Fri 31 Oct | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Meredith Hastings

Meredith Hastings, cofounder of the nonprofit Earth Science Women’s Network, and assistant professor of geological sciences, talks about the work of the ESWN.
Thu 30 Oct | Psychiatric News

Why Can’t Teenagers Go to Sleep Earlier?

An article on the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society cites a presentation by Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, on teenage sleep habits.
Thu 30 Oct | National Geographic

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

Savvas Koushiappas, assistant professor of physics, comments on a new study that failed to detect dark matter in dwarf galaxies, stating that the possibility of dark matter is still viable for now.
Thu 30 Oct | The Indian Express

Sparks, not fires

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, pens an op-ed about recent incidences of communal rioting that have happened in India and what the motivation is for the political parties involved.
Wed 29 Oct | Science World Report

Wave Function of an Electron is Divided and Trapped Within Bubbles

Could the wave function of an electron be divided? That may just be the case. While electrons are elementary particles, which means that they are essentially unbreakable, a study led by Professor of Physics Humphrey Maris found that the electron's quantum state can be separated into many parts.
Wed 29 Oct | International Business Times

Ebola: 44 Million People 'Affected by 219 Infectious Diseases in Last 30 Years'

At least 44 million people have been affected by disease outbreaks in the past 33 years, a study has revealed. The paper, co-authored by Katherine Smith, assistant professor of biology, claimed that the number of unique illnesses and of disease outbreaks, such as the current Ebola epidemic, is increasing.
Wed 29 Oct | Montreal Gazette

Tracking the truth about cholesterol

Barbara Roberts, clinical associate professor of medicine, appears in a new documentary by Toronto filmmaker Michael McNamara that questions the use of statins to lower cholesterol. Roberts states that the benefits of statins are “vastly exaggerated” and the risks, “vastly underestimated.”
Wed 29 Oct | Physics World

Superconductor finally goes with the FFLO

A research team led by Vesna Mitrovic, associate professor of physics, has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field.
Tue 28 Oct | The Providence Journal

Selim Suner: Protecting caregivers key to fighting Ebola

Selim Suner, director of disaster medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, writes about how treatment for West African health care workers and those from Western countries differs, although the goal of protection should be the same.
Tue 28 Oct |

Veteran Pollster Profughi Questions Brown Poll

Veteran Rhode Island political pollster Victor Profughi is questioning a new Brown University poll which shows gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo and Allan Fung "effectively tied," noting the "swing" that Fung picked up since the previous poll was released last week.
Mon 27 Oct | Providence Business News

Lifespan, Brown announce new top pediatrician

Starting next spring, Dr. Phyllis Dennery, currently the Chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania, will lead pediatric care, teaching and research at the Lifespan health system and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the institutions announced recently.
Mon 27 Oct | The Toronto Star

Rousseff edges ahead on eve of Brazilian vote

James Green, professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies, comments on the election campaign in Brazil, noting that current President Dilma Rousseff has " been weakened because of concerns about possible corruption and the weakening of the economy largely due to international forces.”
Mon 27 Oct | Natural History Magazine

World Changers 3.0

Stephen Porder, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, writes about how three groups of organisms, algae, plants and humans, used chemistry to change the planet.
Mon 27 Oct | WPRI

Brown students flex their muscles for cancer patients

The Brown University football team continued their quest to raise thousands of dollars for young cancer patients on Monday – all while getting a good workout. “Bench Press for Cancer” took place on the College Green and was started in memory of Brown University offensive lineman and captain Lawrence Rubida.
Mon 27 Oct | Los Angeles Times

Opioids prescribed by doctors led to 92,000 overdoses in ERs in one year

Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation’s embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a “substantial” burden on hospitals and the economy, according to a new study of emergency room visits. The report was published in JAMA on Monday and involved researchers from Brown and several other institutions.
Sun 26 Oct | The Philadelphia Inquirer

GOP gains would spell change for region's U.S. senators

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in political science, comments on the Republican push to gain control of the Senate, noting that if they do, "There's a lot of pent-up conservative energy which is going to manifest itself."
Sat 25 Oct | The Boston Globe

Why it’s time to stop fearing OPEC

New research by Jeff Colgan, professor of political science and international relations, suggests that the world is making in mistake about the global power of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). It's labeled as a cartel, when it's actually not, according to Colgan's analysis.