Fri 23 Jun | Providence Business News

New award recognizes Brown University researchers

Six Brown University professors recently earned inaugural Brown Research Achievement Awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research, according to a University news release. Each recipient received a $5,000 research stipend.
Fri 23 Jun | The New York Times

Letters to the editor: Only connected

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote a letter to the editor to dispute an argument by Annalisa Quinn in her review of “Touch," a novel by Courtney Maum. Specifically at issue, Ackerman says her experience with the internet does not match up with Quinn's generalization but has actually been filled with "intense and fascinating conversations with people all over the world."
Fri 23 Jun | U.S. News & World Report (AP)

EPA's former New England leader takes faculty job at Brown

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator for the New England region, will take a faculty position at Brown University's Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, the University announced Tuesday.
Thu 22 Jun | Mississippi News Now (Business Wire)

Paxson accepts College Partner Award

At a Wednesday gala in New York City, Brown University President Christina Paxson accepted an award from the Kaplan Educational Foundation that recognized the University's role in increasing college access to disadvantaged students and creating a campus culture that meaningfully included these students in all facets of the academic experience.
Thu 22 Jun |

Simmons named president of Prairie View A&M University

Anthony Bogues, director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, commented on one of Ruth J. Simmons accomplishments during her tenure at Brown. Simmons was recently named the interim president of Prairie View A&M University.
Wed 21 Jun | ABC 6

Brown Alzheimer's study may lead to earlier detection, prevention

On Monday, the first volunteer participated in a worldwide Alzheimer's study that aims to evaluate a drug that might curb the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, commented on what they look when trying to detect Alzheimer's risk.
Wed 21 Jun |

No link between diabetes and stroke symptoms

A new study led by Brown's Dr. Aaron Drucker found no link between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular diseases. The findings are in contrast to another study that linked eczema with an increased risk of problems involving the heart or blood vessels.
Tue 20 Jun | The Washington Post

Setting the agenda: The First Amendment on college campuses

During a Washington Post hosted panel on free speech, Brown University President Christina Paxson and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer discussed the role of campuses as venues of First Amendment freedoms, the use of “safe spaces” and the future of universities at the forefront of social and civic debate.
Tue 20 Jun | Scientific American

You do not think alone

Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman, co-author of "The Knowledge Illusion," explains why acquiring knowledge is a community effort and why people fail to explain the mechanisms behind processes they think they understand.
Tue 20 Jun | The Washington Times

In unprecedented drug bust, feds seize nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl

Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology, commented on a drug bust in San Diego, Calif., that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 pounds of the potent, synthetic drug fentanyl, which federal authorities say is enough to kill more than a million people. “It’s really alarming. . .,” said Marshall. “We thought we would see hot spots [of fentanyl overdoses] in lower-income or marginalized communities, but found … the risk is really distributed throughout communities.”
Mon 19 Jun | Providence Business News

Climate change’s dire health consequences

Dr. Nitin S. Damle, clinical assistant professor of medicine, wrote an op-ed about the health consequences that would result from ignoring the impact of climate change. Damle's op-ed comes after President Trump formally announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Sat 17 Jun | The Week

The battle over Medicaid

Brown Uni­ver­sity political scientist James Morone commented on the public support of Medi­caid, which was expanded under Obamacare to cover more people and is currently facing deep financial cuts.