Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, pens an op-ed explaining why reform leaders who characterize the filibuster as unconstitutional are grossly misrepresenting the founding fathers' design of the Senate.
Melani Cammett, associate professor of political science, comments on reports that powerful Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has left politics, noting that his possible exit highlights the growing polarization within Iraq's ruling Shi'ite community. Cammett says rival Shi'ite factions, who see Sadr as a threat, will do their utmost to weaken his power base.
Katherine Bergeron, dean of the college at Brown University, has been named the 11th president of Connecticut College, and will take office January 1, 2014.
New research led by Brown neuroscientists finds that consolidation of memory during sleep occurs in a small zone of the motor cortex known as the supplementary motor area, not in the primary motor area, as earlier studies had suggested.
Remarks made by Brown University President Christina Paxson at the Annual Meeting of the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2013 are adapted for this piece on the value of the humanities.
The first class of 28 students from 14 states began their studies in the new Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Brown University on Aug. 9 as part of special convocation.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday his daughter Cara is leaving for Harvard University and her twin Mariah is leaving for Brown University this week.
Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on President Obama's proposal for an independent task force of outside experts would review the government’s surveillance efforts, saying that existing oversight mechanisms are “substantial,” and the new proposals could undermine them: “It seems like he is reinventing the wheel,” Edgar says of Obama.
A Rhode Island-based consortium that includes organizations from Brown has won a $1.2-million grant to establish a first-of-its-kind registry of people with autism. The goal of the project is to reach every Rhode Islander with disorder, thereby creating critical resource for researchers.
Researchers from Brown University found that treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP, considered the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment) lowers death risk among people with sleep apnea and COPD.
The “I Will Act on Climate,” a 27-state bus tour stopped in Rhode Island on Wednesday morning, with many of Rhode Island’s top elected officials in attendance about the health effects of climate change. Among the event's speakers was Dov Sax, director of Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies.
Jacob Mishook, a senior research associate for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown, comments on the use of Professional Learning Communities nationwide, noting that teacher quality will only improve if educators buy into data-driven information sharing.
Elissa Jelalian, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior and a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, was elected president of the American Psychological Association. Jelalian will begin her term in January of next year.
Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of history, comments on the work of historian Pauline Maier, who passed away this week. On her analysis of the Declaration of Independence, Wood notes "She had no political agenda. There was nothing that drove her except trying to reconstruct the past as honestly as possible.”
An article on a map created by a University of Virginia researcher that displays the population distribution of every person in America along racial and ethnic lines cites research by John Logan that showed that Minneapolis is only the 40th most segregated city in the country, as well as a census analysis he did to determine which cities had the largest amounts of segregation in America.
A team of New England researchers is working along the coast to identify invasive species in local waters. In this story on a recent dive in Newport, the researchers collect specimens and bring them to a lab at Brown to study them more closely.
State Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso on Wednesday released the tentative schedule for the board's upcoming two-day retreat. During its retreat the board will discuss the proposed nursing center in Providence, at the site of the old Dynamo house. It would be collaborative effort including the state, city, University of Rhode Island, Brown University and Rhode Island College.
Researchers at Brown have created a simple assessment tool that could help quantify the potential for cure for Burkitt lymphoma in newly diagnosed patients and help stratify participants in future clinical trials.
In a Public Editor's Journal blog post on recent photos that have raised questions among Times' readers, editor Margaret Sullivan cites a recent letter to the editor from Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, who objected to the use of photographs of two autistic children who have a tumor-causing gene.
Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, comments on a new study that found that low levels of mitochondrial DNA in cerebrospinal fluid appear to signal the onset of Alzheimer's disease at least 10 years before clinical symptoms and may also be its cause.
An article on the importance of empowering young refugees includes information on ARYSE (the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education) which was founded last year by two Brown alumni and aims to "assist resettled refugee youth in becoming confident, engaged and productive members of American society and beyond."
Christopher Klaus, one of several Alpert Medical School doctors currently on rotation at Block Island Health Services, talks about his background and what he enjoys most about being a doctor.
A column on recent examples of racism against President Obama, including one incident at the Missouri State Fair, cites 2012 Brown research that found that reagrding race-neutral issues that were points of contention between Obama and the GOP, those with a racial antipathy toward blacks were more prone to oppose anything that Obama supported.
A round-up of offerings from continuing education programs at schools around the state includes Brown's Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership and the IE Brown Executive MBA.
A new 12-month fellowship offering physicians more-in-depth training after completing their residency will focus on the psychiatric needs of pregnant and postpartum women, the impact of infertility on women, and the impact of mental illness on infants and children. The program is a partnership between the hospital and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
Gregory Fritz, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, pens an op-ed on how the stigma of mental illness leaves four out of five children with diagnosable psychiatric disorders untreated.
The Lifelong Learning Collaborative announced the launch of its “Healthy Aging” lecture series, which will run from September 3 through December 10 and is created and sponsored in collaboration with the Alpert Medical School. Richard Besdine, director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Alpert Medical School, will deliver the series' Sept. 3 keynote.
Gary Wessel, professor of biology, is collaborating with researchers from URI and Roger Williams University on a project that will try and identify what disease is killing sea stars up and down the East Coast. The research is funded by a $40,000 Collaborative Research Grant from the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council.
Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the use of low-orbiting microsatellites that will soon be sending back frequent, low-cost snapshots of most of Earth’s populated regions from space, saying that the frequency with which images can be updated could raise privacy questions.