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 |

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.

Fri 31 May | The Providence Journal

Chinese educators get a look at how classes work in the U.S.

On Thursday, a group of educators from the Shenzhen SCHOOL DISTRICT, in China, visited the Segue Institute for Learning charter school to observe educational practices, through a program with Brown University. The visitors were fascinated by the interaction between teachers and students.

Fri 31 May | The Providence Journal

Gee apologizes for comments

Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University and former president at Brown University, apologized for saying that Notre Dame was never invited to join the Big Ten conference because the university’s priests are not good partners and can’t be trusted. In a statement released to the AP, Gee said “The comments I made were just plain wrong, and in no way do they reflect what the university stands for.”

Fri 31 May | Red Orbit

Saturn’s Moon Dione May Have A Subsurface Ocean

Scientists now believe Saturn's moon Dione likely had an active geological history after analyzing data sent back from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Noah Hammond, co-author of the study and a graduate student at Brown University, comments on the possibility that Dione may have had a subsurface ocean.

Fri 31 May | The Mail (U.K.)

Tricked into parenthood: How men are SABOTAGING women's birth control in a bid to 'leave a legacy'

A study led by Brown University involving 641 ob-gyn patients, found that 16 percent of women had been with partners who tried to trick them into pregnancy by sabotaging their efforts to use contraception. The study suggests that men resort to these measures because they 'want to leave a legacy', have an 'intense desire for a nuclear family', or want to exercise control.

Thu 30 May | The Providence Journal

Celebratory parade around the pond

An article on the Urban Pond Procession, which takes place around Mashapaug Pond as a way to educate residents about the pond and how to care for it, mentions that Procession founder Holly Ewald worked with an oral history class at Brown University to create “Mashapaug Neighbors — Stories from Beyond the Pond,” an audio cell-phone tour with stops around the pond.

Thu 30 May | The Providence Journal

Chafee makes switch to Democrat a reality

Schiller also comments on Chafee's switch in the Providence Journal: “I don’t think this is a good move for the governor. I don’t think he can win a primary against an attractive, successful Latino and an attractive, successful female treasurer when two of the strongest pillars of the Democratic Party are Latinos and women.”

Wed 29 May | Associated Press

Brown researchers find many NH hikers unprepared

Brown University researchers, led by medical student Ryan Mason, surveying hikers in New Hampshire found that many are underprepared, even including those with experience. Researchers surveyed 199 hikers in the White Mountain National Forest to learn how many of 10 essential items they had. The items included a map, rain gear, first aid kit and extra food and water.

Wed 29 May | The New York Times

Rhode Island’s Chafee to Join Democratic Party

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on RI Governor Lincoln Chafee's announcement that he'll be switching to the Democratic Party. “His move comes from thinking, ‘If I don’t switch parties, I’m going to lose anyway,’ ” said Schiller. “And maybe as a Democrat, the president can come out for him wholeheartedly or at least help dry up the funding for the other candidates.”

Tue 28 May |

Somersault into economic data

David Wyss, adjunct professor of economics and international relations, comments on the U.S.'s current 2.5 percent GDP, calling the recent trend "half-speed growth," and adding, "We'd like it to be a lot better than that. On the other hand it's positive."

Tue 28 May | The Wall Street Journal

Tech Minstrels Seek a High Note

An article on NYC#, New York City's self-proclaimed all-tech a cappella group, mentions that one of the members, Elyse Estrada, was a soprano in the Ursa Minors at Brown.

Tue 28 May | Marketplace

The rise of WorldStarHipHop, a popular and controversial website

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, talks about how race plays into the success and critiques of WorldStarHipHop, a website that has built much of its popularity on outrageous videos captured on cell phones, like that of a Cleveland bus driver punching a female passenger in the face after a verbal argument, many of which feature African Americans.

Mon 27 May | Providence Business News

‘Sustainability’ a growing area of college study

An article on how state colleges are stepping up the focus on sustainability mentions that a working knowledge of environmental issues has been a focus since Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies was formed in 1978.

Mon 27 May | USA Today

Unresolved grief can be hidden health risk, experts say

An article on how grief can affect mental and physical health cites 2004 research by Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice, that found than many people do not get the support they need to help cope with grief properly. 

Mon 27 May | The Providence Journal

‘This is a spectacular honor’

Brown awarded more than 2,400 degrees,  including 1,554 to undergraduates and an honorary doctorate to actor Ben Affleck, at its 245th commencement.