Thu 13 Jul | Eos

Signs of water in a Moon rock

Ariel Deutsch, a Brown graduate student, co-authored a summary of recent findings suggesting the presence of water on the Moon and the topics discussed during a workshop hosted by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute in November.
Wed 12 Jul | Associated Press

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

This feature on the damages children incur from chronic stress cites a Brown University study that touches on the same topic. The study found evidence of elevated levels of inflammatory markers in saliva among children who had experienced abuse and other adversity.
Wed 12 Jul | The New York Times

Firebrand Hindu cleric ascends India’s political ladder

The appointment of Yogi Adityanath’s to rule India’s most populous state “invests a certain amount of power in Yogi Adityanath that cannot be easily taken away,” said Ashutosh Varshney, a professor of political science and international studies at Brown University. “Modi has been either unwilling to stop his rise, or unable to stop his rise,” he said.
Tue 11 Jul | Pacific Standard

Can smoking during pregnancy create a socially deviant kid?

A research team led by Brown University's Angela Paradis found a correlation between anti-social behavior and smoking while pregnant. The findings suggest that women who smoke while pregnant increase the odds their children will commit violent crimes as an adolescent and as an adult.
Tue 11 Jul | Quanta magazine

Pentagon tiling proof solves century-old math problem

Rich Schwartz, a mathematician at Brown University, commented on a researcher's discovery that solves a centuries-old mystery that involves using pentagons together in a tiling, a process where basic shapes are placed together to create larger images.
Mon 10 Jul | The Providence Journal

Brown medical school to pioneer addiction-treatment program

Beginning in May 2018, medical school students at the Warren Alpert Medical School will graduate with the necessary training to qualify for the required “waiver” from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe medications such as buprenorphine, known by its brand name Suboxone, to treat opioid-use disorders. The program—the first of its kind in the country—is part of a treatment strategy in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force’s Action Plan.
Mon 10 Jul | GQ

How baby boomers ruined everything

In a recent GQ interview, Brown economist Mark Blyth discussed a range of topics that included the rise of "alt-work," his thoughts on universal basic income, and the legacy of the baby boomers.
Mon 10 Jul | Space News

China’s long march to the moon

James Head, a planetary scientist from Brown University, commented on the goal of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program and how China is preparing for lunar exploration.
Fri 7 Jul | Indian Express

Crime and context

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, wrote an op-ed addressing the rise in lynchings in parts of India and the political context that could be contributing to more violence.
Fri 7 Jul | Nikkei Asian Review

Japan's moon ambition faces skeptical public

James Head, professor of geological science, commented in an article about the lackluster reception of Japan's announcement of a manned mission to the Moon. Head said the plans are exciting and noted that John F. Kennedy's announcement in the 1960s to send humans to the celestial object inspired him to pursue a career in space science.
Fri 7 Jul | Teen Vogue

Ethics director Walter Shaub just resigned

Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science, comments on the meaning and significance of Walter Shaub resignation. Shaub was the Obama appointed director of the Office of Government Ethics.
Fri 7 Jul | CGTN

The Heat: G-20 Summit

Vladimir Golstein, an analyst on Russian foreign policy and a professor of Slavic studies at Brown University, joined a panel to discuss what could come out of the G-20 summit, where leaders from around the world talked about the biggest global challenges.
Thu 6 Jul | Albuquerque Journal

Expert: NM teacher evals are toughest in the nation

New Mexico rated more than twice as many teachers below effective than any other state in a 24-state study conducted by a Brown University economist who studies teacher evaluation systems across the country.
Thu 6 Jul | Buzzfeed

In some counties, opioids are prescribed more often

Federal data shows that doctors in some counties are prescribing up to six times more opioids than in 2015. Dr. Melanie Lippmann, assistant professor of emergency medicine, said the data showed other encouraging data like the overall decline of opioid prescriptions in the U.S.
Thu 6 Jul | Health Data Management

EHR use interrupts doctor-patient connection

The use of electronic health records during patient encounters has the potential to negatively impact patient-physician interactions, according to a Brown University study that used a qualitative analysis of comments from hospital- and office-based physicians.
Thu 6 Jul | The National

Need for 'unified strategy' to fight extremism propaganda

Selim Sazak, a researcher at Brown University, is quoted in this article about battling ISIL propaganda. He said that countries involved in the fight need a clearer strategy. “Sixteen years since 9/11 and we still don't have a grand strategy on how to combat violent extremism,” said Mr Sazak.
Thu 6 Jul | Modern Medicine

Tympanostomy tubes improve short-term hearing but lack long-term benefit

Dale W. Steele, MD, associate professor of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown and co-author of the report, says there have been very few randomized trials involving tympanostomy tubes for children with recurrent acute otitis, and there is a particular need for further research—particularly for higher risk patient groups.
Wed 5 Jul | Bloomberg

The Daily Prophet: Whatever you call it, it isn't complacency

Roundup of market trends notes that John Friedman, an associate professor of economics at Brown University, told Bloomberg News' Suzanne Woolley in May that the affluent are active savers and that active savers make up 15 percent to 20 percent of all savers.