Thu 2 Jul | The Providence Journal

Second-guessing emergency care

Brian Zink, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, responds to a previous opinion piece on the overuse of the emergency room, noting that the article's "premise is patently incorrect and potentially harmful for patients who have symptoms that concern them."
Wed 1 Jul | The Providence Journal

No longer protecting Good Samaritans

David Lewis, professor emeritus of community health and medicine and founder of the Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, pens an op-ed about the General Assembly's failure to act on the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act before recessing for the summer, which he says "could well have fatal consequences for citizens in our state."
Wed 1 Jul | Psych Central

Preventable Deaths Are High Among Ex-Prisoners

New research suggests that former prisoners have “alarmingly high” rates of death from alcohol and drug misuse. Sarah Wakeman, from Harvard Medical School and Brown's Josiah Rich wrote a commentary on the study, which is quoted in this article.
Wed 1 Jul | RI NPR

Rhode Island Scientists Receive $500K To Study Dying Bat Populations

Rhode Island researchers have received 500-thousand dollars in federal grant money to investigate a fungus that’s killing native bats. The mysterious illness has attacked bats across the country. Brown University scientist Richard Bennett has been leading the fungus research with the University of California San Francisco.
Wed 1 Jul | Al Jazeera

Who is really being bailed out in Greece?

Mark Blyth comments on where bailout money sent to Greece actually ended up: “This is a giant creditor-debtor standoff,” said Blyth. “The creditors have been made whole."
Wed 1 Jul | Forbes

College Summer Programs for High Schoolers: Are They Worth It?

An article on summer college programs for high schoolers, includes info on Brown's programs. “We’re trying to give them a taste of what it’s like to be on a college campus—everything from the level of academic rigor to being responsible for managing their time,” says Robin Rose, senior associate dean at the School for Professional Studies.
Tue 30 Jun | Yahoo!

Is Medicaid Denying a Life-Saving Cure Based on Cost?

A new study conducted jointly by Harvard Law School, Brown University’s Department of Medicine, Rhode Island’s Miriam Hospital, and the Kirby Institute of Australia has found that the majority of state-run Medicaid programs are creating formidable barriers to patients with the potentially deadly Hepatitis C virus from being treated with new wonder drugs that can cost as much as $1,000 a pill.
Tue 30 Jun | Voice of America

Fish Use Whole Bodies When They Eat, Study Finds

New research finds that both the head and body muscles of fish help them gulp down prey in one explosive action. Scientists have long hypothesized about the mechanics of the process, but now researchers at Brown University have X-ray video proof of how it works.
Mon 29 Jun | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Jay Flanagan

Jay Flanagan, assistant dean for Health Programs in the School of Professional Studies, answers questions about the Executive Masters in Healthcare Leadership program, which he oversees.
Mon 29 Jun | The New Yorker

The Great Divide

An article on the Indian Partition created in 1947 between India and Pakistan cites “The Long Partition and the Making of Modern South Asia,” a book about the Partition by Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history.
Mon 29 Jun | New York Magazine

A Promising New Approach to Fighting Campus Sexual Assault

Kate Carey, professor of behavioral and social sciences, comments on a new study of a sexual assault prevention program targeting college women. Carey, who was not involved in the study, said "“It clearly shows a benefit of participating in the intervention, which substantially reduced the risk of completed and attempted rape as well as nonconsensual sexual contact.”
Mon 29 Jun | Al Jazeera

Greek woes exacerbated by demands not connected to debt

Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, comments on the current economic crisis in Greece and cautions against austerity as a solution. “The definition of a dangerous idea is it’s a zombie,” he said. “It keeps coming back, and it’s immune to critical evidence."
Sun 28 Jun | The Boston Globe

Hospitals adapt as opioid epidemic hits infant victims

In an article on the rise in drug-dependent babies, Barry M. Lester, director of the Brown University Center for the Study of Children at Risk, comments, saying that even though methadone- and heroin-exposed babies have been seen since the 1970s, there are no good studies of the long-term effects.
Fri 26 Jun | WPRO

Four Brown U. students are White House Summer interns

Four Brown University students will take part in this summer’s White House Internship Program, and one of them, Emma Dickson, lists Providence as her hometown. The others are Andrew Gonzales of Richmond, California, Syndney Menzin of Locust Valley, New York and Benjamin Miller-Gootnick of Washington, D.C.
Fri 26 Jun | Houston Chronicle

An Iranian nuclear deal likely to delay shale recovery

Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of international studies and political science, comments on the future of oil prices, as the market prepares for the return of Iranian crude: “Some people think the Saudis might reduce their oil production to try to stabilize the price while Iran is increasing theirs. I tend to disagree with that,” Colgan said in part.
Thu 25 Jun | The Providence Journal

Taking stock of 2015 session

In a recap of the 2015 state legislative session, Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on how well key people — Gov. Gina Raimondo, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed — seemed to be getting along. “It appears, from the outside, that the three most powerful people at the top knew how important it is to work together,” she said.
Thu 25 Jun | USA Today

Court saves key tool to fight housing bias: Our view

An editorial on discrimination within current fair housing laws cites research of 2010 Census data by John Logan, professor of sociology, that found high levels of black-white segregation persisted, especially in some large cities in the Northeast and Midwest.
Wed 24 Jun | The Huffington Post

Why Getting Tested For HIV Could Help Your Whole Community

An article on the community impact of HIV testing cites research by Amy Nunn, associate professor of behavioral and social sciences, who studied HIV rate disparities in Philadelphia. "In a nutshell, where you live and the color of your skin is going to influence whether you survive HIV," Nunn said.
Wed 24 Jun | The Christian Science Monitor

Dixie fading? Confederate symbols under siege across South

In an article on calls to get rid of the Confederate flag following the shootings in Charleston, Matthew Guterl comments on the risk of the South becoming a racial scapegoat. “There’s a political function to demonizing the South … and it works very well for politicians, but I reject that, because the North has also had its share of problems and does today," he says in part.
Tue 23 Jun | The Providence Journal

What’s American about ‘The Americans’?

Philip Gould, professor of English, writes about the image of being "American" that he sees in the FX hit series "The Americans." "At a time when we consider what makes us “American,” “The Americans” points us toward today’s widespread skepticism (or blithe disregard) toward absolute political beliefs, as well as the true believers who wage wars defending them," Gould writes.
Tue 23 Jun | Bloomberg

The End of Dylann Roof's White America

John Logan, who is misidentified as William Logan in the article, comments on the growth of Latinos in America in an article on rising numbers of immigrants in the U.S. in recent years.