Thu 26 Mar | The Conversation

Filibusters make for strange bedfellows

Rich Arenberg writes about recent opposition in Congress to the filibuster and the need to maintain filibuster rules in order to protect the rights of the minority.
Wed 25 Mar | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Constanza and Margaret Lengerich

Brown alumnus Margaret Lengerich and her sister answer questions about their Providence-based company HMSolution, which aims to protect cities, communities and homeowners from the health effects of toxic contaminants, such as arsenic and was recently named a semifinalist in the Cleantech Open Northeast Accelerator Program.
Wed 25 Mar | Fine Books & Collections

100 Great American Book Covers

On April 22, the John Hay Library at Brown will host a lecture by book artist, author, and FB&C book art columnist Richard Minsky titled “The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930: One Hundred Great Covers from the Brown University Library.”
Wed 25 Mar | Discovery News

New Robo Wing Could Revolutionize Flying Robots

Nikolai Konow, a post-doctoral investigator at Brown University’s Aeromechanics and Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory, comments on the creation of a robo-wing that folds up when it strikes an object, allowing micro-vehicles to behave more like a bird or a bat and keep on flying. Konow says the wing also allows the device to conserve energy.
Tue 24 Mar | Education Week

New Studies Find That, for Teachers, Experience Really Does Matter

John P. Papay, assistant professor of education and economics, is the author of a new study that looked at how teacher experience can benefit students. The study shows that some assumptions in prior research have had a tendency to depress the effect of teachers' experience on student achievement.
Tue 24 Mar | Dawn

The ‘minority problem’

Vazira Zamindar, associate professor of history, writes about the Lahore Resolution passed 75 years ago in Pakistan and the lingering effects the Resolution has had on religious minorities in both Pakistan and India.
Tue 24 Mar | Al Jazeera

The dangerous Medicare loophole of observation status

An article on a loophole that doesn't require Medicare to pay for patients under observation status cites 2012 research out of Brown that found that a growing number of Medicare beneficiaries were being placed on observation. The article also quotes researcher Zhanlian Feng.
Tue 24 Mar |

Meals a key to elderly independence

A column on Meals on Wheels cites recent Brown research commissioned by Meals on Wheels America and the AARP to examine the impact of Meals on Wheels programs on the elderly. Several results of the study are mentioned in the column.
Mon 23 Mar | Providence Business News

Study explores reasons for R.I.’s high unemployment rate

A study by Assistant Professor of Economics Neil Mehrotra that looked at the cause of Rhode Island's high unemployment rate examined not only the issue of “mismatched” credentials from dying industries and jobs in the state, but also looked at educational attainment, household wealth and the length of unemployment benefits as potential causes of that high rate.
Mon 23 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown to host Robot Block Party

Robotics fans or anyone curious about how robots are used in research, manufacturing, toy design and education are invited to attend the Rhode Island Robot Block Party on Saturday, April 11, from noon to 4 p.m. at Brown University’s Pizzitola Center.
Mon 23 Mar | The Providence Journal

Wednesday is 'brain day' at Brown University

On Wednesday, 120 brain science research projects by Brown University students, faculty and staff will be on display and a talk will be given by a Nobel laureate on the neuroscience of smell as part of Brown's annual Mind Brain Research Day.
Mon 23 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown dance club lets everyone get into the swing of things

An article and photos of the Brown Swing Club, which offers free, open to the public, swing dance lessons, taught by Lindy Hop experts Daryl Begin and Jennifer Stout of "Providence Swings," on Monday evenings in Alumnae Hall. The club, a student-run organization, also has practice sessions and lessons on Thursday nights at Sayles Hall on Brown's Main Green.
Mon 23 Mar | Global Observatory

No Simple Choices as Nigeria Votes

Patricia Agupusi, postdoctoral fellow in international studies, writes about the choices Nigerians face in the upcoming March 28 election, which she says are seen by many as a "choice between two evils."
Sat 21 Mar | The New York Times

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas

An article about "safe spaces" leads with a story on how Brown University administrators agreed to offer a place for students where they would be shielded from distressing viewpoints during a debate on the rape culture.
Fri 20 Mar | The Providence Journal

Panel debates impact of Ferguson shooting

Four scholars Thursday grappled with questions surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, during a two-hour debate at the Watson Institute at Brown University. Brown professors Glenn Loury and Tricia Rose took part in the debate.
Fri 20 Mar | The Chronicle of Higher Educatiin

Brown U. President Denies Trustee Influence in Fraternity Investigation

In an open letter to the Brown community, Brown University’s president, Christina Paxson, on Thursday sought to dispel questions raised about whether a student’s family ties had influenced the handling of an alleged drugging at a fraternity party last fall. She wrote that attempts to exert such influence “would not be tolerated.”
Thu 19 Mar | PhysOrg

Could water have carved channels on Mars half a million years ago?

In new research by Jay Dickson, a researcher in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, the discovery of gullies on Mars suggests that water on the planet comes in cycles, providing opportunities for life to take a hold in between the long, cold ice ages.
Thu 19 Mar | WJAR

Obama's daughter to visit Providence

Multiple sources, on a condition of anonymity, told the NBC 10 I-Team that Malia Obama is expected to visit Brown University in Providence next week, while the school is on spring break.
Thu 19 Mar | Footnote

How Engaged Learning Can Invigorate Higher Education

Alan Harlam, director of innovation and social entrepreneurship at the Swearer Center, writes about the engaged scholarship approach that Brown offers students and how other schools can integrate it into the curriculum.
Thu 19 Mar | U.S. News & World Report

Yoga May Help Ease Depression in Pregnant Women

New research suggests that yoga may help ease depression in pregnant women. "This is really about trying to develop a wider range of options that suit women who are experiencing these kind of symptoms during pregnancy," said lead author Cynthia Battle, an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior.
Wed 18 Mar | Providence Business News

Brown undergrads take cybersecurity challenge title

Four Brown University students took first place in a national cybersecurity policy competition held in Washington, D.C., on March 14-15, the first all-undergraduate team to win in the country. Teams were asked to assess a mock international cybersecurity crisis and develop a set of policy recommendations for U.S. government officials as part of the challenge.
Wed 18 Mar | Yahoo! News

Air pollution—outdoors and in—can make you sick

An article on a recent study on air pollution cites a 2012 study by Gregory A. Wellenius, associate professor of epidemi­ology, that found that breathing outdoors on one moderately polluted day led to a 30 percent spike in strokes 12 to 14 hours later.
Tue 17 Mar | The Providence Journal

State: Fentanyl blamed for 51 overdose deaths

Traci C. Green, assistant professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology, comments on the spike this year in overdose deaths caused by the painkiller fentanyl. State health officials on Monday reported that 51 people have died of accidental drug overdoses so far in 2015, with a majority of them involving illegal fentanyl.
Tue 17 Mar | The Providence Journal

Governor Raimondo: $25-million fund not intended for stadium on 195 land

In an interview on her budget proposal, Gov. Gina Raimondo says that she's open to speaking with the new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox about their plans for a ballpark in Providence, but that she hopes the $25-million fund in her budget proposal that she has said the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission could use will help close the financing gaps that exist for developers hoping to leverage talent at Brown University, Brown’s medical school and the University of Rhode Island.