 emerging and would-be entrepreneurs who filed applications. Of the eight student-track semi-finalists, seven are from Brown. Finalists will be selected later this month. The winners will be announced May 14 at The Garage economic development event at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
Wed 10 Apr | WPRI

Brown professor wins renown for critique of austerity

On the April 14 episode of Executive Suite, Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, discusses his new book, "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea," that argues governments around the world are making a fatal mistake by cutting spending and raising taxes in response to the economic downturn.
Wed 10 Apr | The New York Times

2 Investors Give $35 Million to Brown

Two technology investors have given a combined $35 million to Brown to help expand its School of Engineering, the university announced on Wednesday. The money will help Brown build a new facility for the school, which was established in 1847. It will also go toward setting up a “center for entrepreneurship” in the school.
Tue 9 Apr | The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte medical team uses 'ick' factor to cure stubborn GI infection

Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, is quoted in this article on the growing practice of fecal transplants to treat the persistent infection called Clostridium difficile. Kelly is heading the first U.S. randomized, controlled clinical trial of the procedure. 
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Tue 9 Apr |

Brown Medical Student Innovates Medical Apps in RI Startup

Brown Alpert Medical School student, Timothy Jolis ‘13, principle founder of Jolis Biotech, has recently released a new app, called Cold Doctor, which allows users to track their cold and provides the latest information on how to cure it. Jolis Biotech, a team of Ivy League Medical Students from Brown Alpert Medical School and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), have previously released two other medical apps.