Christina Paxson

Wexford Science & Technology

The president of Wexford Science & Technology, which has proposed a one-million-square-foot mixed-use development on five acres in the I-195 District, told a crowd of business and civil leaders Monday night that Providence has the necessary elements to create a successful innovation hub.


A Dartmouth College student visiting Brown University for a weekend Latino Ivy League conference asserted that he was assaulted by a Brown campus police officer Friday evening outside a Spanish House event. 


Brown University breaks ground Thursday on a new engineering building on their Providence campus. The three-story, 80,000 square foot building will give the department its own home for the first time. Currently, engineering shares space with the physics department.

Brown President Christina Paxson said the new facility will allow the school’s research to expand in areas like nano-engineering.

“So this is looking at very, very small particles that have interesting applications from health to material science, to environmental science,” said Paxson.

Brown University has revoked an honorary degree awarded to the comedian Bill Cosby in the wake of allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted a series of women, allegations Cosby has repeatedly denied.

Brown President Christina Paxson, in an email to the campus community, explained the reason for the action, taken by the university's Board of Fellows.  


A Brown University graduate student is dead after an apparent suicide.

South Korean Hyoun Ju Sohn was a first year doctoral student in the Brown Physics Program.  Sohn fell or leapt from the university’s science library Tuesday.  The multi-story building sits in the heart of the school’s Providence campus. Police responded to the scene a little after noon. 

Brown President Christina Paxson says a protest that forced former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to halt a lecture last year was a violation of Brown's policy on the free exchange of ideas.

"There is no doubt that the disruption of Kelly's lecture represented a violation of these policies," Paxson wrote in her final response to the incident, which was posted this week on Brown's website and sent in an email to Brown students and faculty.

George Borts, a prominent Brown University economics professor and researcher, has died.

Borts was a teacher and mentor for generations of Brown economics students. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1950 after studying under Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago. Borts retired last year after teaching and researching economic issues for 63 years.

One of his students was Janet Yellen, head of the Federal Reserve. She was a 1967 Brown graduate.

Brown University President Christina Paxson, in a statement,  says the male student who was sanctioned for a sexual assault on a 22-year old female student will not be returning to the university.

The case became public after the woman involved, 22-year old Lena Sclove, held a press conference on the Brown campus last week to speak out about the university’s handling of an assault and rape that she said was committed on her by a fellow male student.

Brown begins a series of public lectures, art exhibits and other events Friday with an open campus and a lecture from World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, who happens to be a Brown alumnus (class of '82).

Kim's talk is sold out, but there will be live internet streaming for anyone who couldn't get tickets.

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.

One of the highlights of the holiday season in Providence is the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service that is held before Thanksgiving at one of the East Side’s many houses of worship. This year the service will be held at Temple Beth El on Tuesday Nov. 26 at 7 p.m. The temple is located at 70 Orchard Avenue on the East Side.

Brown University President Christina Paxson has created a task force after protesters forced New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to halt a lecture.

During his talk on October 29th, protesters repeatedly heckled Kelly, forcing university officials to clear the lecture hall and cancel Kelly's talk. In a letter to the Brown community, Paxon says she is concerned that the protest disrupted the free exchange of ideas at the university. 


Brown University is creating a committee to review how a talk by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was canceled last week after a noisy protest. Kelly’s critics object to his department’s controversial stop and frisk policy.

Kelly was repeatedly interrupted by students and outside activists when he tried speaking during an October 29 appearance at Brown. The university responded by cancelling the talk and clearing the room where the event was taking place.

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More than 100 Student and community protestors shut down a lecture by New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly at Brown University yesterday afternoon.

Mario Vega, a Brown student, says he was there to protest the way NYC police have monitored Muslim residents since 9/11.

“I think Ray Kelly’s policies are completely racist and Islamiphobic, and I completely do not support how Brown is paying him to come here and unilaterally impose his doctrine on the people of the University.  That gives the impression that we support it and we don’t," said Vega.

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.