Mathias Heller

Managing Editor

Mathias Heller is a Managing Editor. He previously served as a University News editor and senior staff writer reporting on a range of stories, including on admission, the University's administration and finances, and alumni news.

Articles by Mathias Heller (80)

What should President-elect Christina Paxson do first?

May 24, 2012 0 comments

“A lot of the directors of centers at Brown are still men, and so it’s important to make sure that women are fully integrated into the Brown community.”     – Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science   “Financial aid should be a priority, and she should give free hugs […]

University News

Looking ahead from inside the Ivy gates

April 27, 2012 0 comments
This article is part of the series Money Matters

Eighty-six percent of college first-years nationwide selected the ability to secure a better job as a “very important” factor in choosing to attend college – this compared to only 72 percent that chose gaining “a general education and appreciation of ideas” as very important, according to the 2011 Cooperative Institutional Research Program freshman survey. 


From College Hill to Pennsylvania Avenue

April 26, 2012 0 comments

Kate Brandt ’07 first encountered the President of the United States when she heard the sound of a basketball dribbling in the hallway. Brandt, special advisor for energy to the Secretary of the Navy, was attending a meeting of President Obama’s transition team when the president decided to make an impromptu appearance – basketball in hand.

Science & Research

Paxson research analyzes Katrina’s impact

March 16, 2012 0 comments

President-elect Christina Paxson, dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, has expressed her intention to make expanding research at the University a top priority when she takes over next year. Paxson, a researcher herself in her pre-administrator days, has conducted studies examining the intersection between economics and public health.

University News

Med School rankings rise in primary care, fall in research

March 14, 2012 0 comments

The Alpert Medical School slid six spots in research, but moved up four spots in primary care in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of the nation’s top graduate schools released Tuesday. The report released rankings for graduate programs in computer science, engineering, humanities, medical education and the sciences.


Students in nonprofit careers find inspiration in public service

March 5, 2012 0 comments

Within the Ivy League, Brown has long held the reputation as a haven for social activism, stemming in part from the legacy of the New Curriculum’s creation. Many students still enter lucrative careers in the private sector, but figures from the Center for Careers and Life After Brown reveal the University’s historical activism bent is far from gone.

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Debate targets limits of commercial speech

March 2, 2012 0 comments

Prominent Northwestern University professors Andrew Koppelman and Martin Redish discussed whether the government has a right to regulate commercial speech to protect public health and safety during the annual Meiklejohn Debate Thursday night.

University News

Lecturer criticizes ‘new Jim Crow reality’ of prisons

February 29, 2012 0 comments

Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University, discussed problems with the nation’s criminal justice system last night in this year’s Debra L. Lee Lecture on Slavery and Justice. Alexander spoke to a packed audience that included President Ruth Simmons and Provost Mark Schlissel P’15 in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts last night. Her talk, entitled “The New Jim Crow,” was based on her 2010 book with the same name that deals with the issue of mass incarceration in the United States.

With training and dialogues, DPS highlights diversity

February 27, 2012 0 comments

On college campuses across the country, relationships between university public safety officers and the student body can be fraught with difficulty, especially when issues of race and ethnicity are involved. But officers at the University are well-positioned to deal with the issue of diversity, said Michelle Nuey, manager of community relations and outreach bureau for the Department of Public Safety.

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Alum reflects on education reform efforts in Haiti

February 10, 2012 0 comments

After graduating from Brown with a degree in Classics and Sanskrit, Deacon Patrick Moynihan ’87 planned to travel to Uganda. But when his mother opposed his plans, he set his sights on Haiti instead. Moynihan related his experiences working in Haiti to an audience of alums, students and faculty at the Maddock Alumni Center last night in a lecture entitled “Why Real Change Takes Real Involvement: The Impact a Brown Education Can

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