Thu 27 Dec |

12 Biggest Healthcare Stories in RI in 2012

Two stories out of Brown make the list: research that found that that nicotine itself, a component of cigarette smoke, can contribute to heart disease in insidious ways and the discovery that certain treatments for Lyme Disease have been unjustly dismissed and defunded. 

Thu 27 Dec | EcoRI

EcoReps Sift Through Brown Trash for Recyclables

EcoReps, an environmental student group at Brown focused on creating behavioral changes, recently hosted Trash Sort 2012, where they opened up 40 bags of trash and recycables on Wriston Quad to see how accurately students dispose of their waste. 

Thu 27 Dec | The Providence Journal

Art, history, health projects win grants

The Champlin Foundations has awarded $700,000 to Brown for undergraduate and medical scholarships and to make improvements for its acclaimed George S. Champlin Memorial Stamp Collection, which has been valued at more than $10 million.

Wed 26 Dec | Medpage Today

Transfusion After MI Boosts Mortality Risk

Transfusion after a myocardial infarction (MI) doubled the mortality risk and significantly increased the odds of subsequent MI in survivors, according to a meta-analysis led by Saurav Chatterjee, teaching fellow in preventive cardiology. 

Sun 23 Dec | NPR

Students Crack Code Of Rhode Island Founder

Student Lucas Mason Brown talks about what it took to crack the secret code scribbled in the margins of century old book, a code that turned out to be the last known theological work of Roger Williams. 

Sun 23 Dec | NPR

Students Crack Code Of Rhode Island Founder

Student Lucas Mason Brown talks about what it took to crack the secret code scribbled in the margins of century old book, a code that turned out to be the last known theological work of Roger Williams. 

Fri 21 Dec | WJAR

Obama nominates Kerry for secretary of state

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, talks about who's in the running for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's seat after he was nominated by President Obama to be the next secretary of state.

Thu 20 Dec | The Root

The Root Picks the 15 Best Books of 2012

Among the books to make the list is 

Black Cool: One Thousand Streams of Blackness, edited by Rebecca Walker. The book, a compilation of essays about everything from genius to eccentricity to audacity, includes a piece by Professor of Africana Studies Tricia Rose. 
Thu 20 Dec | The Providence Journal

Debunking ‘Mayan apocalypse’

Stephen Houston, professor of anthropology, comments on the supposed “Mayan apocalypse” that some believe will occur on Dec. 21. “This idea of prophesies and terrible things that will happen is without basis,” Houston says.  “The Mayan calendar offers nothing but promise of future days.” Houston was also a source for a similar article on 

Thu 20 Dec | Warwick Beacon

What's happening to a college education?

A round-up of local news items quotes Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, in a brief about claims that Robert Walsh, executive director of the National Education Association of R.I., has made about State Treasurer. "To paint her [Raimondo] as someone who only cares about the rich is the exact opposite of what she has been trying to do, which is to preserve the viability of a system that gives working class people pensions," Schiller said. 

Thu 20 Dec | Providence Business News

Founders League celebrates kick-off with ‘EntrepreNew Years’

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, will celebrate its kick-off with an “EntrepreNew Years” celebration on Friday, Jan. 4.

Thu 20 Dec | EcoRI

Brown Students Scrap Together Campus Composting

 SCRAP — also known as the Student Compost Initiative - is an informal student group whose goal is to increase composting on the Brown campus. Created in the fall of 2009, the group's goal is to get every Brown University student who wants one a compost bucket, as well as to to institutionalize composting on campus. 

Thu 20 Dec | BBC

Phosphorus overuse in Amazonia

Phosphorus is an essential element in fertilisers that increase the yields of crops. Much of it is wasted and ends up in the sea. Recently more and more phosphorus is being added to fields in Amazonia that have been turned from pasture to growing soybeans. Stephen Porder, assistant professor of biology, has studied what happens to the phosphorus in that region. 

Wed 19 Dec | The Providence Journal

Empire, Ocean states share pension tensions

Both Rhode Island and New York have recently seen the creation of business-backed groups which spend money to support a prominent Democrat’s push for public pension changes. Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, says that those behind the groups are young Democrats “committed to Democratic principles and programs but pragmatic about how much money government will have to spend."

Wed 19 Dec | The Wall Street Journal

State's Strict Laws at Odds With a Culture of Weapons

In the wake of Friday's Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting, lawmakersare debating whether gun laws in the state should be strengthened. Some say doing so wouldn't necessarily be effective, because nearby states such as New Hampshire and Vermont have weaker laws. The article cites a Brown University study in 2011 that showed widespread transfers of weapons from states with weak laws to ones with strong laws.

Tue 18 Dec | Asbury Park Press

Rhetoric about diversity not matched by reality

The growing geographical divide in New Jersey between urban communities, “first” suburbs and newer suburbs calls into question any notion that ours is a state that has left class and racial segregation behind. Cites 2010 research from the American Communities Project at Brown University that showed that among those metropolitan areas with the largest black populations in the nation, Newark ranked third for both black-white and Latino-white segregation levels.

Tue 18 Dec | Providence Phoenix

Fantasy, reality, and the in-between

A round-up of the area's best art shows includes a mini retrospective of video installations by Megan and Murray McMillan at the Granoff Center; "Rolemodelplaytime" at the Bell Gallery; and "My dad is Li Gang!" also at the Bell Gallery. 

Mon 17 Dec | Public Radio International

University students rally to get endowments out of fossil fuels

A number of college students across the country, including a group at Brown, are trying to convince the administrators running their endowments that for the good of everyone, they need to stop investing in fossil fuel companies. In November, activist Bill McKibben greeted a sold-out crowd at Brown to talk about the cause.

Mon 17 Dec | Providence Business News

Clinica Esperanza receives $40K from Blue Cross for walk-in center

The Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic received a $40,000 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to help fund its new walk-in Cheer clinic. The Cheer clinic is supported by volunteer efforts of medical and nursing students from Brown University and the University of Rhode Island as well as other health care providers throughout the state.