Mon 22 Aug | The Nation

Two independence days

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies and political science, comments on an article about the relationship between Pakistan and India as they head into their respective independence days.
Mon 22 Aug | Convergence RI

A translational science success story

Katherine Sharkey, associate professor of medicine, describes working alongside sleep researcher Mary A. Carskadon and the translational science work that has evolved for more than two decades.
Mon 22 Aug | Blog Talk Radio

Lessons learned

Rachel Herz, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, discusses the importance of fragrance and its impact on emotion. As summer comes to a close, Herz describes how fragrance can encourage us out of our comfort zone this season.
Mon 22 Aug | The Viral News

How sports and science classify sex

Sometimes the sex of an individual isn't easily definable, according to emerita professor of biology Anne Fausto-Sterling. "There is no one right definition," added Fausto-Sterling. "You have to look at it developmentally and you have to understand that there are multiple layers to sex and sex determination."
Mon 22 Aug | Inside Higher Ed

Integrating values into your career

A former graduate student credits Mary Wright, now director of the Sheridan Center of Teaching and Learning at Brown University, with illuminating a core value that has influenced her career.
Sun 21 Aug | The Washington Post

Goodbyes of summer

As parents prepare to say goodbye to their college bound kids, Fran Goldscheider, professor emerita of sociology, says there are a number of factors that could contribute to separation anxiety for both sides of the fence. "Research shows that this is the worst time parents should choose to get divorced; that it's the most disruptive. If you're going to leap, you have to leap from some place that's firm and secure," Goldscheider said.
Thu 18 Aug | CBC News

How pregnant women can cut through "health" noise

For expecting mothers who are reading studies on what's best for their developing baby, it can be a confusing time navigating through the mix of contradictory studies. The article cites work by Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, and her take on cutting through the noise of available health advice.
Thu 18 Aug | Reuters

In wake of riots, Milwaukee looks inward for solutions

John Logan, professor of sociology, comments on government's efforts to revitalize development projects meant to assist Milwaukee inner city residents as riots get a foothold in the blighted city that has suffered from chronic crime and unemployment. "I honestly don't believe there's been much targeted efforts at economic development that would have much impact on the low income inner city or minority communities," said Logan, of Brown University.
Thu 18 Aug | Disclose TV

What's hidden in the Vatican secret archives?

David Kertzer, professor of anthropology and author of "The Pope and Mussolini," comments on what could be in the Archivum Secretum Apostolicum Vaticanum, commonly referred to as the Vatican Secret Archives. “People talk, scholars talk. Are there things that aren’t being made available because they’re seen as unflattering from a Church point of view?” Kertzer said.
Wed 17 Aug | VICE

How Black Markets Shaped America

Peter Andreas, professor of international studies and political science, discusses the origins of black markets in America and offers insights into the timelessness of the illegal-business underworld.
Wed 17 Aug | The Westerly Sun

Whitehouse, colleagues expose web of climate denial

Environmentalist Timmons Roberts co-wrote an article about the efforts by Senate Democrats last week, including Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, in calling out climate denial groups who have for decades mislead the public by diminishing the impact of climate change despite scientific evidence to the contrary.
Wed 17 Aug | The Boston Globe

Dangerous dynasties

Citing recent political developments in Nicaragua, Watson Institute's Stephen Kinzer explains why dynastic regimes often end with tumultuous, sometimes bloody, overthrows.
Tue 16 Aug | Popular Science

Elbow joints reveal how marsupial lions disemboweled dinner

Christine Janis, professor of biology, comments on the findings of an ancient lion-like hunter that has long puzzled paleontologists looking to understand how the mammalian carnivore killed its prey. "If Thylacoleo had hunted like a lion using its forelimbs to manipulate its prey, then its elbow joint should have been lion-like,” coauthor Christine Janis said.
Mon 15 Aug | Financial Times

India and Pakistan trade barbs over Kashmir

Ashutosh Varshney, director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary South Asia, offered analysis on Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s public criticism of Pakistan for “glorifying violence,” which spiked tensions between the neighboring nations.
Mon 15 Aug | Christian Science Monitor

What Tim Cook says about Apple’s future

Computer scientist Anna Lysyanskaya says that the way in which Apple, the industry leader, is using its customers’ private data to improve its products is “great news for consumer privacy.”
Mon 15 Aug | Associated Press

Did Usain Bolt Olympic dash trigger JFK airport scare?

Boisterous celebrations over the Olympics may have led to a false alarm about gunfire and a panicked evacuation of Kennedy Airport in New York — cognitive scientist William Warren shared insights on how behavior can spread quickly through crowds.
Mon 15 Aug | The Providence Journal

Half of R.I. schools meet governor’s computer-science goal

Bootstrap, a computer science initiative developed by faculty at Brown and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is referenced in an article that says 148 schools in Rhode Island will offer computer classes in the coming academic year, a result that puts the state on target for Gov. Raimondo’s plan for statewide compliance by December 2017.
Sat 13 Aug | The Providence Journal

Colleges build R.I.’s engineering future

In a feature on Rhode Island’s emergence as an engineering hub, School of Engineering Dean Larry Larson comments on Brown’s role in devising solutions to improve human health, develop alternative energy sources, combat global warning and improve the environment.
Sat 13 Aug | BuzzFeed

The FDA wants to make it harder to buy and sell poop

The FDA plans to tighten restrictions on samples used in a growing number of fecal transplants, but many patients are pushing back. Colleen Kelly, assistant professor of medicine at Brown, weighs in from the perspective of a gastroenterologist who has successfully performed the procedure for nearly a decade.
Fri 5 Aug | The Economist

In plain words

A new working paper co-authored by Jesse Shapiro of Brown University claims to show that partisanship among America’s lawmakers is higher today than at any point since Reconstruction after the civil war.
Thu 4 Aug | Washingtonian

A Washingtonian's guide to Providence

A get-away guide about Providence's offerings mentions Brown and RISD's quirky and upbeat neighborhood, saying the College Hill area gives visitors 18th and 19th century buildings to admire and vintage shops to browse through.