Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies and political science, comments on an article about the relationship between Pakistan and India as they head into their respective independence days.
Rachel Herz, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, discusses the importance of fragrance and its impact on emotion. As summer comes to a close, Herz describes how fragrance can encourage us out of our comfort zone this season.
Sometimes the sex of an individual isn't easily definable, according to emerita professor of biology Anne Fausto-Sterling. "There is no one right definition," added Fausto-Sterling. "You have to look at it developmentally and you have to understand that there are multiple layers to sex and sex determination."
As parents prepare to say goodbye to their college bound kids, Fran Goldscheider, professor emerita of sociology, says there are a number of factors that could contribute to separation anxiety for both sides of the fence. "Research shows that this is the worst time parents should choose to get divorced; that it's the most disruptive. If you're going to leap, you have to leap from some place that's firm and secure," Goldscheider said.
For expecting mothers who are reading studies on what's best for their developing baby, it can be a confusing time navigating through the mix of contradictory studies. The article cites work by Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, and her take on cutting through the noise of available health advice.
John Logan, professor of sociology, comments on government's efforts to revitalize development projects meant to assist Milwaukee inner city residents as riots get a foothold in the blighted city that has suffered from chronic crime and unemployment. "I honestly don't believe there's been much targeted efforts at economic development that would have much impact on the low income inner city or minority communities," said Logan, of Brown University.
David Kertzer, professor of anthropology and author of "The Pope and Mussolini," comments on what could be in the Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, commonly referred to as the Vatican Secret Archives. “People talk, scholars talk. Are there things that aren’t being made available because they’re seen as unflattering from a Church point of view?” Kertzer said.
Environmentalist Timmons Roberts co-wrote an article about the efforts by Senate Democrats last week, including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, in calling out climate denial groups who have for decades mislead the public by diminishing the impact of climate change despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
Christine Janis, professor of biology, comments on the findings of an ancient lion-like hunter that has long puzzled paleontologists looking to understand how the mammalian carnivore killed its prey. "If Thylacoleo had hunted like a lion using its forelimbs to manipulate its prey, then its elbow joint should have been lion-like,” coauthor Christine Janis said.
Ashutosh Varshney, director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary South Asia, offered analysis on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s public criticism of Pakistan for “glorifying violence,” which spiked tensions between the neighboring nations.
Boisterous celebrations over the Olympics may have led to a false alarm about gunfire and a panicked evacuation of Kennedy Airport in New York — cognitive scientist William Warren shared insights on how behavior can spread quickly through crowds.
Bootstrap, a computer science initiative developed by faculty at Brown and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is referenced in an article that says 148 schools in Rhode Island will offer computer classes in the coming academic year, a result that puts the state on target for Gov. Raimondo’s plan for statewide compliance by December 2017.
Richard Arenberg, visiting professor of political science and international and public affairs at Brown, analyzes the Senate’s lack of action on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, “a prolonged failure by the Senate to do its duty,” which “has no precedent in all of U.S. history.”
In a feature on Rhode Island’s emergence as an engineering hub, School of Engineering Dean Larry Larson comments on Brown’s role in devising solutions to improve human health, develop alternative energy sources, combat global warning and improve the environment.
The FDA plans to tighten restrictions on samples used in a growing number of fecal transplants, but many patients are pushing back. Colleen Kelly, assistant professor of medicine at Brown, weighs in from the perspective of a gastroenterologist who has successfully performed the procedure for nearly a decade.
A new working paper co-authored by Jesse Shapiro of Brown University claims to show that partisanship among America’s lawmakers is higher today than at any point since Reconstruction after the civil war.
A get-away guide about Providence's offerings mentions Brown and RISD's quirky and upbeat neighborhood, saying the College Hill area gives visitors 18th and 19th century buildings to admire and vintage shops to browse through.