Sat 23 Sep | The Providence Journal

Tiny crab is destroying Narragansett Bay marshes

Rising seas and the encroachment of the purple marsh crab in New England combined are likely to transform the region's healthy marsh ecosystem into barren mud flats within the next two decades, according to a study led by Brown University ecologist Mark Bertness.
Sat 23 Sep | Herald Mail Media

Highway congestion: Is Maryland’s approach wrong?

Matthew Turner, professor of economics, says Maryland's plan to add lanes to reduce highway congestion is not likely to solve the issue. Turner, who studied highway congestion while he was at the University of Toronto, noted that this approach usually leads to the same traffic patterns after 10 years.
Fri 22 Sep | U.S. News & World Report

College programs offer a path to professional degrees

With benefits like lower costs, flexibility and guaranteed acceptance once admitted, programs such as Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education can be a spring board for highly motivated students.
Thu 21 Sep | Baltimore Sun

Now empowered to control city school board, Baltimore mayor seeks new applicants

With Baltimore’s mayor now having full control of its school board, Brown professor Kenneth Wong said his research on the topic has revealed that student outcomes are generally better when mayors have control of the school board they overlook. Mayors more often understand the need to devote more resources and support to the lowest-performing schools, according to Wong.
Thu 21 Sep | Live Science

Teen dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome'

Dr. Katharine Phillips, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School, described the signs and symptoms of a hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania. Her comments come after news of a British who died from an extremely rare intestinal condition known as Rapunzel syndrome.
Wed 20 Sep |

5 surprising causes of Alzheimer's disease

A round up of surprising causes of Alzheimer's disease includes insights from Brown University researcher Suzanne de la Monte. She says the brain, like any other organ, can develop insulin resistance that leads to the harmful buildup of proteins.
Wed 20 Sep | Wicked Local Cape Cod

Cape Cod divided on possible injection sites

As the fight against the opioid epidemic continues and discussions are underway in Cape Cod on whether to build safe injection sites (SIF), Wicked Local cites data compiled by Brown epidemiologist Brandon Marshall that found SIFs reduced overdose mortality rates in Vancouver by as much as 35 percent.
Wed 20 Sep | Deccan Herald

Social media not to blame for political polarization

Researchers at Brown University say that the growth in political polarization is greatest among people who don't use social media or the internet, which downplays a popular theory about the web's role in increasing political polarization.
Tue 19 Sep | Turn to 10

Mexico City's terrain makes it susceptible to damage

Terry Tullis, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, commented on the earthquake responsible for killing at least 139 people in Mexico yesterday. He said the west coast region Mexico is prone to earthquakes because it rests on a fault line, and that if a similar one occurred in Los Angeles that it would likley be called 'the big one."
Tue 19 Sep | The Deccan Chronicle

Homework is age-appropriate, parents say

Students in pre-k are increasingly being assigned homework that requires parent's involvement, but parents tell the Deccan Chronicle the homework that's intended to foster parent-child bonds can be taxing. This article cites a Brown University study that found children's homework can be a cause for stress among a family.
Mon 18 Sep | RI NPR

NE ash trees at risk of extinction

With ash trees under threat of extinction because of a little foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer, Brown researcher Tim Whitfeld said the trees' potential demise in the Ocean State might offer an opportunity for non-plant species to thrive. He also notes how this development might negatively affect other species.
Mon 18 Sep | The Atlantic

The real difference between warm and cool colors

Paja Faudree, a linguistic anthropologist at Brown University, said she is skeptical of the findings of a recent study that found, across languages, it's easier to describe colors depending on whether it falls on the warmer side of the color spectrum, which would have implications on the evolution of color vision.
Mon 18 Sep | Inverse

'Sonic weapons' fail to describe what actually happened in Cuba

Despite various news reports speculating that U.S. officials in Cuba are suffering symptoms because of covert 'sonic weapons," researchers including Brown former professor Seth Horowitzi say there is no evidence to support the hypothesis regarding the diplomats' ailments.
Mon 18 Sep | International Business Times

Who is Samuel Johnson? Google doodle honors dictionary author

This week, Google paid homage to 18th century English author Dr. Samuel Johnson, who authored the influential "A Dictionary of the English Language." Krysta Ryzewski, a visiting scholar in archaeology and the ancient world, offered insights into the word selection used to define the word 'school.'
Sat 16 Sep | The Boston Globe

America’s slow-motion military coup

The emergence of a military junta — the three generals Trump said he would defer to for foreign policy choices — should be a cause for concern because they may not be best equipped to make decisions on America's long term interests, according to Watson Institute senior fellow Stephen Kinzer.