Tue 14 Nov | GoLocal Prov

RI Hospital awarded $5.8 million grant for skeletal health

Collectively COBRE (Rhode Island Hospital’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence) has enabled musculoskeletal and joint research at Rhode Island Hospital along with Brown University to achieve prominence nationally and internationally.
Wed 8 Nov | The New York Times

The circadian clock in your nose

Rachel Herz, a sensory researcher at Brown University, and her colleagues designed this study to see if there might be times of day when the sense of smell was more powerful — perhaps making food smell particularly inviting.
Tue 7 Nov | Go Local Prov

Brown Prof. Malle discusses effort to create smart, cuddly robotics for seniors

Malle, lead investigator on a project, dubbed ARIES (Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support), will add artificial intelligence capabilities to Hasbro’s current Joy for All Companion Pets. On GoLocal LIVE Malle discusses the collaborative project between Brown and Hasbro and how the effort could have an important impact on seniors and their quality of lives.
Tue 7 Nov | The New York Times

Building a buzzy hive of invention and collaboration

Article on development in the Jewelry District highlights tells the story of Brown's role. Article states: It’s the sort of collaboration that academic, business and government officials here hope to emulate and build on as they, like many other community leaders around the country, seek to promote a fledgling innovation district. Such networking, experts say, is a key component of the success of established innovation districts elsewhere in the country.
Tue 7 Nov | Wall Street Journal

U.S. spent $5.6 trillion on wars in Middle East and Asia

U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.6 trillion since they began in 2001, according to the new Brown Costs of War study, a figure more than three times that of the Pentagon’s own estimates.
Mon 6 Nov | The New York Times

If you tear a knee ligament, arthritis is likely to follow in 10 years

Article quotes Dr. Brett Owens, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School, who says that other joints are at risk as well. People who repeatedly sprain an ankle are at risk, he said. And up to 40 percent of those who dislocate a shoulder get arthritis within about 15 years, he said.
Sun 5 Nov | Providence Journal

New veteran programs at Brown University

The Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs has initiated the Brown University Veteran Alumni Council (BUVAC), which is geared to keeping military-affiliated alumni up to date with events, announcements and programming on campus.
Sun 5 Nov | The Chronicle of Higher Education

What new book are you most excited about?

Roundup of book recommendations from university professors includes a book recommendation from Johanna Hanink, Brown associate professor of classics: "Why Bob Dylan Matters" by Richard F. Thomas.
Sat 28 Oct | The Economist

Forecasting the opioid epidemic

While deaths from prescription opioids are reaching a plateau, deaths from fentanyl—an illegal drug with 50 times the potency of heroin—have risen 92% over the past year to 22,000 in March. Brandon Marshall, a professor of epidemiology at Brown University, worries that this rise demonstrates the difficulty of preventing addiction.
Fri 27 Oct | Science

Medicine's future?

Medical statistician Glenn Palomaki of Brown University's Warren Alpert Medical School, who studies the consequences of prenatal screening and genetic testing, notes that there is no health benefit to learning about a mutation if a carrier doesn't do anything—and the cost of DNA sequencing is wasted. In contrast, if a person overreacts out of fear, they might consume too many health care services.
Fri 27 Oct | CBS News

Brown University enrolling up to 50 U. of Puerto Rico students tuition-free

It’s not the first time that Brown University has partnered with schools affected by natural disasters. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the school welcomed students who had been displaced in New Orleans. The school has already enrolled 15 students from the University of Puerto Rico and 10 more are scheduled to arrive at Brown on Tuesday.
Fri 20 Oct | Laser Focus World

Brown University researchers use SPPs to alter coherence of light

In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, Brown University (Providence, RI) researchers show that they can use surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs)--propagating electromagnetic waves confined at a metal-dielectric interface--to transform light from completely incoherent to almost fully coherent and vice versa.
Mon 16 Oct | The New Yorker

Welcoming our new robot overlords

A feature on how the conventional view for decades among economists has been that technological advances create as many opportunities for workers as they take away. In the past several years, however, research has begun to suggest otherwise. Article prominently features Brown computer-science professor Stefanie Tellex who studies ways to create robots that can work cooperatively with humans in Brown's Humans to Robots Laboratory.