Mon 26 Jun | Providence Business News

ProThera and WIH receive $1.95M in grant money

ProThera Biologics and Women & Infants Hospital were awarded a $1.95 million to begin the second phase of a study that will examine the potential of an inhibitor protein to treat and prevent neonatal hypoxic ischemic brain injury. Brown faculty members Barbara Stonestreet and Xiaodi Chen will work with ProThera to conduct the study.
Mon 26 Jun | Medical Express

'Own-point-of-view' video method leverages power of perception to improve emergency care

Megan L. Ranney, associate professor of health services, comments on the findings of a recent study that used a video technique to examine physicians' clinical decisions. Although the findings are preliminary, Ranney notes the techniques used in the study can have "obvious applications for studying and improving physicians' cognitive processes, biases and interactions with patients."
Mon 26 Jun | Our Windsor

Keeping weight off is harder than losing it

Rena Wing, profesor of psychiatry and human behavior, commented on some of the common misconceptions around weight loss and how biological processes prevent people from reaching their fitness goals.
Sun 25 Jun | SBS News (AP)

Fentanyl is causing dangerous situations for emergency workers

Two investigators learned first hand of the dangers fentanyl poses after handling the deadly drug at the scene of a drug bust. The investigators said they felt like they were dying after accidentally inhaling some of the white powder. For regular drug users, they might not have a choice in using the illicit drug according to a recent study out of Brown University.
Sun 25 Jun | The Courier

Kaufmann’s speech full of Sasse

Columnist Erin Murphy suggested that Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, felt confident publicly lambasting Sen. Ben Sasse (R), who has criticized President Trump, because traditionally Republican areas are unwavering in their support of Trump, a point underscored by a poll conducted by Brown researchers and the bipartisan polling firm RABA Research.
Sun 25 Jun | Press and Sun Bulletin

What the Trump team should consider before axing Meals on Wheels funds

Binghamton University faculty members David Campbell and Kristina Lambright co-authored an op-ed about the challenges of evaluating social service programs. At issue is the narrative of the effectiveness of the Meals on Wheels program, which Brown researchers say has a large return on investment.
Fri 23 Jun | Providence Business News

New award recognizes Brown University researchers

Six Brown University professors recently earned inaugural Brown Research Achievement Awards from the Office of the Vice President for Research, according to a University news release. Each recipient received a $5,000 research stipend.
Fri 23 Jun | The New York Times

Letters to the editor: Only connected

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote a letter to the editor to dispute an argument by Annalisa Quinn in her review of “Touch," a novel by Courtney Maum. Specifically at issue, Ackerman says her experience with the internet does not match up with Quinn's generalization but has actually been filled with "intense and fascinating conversations with people all over the world."
Fri 23 Jun | U.S. News & World Report (AP)

EPA's former New England leader takes faculty job at Brown

H. Curtis "Curt" Spalding, the former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator for the New England region, will take a faculty position at Brown University's Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, the University announced Tuesday.
Fri 23 Jun | The Boston Globe

Why we need four years of Trump

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, explains why Americans might benefit from letting President Trump finish his term in office. "Our country’s long-term interest will be best served if Trump remains in office until 2021," Kinzer wrote. "It [the election] will show us, through much pain, how dangerous it is to elect ignorant demagogues. That might allow future historians to see a four-year Trump presidency as a watershed in American politics, the moment when we realized the folly of our ways and began to repent."
Thu 22 Jun | Mississippi News Now (Business Wire)

Paxson accepts College Partner Award

At a Wednesday gala in New York City, Brown University President Christina Paxson accepted an award from the Kaplan Educational Foundation that recognized the University's role in increasing college access to disadvantaged students and creating a campus culture that meaningfully included these students in all facets of the academic experience.
Thu 22 Jun |

Simmons named president of Prairie View A&M University

Anthony Bogues, director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, commented on one of Ruth J. Simmons accomplishments during her tenure at Brown. Simmons was recently named the interim president of Prairie View A&M University.
Wed 21 Jun | ABC 6

Brown Alzheimer's study may lead to earlier detection, prevention

On Monday, the first volunteer participated in a worldwide Alzheimer's study that aims to evaluate a drug that might curb the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, commented on what they look when trying to detect Alzheimer's risk.
Wed 21 Jun |

No link between diabetes and stroke symptoms

A new study led by Brown's Dr. Aaron Drucker found no link between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular diseases. The findings are in contrast to another study that linked eczema with an increased risk of problems involving the heart or blood vessels.
Tue 20 Jun | The Washington Post

Setting the agenda: The First Amendment on college campuses

During a Washington Post hosted panel on free speech, Brown University President Christina Paxson and University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer discussed the role of campuses as venues of First Amendment freedoms, the use of “safe spaces” and the future of universities at the forefront of social and civic debate.
Tue 20 Jun | Scientific American

You do not think alone

Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman, co-author of "The Knowledge Illusion," explains why acquiring knowledge is a community effort and why people fail to explain the mechanisms behind processes they think they understand.
Tue 20 Jun | The Washington Times

In unprecedented drug bust, feds seize nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl

Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology, commented on a drug bust in San Diego, Calif., that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 pounds of the potent, synthetic drug fentanyl, which federal authorities say is enough to kill more than a million people. “It’s really alarming. . .,” said Marshall. “We thought we would see hot spots [of fentanyl overdoses] in lower-income or marginalized communities, but found … the risk is really distributed throughout communities.”