Much of the Florida shoreline was once too cold for the tropical trees called mangroves, but the plants are now spreading northward at a rapid clip, according to new research led by postdoctoral researcher Kyle C. Cavanaugh. That finding is the latest indication that global warming, though still in its early stages, is already leading to ecological changes so large they can be seen from space.
Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University, joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the unfolding situation in Turkey.
Professor of Sociology John Logan comments on how the influx of Latinos to some California communities is creating less, not more, diverse neighborhoods.
Nature World News: High Mortality Rates in US Have Shifted to Tobacco-Friendly Southern States | Sat 27 Dec
Although adult mortality rates are lower in the US than they are in other developed countries, the geographic location of where people die most frequently in the US has shifted over time and is now concentrated in the central southern part of the nation, according to a new study by Andrew Fenelon, postdoctoral fellow in population studies, that suggests smoking may have a role in the mortality shift.
Brown University and Rhode Island College are among more than a half-dozen New England universities and colleges that have publicly stated their opposition to a boycott of Israeli academic institutions led by Washington-based American Studies Association announced to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
The New Year is set to usher in a new era of plant research at Brown University with a new greenhouse atop the renovated Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT). Mark Johnson, associate biology professor and faculty director of the greenhouse, talks about the new facility.
Brown President Christina Paxson makes the list, which cites her handling of the Ray Kelly incident and student opposition to coal investment as ways that she "emerged the stronger from her first tests as President, and will not doubt continue to play a critical role in the University -- and city's future."
Edith Mathiowitz, professor of medical science, has been inducted into the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of her work inventing better ways to deliver drugs into the human body, including an innovation that may help diabetics.
In a Q&A, Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, talks about the current state of politics in India.
Brown ranks 5th on the list, which was based on data points from the following student traits — highly experimental, creative in ideas, and happy for others to create ideas.
Erica Kahn, an undergraduate at the Brown University School of Engineering who helps put on the school's yearly Extreme Gingerbread Competition, weighs in on how to make a stronger gingerbread house.
Business Standard: Browned off | Tue 23 Dec
An argument broke out on Twitter between former ambassador K.C. Singh and Ashutosh Varshney, head of the India programme at Brown University, after Singh accused former foreign secretary and ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao of going to Brown University after an endowment from the Government of India created a position there. Varshney responded by saying Singh was "spreading lies."
Al Jazeera: Marx's last stand: Eastern Ukraine | Wed 23 Apr
Vladimir Golstein, associate professor of Slavic languages, writes about how what is unfolding in Eastern Ukraine has all the makings of a classic Marxist drama.
Medical Daily: Quit Smoking: Nicotine Cravings May Subside When Engaging In Puzzles And Hobbies | Tue 22 Apr
A new study by researchers from several schools, including Brown, may offer some help to those who are trying to quit smoking. It suggests that doing “self-expanding activities," such as hobbies or puzzles, can help alleviate nicotine cravings, making it easier to quit.
Los Angeles Times: Anxiety from a false-positive mammogram is real but temporary, study says | Mon 21 Apr
A new study by researchers from Brown and several other schools looks at the emotional cost of a false-positive breast cancer screening. The study found that false-positives produced a “significant increase in anxiety,” though it was only temporary.
Charles Sherba, teaching associate in music and concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, died Saturday, the orchestra has announced. Sherba served since 1986 on the applied music faculty at Brown.
An article on ChartWise: Clinical Document Intelligence, a software designed to match the medical terms doctors use when treating patients with the coding terms needed for billing and insurance records in order to make patient records easier to read. The company was founded by Jon Elion, associate professor of medicine.
Associated Press: Brown's public health school gets grant to launch center to improve long-term care for elderly | Sun 20 Apr
Brown University's School of Public Health has received a $1 million grant to launch a center to improve long-term care for the elderly. The grant to establish the Long Term Care Quality and Innovation Center is from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living.
Ed Fitzpatrick writes about the decision by gubernatorial candidates Ken Block and Allan W. Fung not to attend an environmental forum at Brown on Thursday. Timmons Roberts, professor of sociology, also comments: “The environmental community wants a governor who directs all state agencies to prioritize the environment. And it wants a governor who sees the connection between economic development and the environmental protection of Rhode Island’s coasts, state parks and livable cities.”
The Boston Globe: The War of 1812? Don’t remind me | Sat 19 Apr
Ted Widmer, assistant to the president for special projects, writes about why the U.S. should be thinking about the upcoming 200th anniversary of the fallout of the War of 1812, "what was surely the all-time low for the American military—the burning of the White House by British regulars, marching with impunity through the heartland."
Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, writes about the impending release of a congressional report on the CIA’s use of extreme tactics like “extraordinary rendition” and “enhanced interrogation techniques” and why the U.S. and other countries should own up to their "misdeeds."
A review of a new book by Matthew Guterl, professor of Africana studies, “Josephine Baker and the Rainbow Tribe,” about Baker's adoption of 12 children of various colors and nationalities.
Bob Kerr writes about Brown student Renata Martin, who came to the United States from Brazil with her family when she was a child.
A Q&A with Robert Coover, visiting professor emeritus of literary arts, who released his latest novel, "The Brunist Day of Wrath,” earlier this month.
RI NPR: And the Honorary Degree Recipients Are... | Fri 18 Apr
This year, Brown University plans to honor acclaimed authors Jeffrey Eugenides and Lois Lowry, both Brown alums, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and seven other Brown graduates with honorary degrees.
The Providence Journal: Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner collaborating on film based on Brown professor’s book | Fri 18 Apr
David Kertzer talks about his excitement at the announcement that Steven Spielberg plans to make a film based on his 1997 nonfiction book “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.”
Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences, presented new findings of ancient plant material that has been preserved in the glass formed by asteroids hitting the Earth, at at last month's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in The Woodlands, Texas. His paper, which he co-authored, points out that while space collisions can destroy life on local or global scales, "it can also preserve components of the local biology present at the time of impact."
CNBC: Will US suffer from 'secular stagnation?' | Thu 17 Apr
Gauti Eggertsson, associate professor of economics, talks about his theory of 'secular stagnation' and whether the U.S. economy will ever pick up.
The Hollywood Reporter: Steven Spielberg, Weinstein Co. to Adapt 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara' | Thu 17 Apr
Dreamworks has partnered with The Weinstein Co. to adapt the novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, by David Kertzer, professor of anthropology and Italian studies, as a religious period drama.