Steven Sloman, professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, joined the Bill and Wendy Show to discuss the psychological underpinnings that have contributed to the current political climate.
Stephen J. Sheinkopf, professor of psychiatry, comments on the artistic talents that are displayed by people with disabilities and mental illnesses in an article about a new exhibition that is part of Brain Week Rhode Island.
Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, praised Oman as "the geopolitical gem of the Middle East" because of its stance in foreign affairs and its stable government. Kinzer expressed concern about the country's future now that its sultan, Qaboos bin Said, has fallen ill.
Brown medical faculty Traci Green and Josiah Rich are both mentioned in an article about Rhode Island becoming the first state to develop standards for emergency departments that treat patients at risk of opioid-use disorder and/or overdose.
John Davenport, an adjunct associate professor of neuroscience, discusses the impact and allocation of the $1.5 billion in federal funding for the BRAIN Initiative, which aims to increase understanding of how the brain works and address prevalent brain disorders.
Dr. Teri Pearlstein, professor of psychiatry, commented on a preliminary study that suggests a new dietary supplement could reduce symptoms of postpartum depression. Pearlstein, who is not involved with the study, said the findings are intriguing but that women should not assume that taking components of the dietary supplement would prevent the development of postpartum depression.
Richard A. Arenberg, visiting lecturer in international and public affairs, wrote an opinion piece about Sen. Ted Cruz' suggestion for the vice president to circumvent the Senate reconciliation process. "If the Cruz idea is adopted, it would blow a gigantic hole in the Senate rules, destroying the Senate as we know it," Arenberg wrote.
“If you cut off even the essential funding for people to get that treatment, they simply won’t get it,” David C. Lewis said in reference to the Republican-backed health care plan that would reduce addiction services. Lewis is described as the founder of the Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
Sleep researcher Mary Carskadon comments on the growing scientific literature demonstrating the dangers of disrupting sleep cycles, which is most prevalent among shift workers and becomes more common for everyone during weekends.
Michelle Forcier of Brown University responded to several questions about transgender teens and the ethical imperative—from a medical perspective—to provide them with timely surgery and prescribed hormones for their psychological wellbeing.
Diane Lipscombe, director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, co-wrote an article celebrating the complexity of the human brain and noted Rhode Island's commitment to brain research ahead of Brain Week Rhode Island.
A review of Stephen Kinzer's book titled "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire," praised the author for his insights into America's historical struggle over imperialism. Blake Maddux of WBUR wrote, "As Kinzer makes clear, the United States might have been less likely to repeat its mistakes abroad if its leaders learned the lessons of the Spanish-American War."
Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., CEO of Lifespan and a professor of surgery at the Alpert Medical School, wrote about the soaring costs of health care and eliminating processes that add costs without improving outcomes.
An exhibition at Brown University's Center for Public Humanities aims to shed light on what solitary confinement is really like. The exhibition is mostly a large plywood box that resembles the real size of these spaces, which organizers say disproportionately affect gay, lesbian and transgender inmates and usually have a negative impact on prisoners' mental health
A team of researchers from Brown University recently developed an algorithm that allows robots to ask for clarification when confused about a task, much like humans would if they were placed in similar scenarios.
Michael Littman, professor of computer science, comments on the potential pitfalls of relying on artificial intelligence to serve as a matchmaker as proposed by Tinder CEO Sean Rad. “If an automated system observes, perhaps correctly, that people with different political backgrounds tend not to get along, it might never try to match such people together,” Littman said, adding that such a developments could reinforce existing biases.
Richard Clements, an assistant professor at Brown, comments on preliminary research he is involved in that is looking at the vascular system in diabetics, and what, Clements says, could serve as a future treatment for one of the complications associated with diabetes.
Law professor and award-winning author Elyn Saks will deliver the keynote address at Brown University for the March 12 opening of the second annual Brain Week Rhode Island, which celebrates neuroscience research and promotes awareness and understanding of mental health.
Dr. Maureen Phipps, a women’s health researcher at Brown University, commented on new recommendations from a government-backed panel that didn't find enough evidence to so say whether healthy women need routine pelvic exams.
Dr. Milton Hamolsky, professor of medicine, has been honored with Rhode Island Hospital's 2016 Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award, a recognition presented annually to a doctor who has made exceptional contributions to patient care and leadership.