Tue 19 Mar | Inside Higher Ed

Making the Case

The first full day of the National Humanities Alliance's annual meeting opened with Brown University President Christina H. Paxson and Karl W. Eikenberry, former United States Ambassador to Afghanistan, arguing supporters of the humanities must clearly communicate the benefits of their academic fields or risk losing the war of words on how higher education funding should be appropriated.

Tue 19 Mar | Providence Business News

Brown to host global social innovation conference

The Ashoka U Exchange, a global conference on social innovation and social change, will take place at Brown University in February 2014, an event that brings together social entrepreneurs, students and university leaders from around the globe.

Tue 19 Mar | The Wall Street Journal

Hispanics Extend Reach Beyond Enclaves

New research by John Logan, professor of sociology, and the U.S. 2010 Project, finds that South Americans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans are settling among the existing U.S. population more readily than Mexicans, the nation's largest Hispanic group, a trend with implications for politics, the economy and other areas of daily life.

Mon 18 Mar | Providence Business News

State riding meetings, convention momentum

In an article on an increase in meetings and conventions taking place around the state, Tim Muldoon, general manager at the RI Convention Center, gives a nod to Brown University for strong growth in medical and health association conventions over the past two years. “They’ve been real ambassadors for us,” he said.

Mon 18 Mar | The Providence Journal

Corrales unopposed for council seat

Steven F. Corrales is running unopposed for the Central Falls City Council seat previously held by newly elected Mayor James A. Diossa. Corrales recently received a master’s degree in education policy from Brown University.

Mon 18 Mar | The Diane Rehm Show

Peter Andreas: "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

Peter Andreas, professor of political policy and international studies, will appear on the March 28 show to discuss his new book "Smuggler Nation" in which he maps the evolution of America's power by pin-pointing the battles over illicit trade, from molasses and gunpowder in colonial times, to drug trafficking and migrant smuggling today.

Mon 18 Mar | EcoGeek.org

Bacteria May Provide More Sustainable Biofuel Production

The first step in turning biomass from grasses, trees, and certain algae into biofuel is getting through lignin, the tough material of their cell walls, and the compound isn’t an easy one to break down. Researchers at Brown University are studying microorganisms that can break down lignin--and have figured out the chemical switch to start the lignin digestive process in the bacteria Streptomyces.

Mon 18 Mar | UPI

'Fossil' tectonic plate seen under Calif.

A geologic anomaly 60 miles under central California is a remnant of an ancient oceanic plate pushed under North America 100 million years ago, scientists say. Known as the Isabella anomaly, the large mass of cool, dehydrated material is a "fossil" slab of the Farallon oceanic plate, linked to known Farallon slabs at similar depths under Washington, Oregon and Baja California in Mexico, Brown University geophysicists reported Monday.

Mon 18 Mar | Popular Mechanics

What a Fish's Brain Says, and Doesn't Say, About Yours

John Donoghue comments on new research in which scientists, for the first time, have created a brain-activity map for a vertebrate, albeit a tiny one: the larva of a zebrafish. "It's a very good start for the brain activity map...This method is allowing us to view the collective activity of nearly an entire nervous system," Donoghue says.  


Mon 18 Mar | Yahoo! News

'Fossil' tectonic plate seen under Calif.


A geologic anomaly 60 miles under central California is a remnant of an ancient oceanic plate pushed under North America 100 million years ago, scientists say. Known as the Isabella anomaly, the large mass of cool, dehydrated material is a "fossil" slab of the Farallon oceanic plate, linked to known Farallon slabs at similar depths under Washington, Oregon and Baja California in Mexico, Brown University geophysicists reported Monday.


Sun 17 Mar | The Providence Journal

Save White Mountains from high-voltage power line

Rebecca More, visiting scholar in the Department of History, writes an op-ed about the threat the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Project poses to the White Mountain National Forest. The project would use a corridor through the WMNF to erect gigantic towers to carry high-voltage electric power (HVP) from Québec to Connecticut, according to More. 

Fri 15 Mar | The Providence Journal

Diossa names chief of staff

Mayor James A. Diossa announced on Thursday that he has appointed Sonia Grace, 37, a community activist who earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University, to be the first chief of staff to serve a Central Falls mayor since the city was incorporated in 1895.

Fri 15 Mar | GoLocalProv.com

The Most Foreclosed Communities for 2012

Allan Feldman, professor emeritus of economics, comments on the state's high foreclosure rate: “We are in a slow recovery. It’s been a poor recovery compared to recoveries after recessions in the 80s and 90s, but we are still slowly recovering.” 

Fri 15 Mar | NPR

To Mark 10th Anniversary Of Iraq Invasion, Researchers Assess The Cost

Nearly ten years since the United States invaded Iraq, researchers at Brown University are assessing the cost of the war. The report, from Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies, is comprehensive, taking a look at the direct and indirect costs of war, and reporting that the war has killed at least 190,000 people and will cost the U.S. at least $2.2 trillion. Coverage of the study also appeared in several other outlets, including  the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Salon, Huffington Post, and CNN International. 

Fri 15 Mar | CNN.com

Give patients end-of-life options

Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice, writes about her recent research that found an increase in hospitalizations and ICU care for elderly dying patients and the changes that should be made to end-of-life care to better reflect patient informed goals and values.

Thu 14 Mar | The Providence Journal

Three Brown hoopsters earn Ivy League awards

Brown University's Sean McGonagill was named to the All-Ivy League first team, Matt Sullivan was selected to the second team and freshman Cedric Kuakumensah took home defensive player of the year honors.

Thu 14 Mar | The Huffington Post

Understanding Clarksdale: Why History Matters

Francoise Hamlin, assistant professor of history and Africana studies, writes about the recent murder of a gay mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, Mississippi, touching on the city's apparent resistance to what she describes as "21st century realities" and why a history of similar crimes in Clarkesdale continues to repeat itself. 

Thu 14 Mar | Reuters

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The U.S. war in Iraq has cost $1.7 trillion with an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war veterans, expenses that could grow to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades counting interest, a study released by the Costs of War project at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies. 

Wed 13 Mar | U.S. News & World Report

Best Graduate Schools 2014

Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School ranked #31 for Best Research and #24 for Best Primary Care out of Medical Schools. The Brown Taubman Center for Public Policy place #53 in Public Affairs.Brown's division of Engingeering ranked #48 in Best Engineering Schools.

Wed 13 Mar | Associated Press

Bloomberg praises $5M 'Providence Talks' proposal

Rhode Island’s capital city won the $5 million grand prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies for its ‘‘Providence Talks’’ plan to equip low-income children with recording devices that count the words they hear, then coach parents on ways to build their language skills. Providence officials are now working with social service agencies and Brown University to decide how to implement what they acknowledge is an ambitious idea.

Tue 12 Mar | Associated Press

100-year-old tree cut down at John Brown House

Tree service workers have cut down a 108-year-old elm outside the historic John Brown House in Providence after it was found to have a deadly fungal infection. The elm was planted in 1905 outside the 18th century home of John Brown, a slave trader and major benefactor of Brown University.

Tue 12 Mar | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Sam Gilman

Brown sophomore Sam Gilman talks about the student group that he co-founded, Common Sense Action, and the recent Rhode Island Fiscal Summit that the group hosted. 

Tue 12 Mar | RI NPR

Brain Activity Map Creates Buzz, But Funding Still Needed

Scientists in Rhode Island are waiting for word from the federal government about whether or not it will fund a huge, multi-year effort to map the brain’s activity. But, as John Donoghue, the head of the Institute for Brain Science at Brown University, says, funding or no funding, even the buzz about brain science is beneficial.

Tue 12 Mar | RI NPR

The Silver Boom: A Growing Shortage of Mental Health Specialists

Robert Kohn, professor of psychiatry and human behavior and head of Brown's geriatric psychiatry training program, talks about the growing shortage of mental health professionals who focus on the elderly, the best way to address the shortage and offers some tips for families or spouses struggling to find the right care for an elder loved one.

Tue 12 Mar | UPI

Scientists describe 'melting' of the moon

Spacecraft data suggests molten rock may have been present on the moon more recently and persisted for longer periods than previously thought, according to new Brown research. Brown graduate student William Vaughan and his colleagues said they estimate impacts forming the Moon's 30 large basins produced almost 240,000 cubic miles of melt, enough to make up 5 percent of the Moon's crust.

Tue 12 Mar | The Atlantic

Political turmoil affects HIV treatment

A round-up of the day's research includes a new study out of Brown that finds that political strife can attenuate the efficacy of HIV treatment: "When violence erupts, staying on ... delicately balanced medications can become impossible. Drugs may no longer get to the clinic, patients and health care workers can become displaced, travel to the clinic can become unsafe, and patients can become profoundly depressed by the horror and tragedy around them," the researchers write. 

Tue 12 Mar | RI NPR

Friday is 'Match Day' for the Nation's Future Doctors

This Friday at 1:00 pm EDT, more than 17,000 U.S. medical school seniors, including those at the Alpert Medical School, and another 16,000 other applicants (internationals, etc.) find out where they'll train as residents for the next several years of their lives.

Mon 11 Mar | Cranston Patch

Edgewood Yacht Club Sails Towards Rebuilding Goal

The Edgewood Yacht Club is raising funds and making plans to rebuild its clubhouse, which was destroyed in a fire in 2011. The club's vice commodore says that Brown University, a longtime occupant and co-user of Edgewood Yacht Club, is also likely to be involved in the rebuilding project.