Mon 25 Feb | PBN

Providence seen as potential hub for brain research

When the Brown University researchers who formed BrainGate Co. enabled a paralyzed woman to operate a robotic arm through thought, scientists around the world heard about the breakthrough developed in Providence. It was the latest success to burnish the area’s reputation in the growing field of brain-science research, a field Rhode Island leaders hope will lead the state’s transition toward a technology and knowledge-based economy.

Mon 25 Feb | Providence Business News

U.S. brain-mapping initiative involves Brown neuroscientist

A potential $3 billion federal initiative is in the works to create a “brain activity map,” similar to the Human Genome government effort that mapped all the genes in human DNA. Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue, who has been involved with the project, said the idea is to organize a national effort to show how the brain functions at its deepest levels.

Mon 25 Feb | Associated Press

Mediterranean-style diets found to cut heart risks

Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, on new research that finds that the Mediterranean diet can cut heart risks, noting that researchers provided the oil and nuts, and said "it's not clear if people could get the same results from self-designed Mediterranean diets" - or if Americans would stick to them more than Europeans used to such foods.

Mon 25 Feb | WPRI

Happy Valentine's Day from space

A Providence woman and her brother exchanged Valentine's Day greetings with their father in a unique way this year.  On Feb. 14, Kevin Ford, commander of the International Space Station, called his children from space as he flew over Rhode Island and they watched him pass by through a telescope inside Brown University's Ladd Observatory . 

Sun 24 Feb | The Providence Journal

One vision for new city

An article on potential plans for the land leftover from the Route 195 relocation project notes that Brown University owns or leases more than 10 properties along the western portion of the vacant highway land, with the centerpiece being 222 Richmond St., the new home for the Warren Alpert Medical School. Brown administrators have indicated interest in some highway parcels but have made no formal offers for the land. Brown is scheduled to make a presentation to the redevelopment commission on March 11.

Fri 22 Feb | The Providence Journal

Brown's Sullivan named to Academic All-America first team

Brown University senior Matt Sullivan was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men's basketball team on Thursday. The Academic All-American team is selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America.

Fri 22 Feb | WJAR

URI, Brown presidents: Congressional cuts could mean jobs, research lost

In their first joint television appearance to air Sunday, Brown University President Christina Paxson and University of Rhode Island President David Dooley expressed concern about the impending sequestration. "What happens in these types of downturns, research funding gets clawed back. It's not an abrupt halt because existing grants go forward. It's sort of a slow slide in," Paxson said on "10 News Conference."

Wed 20 Feb | Chemical & Engineering News

Blue In The Face, Fiber Fat Fighter

Research by Robert Hurt, professor of engineering, and colleagues at Brown reveals the chemistry behind a condition called argyria, in which a sufferer’s skin turns a distressing blue color from chronic exposure to silver. 

Wed 20 Feb | The Providence Journal

Fall conference to mark milestone of Royal Charter

The John Carter Brown Library is one of the sponors in planning a major conference in the fall to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to the people of Rhode Island by King Charles II. The Spectacle of Toleration conference will be held in October at the Pell Center for International Relations at Salve Regina University in Newport and at a place to be determined in Providence.

Wed 20 Feb | The Providence Journal

Public health the focus at Brown

Brown University has created a School of Public Health, its third professional school following the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering. In a meeting last week, the Corporation of Brown University approved the school, beginning July 1.

Wed 20 Feb | Providence Business News

R.I. colleges raise $205M in 2012

Six of Rhode Island’s nine four-year colleges and universities raised a combined $205.6 million in the 2012 fiscal year, an increase of 6.3 percent compared with 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. Charitable contributions and donations to Brown accounted for the majority of Rhode Island’s year-over-year improvement, with $178.1 million raised in 2012

Wed 20 Feb | CNN

Congress Passive As Spending Cuts Near

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the lack of urgency in Congress to avoid the March 1 spending cut deadline, noting that March 27 -- the date when the current government funding authority expires -- is an ideal point for Congress to alter its current spending plans.

Wed 20 Feb | The Atlantic

The Big Question

Brown University President Christina Paxson is among the respondents to the March 2013 issue's The Big Question: What day most changed the course of history? "The day Johannes Gutenberg finished his wooden printing press in 1440, Western civilization turned onto a path toward more efficient, accessible communication of knowledge. The ensuing democratization of ideas had a profound impact on societies in the second half of the second millennium," Paxson said. 

Wed 20 Feb | USA Today

Researchers debate wisdom of brain-mapping initiative

A proposed federal effort to map the human brain has drawn both applause and dismay over its ambitious scope and potential costs. "We are right on the edge of finding out really vital information about the brain," says Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue, who was part of the project team. "There are questions we can now answer that can only be tackled as a collaborative project," not by individual labs.

Tue 19 Feb | USA Today

More Americans on the move are moving on down, not up

According to newly released data by US2010, a project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University that examines changes in American society, more Americans moved during the 2007-09 recession because they couldn't afford to stay where they were. People moved the most in metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment and highest foreclosure rates, particularly in hard-hit parts of the Sun Belt.

Tue 19 Feb | Time

Red Brain, Blue Brain: Are There Neurological Differences Between Democrats and Republicans?

Recent research by Rose McDermott, professor of political science, that found that people who have more fearful dispositions were more inclined to be politically conservative is cited in this article on new research that found that conservatives and liberals use different parts of their mind when making risky decisions, and that these differences in brain function can be used to predict party affiliation.


Mon 18 Feb | Examiner

Insider tips for the college interview

Karen Berlin Ishii, an alumna interviewer for Brown, offers tips for prospective students who plan to go for an interview. She also lists typical questions to anticipate.

Mon 18 Feb | Examiner

64 colleges claim to meet full financial need

Brown is listed among U.S. News & World Report's 64 U.S. colleges and universities that claim to meet 100 percent of financial aid for all students. The article cautions that each school has varying definitions of need, deadlines that must be met to qualify and that for many schools, those who are foreign, late, or waitlisted do not qualify. 

Mon 18 Feb | The Wall Street Journal

Government Embarks on Brain Map

The U.S. government is planning a large-scale project that seeks to create the most comprehensive map of the human brain assembled so far, according to scientists involved in the project. The idea "is to organize a national effort to crack the problem" of how the brain functions at its deepest levels, and how various neurological ailments might be better treated, said John Donoghue, a neuroscientist at Brown University who is involved in the project.

Sun 17 Feb | The Providence Journal

Privacy has its limitations

A Politifact check into claims by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy that employers and schools have no right to conduct “surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle” includes a call to Brown University, where spokesman Mark Nickel said the university’s lawyers are “not aware of any legislation that either permits or forbids surveillance in dorm rooms. As a matter of well-established practice, Brown does not allow surveillance in private areas like dormitory rooms, and the general counsel’s office is unaware of any college or university that does.”

Sun 17 Feb | RI NPR

Policy and Pinot: A 21st Century Education

Dean Katherine Bergeron participates in a panel discussion on how the state is retooling the education system from K-12 and beyond to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Other panelists were David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc., Steven Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology.

Fri 15 Feb | Science News

The Science Life

When Associate Professor of Pediatrics Leslie Gordon’s son Sam was diagnosed with a rare premature aging disease, the lives of dozens of families changed. As a pediatrician and medical researcher at Brown University, Gordon set out to learn what caused her son’s condition and how to treat it.

Fri 15 Feb | The Providence Journal

This close encounter unlikely to pose a threat

On Friday afternoon, an asteroid will whiz past Earth in a truly close encounter — closer than any other such object since scientists began tracking such near-Earth objects a quarter-century ago. Francine Jackson, research associate in physics, hopes to catch a glimpse as it passes by.