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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stefan Siebert, investigator in ecology and evolutionary biology, comments on the biology of siphonophores, some 180 known species of gelatinous strings that inhabit the ocean and can grow to 100 feet long, making them some of the longest critters on the planet.
The 2013-14 freshmen at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design scored highest in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts on SAT tests, according to the latest data available from the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
In a new analysis of acceptance and enrollment data, Parchment, a company that specializes in transferring student records from high schools and colleges, ranks Brown tenth among the most popular colleges.
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on Rhode Island gubernatorial candidates' campaign approaches, noting that “not only do negative ads work to undermine the opponent, they also convey information about candidates.”
A story on Speak Your Mind, a Providence-based nonprofit developing low-cost and easy-to-use communication devices for people with neurological disorders that was founded by Dan Bacher, formerly of Brown University’s BrainGate Lab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Lillis, assistant research professor at the Alpert Medical School, writes that people who have a job that involves sitting for long periods of time can improve their health by taking a short walk.