Wed 15 Mar | The Providence Journal

R.I. exhibit features artists with autism

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.
Tue 14 Mar | The Boston Globe

The joy of benevolent dictatorship

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.
Mon 13 Mar | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: R. John Davenport

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.
Mon 13 Mar | HealthDay News

Can supplements ward off the 'baby blues'?

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.
Mon 13 Mar | The Hill

Ted Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it

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.
Sun 12 Mar | CNN

Republican plan for Medicaid could hurt opioid abusers Trump promised to help

“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.
Sun 12 Mar | The Australian

Why grown-ups need a proper bedtime as much as children

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.
Fri 10 Mar | The Washington Post

When is a warlord better than no warlord?

Robert Blair, assistant professor of political science, co-wrote an article about the complex role of warlords and when they should be recognized as a legitimate authority.
Fri 10 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brain research one of R.I.’s strengths

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.
Thu 9 Mar | WBUR

In 'True Flag,' Kinzer pinpoints forgotten moment to explore debate over American imperialism

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."
Thu 9 Mar | RI NPR

Solitary confinement on display at new Providence exhibit

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
Thu 9 Mar | Christian Science Monitor

Tomato pickers win higher pay

Andrew Schrank, professor of public affairs and sociology, comments on the impact of strikes in labor relations after farmworkers in Florida successfully improved their working conditions.
Tue 7 Mar | The Boston Globe

Siri, find me a boyfriend

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.
Tue 7 Mar | Turn to 10

Health Check: Research into diabetes complication

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.
Tue 7 Mar | The Providence Journal

Noted professor to address conference March 12

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.
Tue 7 Mar | Turnto10

Health Check: Biomedical meniscus

Dr. Brett Owens, a researcher from Brown University, commented on ongoing research that is looking into how stem cells might be used to repair one of the most common knee injuries.
Tue 7 Mar | Reuters Health

U.S. doctors not sure all women need pelvic exams

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.