Students from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design planned to do something different for Valentine’s Day. In an effort to ensure marriage equality in Rhode Island, students planned a rally on College Hill before a march to the Statehouse, where Representative Frank Ferri was scheduled to speak publicly.
The U.S. Department of Education has released an interactive online College Scorecard as part of President Barack Obama’s efforts to hold colleges accountable for cost, value and quality. Among the stats, Brown is listed as having a 1.5 percent loan default rate, an average annual tuition cost of $22,743 after financial aid and scholarships are factored, the highest graduation rate in the state, at 95.2 percent, and average monthly loan paybacks of $181.01.
Brown University has increased tuition by 4 percent, to $57,232, for fiscal 2014. That includes tuition (rising 4.2 percent to $44,608), room and board (rising 3.2 percent to $7,200 and $4,420 respectively), health fee ($690, an increase of $18), recreation fee ($64, unchanged), and student activities fee ($250, an increase of $36).
Brown University is creating a school of public health, bolstering its science offerings, which include a medical school. The public health school will open July 1, the Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island, said today in a statement. National accreditation is expected to take about two years.
Mindfulness may be so successful in helping with a range of conditions, from depression to pain, by working as a sort of "volume knob" for sensations, according to a new review of studies from Brown University researchers.
Governor Chafee is recommending an “immediate and thorough overhaul” of the programs that enabled the University of Rhode Island and the two state colleges to give $9.2 million in “tuition waivers” last year. The article notes that tuition assistance at Brown requires minimum work requirements and tuition aid for dependents is limited to the children of regular payroll employees who have worked for Brown at least four full years.
Educational endowments to colleges and universities in the Ocean State dropped 6.4 percent in the 2012 fiscal year, with Brown University’s endowment, the state’s largest, dipping 7.3 percent during the fiscal year to $2.46 billion.
In today’s Academic Minute, Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science, explores American society’s ongoing struggle to minimize hate speech while preserving the First Amendment.
No college or university offered such treatment just six years ago, but when Brown University said last week that its student health plan would be extended to cover sex-change surgery beginning in August, advocates for transgender students said Brown would become the 36th college to do so. Quotes Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, who said "Students had been asking about it, so we’d been looking at it for a couple of years, whether our health plan was in line with our nondiscrimination policy.”
A list of 10 recent studies or surveys trying to make sense of matters of the heart includes 2012 research out of Brown that found that brain scans may be able to predict if a relationship will last.
After reviewing the most recent pool of MFA applications, Brian Evenson, professor of literary arts, has posted on Facebook an 11-point list of advice titled "Advice for Future MFA Applicants." Items include "Turn in your very best piece of fiction," and "Don't try to pretend you're something you're not."
Ted Widmer, assistant to the president for special projects at Brown, pens an op-ed on the new, highly liberal tone Pres. Obama set in his recent State of the Union address. "Mr. Obama was looser than he has been in these previous annual messages to Congress — and unapologetic about his belief in government as an instrument to improve people’s lives," Widmer writes.
Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of history and ethnic studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown, comments on allegations by the website Jezebel that Sports Illustrated used minorities as "props" in its latest swimsuit issue. "It's understandable why some would find these photos disturbing," Hu-DeHart says.
A review of the opening night performance of “My Turn,” by Brown alum John Lloyd Young.
A new study by Brown and Indiana University researchers finds a gene mutation in fruit flies which may help explain how human diseases change over time. The research may pave the way for studying markers in human mitochondria and determining if the children of parents with complex diseases will actually develop them.
A Q&A with Brown senior David Emanuel, who won first place in the statewide Elevator Pitch competition for a student business called Lock’d, a security cover for backpacks. Emanuel and his team at Brown expect to have a working prototype by the end of this year’s spring semester.
Images of New England colleges during this weekend's blizzard include one of Brown's snow-covered Van Wickle gates.
Ed Fitzpatrick writes about new research by Rose McDermott that found that people who are genetically predisposed to higher levels of social fear tend to support anti-immigration and pro-segregation policies.
An article on proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels funding cites recent Brown research that found that states that spend more on home-delivered meals for seniors see reductions in nursing-home populations. The article also quotes the study's lead researcher Kali Thomas, postdoctoral research fellow in community health.
Antarctica's bizarre Don Juan Pond is the saltiest natural body of water on Earth — a distinction that keeps the little lake in a fluid state on an otherwise frozen continent. Now researchers from Brown have found new evidence about how the pond gets enough salt to stay wet in such a hostile environment, and their study may hold clues about how liquid water might flow on Mars.
Smuggler Nation, by Peter Andreas, professor of political science and international studies, makes the list of this week's best books, described as "A valuable and entertaining read for historians and policymakers."
New research by Tracy L. Jackson, a graduate student in the epidemiology department at Brown, finds that older bikers are three times as likely to be severely injured in a crash as younger riders. Jackson says that the fraility that comes with older age may be one reason why incidences of injury are higher among older riders.
In the latest "Future Docs" installment, Paul George, assistant professor of family medicine, talks about the team training that med school students go through in order to properly treat an increasingly older and sicker population. “We want our medical students to understand what a nurse does, what a pharmacist does, what a social worker does,” says George.
A new study out of Brown finds that up to 23 per cent of babies in American Samoa are obese. "It was actually extremely shocking. We know that adult obesity the Samoas is particularly high - around 70 per cent of Samoan women are obese," said lead researcher Nicola Hawley, research fellow in clinical psychology."And so we expected that it might extend into childhood, but the levels of obesity we see in infancy are just so surprising."
In a related article, Silver comments on a new study that finds that foods high in fat and sugar may increase the risk of stroke. "I don't mean to sound like an ogre. I know when I'm in New Orleans I certainly enjoy the food there. But you don't have to make a regular habit of eating all this stuff," Silver said.
Brian Silver, associate professor of neurology, comments on a new federal survey that finds that one in 12 stroke survivors thought about suicide or that they would be better off dead. Silver, who was not involved in the study, explains the possible causes of the findings: "It's not necessarily the reaction to the disease ... it's also the disease itself that is causing the depression," by releasing harmful chemicals that can trigger it, he said.
An analysis of student debt levels at area schools finds that graduates of Brown University had the lowest amount of debt in Rhode Island in 2011. Brown spokeswoman Marisa Quinn said the university has taken a series of steps over the past decade to make the school more affordable, instituting need-blind admissions in 2003 and establishing a policy in 2008 that calls for no loans in financial aid packages for freshmen whose families make less than $100,000 a year.
Brown has awarded Station Education Fund scholarships to two high school students so they could attend one-week courses offered over the summer for pre-college children, according to this article on the low number of Fund scholarship applications, despite more than $12.8 million in pledged scholarships by seven colleges and universities.
Cate McQuaid reviews Simen Johan's “Until the Kingdom Comes,” currently on view at the Bell Gallery. The "alluring, uncanny photographs of animals make clever use of our inclination to ascribe human feelings and stories to other living beings," McQuaid writes. Subscription required to view full article.
India welcomes the US engagement in Asia Pacific as New Delhi's vision is to create a web of inter-linkages for shared prosperity and security, according to Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao, speaking at the opening seminar of the Spring 2013 Brown-India Initiative Seminar Series.