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Today Show September 19, 2006
Successful women as role models
President Ruth J. Simmons was interviewed by “Today” host Meredith Vieira as part of a segment related to Newsweek magazine’s Sept. 25 cover story on women in leadership positions. September 19, 2006
To the moon, NASA!
National Research Council (NRC) of The National Academies has released a report, sought by NASA, regarding what science NASA should conduct when it returns humans to the moon. Professor of Geological Sciences Carle Pieters, a member of the NRC, comments about the report’s recommendations. ScienceNOW is the daily news site of Science magazine.

Education Week September 20, 2006
Power shift on L.A. schools called complex
Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, discusses the challenges Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will face now that he has gained partial control over the city’s public schools.

Fox September 19, 2006
Physicists: Despite fears, black-hole factory will not destroy Earth
Associate Professor of Physics Greg Landsberg talks about black holes, which theoretically could be generated at the Large Hadron Collider, now under construction near Geneva, Switzerland. This article originally appeared at

VNU September 19, 2006
U.S. boffins build paper-thin plastic battery
Researchers at Brown University have created a prototype rechargeable battery that is as thin as a plastic transparency and as powerful as 100 alkaline batteries. The plastic battery, created by engineers Tayhas Palmore and Hyun-Kon Song, has been described as a "hybrid" that delivers the energy output of an electrical capacitor with the longevity of an alkaline battery. VNU is a media corporation serving a number of business technology Web sites throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. This article appeared on several of those sites.

Mumbai Mirror September 20, 2006
Plastic power
Batteries are the life-source for almost all of our gadgets, but existing battery technology is gradually proving to be inadequate, given the huge energy demands of present day gizmos. Now, Associate Professor Tayhas Palmore, and postdoctoral student Hyun-Kon Song have created a new battery that uses an electrical conducting plastic compound to produce 100 times more power than today’s standard alkaline batteries.

Associated Press September 19, 2006
Poll: Rhode Island Senate race extremely tight
A new Brown University poll shows Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee and Democratic challenger Sheldon Whitehouse neck-and-neck two months before an election that could help decide the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. This wire service article appeared in media outlets throughout the United States.

Providence Journal September 20, 2006
Brown poll: Dead heat in Senate Race
Rhode Island's closely watched U.S. Senate race is now a dead heat between Lincoln D. Chafee, the Republican incumbent, and his Democratic challenger, Sheldon Whitehouse, according a new Brown University poll.

Kent County Daily Times September 20, 2006
Poll: R.I. opposes casino
Despite the multimillion-dollar campaign carried out by the Harrah's-funded Rhode Islanders for Jobs and Tax Relief, a new Brown University poll shows the constitutional amendment for a West Warwick casino going down to defeat by nearly 20 points, and losing ground from a similar survey last June. This article also appeared in the Pawtucket Times.

Associated Press September 19, 2006
Brown receives grant to help advance women's careers in science
Brown University will receive $3.3 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to help advance women in the science and engineering departments. University officials said the program, called ADVANCE, will be designed to ensure that existing resources from money to acquire adequate lab space and equipment to mentoring opportunities are made accessible to women. This wire service article appeared in media outlets throughout New England.