Thu 27 Oct | Live Science

10 interesting facts about heroin

Barry Lester, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on heroin addiction among newborns in a feature about interesting facts on the drug. "This is not only true for a woman who has used heroin during pregnancy, but it could also apply to any opiate drug, such as a mother who has been taking methadone (a synthetic opiate used to withdraw from heroin) or prescription opiates," said Lester, a national expert on prenatal drug exposure.
Wed 26 Oct | Spectrum News

Many children rely on emergency room for psychiatric care

Thomas Chun, associate professor of emergency medicine, comments on meeting the psychiatric needs of patients in emergency rooms. “We are the wrong site for these patients, and they have very important, very special needs. Our crazy, chaotic environment is not a good place for them,” Chun said.
Wed 26 Oct | Mother Nature Network

Seven products you should buy generic

In a rundown about when to pay a little extra for name brand products, the article cites a research paper co-authored by Brown University professor Jesse Shapiro that found generic over-the-counter and prescription drugs were equivalent to their higher-end counter part.
Tue 25 Oct | The Providence Journal

Working out for a cause

With a rally cry of “Raise the bar, raise the hope,” members of the Brown University football team, with support from their fellow students and the community, hosted a “Bench Press for Cancer” event on the school’s main green on Monday.
Tue 25 Oct | Network World

How robots will teach each other with data

Brown University professor Stefanie Tellex has a unique approach to the thorny problem of robot grasp that could eventually lead the way for robots that can move objects the same way as humans.
Tue 25 Oct | Providence Business News

Brown debuts Data Science Initiative

Building on the school’s strong mathematical and computational science programs, Brown University has launched the Data Science Initiative, focused on big data, that will lead to new research opportunities and includes a new master’s program.
Tue 25 Oct | Time

How web cams helped bring down the internet, briefly

Following a massive denial-of-service attack that effected the likes of Netflix, Twitter and Reddit on Friday, cybersecurity expert Timothy Edgar describes the scope of future cybersecurity threats and the feasibility of forcing organizations to take responsibility.
Tue 25 Oct | Chalkbeat

Tennessee students more likely to be suspended if they’re black boys — or live in Memphis

New data indicates that school suspensions in Tennessee are more likely to occur in schools with a high concentration of black students. The article notes that almost every school in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools adopted a restorative justice approach with districtwide help and resources from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform, which has reduced racial disparities in discipline.
Mon 24 Oct | Convergence RI

Ignoring lead poisoning may be harmful to your political future

A study written by economics professor Anna Aizer is cited in an article about elevated lead levels among Rhode Island children. "Poor and minority children are more likely to be exposed to lead, suggesting that lead poisoning may be one of the causes of continuing gaps in test scores between disadvantaged and other children," the study concluded.
Mon 24 Oct | The New York Times

How an aesthete’s eye can help a doctor’s hand

In a feature about art centric medical school curriculums, Jay Baruch, director of the clinical arts and humanities program at the Alpert Medical School, cautions against overselling those courses' benefits. "It's really challenging for us to say we're going to make students more empathetic by spending time in the art museum," he said. "I count on their families, their religious groups, the furry creatures in the forest to make them empathetic."
Mon 24 Oct | The New York Times

Why big liars often start out as small ones

Brown University psychologist Amitai Shenhav praised the results of a new study that suggests the brain becomes desensitized to the negative feelings associated with lying and, over time, may lead to bigger falsehoods. The findings are "suggestive of a slippery slope," he said. But he added that it was still not entirely clear what was driving people down that slope.
Sat 22 Oct | The Japan Times

Welcome home, Okinawa

A feature about Okinawan migration from Japan cites work by Steve Rabson, professor emeritus of East Asian Studies.
Fri 21 Oct | The New York Times

Aroma: The new building amenity

Rachel Herz, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on the brain's response to aromas as New York City residential building managers take a page out of the hotel industry's playbook.
Fri 21 Oct | The New York Times

Reliving the Civil War

Brown University historian Ted Widmer wrote an introduction and curated content from a series about the Civil War that eventually manifested into a collection titled "Disunion: A History of the Civil War."
Thu 20 Oct | Providence Business News

Brown taps two firms for projects

Brown University has selected two architectural teams for two major projects, including the complete interior renovation of one of its principal classroom buildings.
Thu 20 Oct | The Boston Globe

US foolishly plunges into war with Yemen

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow in the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed criticizing United States' motives behind the escalating tensions in Yemen. Looking back to Jimmy Carter's presidency in 1980, Kinzer wrote confrontations in the Persian Gulf no longer make sense and only serves to benefit the "Saudis and the US arms industry."
Wed 19 Oct | Providence Business News

Changemaker Fellows selected for 2016-17 school year

Brown University undergraduate Tiffany Chen is among the nine Changemaker Fellows selected by the Social Enterprise Greenhouse for the 2016-17 school year. As Changemakers, the students are tasked with engaging students in entrepreneurship on their campuses.