Tue 6 Oct | RI NPR

Capturing A River's Energy With Wings

Brown University researchers are working on a Water Wing prototype that can harness the energy of tidal waves. Currently, the underwater and cost effective prototype can only produce one kilowatt of energy, but the goal is to reach 50 kilowatts -- enough to power an entire village. The device has slender rectangular paddles that mimic the movement of flying or swimming animals, “such as bats and insects and whales,” said graduate student Michael Miller. "Instead of thrusting through the water, we’re taking energy out of the water.”
Tue 6 Oct | International Business Times

A new solar cell that will perform under low--enlight conditions

Brown University is cited in an article about an Australian company that is looking to move perovskite solar cell technology from the lab to a commercially viable product. A recently published paper by Brown researchers and the National Renewable Energy Lab showed that by using a newly developed fabrication method they were able to attain better than 15 percent energy conversion efficiency from perovskite solar cells.
Mon 5 Oct | The Washington Post

Obama just announced the first new marine sanctuaries in 15 years

Jon Witman, professor of biology, commented on the Chilean government's announcement about creating a marine protected area around Easter Island. Witman, who has been involved in ecological research in the area, said the area is known for having a high number of endemic species, as well as extremely abundant coral cover. The announcements come off the heels of the Obama Administration's recent efforts to expand protection for marine areas.
Sun 4 Oct | The Providence Journal

Brown hosts works by artist Tony Ramos

Brown University's Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice will host the Providence premiere of "Transatlantic Legacy: Full Circle," works by performance and media artist Tony Ramos compiled from his 40 years of sojourns between Rhode Island and Cabo Verde, formerly Cape Verde.
Sun 4 Oct | The Boston Globe

The blood of El Salvador’s massacres stains America

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the 1989 massacre in El Salvador which claimed the life of his friend. After more than two decades, militants involved with the brutal murders will face justice but it does not account for the Americans who were pulling strings, Kinzer writes. The next best thing, he argues, would be for "Americans to accept a measure of responsibility as a nation. That might lead us to pause before giving blank checks to regimes we know to be murderous."
Sat 3 Oct | The Providence Journal

Brown beats URI, 41-31, for fifth straight Governor's Cup

The 100th meeting on the gridiron between Brown and the University of Rhode Island certainly proved worth commemorating. The Bears took home their fifth straight Governor’s Cup by winning a thriller at Brown Stadium. “This is probably the most beautiful win I’ve ever had,” Brown coach Phil Estes said.
Fri 2 Oct | Gizmodo

These Balls are Mini-Brains, Ripe For Medical Research

Brown University researchers have created miniature ball shaped brains that can be used to understand how the brain works or test drugs that would be otherwise difficult to examine. The mini brains do not perform actual cognition, but they are easy and cheap to create, researchers say.
Fri 2 Oct | The Providence Journal

Message to pope: Overpopulation drives climate change

John F. Hermance, professor of earth, environmental and planetary sciences, wrote an op-ed about the Pope not addressing a major concern tied to climate change during his visit: overpopulation. Since growing populations require more energy, many areas of the globe clear forests with slash-and-burn techniques that contributes to the "underlying causes of climate change," he said. The speeches " were aimed at diverting attention away from a major threat — one that his own militant opposition to contraception is making worse."
Fri 2 Oct | Providence Business News

Schools look to fill ‘unmet need' for adult learners

In an article about professional development for adult learners, Brown University is mentioned among other schools in R.I. that says they have see modest increases in enrollment in areas of leadership, healthcare, and cyber security.
Thu 1 Oct | Tech Times

Neuroscientists Fool Rats Into Thinking Old Stuff is New

A team of Brown University neuroscientists induced rats to see familiar images as novelty by flickering light in a region of their brains. "In a sense we were trying to 'write in' novelty and 'write in' familiarity," said Rebecca Burwell, a professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, and author of the paper.
Wed 30 Sep | RI NPR

Even In Prison, Health Care Often Comes With A Copay

Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology, commented on a study that found inmates in most states have to pay copayments for medical care ranging from a few dollars to as much as $100. Since 80 percent of prisoners are poor, the fees often discourage inmates from seeking medical treatment even if its to keep chronic conditions in check. "Charging prisoners for health care is yet another way of kicking them when they're down," Rich said.
Wed 30 Sep | Pacific Standard

The case for methadone in jails

Josiah Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology, comments on a feature about prison systems withholding methadone treatment from inmates. "People working in the criminal justice system sometimes encounter individuals on methadone or buprenorphine who have been reincarcerated, and some may see this as a failure of the medication rather than viewing relapse as a symptom of a chronic disease," Rich said. "They may not see the many individuals who are stable on these medications and leading productive lives outside of prison."
Tue 29 Sep | The Providence Journal

Access to medication is a key tool

Rich and Tracie Green, associate professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at the Warren Alpert Medical School, led a panel discussion Monday night at Miriam Hospital that focused on access to medication. The panel of experts said expanding access to medication to treat opioid addiction and overdose could significantly reduce the number of people who die of drug overdoses within the community and in prisons.
Tue 29 Sep | The Providence Journal

Why can’t they be more like us?

Felicia Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed criticizing recent articles that subtlety suggest that black Americans should conform to the viewpoints of the majority.
Tue 29 Sep | The Providence Journal

Thumbs up for GEAR UP

Alejandro Claudio, an undergraduate at Brown University, is among the hundreds of students who graduated from the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program, a program designed to improve high school graduation rates and increase college attendance among disadvantaged groups. Claudio stands out for his determination and persistence for academic excellence.
Tue 29 Sep | The Providence Journal

Hassenfelds give kids $12.5M booster shot

Brown University will create an institute focused on combating childhood health issues with the assistance of a $12.5 million gift from the family of Alan Hassenfeld. President Christina Paxson was joined by Gov. Gina Raimondo and other dignitaries at the Monday afternoon gathering. The University is expected to match the funds as part of a broader fundraising campaign.
Tue 29 Sep | WPRO

State to make anti-overdose drugs more affordable

Dr. Traci Green, professor of emergency medicine, commented on a new rebate program announced by Rhode Island state officials on Tuesday that would make the anti-overdose drug Narcan more affordable. “Making it as accessible to all people who are at risk and those around them is a really critical mechanism for reducing [overdose] death,” said Green.
Tue 29 Sep | NBC 10

Health Check: Closing cultural gaps

Lynn Hernandez, professor of behavioral and social sciences, commented on an article about the cultural gaps in health care. The lack of minorities in providing care contributes to the disrupted doctor-patient relationship, according to Hernandez. "I think that's why it's so important to increase the cultural competence across physicians," said Hernandez.
Mon 28 Sep | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Mary Carskadon

Mary Carskadon, author of the study and professor of psychiatry and human behavior, answers five questions about her study that found boys and girls aged 9-15 were especially sensitive light at night.
Mon 28 Sep | The New York Times

Trigger Warnings in College Classes

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, writes a letter to the editor about the use of trigger warnings in class. She said topics that cause panic attacks among students are subjective because even depictions of love may induce stress if the student feels they won't achieve it. " I favor a general statement that some students may find some course material upsetting, each student should deal with that in his own way, and my job is to provide intellectual thrills, not therapy," wrote Ackerman.
Mon 28 Sep | The Boston Globe

Scientists cautious as NASA announces new Mars findings

Jack Mustard, a professor of earth, environmental, and planetary sciences and a member of the team analyzing data from the orbiter, commented on NASA's recent announcement about the likelihood of water being on Mars today. Overall, he said, the findings represent “the first definite evidence of liquid water flowing on the surface . . . though you certainly couldn’t canoe down it.” Mustard wasn’t involved in the analysis that went into the paper’s findings, but he said they “hold together nicely.”
Sat 26 Sep | WPRI

State's past should be mentioned in bridge plaque

In a round up of news items, political columnist M. Charles Bakst writes that the plaque honoring John Brown located on the East Providence side, which marks the debut of the Washington Bridge, should include more information about the state's involvement with the slave trade. “Brown University, my alma mater, has an impressive slave memorial outlining Rhode Island’s prominent involvement in the trade and acknowledging that the school was a beneficiary of it. If the university can face up to the past, I would hope the state of Rhode Island will use this new park as a tool for facing up to its past as well,” Bakst wrote.