Fri 23 Sep | The Providence Journal

Heroic couple made a difference

A feature on the inspiring tale of Waitstill and Martha Sharp of Brown University, who put their lives at risk to save Jews fleeing Europe at the start of WWII. "The Sharps were heroic," Noel Rubinton wrote. "Their actions suggest human potential goes far beyond what we imagine in the humdrumness of everyday life — if we let ourselves feel and act. The opportunities for making a difference, seemingly against all odds, are enormous."
Fri 23 Sep | Providence Business News

Minami med teacher of year

Taro Minami has been recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, where he is an assistant professor of medicine. The best piece of advice Minami instills into his students is for them to spend as much bedside with their patients as possible, saying, "Patients are your teachers. Bedside is your school and you learn so much from your patients, as long as you are willing to."
Fri 23 Sep | Yahoo! (AFP news )

Clash of titans: Clinton, Trump gird for first debate

Brown political scientist Wendy Schiller comments on what Hillary Clinton supporters want to see from her at next week's presidential debate. "Her supporters... they want to see her fight this guy," Schiller told AFP. "They want to see her take him on directly, and her challenge is to get out of that shell, and really be willing to take on Donald Trump, get under his skin, make him mad."
Thu 22 Sep | Nature

How the classroom reflects class divide

In the United States students from low-income backgrounds face many obstacles in their pursuit of a scientific career that begins as early as high school, said Andrew Campbell, dean of the graduate school at Brown University. Government-supported early education is funded mainly at the state and local level, he notes, and because science courses are the most expensive per student, few schools in the relatively poor districts can afford to offer many of them. This leaves many unprepared for college-level science courses.
Thu 22 Sep | The Columbus Dispatch

Could Britain be 'fourth amigo' for NAFTA?

Political economist Mark Blyth comments whether the North American Free Trade Agreement might be a good fit for the United Kingdom following its exit from the European Union. Britain is geographically in Europe and it's where they must trade, says Blyth, professor of international and public affairs.
Thu 22 Sep | Mic

Sarah Palin can teach Donald Trump how to become a better debater. Yes, really.

James Morone, a political scientist at Brown University, comments on the strategies the presidential candidates might use from Sarah Palin's playbook. Referring to a Palin strategy against Joe Biden, Morone, said "It's a really good premise." Both candidates "don't know much" about public policy, he says, and they faced one central challenge: "persuading the electorate that they are capable of holding this job."
Wed 21 Sep | Nature

Mass production of review articles is cause for concern

Christopher Schmid, a biostatistician at Brown University, comments on the possible reasons for the increased production of systematic reviews amid concern from the scientific community that it is diluting valuable research in biomedicine. One reason that systematic reviews are increasing is that more people around the world are doing research, Schmid said. He noted that about a decade ago there was increase in submissions from Asia that were't good, but have improved since then.
Wed 21 Sep | McKnight

Proof of the value of palliative care consultations

Palliative care consultations in nursing homes lead to less burdensome care, fewer rehospitalizations, better pain management and don't cost the system more, according to a new study. Other care settings, such as hospitals, have confirmed this connection, but not nursing homes, said study corresponding author Susan Miller, a Brown University gerontologist and School of Public Health professor.
Wed 21 Sep | Breitbart

Hillary Quietly Drops ‘Climate Change’ Rhetoric

As the election heats up and Donald Trump has made his stance on climate change known, Brown environmentalist Timmons Roberts describes Hillary Clinton's ambivalence on the topic as having produced “a big haemorrhage of her supporters over to Jill Stein of the Green Party."
Wed 21 Sep | Washington Post

Venezuela has solved its hunger problem? Don’t believe the U.N.’s numbers.

Michelle Jurkovich, postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, writes about the problem posed by unreliable measures of hunger after as the United Nations honored Venezuela for "winning the fight against hunger." "Until the international community can agree on the underlying question of what kinds of experiences with hunger are acceptable, and what kinds are morally and ethically unacceptable, we won’t know what ‘zero hunger’ is or how to measure it," Jurkovich wrote.
Wed 21 Sep | Christian Science Monitor

Opinion: For the sake of privacy, pardon Snowden

Having worked on both sides of the fence, Watson Institute senior fellow Timothy Edgar wrote an op-ed about the call for President Obama to pardon former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. "Snowden's leak could be perhaps best described as a rash act of rebellion in an effort to preserve digital privacy and save the internet – with collateral damage to legitimate intelligence operations," Edgar wrote. "It's time to call a truce in this war."
Wed 21 Sep | Vox

Dilemmas facing Donald Trump's plan to stop the heroin epidemic

Now that the presidential candidates have shared their plans to combat the drug epidemic in America, political scientist Peter Andreas comments on the feasibility of Donald Trump's plan to increase border security measures. “It’s very simple business economics that you’re not going to stop a commodity like that by building a wall.” Andreas said, who teaches at Brown University. “The drugs can come under the wall, they can come over the wall, and they can come around the wall.”
Tue 20 Sep | RI Monthly

Social Movement: Breaking a Sweat Together

Following a disappointing solo run, writer Grace Kelly speaks with Brown postdoctoral fellow Katie Becofsky on why running with a group gives runners an edge. “It’s that runner’s high, endorphins and feel-good chemicals,” Becofsky said. Besides the extra energy, she says, "Exercise can actually grow new brain cells, new neurons.”
Tue 20 Sep | IC Magazine

Mining leaves a Wisconsin tribe's hallowed sites at risk

Elizabeth Hoover, assistant professor of American studies, comments on how certain laws and projects are disruptive for Native Americans. “When a waterway is polluted, for other communities it’s inconvenient: You can’t recreate, maybe you can’t go boating,” says Hoover. “But for indigenous people that had a very specific relationship with that river, a kinship, to have that interrupted is a very different thing culturally.”
Mon 19 Sep | The Providence Journal

Brown opens First-Generation Center

Brown University’s efforts to expand resources for students who arrive at the school from low-income backgrounds – or are the first in their family to attend college – has reached a milestone with the opening of a dedicated center for both groups.
Mon 19 Sep | The Providence Journal

Ken Burns tells R.I. woman's heroic WWII story

A documentary by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky on Waitstill and Martha Sharp, who managed to save hundreds of political dissidents and Jews from the Nazis, will air on PBS Tuesday at 9 p.m. Martha Sharp grew up in Rhode Island and went to Brown University.
Mon 19 Sep | Providence Business News

Brown researcher leads $9.8M NIH grant

John Sedivy, professor of biology and medical science at Brown University, is among some of the researchers to have found that movement within the genome (genetic material) of potentially harmful DNA snippets may cause or contribute to age-related health problems. Thanks to this preliminary work with these DNA snippets, called retrotransposable elements, they received a $9.76 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, for which Sedivy is the lead investigator.
Mon 19 Sep | Providence Business News

Research project will study heart valve disease in veterans

Alan Morrison, assistant professor of medicine, recently was awarded $50,000 for a one-year pilot project through Ocean State Research Institute to study aortic heart valves’ thickening and hardening, according to a statement from the Providence VA Medical Center.
Mon 19 Sep |

Suicide can strike children as young as 5

Gregory Fritz, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on a alarming finding that suggests kids as young as 5 years old may be at risk of suicide. "It happens. Not every day, but not that infrequently. That's a very painful thing for adults to consider, but we have to confront that reality. Adults need to take even little kids seriously when they talk about suicide," Fritz said.
Sun 18 Sep | Ars Technica

Why obama should pardon Edward Snowden

Tim Edgar, visiting scholar and director at Brown's Executive Master in Cybersecurity program, signed a letter in support of Edward Snowden's pardon from repercussions following his actions. Snowden is responsible for making public the illegal surveillance programs implemented by the NSA.
Sun 18 Sep | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Graduate-student unions mean good news for professors, too

While news of NLRB decision has sent shockwaves through higher education and schools have been quick to lambast the ramifications, Alex Gourevitch, assistant professor of political science, notes two major benefits that may have been overlooked.
Sat 17 Sep | The Providence Journal

Brown 35, Bryant 27: Bears climb out of 21-0 hole

After a nightmarish start to Brown's football season, the Bears managed to dig themselves out of a 21-0 hole to a beat Bryant, 35-27. “We were just trying to find out what we could do to get ourselves back in it,” coach Phil Estes said. “I even said to them right at the quarter change, 'All right, the second quarter is ours. We have to get things going.’ You shake your head and think 'How do these things happen?’ But you figure things out and get it fixed.”
Sat 17 Sep | The New York Times

Will this be a four-party election?

Ted Widmer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, examines history to assess the potential impact of third parties in presidential elections. Writing of the current sustained support Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party Jill Stein, Widmer reminds readers, "A proliferation of parties in 1860 helped elect Abraham Lincoln, and in 1912 Woodrow Wilson was another beneficiary of a four-party contest."
Sat 17 Sep | New York Post

Providence Equity Partners founder reveals the key to success

Providence Equity Partners founder Jonathan Nelson believes that the key to success in life is persistence. Nelson was in New York last week to deliver an address on entrepreneurship to current and former graduates at Brown University. He gave the University a $25 million donation to establish the “Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship.”
Fri 16 Sep | The Providence Journal

ROTC programs return to Brown for the first time since Vietnam era

Nearly a half century after Brown University severed on-campus ties with Reserve Officer Training Corps programs amid protests over the Vietnam War, ROTC’s full return to Brown's campus will be marked in a ceremony Friday afternoon featuring university, military and political leaders.