Mon 7 Oct | Scientific American

Feces-Filled Pill Stops Gut Infection

Colleen Kelly, clinical assistant professor of medicine, comments on the use of capsules containing donor bacteria to treat Clostridium difficile. “This pill idea really is a big advance,” Kelly said. 

Mon 7 Oct | Nature

Student projects interrupted by US shutdown

A student team from Stanford and Brown universities that works at  NASA’s Ames Research Center near San Francisco in the summer developing a synthetic biology project is one group mentioned in this story about students who were affected by the government shutdown. 

Sat 5 Oct | The Huffington Post

Living 'The Good Life': How Brown University Students Are Learning To Ask The Big Questions

An upcoming two-day lecture and seminar by William Irvine, a professor of philosophy at Wright State University, at Brown University will deliver an unexpected message: how to live “the good life” with happiness and success. Irvine's visit to Brown, scheduled for late February, is part of the university’s wide-ranging commitment to explore the Big Questions and what it means to live the "good life," part of the Ethical Inquiry program.

Fri 4 Oct | The Journal Sentinel

Psst! A little secret about Obamacare

James Morone, political science professor at Brown University, comments on Obamacare,  saying it has laws with provisions championed by both liberals and conservatives. "The huge irony is that Democrats are trying essentially the Republican idea," said Morone.

Thu 3 Oct | MSN

Artist finishes bear sculpture

An artist has completed the biggest bronze sculpture of a grizzly bear ever made in Britain. The sculpture, known as Indomitable, was commissioned by Brown University and weighs 2.2 tons.

Thu 3 Oct | USA Today

Students fight climate change, cite personal reasons

Students at Brown University cite their future as the reason for getting involved with climate change activism on campus. "When I'm 49, I want to be building on their progress, not cleaning up their messes," a senior at Brown said.

Tue 1 Oct | Yahoo!

500,000 Risky Prescriptions for Seniors Go Unreported

A study by Brown researchers found that Medicare Advantage health plans failed to report 500,000 prescriptions of high-risk medications to seniors. The findings highlight the potential dangers of risky prescribing, and call into question the accuracy of measures used by the government to rate health plans for people older than 65.

Mon 30 Sep | Providence Business News

Sequestration’s effects are only beginning to be felt

Karen Markin, director of research development for the Division of Research & Economic Development at the University of Rhode Island, writes about the effects sequestration will have on scientific innovation, including federally funded research that takes place at Rhode Island institutions of higher education, including the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. 

Mon 30 Sep | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Peter Monti

Peter Monti is the director of the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary, discusses the Center's work and his own career in addiction studies. 

Mon 30 Sep | The New York Times

Psychotherapy’s Image Problem

Brandon A. Gaudiano, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, pens an op-ed about the decline of psychotherapy despite research showing that it works and has more lasting benefits than medication to treat many common psychological conditions. 

Mon 30 Sep | CNN Money

Is Obamacare a jobs killer?

David Wyss, adjunct professor of economics and international relations, comments on current national hiring patterns, saying "Work still needs to be done. But it may be biasing toward more part-timers."

Mon 30 Sep | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Over 3,500 RNA Editing Sites Declared Bona Fide

The seeming vagaries of the transcriptome may become more explicable, thanks to validation efforts that are distinguishing true RNA editing events from artifacts. One such effort by researchers at Brown University involved the painstaking, genome-wide validation of 1,799 RNA editing sites in Drosophila melanogaster, plus the prediction of another 1,782 sites, resulting in a master list of 3,581 sites. 

Fri 27 Sep | American Scientist

Blood in Motion

George Karniadakis, professor of applied mathematics, discusses his simplified approach for describing how blood flows through the smallest vessels. Video included at the link. 

Fri 27 Sep | The Providence Journal

Investment group Ocean State Angels bets on Brown-based biotech company

Ocean State Angels, an investment group born in 2012 out of Rhode Islanders’ interest in reinvigorating the state’s economy has put its first financial bet on Tivorsan Pharmaceuticals — a biotech company formed on the basis of 25 years of research by Justin Fallon, a Brown University professor. Ocean State Angels was formed by Michael G. Ehrlich, chairman of orthopedics at the Alpert Medical School, and his son.

Fri 27 Sep | The New York Times

The Shifting Mandala

An op-ed on native plant conservation cites research coa-authored by Dox Sax, director of the Center for Environmental Studies, found that amid competition from invasive plant species, biodiversity can actually increase in two centuries. 

Thu 26 Sep | The Providence Journal

R.I. gets $11-million grant for drug fight

Rhode Island has been awarded a five-year, $11-million federal grant for substance-abuse prevention work. Stephen Buka, an epidemiologist and developmental psychologist who chairs the epidemiology department at Brown, will be co-chair of the research group looking at prescription drug use. 

Thu 26 Sep | WJAR

Health Check: Anal cancer vaccine

A Brown University oncology research group is experimenting with an HPV vaccine designed to fight anal cancer. "Our hope is that the vaccine will stimulate the immune system to attack the cancer cells and increase the cure rate in patients with more advanced disease," said Howard Safran, professor of medicine. 

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