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.
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.
Fri 15 Sep | uexpress

When your kids don't want you to sell

Zhenchao Qian, a professor of sociology, commented on one of the several reasons why large numbers of adult children haven't left their family's abode now that the Great Recession of 2007 is fading into memory. This article was published under a different title by the South Florida Sun-Sentinal on Friday, Sept. 15.
Thu 14 Sep | National Public Radio

In their own Words: Why armed fighters attack aid workers

A Brown University paper is cited in this NPR article about new research that sheds light as to the reasons why humanitarian workers have been targets for violent attacks, ranging from kidnappings to gang rapes to beheadings.
Wed 13 Sep | Medscape

Computers shrink orthopedic surgeons' roles

Alan H. Daniels isn't concerned that robots will replace doctors anytime soon, even though computers have bested humans in less urgent, but complex games such as Go, chess and Jeopardy. "Further refinement of technology" is one of the reasons why artificial intelligence hasn't taken over the role of surgeons at the operating table, according to Daniels, who is an assistant professor at Brown and a orthopedic surgeon.
Wed 13 Sep | The Providence Journal

“Crossing Borders” exhibit touches on immigration issues

To enter the newly installed exhibition titled "Crossing Borders," visitors will need to pass through a metal detector that is reminiscent of the hurdles immigrants go through. The artists' sophistication in embedding issues of immigration in the works is something that might be expected of academic galleries, and appropriately enough, the show will travel to Brown University this fall.
Wed 13 Sep | Providence Business News

Report: R.I. schools need $627.5M fix

Warren Alpert Medical School's Patricia Flanagan is among 13 members assigned to the Rhode Island Schools Task Force, which will give recommendations to Gov. Gina Raimondo on ways to improve the crumbling infrastructure of Rhode Island Public Schools.
Wed 13 Sep | Turn to 10

Hospital shooting puts spotlight on security

More comments from Dr. Eli Adashi on improving the security measures at hospitals following the deadly shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A professor of medical science at Brown University, Adashi authored a paper on active shooter incidents at hospitals in 2015 that provided recommendations that could stem the increase of active shooter threats.
Wed 13 Sep | Newsweek

What is the song in the iPhone X commercial? Listen to 'Best Friend' by Sofi Tukker

Brown University graduates Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern provided the hip iPhone X soundtrack that introduced Apple's newest handset to the rest of the world. The soundtrack came from a song called "Best Friend," which was produced by the New York musical duo Sofi Tukker and three other collaborators. The ad has already been seen more than 8 million times on Youtube.
Tue 12 Sep | NPR

For many women, cervical cancer screening may get a lot simpler

Maureen Phipps, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, commented on the importance of screening for cervical cancer. The task force, which began taking public comments, recently published draft recommendations that give women more flexibility in choosing the screening they want in order to detect cervical cancer at its earliest stages.
Tue 12 Sep | Fortune

Here’s what America can do for the post-Irma Caribbean

Patsy Lewis, director of development studies at Brown University, wrote an op-ed about what Americans and the United States could do to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and caused incalculable damage to small islands.