Posts Tagged with “Research”

Bryant making science its business

April 21st, 2011

The Providence Journal reports on Bryant's first-ever Research and Engagement Day, which showcased the University's expanding scope of research and course offerings in the sciences.

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Classes canceled April 20 for daylong focus on faculty and student research

April 18th, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - On Wednesday, April 20, Bryant University will suspend classes and extracurricular activities through 5 p.m. in order to focus University-wide on faculty and student research and consulting.

The 160 presentations during the University's inaugural Research and Engagement Day - or REDay  - cover a range of subjects studied and taught in the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Business. More than 300 faculty and students will share their research findings, participate in panel discussions, present senior theses, and offer poster sessions on a variety of topics, including:


Nature’s curse or blessing in disguise? In less-developed countries, major earthquakes offer unique opportunities to businesses

April 18th, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Though it is difficult to imagine anything positive arising from the devastation and loss of life caused by intense earthquakes in China, Haiti, Chile and now Japan, massive destruction caused by such natural disasters can lead to innovation.

Such a statement may seem counterintuitive in the wake of the human toll these disasters take. But in two recently-published research papers on the topic, Andrés Ramirez, assistant professor of finance at Bryant University, has found support for the hypothesis of creative destruction.


Alejandro Vando is first Bryant U. student to receive R.I. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 13th, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Alejandro Vando '13, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will spend 10 weeks this summer immersed in a biochemist's world of DNA, proteins, and bacteria.

As one of 25 winners of a Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), Vando will work alongside Christopher Reid, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Bryant's Department of Science and Technology. Vando will be a partner in Reid's proteomics research. Specifically, Vando will be involved in gene amplification, a laboratory method for creating multiple copies of small segments of DNA that encode protein. He'll learn how to clone a gene and how to express, purify and begin characterization of the encoded protein. At the end of July, he will present his findings at a SURF conference.


Essence of the ’80s: Two disparate views of the decade’s contributions to American politics, culture, and society

March 13th, 2011

In its review of Associate Prof. Bradford Martin's new book, The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan, the Boston Globe writes: "In arguing for a 1980s that not only didn't uniformly embrace the superficial conformity of the Reagan years but actively laid groundwork for today's progressive movements, Martin does valuable work."

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Bryant historian’s new book examines activism in Reagan era of conservatism

March 1st, 2011

Despite the 1980s reputation as an era of conservatism, historian Bradford Martin says the political left thrived because of reinvigorated campus activism that initiated divestment, an alternative culture that promoted a shared identity, and new technologies like those embraced by ACT UP.

Other Eighties

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  — Overlooked by the 1980s narrative of a nation that had embraced the Reagan administration's conservative momentum is the success of a determined opposition that effected change on a number of fronts.

Activists thrived during the decade using a variety of means, says Bradford Martin, associate professor of history at Bryant University. In his new book, The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan, Martin offers one of the earliest scholarly examinations of the social and cultural issues of the era.

Among the findings Martin discusses in his book:


Bryant U. biochemist hopes to identify treatment for premature infants infected with often-lethal fungus

February 22nd, 2011

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - A $200,000 grant from the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council (STAC) is helping a Bryant University biochemist find a treatment for a fungal infection that is often lethal to premature infants.

The funding - the first ever received by Bryant from STAC - supports a research collaboration between Christopher Reid, assistant professor in Bryant's Department of Science and Technology, and Joseph Bliss, M.D., of Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital.

Together, they are taking aim at Candida albicans, a common fungus that can cause a systemic infection fatal to 60 percent of premature infants who contract it. Their research hopes to identify antigens that could be used as a target for a therapeutic antibody, which ultimately could help a premature infant's underdeveloped immune system combat a C. albicans infection.


Bryant U. economic forum March 8 offers data-driven exploration of R.I. business climate

February 21st, 2011

Participants will develop action steps for business relocation, controlling costs of doing business, improving state regulatory system; information will be made public on Bryant website.

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - Approximately 200 leaders of Rhode Island's political, nonprofit, academic and business worlds will gather at Bryant University on Tuesday, March 8, for a multifaceted, data-driven exploration of the state's business climate.

The economic forum, "The Rhode Island Business Environment: Challenges and Opportunities," will take place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Bryant University's Stepan Grand Hall, inside the Bello Center.

Throughout the day, participants will be asked to develop action steps for each of the following issues:


Why more Americans are being informed and entertained by satire than ever before

February 16th, 2011

There is no need to fear "the increasing centrality of satire and irony, whether in the mushrooming world of parodic news or in the specter of pranksters offering fake press releases on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce," Assistant Professor Amber Day writes in her commentary for the Huffington Post.

Rather than signaling a cynical distrust of politics and a lack of real engagement, Day says, the rise of this earnest form of irony and satire signals that "professional entertainers, political activists, and average citizens are responding to the political discourse around them" in order to "make forceful political claims and to advocate action in the search for solutions to real problems."

Day is the author of the new book  Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate.

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Professor’s new book explores growing impact of political satire in America

February 14th, 2011


SMITHFIELD, R.I. — There is currently a renaissance taking place in the realm of satire, with satirists elevated to the level of legitimate pundits, and political activists behaving as comedians.   But why has the power of satire entered the mainstream as a dominant means of political critique and engagement?

Amber Day, assistant professor of English and cultural studies, has studied how political satire has come to launch the nightly news analysis of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and their contemporaries into the mainstream. Her spirited analysis is the basis of her new book, Satire and Dissent: Interventions in Contemporary Political Debate, released Feb. 15 by Indiana University Press. In it, Day explores how and why satire in today's political theater has gained such prominence with Stewart ranking as one of the most trusted newscasters in the United States and where the films of Michael Moore are a dominant topic of political campaign discourse.