Alex — a veteran metro writer — served as one of the section’s editors in 2015. Originally from Maryland, he complements his studies of biochemistry with laboratory research on pulmonary fibrosis, and is grateful for the opportunity to learn from Herald writers and editors in an area outside of his academic field. He is involved with Brown and RISD’s joint Catholic community, and also enjoys reading and running.

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If elected in November, Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo would become the state’s first female governor.


Fung, Raimondo to face off in governor’s race

September 10, 2014 8 comments

Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo beat out Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Clay Pell for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Raimondo leads in gubernatorial poll


Raimondo leads in gubernatorial poll

September 4, 2014 0 comments

The Rhode Island gubernatorial race intensified as advertising campaigns were launched, candidates left the field and the Sept. 9 primary drew near.

University News

Teaching associate in music dies at age 62

April 24, 2014 0 comments

Teaching Associate in Music Charles Sherba died Saturday morning. Sherba had battled cancer for two years.

Re-zoning plans undergo revisions


Re-zoning plans undergo revisions

April 17, 2014 0 comments

Seeking public input on citywide zoning changes, the Providence Department of Planning and Development hosted an open house Tuesday.


Nominee declines I-195 commission post

April 15, 2014 0 comments

Patrick Rogers, a nominee to serve as one of seven commissioners on the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission, declined the offer.


R.I. majority leader becomes speaker of the House

March 25, 2014 0 comments

House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello, D-Cranston, was elected Tuesday to serve as speaker of the House, replacing Rep. Gordon Fox, D-Providence.


Gordon Fox resigns as speaker of R.I. House

March 23, 2014 6 comments

Rhode Island Speaker of the House Gordon Fox, D-Providence, resigned Saturday after law enforcement officials raided his Statehouse office and home Friday.

J. Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies and sociology, said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the legislation he crafted with the help of Brown students and outside consultants getting passed.


Bill aims to curb R.I. carbon emissions

March 18, 2014 3 comments

The University provided funding to support the legislation, which outlines a strategy to lower Rhode Island’s carbon emissions.

Thayer plan calls for changes in streetscape


Thayer plan calls for changes in streetscape

March 11, 2014 1 comment

The plan includes just over five pages of action items for the next two years, some of which already have funding and will begin development this summer.

The governors of Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Delaware and Vermont — all Brown alums and/or parents — speak at a President’s Colloquium event.


Governors discuss bipartisanship, health care reform

March 10, 2014 0 comments

Four governors — three of whom are alums — kicked off the President’s Colloquium on the Virtues of a Liberal Education at a panel Saturday morning.

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