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Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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A few dozen graduate students at Brown University participated in a nationwide walkout Wednesday to protest the Republican tax plan making its way through Congress. The House version of the bill would add income taxes to graduate school tuition when it is covered by colleges and universities.

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Care New England’s plan to relocate Brown University’s medical residency program to Kent Hospital in Warwick has some in the medical community breathing a sigh of relief.   

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Protestant churches are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year. The 16th Century movement sparked by Martin Luther split the Roman Catholic Church, ushered in Protestant denominations, and helped to forge the modern world in Europe.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay spoke with Brown University Historian Tara Nummedal about the Reformation that split Christianity centuries ago and created Protestant denominations.  

John S. Carter Jr., an inventor, entrepreneur and industrialist who built an East Providence company into a world-renowned brand, sold it, and devoted his life to philanthropy, has died. He was 83.

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The Native American group that camped out for weeks on land owned by Brown University has ended their demonstration. The university and the group reached an agreement late last week.

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If you tune into 95.5 FM today, you’ll hear Christian rock, a far cry from the edgy, alternative music WBRU broadcast on 95.5 for decades. The station sold the signal to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation this year. RIPR’s John Bender hung out with some of the WBRU DJs, reporters, and producers right before the switch.


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The announcement that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will be phased out came the same day that many colleges and universities began a new school year. Dozens of New England students had sought protection under the program, which granted temporary reprieves to young people without documentation, if they were brought into the U.S. as children.

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The group that calls itself the Pokanoket Nation has been camped out on Bristol’s Mount Hope for the last week. Members of the tribe say that land belonged to their ancestors, and they want Brown University to give it back.

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The radio station WBRU may soon be home to one the country’s largest contemporary Christian music broadcasters.  The station run by Brown University students confirmed earlier this year it was seeking a buyer for its powerful 95.5 signal. Now there are signs it has found one.

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Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and former Vermont governor, weighed in on politics Wednesday while speaking to Brown University medical students in Providence.

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Viruses and bacteria are constantly evolving. As their genes mutate, they develop ways to evade human and medical defenses. Now, a team of researchers are studying just how these mutations work.

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The late Brown University Art Professor Walter Feldman was awarded the Bronze Star, posthumously, in a ceremony Monday in the Providence office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo signed several bills Monday aimed at the ongoing fight against drug overdose deaths. More than 300 people died of drug overdose in Rhode Island in 2016, an increase from the previous year.

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