Thu 26 May | The Providence Journal

Donaldson: Larken Kemp anchors defense for Bears

As the Bears head into the Final Four, lacrosse coach Lars Tiffany describes the imperative to go over defensive plays with one its most brilliant players Larken Kemp, an all-Ivy longstick midfielder.
Thu 26 May | The Times and Democrat

The debate about Redskins

Adrienne Keene, postdoctoral fellow in anthropology, comments on the results of a Washington Post poll that found a whopping majority of Native Americans, about 90 percent, were not offended by the term "redskin" and its association to the football team. "For me, this was a huge setback," Keene said.
Thu 26 May | Politico

How Obama Will Redefine Hiroshima

As President Obama prepared for his historical visit to Hiroshima, Ted Widmer discusses the challenges of addressing the atomic bombing and redefining America's role in the atomic strike. "No president wants to apologize for the decision to drop the bomb—a decision that likely hastened the end of the war. Yet the sickening story of what actually happened here, the more than 100,000 civilians killed, doesn’t fit the roseate glow of American history, and demands a kind of reckoning," wrote Widmer, a fellow in Urban Studies at Brown.
Wed 25 May | The Indian Express

Mind the liberal gaps

While India witnessed a democratic spectacle where three incumbents lost their positions during state elections, political scientist Ashutosh Varshney discusses the gaps in liberal ideology between elections citing the lynching of Muslim man accused of eating beef. "India’s democracy is going through an especially troubling period of its fundamentally paradoxical character. It continues to shine electorally, but its attack on liberal freedoms between elections is a cause of great concern," Varshney wrote.
Wed 25 May | CNBC

Grocery store frustration sparks condiment empire

Brown University graduates Mark Ramadan and Scott Norton shared a lot in common, but their disdain for the lack of condiment options at grocery stores spurred an unlikely business partnership during their senior year in 2008 that has steadily grown into an empire.
Wed 25 May | Time

Past Winners of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: Where They Are Now

As the Scripps National Spelling Bee prepares to crown its 2016 champion live on ESPN this Thursday, Time caught up with eight former spelling bee champs including a Brown University professor emeritus of pediatrics. Neonatology specialist William Cashore said the championship gave him confidence to compete and speak in public, which came in handy for teaching and lecturing later in life.
Wed 25 May | The Providence Journal

LisaGay Hamilton in drama examining R.I.'s slavery ties

Actress LisaGay Hamilton, known for her roles on TV's "The Practice" and the film version of Toni Morrison's "Beloved," will perform Saturday as part of a presentation on slavery in Rhode Island at Brown University. The event will feature a dramatic reading from a play by Naomi Wallace called "The Liquid Plain."
Wed 25 May | The Boston Globe

Revitalizing our vital interests

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, writes an op-ed about United States' vital interests around the world, which interests it should focus on, and how intervening in certain interests have been met with conflict. "Having a long list of vital interests requires readiness to intervene with coercive power, including military power, in much of the world. That is costly. Often it exacerbates the local conflicts it seeks to resolve, and ends up undermining rather than advancing our interests," Kinzer wrote.
Wed 25 May | Reuters

U.S. panel backs approval of Sanofi combination diabetes drug

Robert Smith, professor of medicine, commented on concerns over the packaging and labeling of a diabetes combination drug meant to treat the condition aggressively earlier on. "There's a whole lot of concern with the hazards that come with this," said Smith, chair of the U.S. advisory panel recommending approval for diabetes drug. "We're not objecting to the construct but there's a real challenge here in terms of how to adequately label it."
Tue 24 May | The Boston Globe

John C Gonzalez’s solo show is built on collaboration

The Boston Globe reviews John C Gonzalez's "Works Well With Others," an exhibition on display at the David Winton Bell Gallery which addresses ideas about labor, representation, attribution and most importantly collaboration.
Tue 24 May | The Providence Journal

Students discuss "Technology Against Assault"

Brown University students Richard Park and Bella Okiddy discuss their new biotech venture "Technology Against Assault," which aims to make the sexual assault examination process less invasive.
Tue 24 May | Campus Technology

Brown U Platform Connects Students to Internships

With 2015 survey results indicating that internships provide a paramount advantage for students in the job market, Brown University took the necessary steps to develop a platform that would connect its vast alumni network with undergraduate students for internship opportunities. "BrownConnect is a direct result of the Building on Distinction strategic plan, which called for increased opportunities for students to bridge theory and practice during their time at Brown," said Aixa Kidd, director of BrownConnect. "President Paxson specifically noted a need for expanded access to summer internships and research experiences and a strengthened undergraduate internship and career advising network. These are all things that BrownConnect provides."
Tue 24 May | Anesthesiology News

New Study Highlights Risks of Combining Benzodiazepines and Opioids

Although prescribing benzodiazepines concurrently with opioid analgesics has been shown to raise the risk for fatal overdose, new research co-authored by Brown University assistant professor Tae Woo Park suggests the risk is significantly higher than previously assumed, even at low doses. The new study was published online in the British Medical Journal.
Tue 24 May | Science 2.0

Study Reveals Success Of Text Messaging In Helping Smokers Quit

Lori Scott-Sheldon, associate professor of psychology and human behavior, comments on a study that suggests text messaging interventions could reduce smoking behaviors. "Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable global health problems, and text messaging has the promise to reach a wider audience with minimal costs and fewer resources," said Scott-Sheldon, a senior research scientist in The Miriam Hospital's Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine.
Mon 23 May | Providence Business News

Akelman to become chair of orthopaedics at Brown

Dr. Edward Akelman has been named chief of the department of orthopedics at Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and will become chair of the department of orthopaedics at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Vincent Zecchino Professor of Orthopeadics, pending approval of Brown’s corporation.
Mon 23 May | Providence Business News

Brown study explains why sleeping in new place is tough

People who go to bed wary of potential danger sometimes pledge to sleep “with one eye open.” A new Brown University study finds that’s not far off: On the first night in a new place, the research suggests, one brain hemisphere remains more awake than the other during deep sleep, apparently in a state of readiness for trouble.
Mon 23 May | PBS Newshour

Opioid treatment at Rikers Island is a long-standing success, but few jails adopt it

Josiah Rich, professor of medicine, comments on an article about the biases preventing inmates from receiving methadone treatment as correctional officers rethink their strategies amid the opioid overdose epidemic. Rich says it's no wonder prison workers hold negative attitudes towards methadone considering that withdrawal symptoms resemble symptoms experienced by heroin addicts. More education is needed to convince corrections officials that methadone and buprenorphine can effectively treat opioid addiction in criminal justice populations, he said.
Sun 22 May | The Providence Journal

On to the Final Four

A recap of the Bear's nail-biting win over the Navy Academy that has catapulted them to the Final Four.
Fri 20 May | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Among Greek Groups, Efforts to Curb Drinking Have Little Effect

Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are less effective than previously thought, according to new research led by Lori Scott-Sheldon, associate professor of psychology. "Reducing alcohol consumption and problems among fraternity members will require a different strategy relative to their college drinking peers," said Scott-Sheldon.
Fri 20 May | Canmua

Mexico boasts a staggering genetic diversity, study shows

Africana studies professor Lundy Braun comments on a study that found vast genetic diversity among Mexican populations which could have implications for how doctors access disease risk for racial categories. Medicine’s focus on genetics may be overshadowing other avenues of research, according to Braun, who studies the intersection of race and medicine. She is concerned genetic studies may unwittingly add legitimacy to discredited ideas about racial disparity.
Thu 19 May | The New York Times

Who Gains From College Diversity?

Felicia Ackerman, professor of philosophy, writes a letter to the editor in response to a May 15 column titled "How and Why You Diversify Colleges." "Frank Bruni is right to push for greater opportunity for students from poor families to attend elite colleges," Ackerman wrote. However one of his perspectives should include simple fairness as a rationale for inclusiveness, she notes.
Thu 19 May | Healthcare Dive

CMS rule change may be key for ACA co-ops' survival

Eli Adashi, professor of medicine, comments on an article about the implications of a rule change to the survivability of ACA's Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans (co-ops), an alternative health insurance option for consumers. Of co-ops, Adashi says they “should be allowed to flourish. They are the only not-for-profit insurance companies out there which are by the people and for the people.”
Thu 19 May | The Providence Journal

Brown's keeper Kelly a game-changer

Ahead of the lacrosse matchup between the Brown Bears and the Navy Midshipmen, the Providence Journal examines Jack Kelly's shot-blocking performance. While a lacrosse goalie would be considered all American if they could block 60 percent of shots fired, Kelly stands above the rest and leads the nation in save percentage at 62.2 percent, the Journal reports.
Thu 19 May | Providence Business News

Speak up to get ahead in the workplace

Alpert Medical School's Angela Caliendo joined other businesswomen at the Business Women's Summit to shed light on gender biases in the workplace. "Men look at things … differently than women do. I had to define my voice and to have confidence to be able to deliver my message in a way that men could hear it," Caliendo said at the panel discussion.
Thu 19 May | Olive Oil Times

Mary Flynn on olive oil benefits

Mary Flynn, associate professor of medicine, defended the health benefits extra virgin olive oil amid claims it's not as beneficial as numerous studies have suggested.
Wed 18 May | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Katherine Gordon

Katherine Gordon, managing director of the Technology Ventures Office, discusses with Providence Business News the role her office plays in getting startups off the ground. "In collaboration with Brown’s faculty and industry, we generate partnership opportunities that are based on inventions, technologies and expertise," said Gordon. Her office helps determine if faculty discoveries are patentable and have commercial potential, which are then taken to the next phase in partnership opportunities.

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