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March 13, 2011

Office of Media Relations
Darlene Trew Crist, Director

Courtney Coelho, Editor
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The Providence Journal    12 March 2012
Op-ed: New president is up to the task
An op-ed about Brown’s newly named president-elect Christina Hull Paxson describes the experience she brings to the role, her accomplishments at Princeton, and what duties she will be charged with upon beginning her tenure at the University. Should she inherit the ongoing negotiations with the city, “She arrives with some solid fund-raising credentials of her own and ample experience dealing with strong wills.”


The New York Times    9 March 2012
Student’s unique sound making waves in the music world
Undergraduate and musician Nicolas Jaar has found an international following for his unique brand of electronica. The comparative literature concentrator used his winter break to play concerts throughout South America and Europe. His 2011 debut album “Space Is Only Noise” sold 25,000 copies worldwide and appeared on many year-end “best-of” lists. “I’ve had a dream forever of making music live for people, to actually improvise from scratch, and to do it for a long time, so that people get to see the whole creative process,” Jaar says.


RI NPR   12 March 2012
One year after the quake and tsunami
The Japanese Cultural Association at Brown University held an event on Sunday, March 11, to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan exactly one year ago. “Cranes on the Green” was an interactive installation in which passersby placed blue and white paper cranes, handed out by the JCA, on the College Green.


The Boston Globe   12 March 2012
Students updating Central Falls disaster plan
A group of undergraduates taught by environmental studies professor Timmons Roberts is helping the financially distressed city of Central Falls update its master plan to respond to natural disasters, including flooding from the Blackstone River. An updated master plan could trigger federal and state funds that planners want to make much-needed improvements.


The Boston Globe   11 March 2012
Event highlights Chinese women filmmakers
Six women filmmakers from China will screen and discuss their documentaries during a two-day event at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, which is sponsored by Brown’s Year of China series. The filmmakers will also join international scholars for a day-long symposium at the Watson Institute for International Affairs on the role and significance of women’s documentary films in contemporary China.


USA Today   12 March 2012
Is U.S.-Britain relationship still ‘special?’
As British Prime Minister David Cameron prepares for an upcoming U.S. visit, many analysts are looking at the relationship between the two countries and wondering if the connection has shifted as Britain’s global power has diminished. "The policy elites in Britain would like to still believe there is a special relationship between the U.S. and Britain," says Mark Blyth, professor of political economy. "The American focus has shifted toward Germany and the Eurozone and away from the so-called special relationship with Britain."


The Christian Science Monitor   12 March 2012
Documentary sheds light on HIV plight
Twenty years after the announcement that he had been diagnosed with HIV, former NBA star Magic Johnson narrates a documentary about that event. “This film couldn’t come at a more opportune time,” says Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine. “HIV testing is the most important tool we have to fight this ... Magic Johnson, by being so well-liked and respected, is helping to provide a model to youth who think it’s uncool to be tested.”


The Huffington Post   9 March 2012
Debating the compatibility of science and religion
In this “Hot-Button Debate,” Kenneth Miller, professor of biology, squares off against Michael Shermer, founding editor of Los Angeles-based "Skeptic" magazine on the proposition that "science and religion are incompatible." Readers are invited to read both experts’ side of the argument and then vote on who wins.


MSNBC   12 March 2012
Little evidence of fossil preservation on Mars
A survey by a team of Brown scientists of 226 ancient lakebeds on Mars reveals that only a third show evidence of the mud and clays ideal for preserving fossil records on the surface today. The group pored over surface images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft, and the Mars Express spacecraft in search of lakes that once boasted water rushing out as well as in. They then analyzed the reflected light from each lake to determine their chemical composition, hoping to identify the muds and clays found in such systems on Earth.


Fox News    12 March 2012
Clock is ticking on West Coast disasters
Scientists believe that it’s only a matter of time before the West Coast experiences an earthquake and tsunami similar to the one that hit Japan a year ago. Now, geophysicists from seven research institutions across the country, including Brown, are trying to determine when that might occur. The five-year, $4.6-million project combines 1,000-times-faster computing speeds with improved methodologies, to create the first unified simulation of earthquakes all along western North America.


Reuters   9 March 2012
After jail, a precarious few weeks of freedom
A new study finds that people released from New York City jails face an increased risk of death from drug overdose, homicide or suicide, especially in the first couple weeks of freedom. Josiah Rich, director of Brown’s Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, who was not involved in the study, says that instability following release from jail can create risky situations for people who have a history of mental illness or drug problems, and that treatment programs, rather than longer jail sentences, are the best solution.


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