Michael J. White, professor of population studies, comments the wide societal benefits of having a racially diverse demographic within cities. He is among other researchers to offer insights in WalletHub's listing of the most and least diverse cities in America.
Bonnie Honig, professor of political science, comments on an alternative reason private schools have gained more support. “What had been enjoyed as a public thing by white citizens became a place of forced encounter with other people from whom they wanted to be separate,” Honig said. “The attractiveness of private schools and other forms of privatization are not just driven by economization but by the desire to control the community with which you interact.”
Researchers at Brown University have helped advance a technology that allows people to use a computer with nothing but brain power. A project called BrainGate is helping paralyzed people to type faster and more accurately than ever before.
Rhode Island institutions of higher education reigned supreme in this year’s list of top Fulbright scholarship recipients, with Brown producing the most Fulbright scholars than any other institution in the nation.
Richard Asinof of Convergence RI wrote an article about the challenges the scientific community face in the current political climate. Asinof includes excerpts from President Christina Paxson's opening remarks at the 183rd annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also mentions a lecture about science denial by Ken Miller, who in an interview before his speech discussed the role of a University regarding the same topic.
An article about the "word gap" between low income and affluent kids mentions Brown University launched an independent study to determine whether intervening early would make a difference for at-risk children once they begin kindergarten.
John Friedman, associate professor of economics, critiques the research methodology of a new study that suggests graduating from college is not the economic equalizer many assume. Friedman is the co-author of a study on the same topic that found, based on large datasets, that colleges do level the economic playing field for students.
An opinion piece by Ashutosh Varshney professor of international studies and the social sciences at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He writes, "In sum, the US is witnessing a deepening clash between those who wish to take the country to its political ideals of equality and freedom regardless of race and ethnicity, and those who wish to drag America back to its pre-1965 history. A political battle is underway."
Dr. Howard Safran has been named chief of hematology/oncology of the new Lifespan Cancer Institute. Safran has served as Lifespan's director of oncology and cancer research since 2009 and interim director of the hematology/oncology since 2015. He is also a professor of medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine, describes how the situation will typically play out for opioid-addicted patients seeking prescriptions to ease their withdrawel symptoms. His comments come after Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance, companies, announced they would loosen the rules for covering addiction treatment.
A news round-up mentions that Brown University researchers are part of a multidisciplinary team to receive a $2.9 million grant to conduct a five-year research study into more advanced screenings for suicide risk.