Wed 6 Sep | Washington Post

Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change?

As Texans worry about the potential health effects from the flooded plant that led to a massive fire, Brown Associate Professor Jeff Colgan wrote in his most recent op-ed that this type of incident is called a 'knock-on' effect of climate change and that political fights are likely to ensue over whose responsible for other 'knock-on' effects as the climate continues to warm.
Tue 5 Sep | Forbes

Why should Americans care about foreign privacy?

Timothy H. Edgar, an academic director in Brown University's Executive Master in Cybersecurity program, wrote an op-ed about the implications of Edward Snowden's decision to disclose National Security Agency practices and why any reforms of the NSA's surveillance programs must protect the privacy of all people around the world, not just those of American nationality.
Tue 5 Sep | The Alternative Daily

If you love to travel or take risks, you have this gene

John McGeary, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said there is more to genes regarding a growing consensus among some geneticist that say a specific gene is responsible for why some people are adventure-seeking.
Mon 4 Sep | The New York Times

A baby wails, and the adult world comes running

A new study suggests that crying is tied to infant survival, and has a primal impact on nearby adults. This article cites another study co-authored by Barry Lester of Brown University that showed that environmental factors, too, may subtly shape the sound of a baby’s cry.
Thu 31 Aug | The Hindu

Greening up the timeline

As hurricanes around the world grow in intensity, Lavanya Mohan of The Hindu published a list of Twitter handles that publish nugget-sized insights about the environment, ecology and climate. One of the handles belongs to Kaustubh Thirumalai, who is a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
Wed 30 Aug | ABC6

Did climate change lead to Hurricane Harvey?

As Houston residents recover from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Brown oceanographer Baylor Fox-Kemper explained to ABC6 News that the frequency of catastrophic hurricanes has changed because of climate change.
Wed 30 Aug | New Scientist

Fatal AI mistakes could be prevented by having human teachers

David Abel, a graduate student at Brown University, said that before artificial intelligence are able to take on more important roles in hospitals or homes that there should be an assurance about their safety. His comments come after a new study suggests—in some circumstances—that AI could avoid making serious errors if it learned from a human.
Wed 30 Aug |

The 1 language that CEOs must learn to get ahead

If you're looking to expand your linguistic horizons while simultaneously setting yourself up for professional success, there's one language that vastly outpaces the rest in terms of its utility according to Brown economist Emily Oster.
Wed 30 Aug |

This immigrant founder taught himself English

Diane Green, a learning specialist at Brown University's Alpert Medical School, commented on the potential impact of an app developed by Brown alumnus Cliff Weitzman that helps students with dyslexia learn faster. "With the capability of using Speechify, these same students can listen to written information at a pace that is comfortable for them," Green says. "The students can see the text as it is being spoken, thereby significantly improving their reading of medical terminology."
Mon 28 Aug | The New York Times

How horses got their hooves

In a New York Times write up of a new study that sheds light on the evolution of horses' hooves, Professor Emerita of Evolutionary Biology Christine Janis said the study is a careful examination of “a story everyone had taken for granted and hadn’t really tested thoroughly." Janis was not involved in the research.
Mon 28 Aug | New Books Network

Theorizing Race in the Americas

Professor of Political Science Juliet Hooker joined the New Books Network to discuss her latest book, titled "Theorizing Race in the Americas." The interview is available via podcast.
Mon 28 Aug | Huffington Post (Reuters)

The average cost of care after a dementia diagnosis is over $300,000

Researchers found that a heavy financial burden in excess of $300,000 befalls families when a member of their own is diagnosed with dementia. The study's lead author is Dr. Eric Jutkowitz, an assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University.
Sun 27 Aug | The Providence Journal (AP)

AP Sources: Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi to lead Uber

Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been named Uber’s top executive, taking the difficult job of mending the dysfunctional ride-hailing giant and turning it from money-losing behemoth to a profitable company. Khosrowshahi is a graduate of Brown University.
Sat 26 Aug | Standard-Journal

Go ahead, knock yourself out

Dr. Peter Kriz, chief of primary care sports medicine at University Orthopedics and assistant team physician for Brown University Athletics, gave recommendations on ways to reduce the occurrence of head injuries in sports, specifically football. The article mentions that Kriz's comments are from quotes he gave to the Providence Journal.
Fri 25 Aug | The Providence Journal

Brown data research gets major boost

In a clear sign that Brown University’s new Data Science Initiative is on the right research track, the National Science Foundation has awarded it a $1.5-million grant to further develop “new tools for applying data to complex problems,” in the words of initiative head Jeffrey Brock, chair of the Mathematics Department.
Fri 25 Aug | Now Toronto

CNE 2017: Why is there no hip-hop at the Bandshell?

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, commented on how hip-hop has unified people following the announcement of this year's Bandshell lineup, a concert series in Canada that doesn't have a single a hip-hop performer.
Thu 24 Aug | Financial Times

America tampers with the Chomsky trade at its peril

Short-sighted penny pinching threatens to halt American technological innovations, according to an op-ed by Brown Professor of Political Economy Mark Blyth. "If US politicians really care about the future of their country they will invest more, not less, in the Chomsky trade. If they want to hand global technological leadership to China, they should keep going down the path they have chosen," Blyth wrote.
Thu 24 Aug | Discover

Can this ancient Babylonian tablet improve modern math?

Researchers in Australia say an ancient Babylonian tablet that’s considered the world’s oldest trigonometric table was a far more powerful tool than it’s given credit for. The article notes that Brown mathematics historian Otto Neugebauer was the first to offer insights into the purpose of the tablet. Neugebauer's theory was that the phone sized tablet contained solutions to the equation a2 + b2 = c2, which suggested at the time that Babylonians, not the Greeks, were the pioneers of trigonometry.
Thu 24 Aug | International Business Times

Millennials' best chances of climbing the ladder, according to two recent studies

John Friedman, an associate professor economics at Brown, commented on the recent study he co-athoured that focused on college access and upward mobility. “You should go to Harvard if you can — you don’t need researchers to tell you that,” he said. But for high school juniors and seniors who aren’t getting into the Ivy League and perhaps have a plethora of similar, middle-tier options, he added, “Some of those schools are going to be better than others, even if they say in the rankings, in the U.S. News and World Report, that they all look the same.”