Welcome to the Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs at Brown University. We serve as liaison between Brown and the local community and with international, national, and local government entitities.
Brown neuroscience and engineering professor John Donoghue spoke to an audience of about 100 people May 4 at a veterans breakfast convened annually by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The senator invited Donoghue, who is also a researcher at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center to talk about the PVAMC's new Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, which he directs, and the latest research on BrainGate, an investigational brain-computer interface currently in clinical trials. Donoghue, who also directs the Brown Institute for Brain Science, took questions from the audience at the Rhode Island National Guard Schofield Armory in Cranston. See this and more on the Brown & Providence Facebook page.
Brown University's Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) attended the annual Coalition for the National Science Foundation's exhibition and reception in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 7, 2013. On May 8, The Science Coalition, of which Brown is a member, had a breakfast event to honor its Champions of Science. Both events illustrate the value of federal investment in basic science research to Members of Congress and their staff. Brown Professor of Applied Mathematics, Jan Hesthaven, and Assistant Director of ICERM, Ruth Crane, represented ICERM at both events with a display.
At the Brown v. Penn men's basketball game on March 8, 2013, Brown University and the City of Providence recognized members of the Providence Fire Department Engine 8 who went above the call of duty to save the lives of two citizens while risking their own. (L-R: The honored officers, Providence Commissioner of Public Safety Steven Paré, and Brown Athletic Director Jack Hayes)
Brown Shops Local! On Thursday, December 6, 2012, the University offered members of the Brown community access to three trollies that ran in loops from campus to nearby shopping hubs: Hope Street, Wayland Square, Westminster Street and South Main Street. Part of the City of Providence's Buy Providence/Buy Art initiative, the Brown Shops Local event is one of the ways the University contributes to the city it is proud to call home.
A welcome addition to the Jewelry District, the Ship Street Farmers Market at Ship Street Square brings fresh produce and food goods to the academic, business, and residential neighbors in the area. The market is a joint effort between Brown and FarmFresh RI.
Ship Street Square is a Brown owned and maintained public space located at the corners of Ship and Richmond Streets and across from Alpert Medical School. The market will return to Ship Street Square, with food trucks, in spring 2013. For more information about FarmFresh RI and how to get involved with the farmers markets, please contact Sarah Lester at Sarah@farmfreshri.org. To schedule an event on Ship Street Square, contact Jennifer Braga at Brown University at (401) 863-3717.