Thu 1 Aug | Farmington Press

Nixon withholding will hurt state’s most vulnerable

An op-ed about Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's withholding of Meals on Wheels funding cites recent Brown research that revealed that the more states spend on home-delivered meals, the more likely they are to help people stay in their homes. 
Thu 1 Aug | Bloomberg Businessweek

Senators' Tax Loophole Requests Will Get Special Vault

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, comments on the secrecy behind a Senate-led re-write of the tax code, which many Senators are hesitant to participate in because they don't want word to leak that they’d supported special tax breaks. Arenberg says that while some Senate records are sealed for years, tax reform has typically been public because Senators trusted each other. 
Thu 1 Aug | The Wall Street Journal

Timothy Edgar: Big Transparency for the NSA

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, pens an op-ed on how making surveillance safeguards generally known would reassure the public that their privacy is not being violated. 
Wed 31 Jul | The Providence Journal

Aiming to instill a state of pride

The Rhode Island Foundation announced a campaign to boost the state’s low self-esteem, with the slogan: “It’s All in Our Backyard.” Success stories featured in the campaign include that of Jeff Morgan, professor of medical science, who has invented a new and improved petri dish being manufactured in Cranston.
Wed 31 Jul | The Providence Journal

Overdiagnosis poses risks

Megha Garg, resident in general internal medicine at the Alpert Medical School, writes a letter responding to a recent article on recommended lung cancer screenings for high-risk populations, noting that "The potential harms of lung cancer screening may outweigh the benefits."
Tue 30 Jul | The Providence Journal

Brown duo pulls its weight

Brown University juniors Hunter Leeming and Anders Weiss helped the United States win a silver medal at the U-23 World Rowing Championship over the weekend in Linz, Austria.
Tue 30 Jul | The Telegraph

Meet your digital doppelgänger

An article on how computer programs are being used to create lifelike models of our bodies includes recent research by George Karniadakis, professor of applied mathematics, that modeled cell characteristics and how they affect blood flow.
Tue 30 Jul | Providence Business News

Four R.I. colleges featured in Fiske’s annual guide

Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island all have been included in the upcoming “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014.” The guide highlights student happiness at Brown.
Mon 29 Jul | Constitution Daily

In defense of the filibuster

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, blogs that the filibuster plays a vital role in the Senate as a counterbalance to House of Representatives, and it’s the recent behavior of senators that needs to change for the better.
Mon 29 Jul | Block Island Times

New faces at BIHS: Summer medical resident Neil Jackson

Each year, Block Island Health Services brings in third- and fourth-year medical students on rotation from Brown to assist staff at the island facility with the demands of a very busy season. This first of a series of profiles introduces Neil Jackson to the island community.
Mon 29 Jul | NBC News

Kids who were breastfed longer have higher IQs, new study shows

Sean Deoni, assistant professor of engineering, comments on new research that found that Young children who were breastfed as infants scored higher on intelligence tests than formula-fed kids, noting that the study results show that “exclusive breastfeeding is becoming more and more important.” 
Fri 26 Jul | Los Angeles Times

‘Falling into the Fire’ by Christine Montross

A review of a new book by Christine Montross, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior and codirector of the medical humanities and bioethics scholarly concentration at the Alpert Medical School, which chornicles some of the more severe cases she's worked on. 
Fri 26 Jul | RI NPR

Brown Trustee Implicated in SEC Charges

University officials are not saying whether they will keep Steven Cohen as a member of the Brown Corporation, after the company he founded, SAC Capital Advisors, was charged with widespread insider trading.
Thu 25 Jul | The New York Times

Roberts’s Picks Reshaping Secret Surveillance Court

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, comments on the increasing importance of courts in American life as more surveillance programs come under its review. “If the court is seen as skewed or biased, politically or ideologically, it will lose credibility,” said Edgar.
Wed 24 Jul | Forbes

America's Top Colleges 2013

Brown University was ranked the No. 12 best college in the U.S., according to Forbe's annual America's Top Colleges listing. The 2013 rankings placed Princeton, Yale, and Harvard in No. 3, 4 and 8, respectively.
Wed 24 Jul | The Providence Journal

R.I. health sciences task force begins strategic planning

A group of Rhode Island's academic, economic and labor leaders met Wednesday morning to begin crafting a way for the state to capitalize on its various health sciences organizations. The meeting included a discussion about the nursing education program to be housed in a redeveloped South Street Power Station.
Wed 24 Jul | Discovery News

Red Planet, White Christmas: It Once Snowed on Mars

First it was fresh toboggan tracks on Mars, now it’s evidence that it snowed there, albeit a billion years ago. A new study, led by geology graduate student Kat Scanlon of Brown University, supports the idea that water came down as snow and then melted and ran off to create the branching valley networks that remain visible on Mars today.
Wed 24 Jul | The Washington Post

A visionary’s final ideas on fixing high schools

When Theodore Sizer died of colon cancer at 77 in 2009, critics say the nation lost a leading scholar on high schools and one of the best education writers ever. The former Brown University professor's recently-published book, “The New American High School,” explains his final ideas on fixing high schools.
Tue 23 Jul | Inside Higher Ed

The Stakes for All of Us

Matthew Pratt Guterl, professor of Africana studies and American studies at Brown University, pens an op-ed on the threats humanities face and the value it provides for students.
Tue 23 Jul | The Providence Journal

A major new plan for South Street Power Station

The plan to develop the South Street Power Station into college classrooms and academic offices along the Providence River must resolve little-discussed utility and environmental issues before the proposal for the former industrial sites can move forward.