Thu 17 Jan |

State Leaders, Experts Call Chafee Budget ‘A Good First Step’

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, weighs in on Gov. Chafee's State of the State address last night, saying she felt the governor gave a “strong speech” outlining “his fiscal priorities for the state with the appropriate emphasis on the economy and its components parts including corporate tax rates, education, and infrastructure.”

Thu 17 Jan | The Providence Journal

Roses and raspberries for 2012

Dave Brussat awards a rose to Brown to lead donor Jonathan Nelson, "for the inspired classicism" of the Nelson Fitness Center. He also awards roses to project architect Gary Brewer,  and to Ruth Simmons, who "finally agreed to Nelson’s request to ditch the original ridiculous design by the modernist firm SHoP, of New York."

Thu 17 Jan |

Obama's first-term campaign promises

James Morone, professor of political science, comments on the success of Obama's landmark health care law, which he says is a rare legislative achievement on par with the creation of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. "So many things have to come together, and presidential leadership is absolutely essential. I don’t think Obama has yet gotten the full credit for this accomplishment that history will give him," he said.

Thu 17 Jan | Financial Times

A funny way of firing up the locomotive

The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth. 

Thu 17 Jan | Financial Times

A funny way of firing up the locomotive

The argument against budget cuts that Mark Blyth, professor of international economy, makes in his new book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea" is cited in this article on the U.K.'s strategy for stimulating economic growth. Subscription needed to view article. 

Wed 16 Jan |

Chafee Earns Mixed Grades On Mid-Term Report Card

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, along with several other state political leaders grades Gov. Chafee's performance so far, giving him a B-, saying that Chafee has made efforts to improve the state but has faced resistance at the State House.

Wed 16 Jan | The Providence Journal

State’s colleges form research collaborative

Embracing a recommendation that political leaders tap into the expertise of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, Governor Chafee on Tuesday announced the formation of a new research collaborative among all of the state’s institutions of higher learning. The state’s largest philanthropy, the Rhode Island Foundation, has pledged $100,000, a donation that will be matched by the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

Wed 16 Jan | Reuters

Fecal transplant may relieve severe diarrhea

Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, comments on a new study that finds that that inserting fecal material from a healthy person into the gut of someone with severe diarrheamay cure their problem more effectively than antibiotics. Kelly was not involved in the study but uses fecal transplant in her practice. 

Wed 16 Jan | Nature

Scientific families: Dynasty

An article on the far-reaching effects of ecologist Bob Paine, who trained a thriving dynasty of around 40 students and postdocs in his 50 year career. Quotes Heather Leslie, assistant professor of environmental studies, a former student of Jane Lubchenco, who studied under Paine. 

Wed 16 Jan | The Atlantic

IVF on Steroids: The Dangerous Off-Label Use of 'Dex' During Pregnancy

Philip Gruppuso, associate dean of medicine, comments on the use of the steroid dexamethasone as a means of preventing miscarriage in women who became pregnant via IVF. Gruppuso warns that prenatal synthetic glucocorticoid exposure could permanently change the way a person's genetics will operate over his or her lifetime.

Tue 15 Jan | The New York Times

Study: More to Meal Delivery Than Food

The New Old Age blog reports on Brown research that found that states that spent more than the average to deliver meals showed greater reductions in the proportion of nursing home residents who didn’t need to be there. Quotes study co-author Vincent Mor, professor of health services policy and practice. 

Tue 15 Jan | U.S. News & World Report

Best Colleges For Undergraduate Teaching 2012

Brown ranks fourth on the list, which was based on a survey conducted in spring 2012. All the schools on the list are ones that received the most votes from top college administrators as paying a particular focus on undergraduate teaching.

Tue 15 Jan | National Geographic

How Universities Are Learning to Go Green

A round-up of three main ways colleges and universities are going greener includes the requirement at Brown that all new buildings to produce 25%-50% less emissions than state standards.

Tue 15 Jan | RI NPR

This I Believe Rhode Island: Books

Eileen Landay, visiting scholar in education, reads an essay that questions where we are headed as a literate society as technology becomes more and more a part of the act of reading. 

Tue 15 Jan | The New York Times

Clarity and Confusion From Tuition Calculators

James Tilton, director of financial aid, the barriers that still exist despite the presence of online tuition calculators that show that for all but high-income families, a well-endowed private college can be as affordable as a top state university. "We still face a huge barrier of low-income families and first-generation college students not realizing that they can attend a school like Brown, in many cases, for less money than their local public college,” said Tilton.

Tue 15 Jan | The New York Times

Emancipation — Then What?

Michael Vorenberg, associate professor of history, writes a "Disunion" column about the events that unfolded immediately following the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and what the document really meant for African Americans at the time. 

Mon 14 Jan | Providence Business News

Healthcentric to study home health care choices, outcomes

Healthcentric Advisors was awarded a three-year, $835,000 research grant to analyze consumers’ choices in selecting home health agencies and how the format of information provided affects their choices and outcomes. Healthcentric Advisors will be partnering with Lifespan and Brown University to conduct this work

Mon 14 Jan | Harper's

Smuggler Nation

An excerpt from "Smuggler Nation" by Peter Andreas, professor of political science and interim director of the Watson Institute. 

Sun 13 Jan | The Providence Journal

A mile of opportunity

There is much speculation about how the mile-long parcel of land that runs along the old path of Route 195 will be used. Quotes Marisa Quinn, vice president for public affairs, who says that Brown has no proposals before the 195 Commission and that Brown’s future in the Jewelry District is dependent on a strategic plan Brown is developing now that will guide its growth for the next 10 years.

Sun 13 Jan | The New York Times

French Strikes in Mali Supplant Caution of U.S.

An article on Islamic militancy in Mali and the collapse of the country's military, includes comments made by Gen. Carter F. Ham, the head of the Africa Command, in a speech at the Achebe Colloquium last month. “I was sorely disappointed that a military with whom we had a training relationship participated in the military overthrow of an elected government,” Carter said.  

Fri 11 Jan |

Herbal Treatments for Menopause Symptoms

A new research review by Iris Tong, assistant professor of medicine, finds that herbal and complementary medicines could be recommended as an alternative to pharmacological hormone replacement therapy for treating postmenopausal symptoms.

Fri 11 Jan | Salon

The Hitler gun control lie

Omer Bartov, professor of history, comments on the common argument that gun control was critical to Hitler’s rise to power. Bartov notes that the Jews probably wouldn’t have had much success fighting back even if they did possess guns: "The [Russian] Red Army lost 7 million men fighting the Wehrmacht, despite its tanks and planes and artillery. The Jews with pistols and shotguns would have done better?” 

Thu 10 Jan | The Providence Journal

Benjamin named Rhode Island poet laureate

Rick Benjamin, a lecturer at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, has been named the new state poet laureate by Governor Chafee.  The honorary position serves as the principal advocate for poetry in Rhode Island and comes with a $1,000 stipend.

Thu 10 Jan | San Jose Mercury News

National Institute of Medicine will recommend ways to improve end-of-life care

Experts from Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and elsewhere will serve on a panel assembled by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine to recommend ways to improve end-of-life care in America. The first meetings of the Committee on Transforming End-of-Life Care will be on Feb. 20 and 21 in Washington, D.C.

Wed 9 Jan |

New England’s Best Values in Colleges + Universities

Brown ranks fourth among New England private colleges on Kiplinger's annual assessment of schools that are the best value for students. To get its rankings, Kiplinger uses what it calls "more-tangible measures of academic quality—including test scores and four-year graduation rates—as well as affordability."