Mon 1 Sep | Diverse

Several Programs Provide Lifelines to First-generation Students

An article on programs developed by colleges and universities to benefit first-generation and lower-income college students mentions Brown University’s Sidney E. Frank scholarship and quotes Maitrayee Bhattacharyya, associate dean of the college for diversity programs.
Mon 1 Sep | Associated Press

Veteran vs. newcomer for Rhode Island treasurer

Wendy Schiller comments on the race for state treasurer, noting that she sees Seth Magaziner's campaign gaining momentum because he appears in television ads to be someone who is devoted to the state and can do the job.
Mon 1 Sep | The Washington Post

Pundits panicking about Ebola hurt cause they mean to help

Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, co-authors a blog post on the fear-mongering tactics many in the media and in politics are using to raise awareness and resources to respond to the Ebola outbreak: "Although fear can be effective at raising awareness about an issue, it has proven to be damaging in its effects," Benton writes.
Sun 31 Aug | The Providence Journal

Presidential visits make good Rhode trips

An article on presidential visits to Rhode Island mentions the first, in 1790, when Brown University bestowed an honorary degree on George Washington, as well as a visit by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, who was in Rhode Island to speak at the 200th anniversary celebration of the founding of Brown University. It was the first visit to Brown by an incumbent president since John Adams, 167 years earlier.
Sun 31 Aug | The Boston Globe

What ‘age segregation’ does to America

An article on age segregation in America quote Howard Chudacoff, professor of American and urban studies and author of the book “How Old Are You? Age Consciousness in American Culture.”
Sun 31 Aug | The Providence Journal

Who’s hurting the Seekonk (and Bay)?

Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies and sociology, writes about the environmental threats to the Seekonk River and suggests a new "green infrastructure" for combatting some of these issues.
Sat 30 Aug | The Boston Globe

America’s next security threat: resource wars

Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, writes about looking beyond the turmoil facing many parts of the world today, to reflect on what kind of “threat matrix” we will face in the future, like access to food, water and energy.
Thu 28 Aug | The Day

Bill Clinton to campaign in Rhode Island for candidate

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on former President Bill Clinton campaigning in Rhode Island for Democratic candidate for treasurer Seth Magaziner on Wednesday. Schiller says that Rhode Islanders like Clinton and his support could convince undecided voters to vote for Magaziner.
Thu 28 Aug | National Journal

Changing Memories to Treat PTSD

Peter Kramer, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on the use of medication to tamper with memory as a possible way to treat PTSD.
Thu 28 Aug | The Wall Street Journal

States Expand Access to Overdose-Reversal Drug

In an article on ways states are trying to combat opioid overdoses, Traci Green, assistant professor of emergency medicine, comments on the creation "good Samaritan" laws that provide limited legal immunity—from drug charges, for instance—to people who call for emergency help for an overdose. Green says those present during an overdose are often reluctant to call for help because they may be using drugs themselves.
Tue 26 Aug | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Venezuela needs low-carbon action - not greenwash

Guy Edwards, co-director of the Climate and Development Lab, co-authors a piece on Venezuela's "reluctance to build a coherent response to climate change is not in the national interest," and what the country can do to get on a more sustainable path.
Tue 26 Aug | McKnight's

Culture change increased care quality, reduced rehospitalizations: study

Culture change pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University. Researchers, who sent surveys to 824 skilled nursing facilities, found that those with culture change did much better in bladder training and in reducing restraint use, as well as improving on residents with feeding tubes or pressure ulcers.
Tue 26 Aug | The Christian Science Monitor

Tiny bubbles: bonanza for study of climate change's impact on marine methane

New research done with the help of an undergraduate student from Brown University, Mali’o Kodis, reveals hundreds of naturally occurring methane seeps along the margins of the East Coast's continental shelf – a bonanza for marine scientists trying to understand undersea methane's potential responses to climate change.
Mon 25 Aug | Time

School Should Start Later So Teens Can Sleep, Urge Doctors

Dr. Mary Carskadon, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School, commented on an article about teenagers going to school later in the morning. "It doesn’t change how much sleep they need, but it makes it easier for them to stay awake longer,” Carskadon said.