Fri 29 Apr | China Daily

American pop culture bridges Sino-US gap

Robert Lee, an associate professor of American studies, comments on Asian representation in American pop culture following DC Comics' announcement to introduce a Chinese Superman. "There's a litany of shows where the stereotypes are still there that don't seem to be easily tamed. You have Daniel Wu [star of Into the Badlands] as a martial artist. That seems now somewhat trite, but it continues to be an easy way of casting decisions," said Lee. He says the global market also plays a role in the increase of Asian representation in media. "The top 10 box office revenue producers made more money in China than they did in the United States."
Thu 28 Apr | The Providence Journal

Brown lacrosse clinches Ivy crown

Senior Night always is emotional, but it was particularly poignant for the 10 seniors on the Brown lacrosse team, who have led the Bears to one of the best seasons in school history.
Thu 28 Apr | The Boston Globe

Handle the Bear with care

Stephen Kinzer, a senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about a recent American foreign policy choice which might be seen as the second worst decision post-Cold War era. "When the United States decided to expand NATO, we believed Russia would smile gratefully while we pushed a stick in its eye. That was part of a larger delusion. Americans see our projection of power into other parts of the world as inherently benign and are shocked when others consider it hostile," wrote Kinzer, adding that the United States should withdraw some of its military dominance in Europe.
Thu 28 Apr | Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Academic Studies Underscore Benefits of Government Assistance to Poor

A study co-authored by Anna Aizer, an associate professor at Brown, adds support to the long term outcomes of children who grew up in households that benefitted from the first welfare programs.“While conditions today differ significantly from those at the beginning of the 20th century,” the authors wrote. “Our results suggest that the short- and medium-term improvements observed in these contemporary programs are likely to generate large longevity gains for the recipients.”
Thu 28 Apr | Associated Press

Brown alumna nominated for federal judgeship in Nevada

Brown University alumna Anne Rachel Traum is among eight individuals nominated by President Obama to serve as U.S. District Court Judges. Upon confirmation, Traum would serve as a federal judge to the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada
Wed 27 Apr | The Providence Journal

Addiction is a disease, not a failure

Josiah D. "Jody" Rich, professor of medicine, writes an op-ed about Gov. Gina Raimondo's stance on drug addiction and what she's done to combat Rhode Island's opioid overdose crisis.
Wed 27 Apr | MSNBC

Women in Politics: College Edition – Brown University

Brown University undergraduate Elena Saltzman is featured in MSNBC's "Women in Politics" series for not only addressing issues on campus, but bridging the gender gap in politics. Saltzman discusses issues affecting women, voting, and being involved with student government.
Wed 27 Apr | Woman's Day

Being a Woman can put you at a critical disadvantage in the E.R.

Alyson J. McGregor, associate professor of emergency medicine, comments on the gender bias that permeates into the E.R. As an example, when men are experiencing a heart attack "the large heart arteries are clogged and you feel chest pain and heaviness," says McGregor. Women may have classic symptoms, but they are more likely to also develop nausea and back pain and report that they "just don't feel right." That's because the blood vessels around a woman's heart are smaller than those around a man's, so heart disease develops differently, which could lead to a devastating misdiagnosis.
Wed 27 Apr | Providence Monthly

Weekend Best Bets

The SEEED Summit co-hosted by Brown University is included in a listing of weekend happenings.
Tue 26 Apr | The Providence Journal

The teachers who changed my life

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, a professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about the teachers that influenced her life in retrospect of a commentary she penned for New York Times Magazine two years ago. Ultimately, she wrote about teachers with flaws who changed her life in beneficial ways. "That should provide its own kind of uplift, since we all have flaws. Isn’t it nice to think we can help other people not just despite our flaws but sometimes even because of them?"
Tue 26 Apr | Christian Science Monitor

A $15,000 phone promises privacy for those who can afford it

Amid the growing debate about government surveillance and "back doors," a start-up company is promising to create a more secure phone that is expected to cost upwards of $10,000. Brown University computer scientist Anna Lysyanskaya says it's unclear what is offered at that price point and that consumers could put that money to better use. "For people who are not experts, if you can afford to pay this much money, you can probably afford to have a dedicated professional set up your phone so it's harder to break into," she says, noting that the added cost could be from having a phone that has security settings - including cloud-based storage - configured by default so they are not easily hackable.
Tue 26 Apr | ABC News

Breast-feeding guidelines tweaked for the sake of women who don't

Maureen Phipps, professor of gynecology, comments on the updated guidelines for breast-feeding issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The new rules remain identical to the guidelines issued in 2008 with the exception of the word "promote." “We felt that ‘supporting’ really emphasized that it’s about making sure that women [new mothers] have what they need when they make that choice,” Dr. Phipps said.
Mon 25 Apr | The Providence Journal

Their biggest role yet

A feature about Alpert Medical School graduate Joshua Schiffman and his research on cancer and elephants.
Mon 25 Apr | The Providence Journal

Thumbs up for legal marijuana

A majority of Rhode Islanders — 55 percent — support legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a Brown University Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy poll released Sunday. And a strong majority — 67 percent — support the state’s current law allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.
Mon 25 Apr | The New York Times

More Teenage Girls Seeking Genital Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Katharine Phillips, the director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder program at Rhode Island Hospital and a professor at Brown University, commented on an article about a growing trend involving teenage girls seeking genital cosmetic surgery. Phillips and other medical professionals say doctors in these instances should screen patients for body dysmorphic disorder. Cosmetic treatment does not help the condition, and “sometimes, patients get a lot worse,” said Phillips.
Mon 25 Apr | Wall Street Journal

Concern Grows Over Tainted Drinking Water

David Savitz, vice president for research at Brown, commented on growing concerns about PFOA-contaminated drinking water. His studies have found the chemical might cause “modest increases in disease” in humans, such as testicular cancer and hypertension in pregnant women. “We’re not talking about something that is an established, documented health hazard,” he said.
Sun 24 Apr | The New York Times

Race and the Standardized Testing Wars

Warren Simmons, a senior fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, comments on an article about parents in New York opting their children out of standardized tests. Civil rights organizations say by opting out parents are inadvertently undermining "efforts to improve schools for every child," but Simmons says it's a bit more complicated. He says test scores can't offer policy makers much guidance in the absence of qualitative assessments and such efforts are akin to testing students "using a thermometer to try to diagnose what kind of cancer an individual has.” However, he does suggest that test scores can reveal something that is wrong at a school.
Sun 24 Apr | The New York Times

Small Rhode Island Suddenly Has Big Role in Presidential Primaries

James A. Morone, director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, and Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, comment on the upcoming presidential primary election. With an unpredictable election season underway, political analysts say Rhode Island will play a larger role than in the past. ". . .if Hillary Clinton loses here to Bernie Sanders, it really does suggest a way in which the Trump campaign can try to peel off a chunk of Democratic voters in November," Schiller noted.
Sun 24 Apr | RI NPR

Brown Poll Shows Clinton, Trump Leading Ahead of RI Primary

A Brown University poll released Sunday shows Hillary Clinton with a nine-point lead over rival Democrat Bernie Sanders, although 16 percent of voters were undecided, and that suggests the race is up for grabs with the hours ticking down until Rhode Island's presidential primary on Tuesday.
Sun 24 Apr | The Providence Journal

Bears stay perfect in Ivy League play

The third-ranked Brown men’s lacrosse team clinched its second straight Ivy League title and the number one seed in the Ivy League Tournament with a dominating 22-5 win over Cornell at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon.
Fri 22 Apr | The Providence Journal

Timmons Roberts: Ramp up effort against climate change

Following last Thursday's New York Democratic debate, environmental professor Timmons Roberts writes an op-ed highlighting two emerging and distinct approaches to dealing with climate change. "A deep divide is opening up between two groups who want to see action on climate change: the dreamers and the plodders," Roberts wrote. On the one hand, some supporters are calling for a "World War II mobilization" on climate change, but the other group seeks to take realistic steps in the face of a political gridlock.
Fri 22 Apr | Providence Business News

First floor of Rockefeller Jr. Library renovated

A newly renovated space called the Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio in the "Rock" offers students a modern-esque work area that features interactive technology, including a 3-D printer and large bed scanner.
Fri 22 Apr | Medscape

1 in 6 Hospitals Have Cesarean Rates Above 33%, Report Finds

With new statistics on cesarean delivery rates alarmingly high, gynecology professor Dwight Rouse comments on hospital priorities. "Keeping the cesarean delivery rate low is a priority for some hospitals, and it's less of a priority for others," Rouse told Medscape Medical News. If no one is tracking it, making it a priority, presenting it monthly, and even talking to individual physicians, "the focus is elsewhere," he said.
Fri 22 Apr | Providence Business News

Brown students among finalists in RI business competition

Two Brown University students are finalists in the annual Rhode Island Business Plan competition. Nicolas Enriquez, the principle applicant for Farmer Willie's, and Richard McDonald, the principle applicant for Vinespect, will deliver brief presentations of their projects at a May 3 ceremony, where nearly $225,000 in prizes will be awarded.