Tue 1 Aug | Americas Quarterly

Latin America can’t afford to follow the U.S. on climate change

Although the U.S. stepped out of the Paris Climate Accord, leaders in Latin American countries have several reasons why they should strengthen their agenda on climate change and buck from President Trump's stance, according to an op-ed co-authored by Brown faculty member Guy Edwards.
Tue 1 Aug | The Standard

Mobile phones, HIV medicines hurting your unborn baby

More than half of the babies born to mothers taking antiretroviral drugs (ARV) were delivered prematurely, according to Brown University researcher Susan Cu-Uvin. She presented the findings during an HIV conference in Paris that highlighted an urgent need to further study the effects of ARVs on unborn children.
Tue 1 Aug | Artnet News

Can rapid 3-D printing boost performance art?

New York based non-profit Performa has launched a three-year partnership with the Brown Arts Initiative. To celebrate the collaboration, the organizations have commissioned work by performance and multimedia artist Kelly Nipper, which will be previewed at Brown University in early October and later at Performa's seventh art biennial in November. "This collaboration goes to the heart of what the BAI does: expand on Brown’s legacy of enriching artistic practice by supporting all that is experimental, forward-thinking, and cutting-edge in the arts across departments, among artists, and with eminent partners like Performa,” BAI faculty director Butch Rovan said in a statement.
Tue 1 Aug | Providence Business News

Brown receives $9.2M to create bioluminescent neuroscience tools

Researchers at Brown University have been awarded 9.2 million over five years from the National Science Foundation to lead a national center dedicated to developing and disseminating new tools based on giving nervous system cells the ability to make and respond to light.
Mon 31 Jul | Bloomberg

GOP should move on to taxes, says Brown's Schiller

Brown University Chair of Political Science Wendy Schiller examines the main issues facing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party and the steps they can take to move Trump's agenda forward. She speaks with Bloomberg's David Gura on "Bloomberg Surveillance."
Mon 31 Jul | RT America

Oceans on the moon? (Video)

Brown researcher Ralph Milliken joined RT America to discuss recent findings suggesting the presence of water underneath the Moon's surface
Sun 30 Jul | Quartz

The dangerous myth of a singular, unified, white American South

The HBO showrunners of Games of Thrones are about to embark on a new television series that focuses on what America would be like if the South won the Civil War, but Brown faculty member Matthew Pratt Guterl wrote an op-ed explaining the danger of oversimplifying a narrative that could have real real world consequences.
Sat 29 Jul | The Hill

Republicans can learn from John McCain’s heroism

Richard A. Arenberg, a visiting lecturer of political science, and international and public affairs, wrote an op-ed about the lessons that might be gleaned from Sen. John McCain, who on Tuesday cast a critical vote against the Affordable Care Act and made a plea for politicians to trust lawmakers on the other side.
Fri 28 Jul | RI NPR

Scott MacKay commentary: Of Mass and RI, Raimondo and Baker

Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on a potential reason why Gov. Gina Raimondo's approval rating is lower than Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts. One reason for the rating disparity could be because Raimondo is a woman, Schiller says, adding that it is harder for women to be seen as men’s equals in executive posts, such as mayor and governor, because voters don’t have a history of seeing women in those positions.
Tue 25 Jul | Inside Higher Ed

Assessing colleges' contributions to social mobility

A new paper co-authored by Brown economist John Friedman examines the key findings of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which exploits a unique data set to assess the contributions that individual colleges make to intergenerational social mobility. The research received significant attention upon its public release last winter, including in Inside Higher Ed, but the paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research explores the findings in depth.
Mon 24 Jul | The Atlantic

The meaning of India's "Beef Lynchings"

This feature on the origins of 'beef lynchings' and the political turmoil that has ensued in India after the death of a Muslim boy includes a viewpoint by Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science.
Mon 24 Jul | The Providence Journal

RI boomers urged to get screened for hepatitis C

Dr. Lynn Taylor, assistant professor of medicine, describes why hepatitis C is called the 'silent epidemic' and the medical advances in recent years for treating the virus that's estimated to have infected 17,000 Rhode Islanders—with as many as 75 percent of carriers not knowing they have the virus.
Mon 24 Jul | Medical Economics

Do younger doctors outperform older physicians?

Dr. Stuart Spitalnic, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, cast serious doubts over the findings in a new study that suggests the older a doctor is, the higher the mortality rates of patients would be. “There are so many obvious and not so obvious reasons why the conclusions may be completely false—even the opposite—of what was observed that perhaps a real study of the question may give a better answer,” Spitalnic said. “The authors themselves point out this could, if any relationship existed at all, be explained by a cohort effect.”
Mon 24 Jul | Refinery 29

Are you one of the many women suffering from 'high-functioning anxiety'?

Amy Bach, a clinical psychologist and a professor at Brown University, commented on a emerging trend among millennials called "high-functioning anxiety.”The term, which refers to individual who conceal their anxiety while seeming undeterred, minimizes the distress people are enduring, Bach said. In actuality, Bach says, "they may privately suffer intense panic attacks, follow hours of secret compulsive rituals, or feel paralyzed at the thought of air travel, meeting new people, public speaking, or even making mistakes.
Sun 23 Jul | Wired

Decoding the geometry of viruses could lead to better vaccines

Govind Menon, a mathematician at Brown University, described his work in exploring self-assembling micro- and nanotechnologies. He says his work shares some similarities to the research by Reidun Twarock and Peter Stockley, who together are studying how the hepatitis B virus assembles itself.
Sun 23 Jul | The Providence Journal

Political Scene: Topsy-turvy week for Raimondo

Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on Gov. Gina Raimondo's re-election chances after a tumultuous week that saw the governor featured in the New York Times, but also mentioned in poll tagging her as one of the "most unpopular governors" in the country.

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