Brown University ranked among the top 81 to 90 institutions of higher education in the 2013 global ranking of universities by reputation in the third annual ranking by the Times Higher Education. The list asked 16,639 academics around the world to nominate the best universities in their field of expertise.
Gerald Guralnik, professor of physics, is credited as being one of the founders of the Higgs theory in this article about the two teams of scientists who worked at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva to close in on physics' most elusive particle.
Christine Janis, professor of biology, comments on the recent discovery of fossils of a giant camel that roamed the Arctic more than 3 million years ago, which suggests modern camels probably descended from a cold-dwelling ancestor. Janis, who was not involved with the research, says the discovery is unsurprising, citing camel characteristics, such as long legs for efficient walking and fat-storing humps, that may be adaptations to living in environments like the Arctic.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) is dismissing the results of a recent Brown University poll that showed 72 percent of those surveyed think he’s doing only a fair or poor job as governor. Chafee, an independent, on Tuesday said he’s focused on doing his job. He says he still plans to run for re-election.
Researchers at Brown University have built the first wireless brain-computer interfaces. Like a cellphone embedded in the brain, their new implantable brain sensor can relay broadband signals in real time from up to 100 neurons.
Brown ranks first among Rhode Island's universities and colleges on GoLocal's 2nd annual Super Ranking: Top New England Colleges 2013.
Glenn Tung, associate dean for clinical affairs, comments on the measures some states may have to take to adopt the unprecedented twin pillars of President Obama’s health care law. “There’s really nothing quite like this,” Tung says, as governors and state lawmakers may have to adapt on the fly or learn from each other as they forge ahead with the health reforms.
Peter Andreas, professor of political science and international studies, pens an op-ed on how the current immigration reform debate ignores the fact that our borders have never been secure. "Porous borders made the United States. To look at the country today is to see a nation that grew up and developed because of—not despite—leaky borders," Andreas writes.
Brown University forward Caroline King is one of just 10 women’s college basketball players from across the nation named to the All-state WBCA Good Works Team. The players are being recognized for their community-service activities off the court.
More than 60 percent of Rhode Islanders favor giving same-sex couples the right to marry, according to a new Brown University poll that also showed incumbent Governor Chafee in potentially serious trouble should he run for reelection in 2014.
In an article on the national Up to Us competition, Brown student and competitor Samuel Gilman talks about what he and other students are doing to engage students in a discussion about the federal debt. The article also includes a quote from President Christina Paxson from the recent Rhode Island Fiscal Summit, which Gilman helped organize.
Tony Affigne, a political scientist at Providence College and a visiting professor in ethnic studies at Brown, comments on the potential candidates in the next race for Rhode Island governor, saying that “It’s far too early for observers to make any reliable projections or even suggestions what the final landscape will be."
Sergei Khrushchev, senior fellow in international studies, cites comments his father, former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, made after American pianist Van Cliburn competed and won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition—intended to showcase Soviet talent. Cliburn died Wednesday at age 78.
An article on the effects on Rhode Island if automatic federal budget cuts take effect Friday, as widely expected, includes projected loss of nearly $16 million in federal support for scientific research: "That would hurt Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and other higher-education institutions that are seen as critical to growing the state’s life-science and biotech industries."
A new study finds that even at medical schools with the strictest rules, many doctors-to-be are exposed to pharmaceutical marketing throughout their training. The article opens with Alpert Medical School student Reshma Ramachandran, who says that when she was training in a primary care clinic, the preceptor would encourage students to chat with sales reps, a reality of practice that clashed with her school’s policy.
Universities and colleges in the state say they’re bracing for cuts to federal research grants should sequestration kick in. The article quote Clyde Briant, vice president for research, who says that Brown could face up to an $8 million cut to research funding.
Ian Donnis writes that while Brown University's new poll is full of findings that, on the surface, are familiar and not particularly surprising, it does point to some larger messages, including that Rhode Islanders are desperate for political leadership and Rhode Island Republicans keep squandering opportunities to lead.
The Annenberg Institute's Oona Chatterjee recently took part in an education reform discussion with Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman at the Vanderbilt Law School. Much of the discussion focused on charter schools, with Huffman saying that charters should be easier to come by and Chatterjee arguing that charters should be granted only “to those who can do a really good job of serving kids who have not been served well.”
Many species of bats use echolocation to orient themselves and to hunt their insect prey, but they also rely on a pretty detailed memory to find their way around, a new study by Brown researchers suggests. Their seemingly erratic flight patterns are not erratic after all--they’re following detailed internal maps.
While students at Brown University, childhood best friends Tyler Gage and Dan MacCombie came up with the idea for Runa Tea, a Brooklyn-based beverage company that makes beverages and tea bags using the energizing guayusa leaf.
In a panel at Brown University’s Watson Institute, before several of his approving colleagues, Peter Andreas, a political science professor at Brown, discussed his book titled “Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America” and told the fascinating story of the role the smuggling enterprise played in the formation and development of the United States.
During the past school year, Rhode Island Public Radio has been following two Brown University medical students to see how medical training is evolving with changes in health care. We’re checking in now with Future Docs Sarah Rapoport and Peter Kaminski, who are about to leave the classroom for the exam room – in more ways than one.
Charles Cobb, visiting professor of Africana studies, and Judy Richardson, visiting lecturer in Africana studies, discuss the Voting Rights Act and their experiences fighting for voting rights during the Civil Rights Movement.
Ira Wilson, professor of health services policy and practice, comments on an NBC 10 I-Team investigation shows that Rhode Island taxpayers paid more than $2.5 million in 2012 for prescriptions for common over-the-counter medications and health items, saying that "You can make an argument that it would be unethical not to write prescriptions for over-the-counter medications."
Brown University will host a fascinating temporary art exhibit this week that builds and destroys and forest in front of spectators' eyes. Throughout the course of the eight-hour creation and then systematic dismantling of the fabricated forest, the members of the collaborative team PearlDamour + Shawn Hall, remind us that even when we live in cities we are tied to the fragile natural world in intimate and devastating ways. A video of the installation is included in the article.
John Logan, professor of sociology, comments on newly released census data that shows that in the last decade blacks and whites chose to live near each other at the highest levels in a century. Logan says that despite the new data, the U.S. in many ways remains divided by race and economic lines.
Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies and Sock & Buskin present Jean Racine’s 1677 play “Phaedra,” a radically modern tragedy. An anatomy of anxiety and desire, it is a masterpiece of the human mind on the edges of madness and the ruin of reason by uncontrollable and fragmenting passion.
Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose reflects on the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old teen killed in 2012, throwing Florida’s “stand your ground” law back into the spotlight. Though the laws still exist in many states, Rose says that the national conversation has spurred the creation of new, similar “stand your ground” laws — and that’s a step in the right direction.
Speaking to the Providence Rotary Club, Brown University president Christina Paxson said rising costs are an issue the university needs to address. But Paxson also stated that doing something about the increases is not so easy. Paxson explained that she spent a lot of time analyzing financial data before tuition was increased four percent earlier this month.