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May 11, 2011

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The Boston Globe    8 May 2012
Community celebrates Ship Street Square opening
Ship Street Square, a public space in the Knowledge District developed by the University, celebrated its official opening this week. Located across from the Alpert Medical School, the square is the site of a new farmers’ market run by Farm Fresh RI. The square’s development is part of a $2-million enhancement of the area, which includes a police substation used jointly by Brown and Providence, and will include repaved streets and new sidewalks.

The Providence Journal    9 May 2012
Brown, partners win three R.I. grants
Brown has been awarded nearly $600,000 in grants to partner with the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Hospital, and Perfuzia Medical Inc. in three projects equally funded by the Rhode Island Research Alliance. Brown and URI researchers will join forces to study biomarkers in algae that could provide a climate history of Narragansett Bay. Brown and URI will also develop practical uses for graphene. Brown will team with Rhode Island Hospital and Perfuzia Medical Inc. to test a device that uses mechanical vibration stimulation to reduce pain and heal the wounds of burn victims.

The Daily Beast   10 May 2012
Discovery disputes Mayan ‘end-of-world’ myth
Archaeologists have discovered a trove of paintings and calendars in Guatemala that could put to rest the long-held myth that the ancient Mayans predicted a 2012 apocalypse. Stephen Houston, professor of anthropology, who was not involved in the finding, says there is still much to be learned about the discovery, including the purpose of the room where it was found. Still, he says, the find only adds to the fascination with the Mayans culture of cycles, which “is really about renewal and continuity – and not about the ending of all days.”

EcoRI   7 May 2012
Students work to shrink end-of-year trash footprint
Brown students are working to make sure that the end of the year student exodus doesn’t result in a significant bump in trash on area streets. For four years, EcoReps has partnered with the University’s facilities management staff to collect furniture, clothing, housewares, and other items from students who are moving out. The program, dubbed Clean Break, has collected 40 tons of goods during the last four springs. Last year, the group took in 17 tons of items and donated much of the haul to the Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program. The group plans to set up nine collection “corrals” around campus where students can drop off goods for donation.

The Providence Journal    8 May 2012
More research needed to determine diet-ADHD link
Gergory Fritz, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes an op-ed about the hazy connection that still exists between diet and ADHD in children. He says that despite multiple studies examining the frequency of ADHD symptoms in children with the disorder before and after a dietary change is made, findings are inconclusive. He offers several explanations for the inconsistent results, including that children affected by ADHD do not constitute a homogenous group because there is no biological marker for diagnosis.

High Profile Monthly   11 May 2012
Continuing ed renovation makes new use out of downtown building
The renovation of the Continuing Education offices at 200 Dyer St. is profiled for this month’s cover story. Completed by Durkee, Brown, Viveiros and Werenfels Architects, Brown University Continuing Education currently occupies 22,000 square feet on the first floor of the 41,000-square-foot building. The educational spaces include classrooms and meeting rooms, with multimedia and lecture-capture capabilities. The administrative side of the building contains offices, conference rooms, and breakout areas for Continuing Education faculty and staff. Other features include a multimedia studio, control room, and editing suite, as well as a lounge and café area for students.

Slate magazine   9 May 2012
Computers still no substitute for standardized essay scoring
Robograding is threatening the progress of improved standardized test essays because computers aren’t yet up to the challenge of assessing knowledge of complex topics. Brown University computer scientist Eugene Charniak, an expert in artificial intelligence, says it could take another century for computer software catch up with the changing questions because it is so difficult for computers to assess whether a piece of writing demonstrates real knowledge across a broad subject.

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