Thu 28 Feb | The Providence Journal

Risk for Rhode Island

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."

Thu 28 Feb | The Boston Globe

Study authors: On medical school conflict of interest policies, more enforcement needed

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.

Thu 28 Feb | RI NPR

Higher Ed Braces for Possible Funding Cuts

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. 

Thu 28 Feb | The Tennessean

TN Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says charters can serve better

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.”

Wed 27 Feb | AM New York

Guayusa leaves: An alternative to coffee

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. 

Wed 27 Feb | Money News

Scholar Recounts America’s Smuggling Heritage

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. 


Wed 27 Feb | RI NPR

Sarah and Peter Reach a Milestone

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.

Wed 27 Feb | The Takeaway

How the Voting Rights Act Came to Be

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. 

Wed 27 Feb | WJAR

I-Team: Over-the-counter meds

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." 

Tue 26 Feb | GoLocalProv.com

Brown’s “How To Build A Forest” Interactive Art Launches Feb 27

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. 

Tue 26 Feb | Associated Press

Black segregation drops to lowest in century

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.

Tue 26 Feb | Providence Daily Dose

Phaedra Starts Thursday At Brown

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.

Tue 26 Feb | CurrentTV

Trayvon Martin a year later: Gun control and ‘stand your ground’ laws still controversial in the US

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.

Tue 26 Feb | RI NPR

Brown U Struggles with Tuition Rates

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. 

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.

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