Tue 26 May | The Boston Globe

Interaction by parents, teachers an aid to kids

A new study on school performance by Brown and Harvard researchers suggests that even a small nudge from teachers to parents — with specific guidance on where their children need improvement — can play a big role in preventing academic failure.
Mon 25 May | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dr. Joan Teno

Joan Teno, professor of health services, policy, and practice and associate director of the center for gerontology and health care research, answers questions about her latest study, which presented research that the loved ones of the elderly are less satisfied recently than they were a decade ago with end-of-life care that their relation or friend received.
Sun 24 May | The Providence Journal

Prejudice a cruel fact in R.I. history

An article on prejudice in Rhode Island, quotes B. Anthony Bogues, director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, who says of the state's history of slavery, “Slave trading was central to the economy.”
Sun 24 May | BET

Tracee Ellis Ross Gets Honorary Doctorate from Brown University

"Black-ish" star Tracee Ellis Ross was one of six recipients of an honorary degree at Brown's Commencement ceremony on Sunday. "Well, I'm officially Dr. Ross," she shared alongside a series of pictures. "This was HUGE to be honored this way by my Alma Mater @BrownU I know this is not a real doctorate but i am humbled by this moment!"
Sun 24 May | The Providence Journal

Top of his class

A profile of Dennis Coleman, a Brown alum and former football player who led Brown's Commencement procession on Sunday as an aide to the chief marshal.
Fri 22 May | The Providence Journal

The rise of the 'nones' in America

Aaron Weinstein, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, writes about how an increase in Americans who self-identify as atheist or agnostic is not unlike the rise in Americans who self-identify as political independents.
Fri 22 May | Associated Press

Brown accepts sexual assault task force's recommendations

Brown University has accepted all the recommendations outlined in a recent report by the school's Sexual Assault Task Force. Among the recommendations, the report says the university should implement a unified policy toward sexual and gender-based harassment and violence that would apply to all members of the university community.
Thu 21 May | The Providence Journal

Life-sciences complex is proposed

Wexford Science & Technology, a real-estate investment and development company that partners with universities and hospitals across the country to build research parks has submitted a joint proposal to build a multimillion-dollar facility on 5 acres of former highway land in Providence. Brown President Christina Paxson said in a statement: “If the proposal progresses, we are prepared to work in close partnership with Wexford, the city and the state to seize opportunities to support our ongoing investments in academic research and education to spur discoveries that can improve people’s lives.”
Thu 21 May | The Providence Journal

Meeting R.I.’s Medicaid challenge

Ira Wilson, professor of health services, policy and practice, and medicine, co-authors an op-ed on the need to reform Rhode Island's Medicaid system, and some of the challenges of doing so.
Thu 21 May | The New York Times

New Blood-Donor Policy, Same Gay Stigma

Eli Adashi, professor and former dean of medical science, co-authors an op-ed on how newly released FDA draft recommendations that would allow gay men to donate blood after one year of celibacy, while a step in the right direction, "still cater to fear and stigma rather than science."
Thu 21 May | WJAR

Elorza presents three-part budget savings plan

Wendy Schiller comments on Providence's rising costs for pensions and healthcare, following Mayor Elorza's announcement of a proposed three-part savings plan for the city. Schiller says these costs are unsustainable.
Thu 21 May | Lawfare

With Friends Like These

Tim Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, shares his take on the opposition to the USA Freedom Act, which many view as a workable compromise to the Patriot Act that preserves essential capabilities.
Thu 21 May | KPFA

Repeat: Austerity

Mark Blyth also appears on "Letters and Politics" to talk about his book "Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea."
Wed 20 May | WPRI

Local doctor returns to Africa to fight Ebola

Rhode Island-based Doctor Adam Levin has returned to West Africa to continue his work in the fight against Ebola. Levine is the lead investigator of a research team with the International Medical Corps and an assistant professor at Brown.
Wed 20 May | The Huffington Post

Campus Rape 'Worse Than We Thought,' Study Shows

Nearly one in five college women were victims of rape or attempted rape during their freshmen year, with the most falling prey during their first three months on campus, according to a new study by Kate Carey, professor of behavioral and social sciences, that was published Wednesday in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Wed 20 May | Medpage Today

Poor Sleep May Exacerbate Asthma in Urban Kids

At the recent American Thoracic Society annual meeting, Daphne Koinis Mitchell, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, reported on research that found that stressors in urban settings, such as noise and overcrowding, triggered poor sleep quality in young children, which seemed to exacerbate symptoms if they had asthma and allergy rhinitis.