Will Dynamo House rise again, as a new engineering school for Brown University? Leaders of the Heritage Harbor Museum say they are negotiating to sell their rights to the property to a new development team that is targeting Brown to occupy the former South Street Station power plant.
Glenn Loury, professor of economics, is quoted in this editorial on President Obama's silence on race and, more specifically, the incarceration rates of black Americans.
Jonathan Levine '00 talks about the process of making his new movie, “Warm Bodies,” about a young zombie who begins having human feelings for a pretty young woman and comes alive again after eating the brain of her boyfriend, saying of the movie, “I always viewed it as a romantic comedy.”
Peter Andreas, professor of political science and international studies, writes about how "In its adolescent years, the U.S. was a hotbed of intellectual piracy and technology smuggling, particularly in the textile industry, acquiring both machines and skilled machinists in violation of British export and emigration laws."
Thom Jones, clinical professor of theatre arts and performance studies and voice and speech coach, sits down with Catherine Welch to dig into the rich and varied accents of New England.
A protein associated with neuron damage in Alzheimer’s disease—apolipoprotein E-4 (apoE4)—may actually promote neuron growth in the lab, according to researchers at Brown University. “This discovery opens up a new target for researchers who are interested in identifying receptors that are important for spurring neural growth,” says Tayhas Palmore, professor of engineering.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' prospects for the 2014 governor's race. Schiller said “There’s no question Angel Taveras is ready for prime time.” But she said Providence still faces problems, and Taveras could face a tough Democratic primary against Raimondo that might help Chafee.
Stephen Porder, assistant professor in Brown's department of ecology and evolutionary biology, is one of 20 Leopold Leadership Fellows announced Wednesday by the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, based at Stanford University in California.
Education News reports on a BDH story on three Brown alumni who are working directly on improving Coursera, the technical platform for one of the fastest-growing online university systems. Based in Mountain View, CA, Coursera offers free courses in partnership with many leading universities, including Brown.
Stephen Smith, professor emeritus of family medicine and director of the National Physicians Alliance’s Good Stewardship Program, which works on combatting the overuse of preventative services, comments on patient reaction to those efforts. “Most of the feedback that we’ve gotten ... is that when doctors try to do the right thing for their patients, it’s rare that they get pushback from patients.”
A new analysis by Brown researchers finds that ridges in impact craters on Mars appear to be fossils of cracks in the Martian surface, formed by minerals deposited by flowing water. Water flowing beneath the surface suggests life may once have been possible on Mars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
Brown makes the list with a fall 2011 yield rate of 54.7 percent, having 1,507 of the 2,757 students who were accepted enrolled.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.