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Articles by Michael Skocpol (69)

Science & Research

In search of the cyborg student

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

If you listen closely, you can hear two sounds wafting through Salomon 001 as Associate Professor of Sociology Leah Vanwey lectures to the students in her introductory statistics class.


Michael Skocpol ’10: Getting in with Goldman

May 30, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Are Brown students in on the joke, or are we as naïve as advertised?


A fresh face in the Corporation

March 1, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Less than a year after she attended her last class on College Hill, Lauren Kolodny ’08 was tapped to become Brown’s first official “young alumni trustee,” a role she assumed in the fall. She was in town this weekend for the second time as a member of the Corporation, rubbing shoulders with some of Brown’s most powerful and well-connected alums as the University’s highest governing body reviewed budgets, set tuition increases and heard reports from top administrators.

At BET Honors, rubbing elbows with stars

January 27, 2010 Comments are Disabled

Chatting politely with Diddy. Clasping hands with Queen Latifah. Receiving a bear hug from Whitney Houston. And delivering a speech that may reach a television audience of millions. It was all in a glamorous night’s work for President Ruth Simmons.

Honored by BET, Simmons rubs elbows with the stars

January 18, 2010 Comments are Disabled

President Ruth Simmons was among the honorees Saturday night at the 2010 BET Honors in Washington, D.C. She joined Queen Latifah, Whitney Houston, Sean “Diddy” Combs and renowned neurosurgeon Keith Black as receipients of lifetime achievement awards.

University News

Whitehouse makes visit to U. labs, meets with admins

September 21, 2009 Comments are Disabled

Rhode Island’s junior senator took a break from the health care debate on Capitol Hill Friday to learn a little more about where future medical breakthroughs may come from.

Prof. resigns suddenly as center director

November 12, 2008 Comments are Disabled

The director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies resigned abruptly from his post Monday. James Green, an associate professor of history credited with raising the center’s profile significantly since taking its helm in 2005, did not indicate a reason for the sudden departure.

Endowment gains slow amid turmoil

September 26, 2008 Comments are Disabled

Outperforming the market and many peer institutions, the University earned a 6.3 percent return on its endowment in the fiscal year ending in June, Brown’s top financial officer said Wednesday. While the gain represents a definite step back from the greater returns seen in recent years, it reflects a relatively strong performance in a difficult economic year.

Seven days of silence

September 15, 2008 Comments are Disabled

The classic riddle of the tree falling in the woods just got a new twist. After decades of faithfully and loudly tolling off class periods, the iconic 300-pound bell atop University Hall fell silent this month – and almost no one noticed. Facilities Management staff first realized the bell wasn’t functioning on Sept.

Is a Bigger Brown Better?

June 2, 2008 Comments are Disabled

President Ruth Simmons’ ambitious agenda is altering Brown’s traditional identity as a “university-college.” For the architects of Brown’s current path, the university-college identity is enduring and guides the current agenda. But in the eyes of some faculty and former administrators, the distinctive culture that defines Brown is fragile and could be jeopardized by the speedy expansion slated for the coming years.

Multimedia by Michael Skocpol (4)