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Education
9:09 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Brown 250: University President Christina Paxson

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit RIPR FILE

Brown celebrates its 250th Birthday this week, and Rhode Island Public Radio has been speaking with some of the best minds at Brown about the university’s history and what makes it unique. Current Brown President Christina Paxson stopped by our studio to talk about her view of Brown. She came to the university from Princeton just last year, so I asked her what makes Brown different from Princeton.

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The Education Blog
9:07 am
Fri March 7, 2014

URI Plans to Keep Using the SAT

The University of Rhode Island says it has no immediate plans to stop using the SAT as a requirement for admission, despite criticism that has led to an overhaul of the test.

SAT testing company The College Board has unveiled a series of changes taking effect in 2016, which include fewer obscure vocabulary words and making the essay section optional.

URI Director of Admissions Cynthia Bonn tells Rhode Island Public Radio that her team rarely ever looks at the essay section of the test as it is, but she thinks the other changes will be helpful.

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Education
8:37 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Brown 250: Ted Widmer On The University's Future

Ted Widmer previously served as director of the John Carter Brown Library as well as an adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

All this week we're marking Brown University's 250th birthday with a series of conversations reflecting on its past and looking into the Ivy League university's future. This morning (Wednesday) Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay talks with historian Ted Widmer about Brown's more recent past and where it's heading in the future.

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RI News
9:30 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Brown 250: Fox Wetle On The Future Of Public Health

Fox Wetle, head of Brown University's School of Public Health.
Credit Courtesy Brown Medicine Magazine

This week, Rhode Island Public Radio is recognizing Brown University’s 250th anniversary with a series of conversations with Brown leaders and alumni.  We’re looking forward at what the future might hold for this institution of higher learning in our backyard.

Today, Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay speaks with Fox Wetle, head of Brown’s new school of public health. She asked Wetle, why start such a school to begin with, at Brown, when the university already has a medical school that’s starting to focus on public health issues, too?

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Environment
1:53 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

RISD, Brown Team Up To Build A Solar House

Students from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are building a solar house using existing materials in new ways to create a soft enclosure. This is a rendering of the solar house.
Courtesy of Team Inside Out

Leave it to a team of the brightest students in Rhode Island to design a solar-powered house made almost entirely out of high-quality fabrics. Students from Brown, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in Germany are competing as one team, called Team Inside Out, in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe, taking place in Versailles, France in July.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:45 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Brown University Celebrates 250 Years

Brown University has been a looming presence in Rhode Island since its founding.
Credit Courtesy Brown University

Beginning this week, Brown University celebrates its 250th birthday.. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay kicks off our week long Brown series and ponders the college’s role in Rhode Island.

Brown is perched atop the tallest of the seven hills on which Providence was built. For its first two centuries the university reflected this lofty status on its College Hill cloister. It was an all-male institution that launched the well-born, Yankee elite to the upper reaches of banking, medicine, law and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Environment
9:18 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Brown, Health Department To Screen Documentary "Shored Up"

A still of the documentary "Shored Up," by Ben Kalina

The critically-acclaimed documentary “Shored Up” will be playing at Brown University this evening.

The school’s Center for Environmental Studies and the Rhode Island Department of Health are sponsoring the movie screening and a panel discussion after the movie.

The documentary looks at how different coastal communities along the eastern seaboard are trying to deal with rising sea levels.

Policy and environmental science experts will sit on the panel, including the town planner of Westerly, where four natural disasters have hit in the past four years.

Weekend Arts
9:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Weekend Arts: In Conversation With Author John Banville

John Banville
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman speaks with acclaimed Irish writer John Banville.

Banville was in Rhode Island reading from his works to kick off this year's Contemporary Writer's reading series at Brown University.

Banville is the author of numerous books, including The Sea; for which he was the winner of the Man Booker Prize.

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RI News
12:57 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Brown Provost Schlissel Is New U. Of Michigan President

Brown's Provost will leave his post to become President of the University of Michigan.
Credit RIPR FILE

The University of Michigan has tapped Brown University provost Mark Schlissel as its new president. Schissel, who has served as Brown provost since 2011 will become Michigan’s 14th president.

Michagan is known as one of the nation’s top public universities with an annual budget of $6 billion a year, an enrollment of 44,000 students and a workforce of about 22,000.

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Science
4:43 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Local Comb Jelly Is Our Closest Ancient Relative

Credit NOAA Photo Gallery / Wikimedia Commons

Scientists long thought that sponges were our most distant animal relative. But a recent study presents evidence that the comb jelly is our closest ancient relative.

If you’ve sailed Narragansett waters, then there’s a good chance you’ve gotten a glimpse of these shapeless blobs. They reflect rainbow-like iridescent colors in the water.

This gelatinous animal is covered in cilia, the little hair-like structures that also coat our lungs and intestines; the comb jelly uses it to swim and propel itself through the water.

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