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May 22, 2011

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The New York Times   21 May 2012
Pollination with precision: How flowers do it
Pollination could be a chaotic disaster. With hundreds of pollen grains growing long tubes to ovules to deliver their sperm to female gametes, how can a flower ensure that exactly two fertile sperm reach every ovule? In a new study, Brown biologists report the discovery of how plants optimize the distribution of pollen for successful reproduction.

The Boston Globe   21 May 2012
30 students to receive Fulbrights
Thirty Brown students and alumni will receive prestigious Fulbright scholarships. Brown has 28 U.S. Student Fulbright winners, 26 from the class of 2012 and two from the class of 2011, as well as two graduate students. The 30 Brown seniors, recent alumni, and graduate students who have been awarded Fulbrights for the academic year 2012-13 will be going to 22 different countries including Senegal, Brazil, Spain, Macau, and Bangladesh.

The Providence Journal    22 May 2012
Simmons receives Pell Award for arts leadership
Brown President Ruth J. Simmons was awarded a Trinity Repertory Company 2012 Pell Award for outstanding leadership in the arts. After accepting her award, Simmons gave a poignant account of how her love of literature helped make sense of a difficult life growing up in the South. She also said that she was particularly proud of establishing the Brown-Trinity graduate program, which has produced 104 actors and 14 directors.

UPI   21 May 2012
Men fall behind on sun protection practices
An online survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology found most men were lax when it comes to proper sun protection and were unsure how to examine their skin for skin cancer. "This survey demonstrates that many men do not protect themselves from the sun when outdoors and that some still believe that sun exposure is good for their health. This is a very troubling combination in light of the fact that the major risk factor for melanoma is exposure to ultraviolet light," says Thomas Rohrer, adjunct associate professor of dermatology.

Education Week   22 May 2012
Advocacy groups give new voice to education systems
As a new breed of national education advocacy organizations gains clout, they’re entering into often-uneasy relationships with teachers’ unions – and running into a debate about whether they can play a grassroots "ground game" comparable to that of labor. Kenneth Wong, professor of education, says that the new advocacy groups will give a louder voice to the public: "I think the arrival of these new organizations multiplies the centers of activity and influence, so there might be broader opportunities for the public to get access."

Providence Business News   21 May 2012
Hospital volunteerism goes beyond class requirements
Rhode Island hospitals have a strong pool of dedicated volunteers that play an integral role in day-to-day operation. Alpert Medical School students participate in HealthLeads, a program in which student volunteers at Hasbro Children’s work on ensuring families gain access to social services, in addition to the hours required for clinical-based classes.

The Boston Globe   20 May 2012
Speculation over Massachusetts Senate battle continues
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is locked in a tough reelection battle this year with Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Commenting on his chances for reelection, Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, says his status as a rookie senator may work in his favor. “What’s fortunate for Scott Brown is that most people from Massachusetts aren’t expecting much from him legislatively,’’ Schiller says. “His reelection campaign is not about what he’s done legislatively, but what he’ll do if you give him six more years.’’

Providence Business News    21 May 2012
New hospital group could shake-up nonprofit model
Boston-based Steward Health Care is looking to bring a new for-profit community health care model to historically nonprofit-dominated Rhode Island, leaving many to wonder how Steward’s new paradigm will affect Rhode Island’s established academic hospitals. Ira Wilson, chair of the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice, says that while the vision described by Steward sounds good, it’s unclear how long it will take to implement. “We really don’t know what they are going to do,” Wilson says. “It is a really big gamble.”

The Providence Journal    21 May 2012
Groups works to make summer exodus a ‘Clean Break’
Several area colleges have devised programs to recycle and donate the detritus of graduating seniors, much of which is in perfectly good condition. At Brown, the “Clean Break” program enlists 20 volunteers to pick up bins full of discarded items, which are donated to the Rhode Island Donation Exchange, a clearinghouse that disburses the items to dozens of shelters. “It’s always an eye-opening experience for our volunteers,” says Kai Morrell, outreach coordinator for Facilities Management. “They realize the massive impact such a large community like ours has on the community and the environment.”

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