Tue 9 Feb | AlJazeera America

First votes cast in New Hampshire hamlets

Wendy Schiller, chair of the political science department, comments on the midnight turnout tradition in the New Hampshire primary. "It's the foundation of democracy," Schiller said. "Being able to vote at midnight, being able to be the first people voting for a new president, I think that still represents the ideal version of democracy."
Tue 9 Feb | Providence Business News

Brown admits 669 early decision applicants

Brown University has accepted 669 early decision applicants to the Class of 2020 out of 3,030 who applied. “We’re delighted to welcome to College Hill the first members of the Class of 2020,” James Miller, dean of admission, said in a statement.
Tue 9 Feb | Review Journal

It's true what they say about Mediterranean diet

Mary Flynn, associate professor of medicine and research dietitian, comments on the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet. "People with diets including daily consumption of extra virgin olive oil have lower rates of most chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancers, arthritis, and Type 2 diabetes," Flynn said. She is so convinced with the ingredient's benefits that she calls this golden-hued liquid "more medicine than food."
Mon 8 Feb | Providence Business News

Brown names new chancellor

Samuel M. Mencoff, a Chicago investment executive, will become Brown University’s 21st chancellor this summer.
Sun 7 Feb | The Boston Globe

How Margaret Chase Smith stood up to Joseph McCarthy — and won

Ted Widmer, a fellow for public engagement at Brown University, writes an op-ed about how Republican Sen. Margaret Chase Smith foiled Sen. Joseph McCarthy's rise in popularity during the 1950s, likening his rhetoric to the ethic slurs of today's presidential candidates.
Sat 6 Feb | Solar Savings

Solar Savings

Nitin Padture, director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, comments on an article about the future of solar cell technology. The major appeal of perovskite solar cells is that they're cheap—“much cheaper than something like silicon," Padture explains. However, he predicts that perovskite solar cells will not be ready for commercial use for at least five to 10 years.
Fri 5 Feb | RI NPR

Women Blast Advice To Use Birth Control If Drinking Alcohol

Emily Oster, professor of economics, criticized the CDC's advice to young women that they should not drink alcohol if they if they have stopped using birth control. "The way [the CDC] stated this is very extreme," says Oster, who wrote a book on anxiety-producing advice that women are given during pregnancy. Oster says the CDC has an important message to convey, but the tone and judgment woven into the message clearly touched a nerve.
Fri 5 Feb | The Business Times

Ivy League grads take on 'unfair' lenders in Mexico

Two Brown University alums have teamed up to offer small businesses in Mexico competitive loans in an effort to challenge rampant payday lender practices, where it's not uncommon to see rates of 139 percent on loans.
Fri 5 Feb | Houston Chronicle

Exhibit to shed light on Mexican-American murders

Monica Muñoz Martinez, assistant professor of American studies, comments on an article about an exhibition based in Texas that sheds light on the murders of Mexican-Americans in the early 20th century. Estimates for the number of Mexican-American residents who were "evaporated" range from 500 to 5,000, according to Martinez.
Thu 4 Feb | Cosmos magazine

Real culprit behind deep earthquakes found

Brown University geologists, Keishi Okazako and Greg Hirth, may have uncovered what triggers earthquakes deep below the Earth’s surface – and in the process, explained why those quakes are common in some parts of the world but not others.
Thu 4 Feb | National Catholic Register

Catholics and America’s Changing Face of Drug Addiction

Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine and an HIV specialist, comments on the rise of drug overdoses among young whites. “Opioid addiction is very common in Rhode Island, where more young persons die of opiate addiction than car accidents,” Flanigan told the Register, as he recounted a story of one patient who was slated to speak at an international AIDS conference, but was found dead a week before the event.
Thu 4 Feb | The Providence Journal

As president, Rosanne Somerson is crafting a vision for RISD

In a feature about RISD's newest leader, President Christina Paxson says Rosanne Somerson is a visionary and a pragmatist. "I’ve been delighted to work with Rosanne over the past year or so,” says Paxon. “She is passionate and committed, and I think she has an amazing talent for being visionary, pragmatic and collaborative.”
Thu 4 Feb | The Providence Journal

Brown freshman on TV's 'Jeopardy!'

Brown University's Noah Cowan is among other contestants competing in the college championship quarterfinals of Jeopardy!, airing on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Thu 4 Feb | CIO

What businesses need to know about Privacy Shield

Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on article about the successor to the Safe Harbor pact, an agreement governing trans-Atlantic data transfers that many businesses relied upon for legal protection."Companies that were part of Safe Harbor should continue to honor the privacy commitments they made under that agreement, because the Privacy Shield, at least as it has been described so far, is very similar," said Edgar.
Thu 4 Feb | U.S. Catholic

Where does scripture come from?

U.S. Catholic magazine's Alice Camille reviews How the Bible Became Holy, a book by Michael Satlow, professor of Judaic and religious studies.
Thu 4 Feb | The New York Times

In Oakland, Building Boys Into Men

A flagship program in Oakland, helmed by Brown University alum Christopher Chatmon, is helping young black students realize their academic potential.
Thu 4 Feb | U.S. News & World Report

Here’s What Would Happen if Saudi Arabia Deployed Troops to Syria

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on Saudi Arabia's plan to deploy ground troops in Syria. "Saudi Arabia's strategic goals in Syria are very different from ours. And any new introduction of foreign ground troops into Syria would be greatly complicating efforts to focus attention on ISIS as the threat," Kinzer said.
Wed 3 Feb | The Hill

Supreme Court: Eye on the Prize

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in international and public affairs, discusses Supreme Court Justice nominations and the likelihood -- and danger -- of the next Court being politicized. Presidents in the past have understood the need to convince at least "some of the minority of a nominee's mainstream legal credentials, but with the filibuster gone, so is the restraint on partisanship and ideology," Arenberg wrote.
Wed 3 Feb | The New York Times

Is Shame an Antidote to Addiction?

Herbert Rakatansky, clinical professor emeritus of medicine, wrote a letter to the editor in response to an article about using shame to treat addiction. "Rather than using shame as a motivator, it would be better to identify specific relationships, professional and personal roles that the addict does not wish to lose and structure a treatment plan that preserves those relationships and roles only if there is total compliance with an agreed-upon treatment plan," Rakatansky explained.
Wed 3 Feb | The Boston Globe

Why Saudi Arabia is behaving like a cornered boxer

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, examines possible reasons why Saudi Arabia is shrouded in turmoil. "Plunging recklessly into wars of choice, directly confronting Iran, and scorning the United States — King Salman refused to attend a summit President Obama called in May — are steps previous Saudi leaders would not have taken," Kinzer wrote.
Wed 3 Feb | Los Angeles Times

CDC report on alcohol consumption during pregnancy

An article about the CDC's recent report on alcohol consumption during pregnancy cites work by Emily Oster, associate professor of economics and author of Expecting Better. "The statement that occasional drinking has not been proven safe could be applied to virtually anything in pregnancy," Oster writes. She explains that because of ethics it's difficult to come up with conclusive evidence on the topic.
Wed 3 Feb | The Verge

Doctors should be able to create babies with three genetic parents, US panel says

Eli Adashi, professor of medical science, comments on the controversial technique scientists are hoping to get approved that would allow women with mitochondrial disease to have a healthy baby. "The limitation of use of mitochondrial replacement to males was a surprising and clever twist on their part that makes a lot of sense," Adashi told the Genetic Expert News Service.
Wed 3 Feb | MedPage Today

Online CBT May Help 'Body Dysmorphic' Patients

Katharine Phillips, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on a study about patients with body dysmorphic disorder possibly benefiting from cognitive behavioral therapy delivered over the internet. "Most types of BDD patients would probably be better with in-person treatment," Phillips said. "I also don't think this kind of treatment [BDD-NET] should be required before in-person treatment for more severely ill and high-risk patients."
Wed 3 Feb | Health IT Security

Brown Offers ‘Hands-On’ Approach to Cybersecurity Threats

Roberto Tamassia, professor of computer science, comments on Brown's newly announced Cybersecurity program. "We are fortunate to have many experts in various aspects of cybersecurity, from the technological side to policy and the legal issues. So we thought that we would create this program to address this important need that exists today," said Tamassia, who will serve as the program's executive director.

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