Wed 30 Jan | Providence Business News

Verizon sponsors Founders League

Verizon New England has become a lead sponsor of the Founders League, a partnership between Betaspring, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to help facilitate expansion in Rhode Island’s entrepreneurial environment, with a $10,000 donation.

Tue 29 Jan | The Providence Journal

Raimondo touts achievements

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on a new report released by State Treasurer Gina Raimondo's office that outlines her accomplishments so far. Schiller notes that the report follows closely on Governor Chafee’s Jan. 16 State of the State address and comes one day before a State of the City address by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, also seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate next year. Schiller said it appears that all three are maneuvering with 2014 in mind.

Tue 29 Jan | WPRI

Dynamo House A 'Possibility' For Brown

Brown University confirms the college is interested in potentially moving ‘academic programs’ into the historic Dynamo House, the long vacant, century old landmark that was once tabbed as the location for the Heritage Harbor Museum.

Tue 29 Jan | Providence Business News

Taveras: Providence is ‘recovering’

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Taveras said the city’s $110 million structural deficit has been all but eliminated, and he expects to end 2013 with a balanced budget. Taveras expressed gratitude to Brown University, Care New England, CharterCare, Johnson & Wales University, Lifespan, Providence College and Rhode Island School of Design for committing to more than $48 million in new contributions to the city during the next 11 years. 

Tue 29 Jan | Financial Times

IE Business School makes Financial Times list

IE Business School, the Madrid-based member of a broad-based partnership with Brown University, earned a spot on the Financial Time’s 2013 Global MBA Ranking. IE Business’s spot dropped from No. 8 on the 2011 and 2012 lists to 11 on the 2013 ranking.

Tue 29 Jan | Medpage Today

RUC Targeted at Senate Hearing on Primary Care

The nation's primary care physician (PCP) shortage might be eased by requiring more transparency from the group that helps set Medicare pay rates, speakers at a Senate hearing said Tuesday. In a video interview, Jeffrey Borkan, chair of family medicine, responded to the report, saying that medical schools need to also train PCPs to advocate for primary care training and research. "Just training more medical students is probably not the answer."

Tue 29 Jan | RI NPR

Brown to offer new primary care MD program

Brown University's medical school plans to launch a new program for medical students who want to focus on primary care. The program also aims to boost the number of primary care doctors in Rhode Island. The new program will admit its first class of 24 students in 2015. 

Mon 28 Jan | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Peter Snyder

Snyder, professor of neurology and senior vice president and chief research officer for Lifespan, discusses how critical he thinks the brain research collaboration between Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University and the Prince Neurosciences Institute will be in making Providence a new global hub of neuroscience research

Mon 28 Jan | Associated Press

Brown sees rate of minority applications rise

Brown University says this year’s applications contain a higher percentage of minority applicants than ever before as well as more international applicants than any previous year. RI NPR also reported on the application numbers for the Class of 2017. 

Sun 27 Jan | The Providence Journal

Music bridges a cultural divide

Channing Gray reviews the Saturday night concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is in Providence for a week for a residency at Brown. Noting that the orchestra will deliver a second concert on Monday, Gray notes "Anyone with even a passing interest in great music should make a point of being there."

Sun 27 Jan | The Providence Journal

Mideast activists share stage at Brown

Richard Dujardin reports on “Dissonance and Harmony: A Conversation,” a discussion that took place Thursday night at Brown between conductor Daniel Barenboim and activists Miko Peled and Izzeldin Abuelaish on what can be done to foster change in the Middle East. 

Fri 25 Jan | Associated Press

Military women have more unintended pregnancies

Vinita Goyal, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, comments on new research that finds that women in the military have a higher rate of unintended pregnancies than civilian women. Consensual sex among members of the same rank is legal, but women may be afraid to ask for condoms, for fear people will think they are violating policy, Goyal explains. 

Fri 25 Jan | The Providence Journal

Chamber president proposes ‘brain-science’ hub

Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Thursday night suggested the state rebuild its economy by creating a medical complex in downtown Providence focused on brain-related medical research. The idea stretches the proposal to build a joint University of Rhode Island-Rhode Island College nursing school near the city’s hospital campus to one that includes Brown University researchers, the Veterans Administration hospital, private laboratories and other organizations and institutions to create a nationally recognized “brain science” hub.

Fri 25 Jan | The New York Times

How This Got to Be a Biden Moment

Ted Widmer, historian and assistant to the president, comments on the popularity and comedic appeal of Vice President Joe Biden. “A smart politician just goes with it,” said Widmer. “These things can’t be stopped anyway. It’s a virus, out of control. So you might as well participate and have fun. It shows a quality of humanity.”

Thu 24 Jan | Wisconsin Public Radio

Filibuster reform

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, discusses how the filibuster is designed to work and how he believes the rules should be reformed to make it an effective tool again. 

Thu 24 Jan | The Wall Street Journal

An Academy Seeks to Touch the Mideast With Music

A new project that unites conductor Daniel Barenboim, architect Frank Gehry and Brown University will bring together students from the Middle East in an ambitious curriculum.The Barenboim-Said Academy, to be based in Berlin beginning in 2015, won't only offer a standard two-year music diploma, It will enroll up to 100 music students, aged 17 to 20 and hailing from Israel and its neighbors, to study world affairs, politics and the humanities, as well as Arabic and Hebrew. Visiting professors from Brown will teach at the new academy.

Wed 23 Jan | The Providence Journal

Donald F. Hornig dies; was president of Brown University

Donald F. Hornig, former president of Brown University, died Monday, the university said Tuesday. Hornig, a chemist, was the 14th president of Brown University, from 1970 to 1976. In addition to a long academic career, he has had several federal assignments, including science adviser to the late President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Wed 23 Jan | RI NPR

Bernice King at Brown; Charles Ogletree at URI

Brown will host Bernice King, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr., on Jan. 30. She will give the annual MLK Jr. lecture. Her speech is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. It is also free and open to the public.

Wed 23 Jan |

Brown Tops-Off $35-Million Renovation Project, Touts New Jobs Plan

Placing the final beam atop the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, Brown University officially celebrated the topping-off of a $35-million dollar renovation project today and announced a new agreement that university representatives say will provide more opportunities for graduates of the Building Futures program

Tue 22 Jan | Los Angeles Times

Overkill in the war on pot

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting lecturer in the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, pens an op-ed on the crackdown on marijuana dispensaries and the need for the drug for medicinal purposes. 

Tue 22 Jan | WPRI

Forget ‘Team of Rivals.’ Did this Brown prof inspire ‘Lincoln’?

Ted Nesi writes about a recent The New Republic article that makes the case that a 2001 book by Michael Vorenberg, associate professor of history, was the primary source for the movie "Lincoln," not Doris Kearns Goodwin’s bestselling “Team of Rivals,” as screenwriter Tony Kushner claims.  

Tue 22 Jan | Associated Press

Losing Ground: Minority infants face higher mortality rate

Amal Trivedi, assistant professor of health services policy and practice, comments on research that finds that infant mortality rates are much higher among minorities than caucasians. “I find that deeply concerning. You know, the rates have improved for both groups, but they’re still sharply unequal, deeply unequal, and we can do better as a society,” Trivedi says.

Tue 22 Jan | The New York Times

For Rape Victims in India, Police Are Often Part of the Problem

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, comments on the treatment of female rape victims by Indian police, who often use their powers to deliver abused women into the hands of their abusers so as to avoid shaming the woman's family. “A woman’s body as the site of cultural purity is the predominant theme in the epics. And dishonoring a woman is equal to dishonoring a family and even a culture,” Varshney said.

Mon 21 Jan |

PowerPlayer: Marisa Quinn

Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs and University relations, is profiled as one of the website's "Power Players." In this Q&A, she answers questions about her role at Brown, the University's direction in 2013 and its community impact. 

Sun 20 Jan | The Providence Journal

Cicilline has aim to repair Congress

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the "No Labels" movement, a national citizen-led effort to change the way government works, which Congressman Cicilline supports. While she applauds the movement, she also notes that labels are a crucial part of American politics. Government is complex, she said, and labels such as Republican and Democrat are helpful shortcuts.