Mon 11 Mar | Providence Business News

Cardiology chief appointed at Miriam, R.I. hospitals


Samuel C. Dudley has been appointed chief of the division of cardiology at the Cardiovascular Institute at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals, hospital officials announced on March 5. Dudley will also serve as chief of the division of cardiology in the Department of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.


Mon 11 Mar | Providence Business News

Brown/RISD group seeks nonprofit status

Rainwater for Humanity, a student group launched in 2009 by a collaboration of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students, plans to become an official nonprofit agency. The group will present its plans at the Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University next month.

Mon 11 Mar | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Arto Nurmikko

A team of neuroengineers based at Brown has developed a fully implantable and rechargeable wireless brain sensor capable of relaying real-time broadband signals from up to 100 neurons in freely moving subjects. 

Arto Nurmikko, a professor of engineering at Brown who oversaw the device’s invention, talks about the importance of the new sensor.

Mon 11 Mar | The Providence Journal

$35-million environmental building at Brown University

Brown University recently celebrated the topping-off of a $35-million renovation of the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, formerly known as Hunter Lab, and the signing of a new agreement aimed at providing more opportunities for graduates of Building Futures, an organization that helps to prepare low-income men and women in urban areas for careers in the construction trades. 

Mon 11 Mar | CurrentTV

Oberlin College and the importance of anti-racism

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, takes part in a panel discussion with a student from Oberlin College, which has been hit by a wave of racist attacks. The panelists say the events underscore the need for ongoing anti-racist education and retention programs for non-white students.

Sat 9 Mar | The Washington Post

Obama to nominate Thomas Perez as labor secretary

Thomas Perez, a first-generation Dominican American who received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1983, is in line to lead the Department of Labor. President Obama plans to nominate Perez, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, to be labor secretary.

Fri 8 Mar | The Providence Journal

A personal story with historical significance

In his new documentary “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War,” filmmaker Artemis Joukowsky III recounts his grandparents’ heroic role in rescuing Jews during World War II. Joukowsky is the son of former Brown chancellor Artemis Joukowsky II and former archaeology professor Martha Sharp Joukowsky. 

Thu 7 Mar | Inside Higher Ed

Besieged Humanities, Worldwide

At the recent Going Global conference, the international education conference of the British Council, panelists agreed that the threats faced by humanities departments are quite common around the world. Only one speaker offered true optimism about the role of the humanities: Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño, president of IE University, who talked about its executive M.B.A. program with Brown, which was created to play up the role of the liberal arts. 

Thu 7 Mar | Associated Press

Flooding on Mars could have caused dry channels

John Mustard, professor of geological sciences, comments on the recent discovery of the first evidence of underground channels apparently created by flooding -- a finding that's expected to further illuminate the role of water in Mars' history. "It shows a completely new dimension for considering the evolution of Mars," Mustard, who was not part of the study, said.

Thu 7 Mar | USA Today

CPR death highlights end-of-life decisions

David Dosa, associate professor of health services policy and practice, writes about the death of Lorraine Bayless, an 87-year-old Bakersfield resident who died after a nurse at Glenwood Gardens, the independent living community where she resided, refused to perform CPR. He says the case exemplifies just how important it is to document one's end-of-life wishes.

Thu 7 Mar | CNN

Brain map seeks to unlock mysteries of the mind

John Donoghue, professor of neuroscience, comments on the Brain Activity Map initiative, in which a group of prominent researchers, including Donoghue, is proposing a large-scale effort to create new tools to map the human brain in unprecedented detail. The article also mentions Donoghue's ongoing BrainGate work. 

Wed 6 Mar | The Providence Journal

Comet to put on sky show for northern audiences

Francine Jackson, research associate in physics and staff astronomer at Brown’s Ladd Observatory, comments on Comet Pan-STARRS, which will be theoretically visible to Rhode Islanders starting Wednesday. She said Pan-STARRS “will look like a little fuzzy blob that you can see move from night to night.”

Wed 6 Mar | The Providence Journal

Don’t sugarcoat unhealthy diets for elderly

Karen E. Aspry and Mary Flynn, both assistant professors of medicine, co-author an op-ed disputing a study highlighted in a recent Providence Journal with the headline “Past age 75, new study says a healthy diet doesn’t matter.” 

Wed 6 Mar | CNN

Rocky start to second term raises questions about Obama approach

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the uncertaintly in dealing with Republicans that continues to plague President Obama into his second term. Schiller says Obama needs to work harder for results instead of remaining in election campaign mode: "Americans did not re-elect President Obama to play the partisan blame game. They re-elected him to run the country, and that is what he should be doing."

Wed 6 Mar | Providence Phoenix

In search of Cumberlandite

Reporter Victor Paul Alvarez accompanies Brown planetary geology graduate student Will Vaughan on a trip to Iron Mine Hill in Cumberland, the only place in the world where the rock Cumberlandite can be found. 

Tue 5 Mar | Times Higher Education

Brown’s reputation earns slot on world’s top 100

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.

Tue 5 Mar | The New York Times

Chasing the Higgs Boson

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.

Tue 5 Mar | Science News

Camel ancestors lived in the Arctic

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.

Tue 5 Mar | Associated Press

Chafee dismisses poor poll job approval numbers

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.

Mon 4 Mar | The Washington Times

States cook up own takes on Obamacare

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.

Sun 3 Mar | The Boston Globe

America’s borders, porous from the start

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. 

Fri 1 Mar | The Providence Journal

Bears’ King earns national award

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.

Fri 1 Mar | The Providence Journal

R.I. positive on gay marriage, negative on Chafee, outlook

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.

Fri 1 Mar | USA Today

Students take on federal debt crisis

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. 

Thu 28 Feb |

Who Wants to Replace Taveras as Mayor?

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."

Thu 28 Feb | The Wall Street Journal

Pianist Became a Cold-War Hero, Media Star

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.