Questions for Sherri Nelson

Off to college: How to say goodbye

Dropping a child at college can be a difficult and exciting experience for parent and child undergrad alike, as it marks a new chapter in everyone’s lives. Sherri Nelson, director of psychological services at Brown University, offered some advice for parents and new students on how to say goodbye in a positive way and help ease the transition for what may be their biggest goodbye to date.

Lyme retreatment guidance may be flawed

A new statistical review calls into question studies that have been taken as proof that antibiotic retreatment for chronic Lyme disease is futile. That misunderstanding has led to medical guidance that discourages retreatment and insurance coverage for it. Instead, the authors of the review suggest, the proper reading of the studies and their data is that they prove nothing.
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Rose McDermott: The political genome

A recent review of research co-authored by Rose McDermott highlights the role that genes play in political preferences, an area of study that began to draw significant attention in the last decade. McDermott speaks with Courtney Coelho about this growing field of research, its evolutionary roots, and whether it means anything for the prediction of future election results.
Commentary: James Head

Remembering Neil Armstrong, 1930–2012

Neil Armstrong, aerospace engineer, U.S. Navy pilot, test pilot, university professor, and the first person to set foot on the Moon, died Saturday, Aug. 25, at the age of 82. James Head, professor of geological sciences, met Armstrong and the other Apollo astronauts early in the program and has this remembrance.
Media Advisory

Brown community movie on Tuesday 

Brown University will hold the last in a series of outdoor movies on Tuesday August 28, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at the Granoff Center Amphitheater. The movie is free and open to the public.
Op-Ed

Senate vote a baby step in larger battle against a divided society

Louis Putterman has taught economics at Brown since 1980.  During his tenure here, he has widely published about a variety of economic issues. His expert blog for PsychologyToday.com shares its title with that of his new book, The Good, The Bad, and The Economy: Does Human Nature Rule Out a Better World?  This essay first appeared in The Providence Journal.
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Richard Arenberg: Defending the filibuster

In Defending the Filibuster: The Soul of the Senate, political scientists and former Senate staffers Richard Arenberg and Robert Dove argue that the solution to recent criticism of the filibuster is not to do away with it. Arenberg speaks with Courtney Coelho about the history of Senate debate, how its use has been distorted in recent years and why reforms, not abolishment, are key to preserving Senate minority rights. 
249th Opening Convocation

Paxson to address Brown's incoming class

Christina H. Paxson, Brown’s 19th president, will deliver the Opening Convocation address to the undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who are beginning their studies at Brown. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, on the College Green. The president’s address and the proceedings can be viewed live on the University’s website.
Commentary: David Savitz

Mosquito spray harm 'minimized'

In Dallas, Southeastern Massachusetts, and elsewhere public health officials are deciding to suppress populations of disease-carrying mosquitoes using aerial pesticide spraying. David Savitz, professor of epidemiology and obstetrics and gynecology, says deciding to spray is a judgment call, but that because the pesticides have been designed to be harmful only to mosquitoes, the harm to human health has been minimized.

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