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April 13, 2011

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The Providence Journal    13 April 2012
President Simmons to receive Pell Award
Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons has been selected to receive the Pell Award For Leadership in Arts Education. Simmons will be honored at the 16th annual Pell Awards, to be held May 21 at Trinity Repertory Company’s Dowling Theater and Pell Chafee Performance Center. Other honorees include actress Viola Davis, Rhode Island arts educator Elaine Foster Perry, and Providence Performing Arts Center president J.L. Singleton.

The Boston Globe   11 April 2012
A rare find, buried in the stacks
A donated collection of books once belonging to a member of the Brown University Class of 1773 included a piece of history tucked inside one of the volumes: an exceptionally rare engraved print by Paul Revere. Brown’s copy of the print, depicting Jesus and John the Baptist in the Jordan River, is one of only five known to exist. This story was reported by outlets locally and nationally, including the Associated Press, NPR and the Providence Journal.

Wired    10 April 2012
Bats save energy by drawing in wings on upstroke
Bat wings are like hands: meaty, bony and full of joints. A new analysis by biologists, physicists, and engineers at Brown finds that bats take advantage of their flexibility by folding in their wings on the upstroke to save inertial energy. The research suggests that engineers looking at flapping flight should account for wing mass and consider a folding design.

BioTech Daily   12 April 2012
Protein ‘jailbreak’ helps cancer cells live
Researchers at Brown University and Hasbro Children’s Hospital have traced the molecular interactions that allow the protein survivin to escape the nucleus of a breast cancer cell and prolong the cell’s life. The study may help in the development of better therapies and prognostics.

The Providence Journal    12 April 2012
Letter: Brown’s key role in the success of the city
Charlie Kroll, chief executive of Andera and a Brown alumnus, pens a letter to the editor about the key role Brown has played in the success of Providence. He cites the more than 30 Rhode Island-based companies that have been started by Brown alumni, students and faculty over the last five years and Brown’s expanding footprint in the Knowledge District. “During the recent economic downturn, Brown has been one of the few entities expanding and investing its footprint in downtown, revitalizing older properties and building some new spaces as well,” Kroll writes.

The Globe and Mail   11 April 2012
Will nomination push Romney to the middle?
As it becomes more apparent that Mitt Romney will be the likely Republican nominee, political analysts are now wondering whether he will begin to shift his campaign messaging back to middle to appear mainstream. Many believe that the Republican National Convention is where his ability to control the right wing of his party will be tested. “Will his own party let him do that? I’m not sure,” says Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science. “It will either be a grand coronation or a freak show.”

Forbes   10 April 2012
Using design to solve hunger issues
A group of graphic design, architecture, international relations, and industrial design students from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University are using human-centered design principles to come up with ways to encourage healthier food choices in areas where access to healthy, affordable food is limited. The group is working on the project as part of Design for America.

Science   13 April 2012
Sidelining life on Mars beliefs
At a lecture for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, James Head, professor of geological sciences, explained the evidence that suggests that Mars has been bitterly cold and hyper-arid for almost all of its 4 billion years. Many planetary scientists have been slow to accept that the planet was not warm and conducive to life during its early years.   12 April 2012
Students coach teams to national debate finals
Four Rhode Island high-school students are headed to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual Urban Debate National Championship. The two teams, which are being coached by Brown students Joe Rosner and Will Phillips, qualified last month during a tournament sponsored by the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, a program of Brown’s Swearer Center that works with more than 150 students enrolled in 12 schools.   13 April 2012
Brown ranked best value among Rhode Island schools
A survey by ranks Brown as the best educational investment of any of Rhode Island’s four-year colleges and universities. The University was also found to be the 23rd best value nationally, out of the 1,250 four-year schools throughout the United States that were ranked.

MSN Health   11 April 2012
For many women, fatigue is a fact of life
Research has found that many women are perpetually tired and accept fatigue as a way of life. Carol Landau, clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior, says that women are also more prone than men to feel guilty if they can’t fit it all in and are therefore less likely to challenge exhaustion acceptance. "We tell ourselves, I can’t go to bed now, because X, Y, and Z aren’t done perfectly," Landau says.   11 April 2012
Five students named RI Business Plan finalists
Five Brown students have been chosen to be among the 13 finalists of the 2012 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. They are Julianne Bishop, T. Luke Sherwin, James McGinn, Stephen Hebson, and Sean Pennino. Finalists will be selected later this month, and the winners will be announced May 3 at RIBX 2012 business expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The Wall Street Journal    10 April 2012
Shortening high school for other pursuits
Many high school seniors are choosing to graduate in three years, using the extra time to head to college early or work on projects of their own design. Before entering Brown in the fall, Luke Priebe will take a year off (with Brown’s approval) to work with his 22-year-old brother, Alexander, in a Web-development company they co-founded.

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