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July 20, 2012

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NPR   13 July 2012
Generic drugs key to U.S. overseas HIV relief
Kartik Venkatesh, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate student, talks to the Shots blog about his recent paper the affects generic drugs have had on the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The paper credits the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and its adoption of generic drugs, with providing HIV-related care to millions of people in 15 developing nations. Venkatesh says that further positive effects will depend on keeping drug prices down.

The Providence Journal    18 July 2012
University reviews honors named for Joe Paterno
The University is taking steps to distance itself from the legacy of Joe Paterno in the wake of the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, announcing this week that it was officially removing Pater-no’s name from the annual award recognizing the outstanding male first-year athlete. In addition, the board of directors of the Brown University Athletics Hall of Fame is reviewing Paterno’s membership. Other tributes on the Brown website and in the football record book as also under review, according to the University.

The New York Times   17 July 2012
In New York, too early to deem new testing successful
For a second consecutive year, New York City students achieved slight gains on elementary and middle school statewide tests that were made more difficult two years ago after state officials deemed them too easy to pass. Norman Fruchter, a senior scholar with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown noted that because of certain issues with this year’s test, it’s hard to know what influence the new tests had on the scores, or even how reliable the results are.

The Chronicle of Higher Education   15 July 2012
Dissertation process varies school to school
The relationship between advisor and committee in the dissertation process is at times a murky one. While close monitoring of work often only occurs at the project’s starting point, many Ph.D. programs in the sciences require such group checkpoints. One example is the biomedical group within Brown’s Ph.D. program in engineering, which requires written and oral progress reports each year.

Associated Press   13 July 2012
Venture training helps entrepreneurs succeed
Venture for America’s first class of 40 fellows is currently on the Brown campus for the program’s inaugural five-week training camp. Founded in 2011 by Brown alum Andrew Yang, the program places recent college graduates who have aspirations for entrepreneurship into two-year apprenticeships at startup and early stage companies in economically challenged cities around the country. In the fall, the first class of fellows will be headed to jobs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Detroit, and Providence.

Philadelphia Tribune   16 July 2012
Nunn launches HIV testing campaign
Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine, is leading a new HIV testing campaign in Southwest Philadelphia. “Do One Thing, Change Everything” is a neighborhood based HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) campaign launched in the neighborhood of zip code 19143, where 89 percent of HIV cases are among African Americans. “What’s different about this program is that it’s focused on the neighborhood as a unit of intervention. Instead of focusing on individual risk behaviors we’re trying encourage the entire community to get tested,” says Nunn.

The Providence Journal   19 July 2012
City weighs elected versus appointed school board
Ten of the 15 members of the City Council want an elected School Board, which requires voter approval to change Providence’s Home Rule Charter. However, others are in favor of a board appointed by the mayor. Supporter Kenneth Wong, professor of education, says mayoral appointment has been shown to have “a statistically significant, positive effect on student achievement in reading and math at both elementary and high school grades.”

The New York Times   9 July 2012
Cheating highlights student pressures
New York City officials recently announced that seventy students were involved in a pattern of smartphone-enabled cheating last month at Stuyvesant High School. Norman Fruchter, a senior scholar at the Annenberg Institute, says the incident highlights the pressures many students are under: “The weight that we, societally, put on judging academic success and academic capacity by test results has increased enormously. It is only one measure, and if you load high stakes on that measure then you create pressure that will lead some kids to cheat.”

The Boston Herald    14 July 2012
Student’s math game is a slam dunk
Brown student Khalil Fuller is the creator of NBA Math Hoops is a board game designed like a basketball court on which students use cards with NBA and WNBA players’ images and statistics to compete against classmates in timed, simulated basketball games. Fuller is a MassChallenge finalist competing for $1.1 million in start-up funding.

Providence Business News   16 July 2012
Brown launching master’s program in health leadership
Brown University has launched an Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program, to begin in August 2013. This is Brown’s first executive education program and is part of a University initiative to develop programs in executive and professional education.

The Providence Journal   16 July 2012
Op-ed: Financial literacy key to state’s future
Ernie Almonte, adjunct professor and a Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor in 2014, pens an op-ed on why financial literacy is crucial to Rhode Island’s future: “To move Rhode Island forward, we need to make the necessary investments now to keep student-loan rates affordable, so that the Rhode Islanders of today, and the financially responsible Rhode Islanders of tomorrow, can get a good and affordable education, followed by the opportunity to secure good jobs right here in our great state.”

Providence Business News   16 July 2012
Researchers awarded autism research fellowship
Graduate student Elena Tenenbaum, a researcher with Women & Infants Hospitals’ Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk, was awarded a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in translational autism research, to help turn scientific discoveries into clinical treatments. Tenenbaum’s project, “Attention and Word Learning in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Translating Experimental Findings into Intervention,” will be done in collaboration with Stephen Sheinkopf, her primary mentor, at Women & Infants, and with Dima Amso of Brown University.   13 July 2012
State needs to increase taxpayers
At least half of all Rhode Islanders don’t owe any federal income taxes and likely no state income taxes either, according to Internal Revenue Service figures. John Logan, professor of sociology, says that ideally, the state economy should be growing into one in which more people are paying taxes because they are earning a living wage and are in a position to contribute through income taxes.“That would be the most ideal situation, but we’re so far from that it’s hard to think about,” Logan says.

Woonsocket Patch   12 July 2012
Researchers seek babies for imaging lab
Two Brown research assistants, Nicole Waskiewicz and Katie Lehman, recently visited the Woonsocket Harris Public Library to ask parents of children from 1-month to 11-years-old to sign up for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans of their kids’ brains at Brown University’s Advanced Baby Imaging Lab. Wearing princess costumes, the two women explained the importance of the lab for learning about brain development and disorders.

Cooking Light   16 July 2012
Alumni find success with culinary creation
A Q&A with Brown alumni Mark Ramadon and Scott Norton, who created Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup during their senior year in 2008. They discuss the experience of developing their product and the next generation of foodies: “Food is changing in America, and we think it’s a trend, not a fad. Our generation is rediscovering food as a form of entertainment and self-expression.”

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