Thu 30 Jul | Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cheerleaders for war are still so wrong

Brian Atwood, senior fellow for international and public affairs, co-authors a commentary urging Congress to pass the Iran nuclear agreement and "recognize that this agreement has the potential to interrupt the downward spiral in the region, from conventional war and terrorism to nuclear conflict."
Wed 29 Jul |

Large Fish Kills in Providence and Seekonk Rivers

Scientists from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) are monitoring a large fish kill of adult menhaden in the Seekonk and Providence rivers. A survey of the upper third of Narragansett Bay by Brown University and the University of Rhode Island will be conducted this week, according to DEM.
Wed 29 Jul | Forbes

America's Top Colleges 2015

Brown ranks eighth on this list of 2015's best colleges in the country. The list describes Brown as "the most eccentric and liberal of the Ivies," and cites the Open Curriculum. Pomona College in California is first on the list.
Wed 29 Jul | Engadget

Gripping objects takes much more brain power than we thought

Researchers from Brown have made a discovery about how the human brain operates when gripping an object. With this new information, it's hoped that engineers will be able to build prosthetic limbs that are significantly more responsive. In addition, the finds could also go some way to helping develop new tools for people with severe paralysis.
Tue 28 Jul | The Washington Post

Behold! A new record for the world’s highest melting point

Researchers from Brown University may have found a substance with a melting point that beats out the previous record by a few hundred degrees. The candidate is a combination of three elements: hafnium, nitrogen and carbon, and it's expected to have a melting point of about 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit — about two-thirds the temperature of the sun.
Tue 28 Jul |

Cell phones and risk of brain tumors: What's the real science?

David Savitz, professor of epidemiology, comments on a new law passed in California that requires cell phone stores to inform customers about the radiation the devices emit. Savitz said that the new law could result in an excess of reporting in people who may have been harmed by phones and that most research indicates that there is little to no risk of injury.
Mon 27 Jul | The Providence Journal

Using money as a weight-loss motivator

Kathryn Demos, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes about the research that shows that financial incentives can help toward the achievement of weight-loss goals.
Mon 27 Jul | Providence Monthly

Om is Where the Heart Is

An article on local places to put readers on the path to mindfulness includes the Britton Lab at Brown University, which facilitates mindfulness research studies on meditation for managing anxiety, depression and stress, and integrates mindfulness into group therapy programs.
Mon 27 Jul | RI NPR

Financing Completed For South Street Landing Project

More than six months after the ceremonial ground-breaking for a multi-use plan that includes remaking the South Street Power Station as a new state nursing center and administrative offices for Brown, financing has been completed for the $220 million South Street Landing project, according to the developer, CV Properties.
Sat 25 Jul | Providence Business News

Colleges put research tools within reach

An article on how some local colleges, including Brown, partner with the business community to lend them use of technology and equipment. It includes mention of the R.I. Consortium for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, which URI operates in conjunction with Brown.
Wed 22 Jul | The Valley Breeze

Memorial gets grant to help children and teens with health

Melissa Nothnagle, residency director for the Warren Alpert Medical School, will be the principal investigator for a newly awarded five-year $1.25 million grant. The fund will help the Department of Family Medicine at Memorial Hospital improve availability of primary care for children and adolescents in underserved areas.
Wed 22 Jul | The Providence Journal

A delightful time with imaginary friends

Gregory K. Fritz, M.D., editor of the Brown University Child and Adolescent Behavior Letter, writes about nascent children having imaginary friends. "If they have any predictive value, imaginary friends may be associated with better language skills, greater empathy, broader coping abilities and more creativity in later childhood," Fritz wrote.
Wed 22 Jul | The Providence Journal

Earthquake rumbles Rhode Island

Terry Tullis, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, commented on the earthquake that struck Providence early Wednesday morning. New England earthquakes usually generate surprise because people associate bigger quakes with big tectonic plates in the earth's crust, but the closest plate boundary is halfway between North America and Europe, Tullis said.
Tue 21 Jul | Examiner

The 2015 Beating the Odds Summit in D.C

Manuel Contreras, Brown University senior and co-founder of 1vyG, and others will take part in a panel discussion titled "The 2015 Beating the Odds Summit," hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Some 130 college bound students nationwide are expected to attend.
Tue 21 Jul | ABC News

Inspirational Teen Uses Rock to Finance Cancer Research

Teagan Stedman, founder of Shred Kids' Cancer and a Brown University high school summer student, was featured in Good Morning America's "Get Out and Give," a week-long series showcasing how individuals and organizations are giving back to the community.
Tue 21 Jul | Vice

Live Near A Fracking Site In Pennsylvania?

New research shows a link between hospitalizations and fracking in Pennsylvania. The article cites a Brown University study that found babies in highly fracked regions of Colorado more frequently had birth defects.
Tue 21 Jul | The Wall Street Journal

Do You Know What Your Time Is Really Worth?

Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, comments on an article about outsourcing chores and the value of time. "If hiring help buys you an extra half hour with your job or your kids, it’s worth it, even if in principle you could do it yourself,” Oster said.
Tue 21 Jul | The Globe and Mail

Supportive housing key in battling HIV, study says

Providing supportive housing for HIV patients could increase the number who use anti-retroviral drugs which can bring the disease to undetectable levels and significantly reduce transmission to others, according to a study co-authored by Brown University faculty. “We see very clearly that there are very strong benefits to helping people adhere to their HIV treatment in shelter environments," said Brandon Marshall, professor of epidemiology.
Mon 20 Jul | The Boston Globe

We’ll always be the foreigners

Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, writes an op-ed about how the United States is perceived in other countries and how some would rather adopt a bad idea as long as it was conceived at home.