Stories | TRI-Lab (Teaching, Research, Impact)

We follow the stories of students at Brown University working across issues, in communities around the world, on projects connected to social impact and innovation.

  • June 24, 2016

    Elena is a rising junior concentrating in Public Policy. She is also a participant of the TRI-Lab program, an initiative that brings together Brown students, faculty, and community practitioners to engage with complex social issues and develop solutions to these issues. The inspiration for the following story comes from the spring 2016 TRI-Lab, "Designing Education for Prison Health," which attempts to design better resources for health education within the criminal justice system.

    Elena Weissmann '18
  • December 7, 2015

    We are the Climate Change and Environmental Justice TRI-Lab: a team of three students who have been working on issues of environmental justice, climate resiliency, and green infrastructure in the West End of Providence.

    Grace Molino ‘18, Janice Gan ’17, and Kai Salem ‘18
  • October 29, 2015
    Climate Change Close to Home

    Kai believes in the power of community to create climate resilience. She worked with Clean Water Action this summer as an iProv intern and TRI-Lab student to develop green infrastructure in the West End of Providence. 

    Kai Salem '18
  • July 3, 2015

    Grace is a TRI-Lab summer intern at Clean Water Action.

    See below for links to posts from the other TRI-Lab Fellows.

    Grace Molino '18
  • May 4, 2015

    TRI-Lab is a new initiative with the Swearer Center that combines teaching, research, and impact. In the Climate Change and Environmental Justice Lab, students on the communications team learn that the road to a meaningful project is not always a smooth ride.

    Cary Chapman '18
  • April 29, 2015

    We’re representatives from No Vacancy, one of three student groups in the Swearer Center’s Teaching, Research, and Impact Lab (TRI-Lab) on climate change and environmental justice. TRI-Lab is an engaged research program that allows students, faculty, and community members to collectively study and address social issues in the Providence area. For this particular TRI-Lab on climate justice issues, researchers are working on increasing resilience in the West End area of Providence.     

    Ximena Carranza Risco ‘17, Angelica Arellano ‘18, Vaughn Campbell ‘18
  • April 22, 2015

    We’re the GI Jos, one of three student teams in this year’s Teaching Research and Impact Lab (TRI-Lab) on Climate Resilience in the West End. TRI-Lab is a community based research initiative that brings together students, faculty, and community partners to think about creative solutions to complex social and community issues. During this two-semester engaged research lab, we will collaborate with existing community organizations and non-profits in the West End to come up with creative ways to reduce the impacts of climate change in the West End.

    GI Jos: Brandon Wang ’16, Kai Salem ’18, Andrew Vann ’17, Grace Molino ’18, Jessie O’Dell ’16
  • April 6, 2015

    Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology. The Environmental Justice and Climate Change in Rhode Island TRI-lab is supported by the Swearer Center and IBES, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society.

    Professor Timmons Roberts
  • March 20, 2015

    The Healthy Food Access TRI-Lab’s Food as Medicine Group is starting a cooking program for insulin resistant adolescents to empower them to take control of their health through diet and lifestyle interventions. The group consists of Kelly McGlynn 15’, Blain Anderson ’16, Alexis Berry ’17, and Taylor Viggiano ’17. Kelly is a senior studying Environmental Studies with a focus on food access and public health.  Blain is a junior double concentrating in economics and biology and works as the Purchasing Coordinator for Brown Market Shares Program. Alexis is a sophomore concentrating in Public Health and performs research at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on the potential role of invariant natural killer T cells in food allergies.  Taylor is a Sophomore pursuing an independent concentration on the intersection between food, health, and lifestyle and currently works with dining services to offer cooking classes to the student body!

    Kelly McGlynn 15’, Blain Anderson ’16, Alexis Berry ’17, and Taylor Viggiano ’17
  • January 15, 2015

    Christina is a member of the 2014-2015 TRI-Lab on Healthy Food Access. She, along with her TRI-Lab colleagues, are working towards improving the Fresh To You (FTY) mobile discount fresh fruits and vegetables market. 

    Christina Hom BS, MPH’15
  • December 12, 2014

    Kelly McGlynn is a senior concentrating in Environmental Studies. Kelly is a member of the Food is Medicine group in the Healthy Food Access Tri-Lab.

    Kelly McGlynn '15
  • December 5, 2014
  • December 3, 2014

    Mya is a member of the 2014-15 TRI-Lab on Healthy Food Access. With her TRI-Lab colleagues she is working to develop a sustainable model for bringing fresh fruits and vegetables into low-income neighborhoods.

    Mya Roberson '16
  • November 18, 2014

     Taylor Viggiano is a sophomore pursuing an independent concentration centered around nutrition and food’s ability to act as medicine within the body. She is a participant in this year’s TRILab course on Healthy Food Access.

    Taylor Viggiano '17
  • November 13, 2014

    Alexis Berry is a participant in the Swearer Center's TRI-Lab on Healthy Food Access in Rhode Island, through which she educates people with type 2 diabetes on eating vegetable-based meals that meet their medical dietary restrictions. 

    Alexis Berry '17
  • November 6, 2014

    Jana Foxe '16 studies International and Comparative Politics at Brown, and is a participant in the TRI-Lab research seminar on Healthy Food Access.

    Jana Foxe '16
  • September 8, 2014

    Kelly McGlynn is a rising senior From Philadelphia. Kelly is a Healthy Food Access TRI-Lab participant, and is concentrating in Environmental Studies with a focus on food access, public health, and nutrition.

    Kelly McGlynn '15
  • August 26, 2014
    One Student's Exploration of Human-Centered Design on Two Campuses

    For Allison Wong ’15, being a Brown/RISD dual degree student means thinking a lot about social change - in very creative ways. During her four years in Providence, Allison has explored what she calls “design-based approaches to social innovation,” combining the best of her knowledge and experience from both schools to make serious community impact. 

    Liza Yeager '17, Storyteller for Good
  • August 18, 2014

    Kearney McDonnell is a rising sophomore from Pipersville, PA. She is a Tri-Lab participant who has plans to study public health and psychology, and is interested in food, food systems, and nutrition. 

    Kearney McDonnell
  • July 29, 2014

    Sophie Duncan '16's blog post is inspired by the completion of her first year working with Farm Fresh Rhode Island (FFRI) as a part of their Veggie Box team, which also is celebrating it’s first year of year-round programming. Sophie began her work with FFRI through an iProv Summer Internship last year and will be a participant in next year's TRI-Lab on Healthy Food Access.

    Sophie Duncan
  • June 30, 2014

    Renata is a rising senior from Orinda, California double concentrating in Environmental Studies and Urban Studies and a TRI-Lab participant. Much of her past experience with healthy food access has been in the context of partnering with homeless shelters. She has been working with the Food Recovery Network in different capacities over the past three years. You can often find her reading on one of Brown’s various greens.

    Renata Robles
  • May 14, 2014

    Emily E. Davis is a junior concentrating in Cognitive Science. In this post, she reflects on some of the obvious and not-so-obvious challenges of connecting research with practice.

    Emily Davis
  • April 1, 2014

    Alexandra D. Urban ‘15, who is concentrating in Educational Neuroscience, has spent much of her Brown experience focused on integrative scholarship.  She reflects on how TRI-Lab fits into her larger course of study as well as how it exemplifies the goals of interdisciplinary study and applying academic research beyond the classroom.

    Alexandra Urban
  • February 24, 2014

    Natalie Posever ‘14.5 is an anthropology concentrator. She has volunteered as an advocate for Health Leads at Hasbro Children’s Hospital since the fall of her freshman year, and is continually reminded of the power of a child’s environment to dictate his health and well-being with each day she spends at the clinic.

    Natalie Posever '14.5
  • January 28, 2014

    Emily E. Davis ’15 studies Cognitive Science. In this post, she reflects on how her conception of the early childhood development field has evolved.

    Emily Davis
  • January 21, 2014

    Kate Nussenbaum ’15, who studies Cognitive Neuroscience, and Science and Society, reflects on her experience over winter break visiting best practice sites in Chicago with Nicole DellaRocco, a Master’s degree candidate in Urban Education Policy Research. Activities sponsored by TRI-Lab over winter break were driven by research needs and learning opportunities emerging from focused interdisciplinary work teams and the larger TRI-Lab cohort of faculty, community practitioners, and students. 

    Kate Nussenbaum
  • January 13, 2014

    As part of TRI-Lab, students in the Health Early Childhood Development seminar were given the opportunity during winter break to conduct research, visit best practice sites, or pursue other learning activities.  Work sponsored by TRI-Lab was driven by research needs and learning opportunities emerging from focused interdisciplinary work teams and the larger TRI-Lab cohort of faculty, community practitioners, and students. 

    Alexandra D. Urban ’15, who studies Educational Neuroscience, reflects on her experience over winter break visiting a best practice site in California. Her working group is investigating how hospitals and partner organizations work to ensure continuity of maternal and pediatric care for outpatients.  

    Alexandra D. Urban
  • December 19, 2013

    Evelyn Sanchez '14 is participating in TRI-Lab at Brown and interned last summer at Children’s Friend, Rhode Island’s oldest child welfare organization.

    Swearer Center
  • November 27, 2013

    As TRI-Lab moves into the project development stage, Natalie Posever ’14 reflects on the “Pre to Three” group’s process to date.

    Swearer Center
  • September 12, 2013

    Kate Nussenbaum '15 is part of the inaugural TRI-Lab, a new initiative that will bring together students, faculty and community practitioners to engage with a complex social issue and collaboratively develop, refine, and test solutions.

    Swearer Center
  • December 4, 2012

    Nicole DellaRocco is a Master’s candidate in Brown’s Urban Education Policy program.  As part of her participation in TRI-Lab, she interned at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT (RIKC) in the summer and fall semester. Nicole reflects on her work at RIKC and how it has informed her TRI-Lab project team’s work on the topic of “Baby Brains” (self-regulation, executive function, and early neurological development).

    Nicole DellaRocco
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  • iProv Summer Internship Program provides a $3,500 stipend for undergraduate students to work full-time in 8-10 week internships with nonprofit organizations based in the greater Providence area. Learn more.

  • The Royce Fellowship Program supports Brown undergraduates as they carry out independent projects of their own design in locations across the United States and around the world. Learn more.

  • The Social Innovation Fellowship provides 15-20 students with funding to grow a social venture over the summer, supported by a year of intensive skills training, complementary coursework, and a community of social entrepreneurs on campus offering mentorship and critique. Learn more.

  • The Storytellers for Good program supports students with skills in digital media to produce stories about students, alumni, and faculty exploring social change at Brown. Learn more.

  • The TRI-Lab Program is an initiative that brings together students, faculty, and community practitioners to engage with complex social issues and collaboratively develop, refine, and test solutions to these issues. Learn more.