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.”
Wed 23 Aug | The Providence Journal

Herbert Rakatansky: Music’s amazing power to soothe

Herbert Rakatansky, a clinical professor emeritus of medicine at Brown University, wrote an op-ed about the power of music to soothe patients. Rakatansky recalls the time he spent with a terminally ill patient named Gregg (not his real name).
Tue 22 Aug | CNN

The financial cost of 16 years in Afghanistan

With President Trump recently announcing beefing up military efforts in Afghanistan, CNN cited estimates on the current war tally that began in 2001. One estimate from the Cost of War Project at Brown University notes the 16-year war surpassed $4 trillion, and will likely increase with the new announcement.
Mon 21 Aug | RI NPR

Thousands catch glimpse of solar eclipse

Across New England, people gathered in droves Monday to witness a partial eclipse. A long line snaked through Brown University's College Green just before 2 o'clock in the afternoon, as onlookers waited for the chance to see the eclipse through a telescope.
Wed 16 Aug | The Guardian

Teen drug overdose rate in US rose 20% in 2015 after years of decline

Traci Green, a professor in the Warren Alpert Medical School, commented on recent findings indicating a spike in teenage suicides in 2015 after seven years of decline. Green said the findings reflect “a very messy use environment” in which heroin may be tainted with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, fentanyl may be pressed into illegal pills, and users may mix drugs such as opioids and benzodiazepines
Tue 15 Aug | Fortune

Elon Musk is wrong again. AI isn’t more dangerous than North Korea

Michael L. Littman, professor of computer science at Brown University, wrote an op-ed explaining why Elon Musk apocalyptic warning about artificial intelligence is wrong. Littman's comments come after Musk warned that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
Tue 15 Aug | Medscape

Psychiatrist's appointment as US 'mental health czar' praised

Mental health organizations are applauding the U.S. Senate's recent confirmation of psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz as the first assistant secretary for mental health and substance use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). McCance-Katz is currently a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.
Tue 15 Aug | RI NPR

This I Believe Rhode Island: Fleeting Moments

In this edition of RINPR's "This I Believe Rhode Island," Christy Law Blanchard discusses the importance of memories. Blanchard is an associate director for communications and program development at the John Carter Brown Library.
Tue 15 Aug | Cardiology Advisor

Ischemic stroke incidence in men has dramatically decreased

The incidence of all strokes decreased over time in men, but not women, with the difference driven by a decrease in ischemic stroke, according to a study published in Neurology. One of the researchers, Tracy E. Madsen, is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School.
Mon 14 Aug | CNN

Little evidence that marijuana helps chronic pain, PTSD, studies find

Jane Metrik, an associate professor at Brown University's School of Public Health, commented on new research that called into question the effectiveness of marijuana in treating patients with chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. Metrik, who was not involved in the study, said the research is timely and well done.