'Costs of War' Project

Iraq War: 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion

More than 190,000 people have been killed in the 10 years since the war in Iraq began. The war will cost the U.S. $2.2 trillion, including substantial costs for veterans care through 2053, far exceeding the initial government estimate of $50 to $60 billion, according to a new report by scholars with the "Costs of War" project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. The 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is March 19, 2013. 

Political strife undermines HIV treatment

Among other tragedies in countries with HIV epidemics, political violence can have the additional long-term consequence of an increase in viral resistance to treatment and HIV treatment failure, say the authors of a new paper in AIDS Reviews. The researchers, who have studied post-strife treatment failure and resistance in Kenya, argue that officials and health care providers need to study and prepare for how violence disrupts antiretroviral treatment and complicates the epidemic.
Media Advisory

Updated ‘Costs of War’ to be issued Thursday

The latest findings from a research group based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies will be released Thursday, March 14, 2013. The Costs of War project’s report will include estimates of the human, economic, social, and political toll of the Iraq war. The report is being released in advance of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on March 19.
Political Theory Project

‘Guns in America’ lectures to probe violence

“Guns in America,” a Janus Lecture Series sponsored by the Office of the President at Brown University and the Political Theory Project, will bring national scholars and other experts to campus to discuss the drivers and social effects of gun violence. Three lectures — March 14, March 21, and April 9, 2013, in MacMillan Hall, Room 117 — are free and open to the public.

Martha Nussbaum to visit Brown for a week

Noted University of Chicago philosopher and former Brown professor Martha Nussbaum will return to campus for a week-long residency that includes seminars, workshops, and a public lecture on Tuesday, March 19.

Lunar impacts created seas of molten rock

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) shows that molten rock may have been present on the Moon more recently and for longer periods than previously thought. Differentiation — a settling out of rock layers as liquid rock cools — would require thousands of years and a fluid rock sea at least six miles deep.
Op-Ed: David Dosa

CPR death highlights end-of-life decisions

Should that nurse in Bakersfield have provided CPR to the dying woman? Dr. David Dosa has been thinking about the questions that case raises and about the importance of end-of-life preferences. His essay originally appeared Thursday, March 7, 2013, in USA Today.

Study stops stress-based drug relapse in rats

In a new study in Neuron, scientists identified specific key steps in the chain of events that causes stress-related drug relapse. They identified the exact region of the brain where the events take place in rat models and showed that by blocking a step, they could prevent stress-related relapse.

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