Wed 14 Mar | The Boston Globe

Students updating Central Falls disaster plan

A group of undergraduates taught by environmental studies professor Timmons Roberts is helping the financially distressed city of Central Falls update its master plan to respond to natural disasters, including flooding from the Blackstone River. An updated master plan could trigger federal and state funds that planners want to make much-needed improvements.
Mon 12 Mar | The Providence Journal

Op-ed: New president is up to the task

An op-ed about Brown’s newly named president-elect Christina Hull Paxson describes the experience she brings to the role, her accomplishments at Princeton, and what duties she will be charged with upon beginning her tenure at the University. Should she inherit the ongoing negotiations with the city, “She arrives with some solid fund-raising credentials of her own and ample experience dealing with strong wills.”
Mon 12 Mar | USA Today

Is U.S.-Britain relationship still ‘special?’

As British Prime Minister David Cameron prepares for an upcoming U.S. visit, many analysts are looking at the relationship between the two countries and wondering if the connection has shifted as Britain’s global power has diminished. "The policy elites in Britain would like to still believe there is a special relationship between the U.S. and Britain," says Mark Blyth, professor of political economy. "The American focus has shifted toward Germany and the Eurozone and away from the so-called special relationship with Britain."
Mon 12 Mar | The Christian Science Monitor

Documentary sheds light on HIV plight

Twenty years after the announcement that he had been diagnosed with HIV, former NBA star Magic Johnson narrates a documentary about that event. “This film couldn’t come at a more opportune time,” says Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine. “HIV testing is the most important tool we have to fight this ... Magic Johnson, by being so well-liked and respected, is helping to provide a model to youth who think it’s uncool to be tested.”
Sun 11 Mar | The Boston Globe

Event highlights Chinese women filmmakers

Six women filmmakers from China will screen and discuss their documentaries during a two-day event at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence, which is sponsored by Brown’s Year of China series. The filmmakers will also join international scholars for a day-long symposium at the Watson Institute for International Affairs on the role and significance of women’s documentary films in contemporary China.
Fri 9 Mar | The New York Times

Student’s unique sound making waves in the music world

Undergraduate and musician Nicolas Jaar has found an international following for his unique brand of electronica. The comparative literature concentrator used his winter break to play concerts throughout South America and Europe. His 2011 debut album “Space Is Only Noise” sold 25,000 copies worldwide and appeared on many year-end “best-of” lists. “I’ve had a dream forever of making music live for people, to actually improvise from scratch, and to do it for a long time, so that people get to see the whole creative process,” Jaar says.
Fri 9 Mar | The Huffington Post

Debating the compatibility of science and religion

In this “Hot-Button Debate,” Kenneth Miller, professor of biology, squares off against Michael Shermer, founding editor of Los Angeles-based "Skeptic" magazine on the proposition that "science and religion are incompatible." Readers are invited to read both experts’ side of the argument and then vote on who wins.
Wed 7 Mar | The Takeaway

Rethinking the GOP primary process

 James Morone, professor of political science, contributes to this conversation about whether the GOP needs to rethink its primary system. Morone argues that the Republican primary system is simply not working for the GOP the way that it worked for Democrats in 2008 and that it may, in fact, be tearing the party apart. “What we ought to be looking at is a large set of Super Tuesdays, a set of regional primaries one after the other that helps tamp down the kind of great insurgency that comes from a small minority,” Morone says. 
Wed 1 Feb | foxnews.com

The mental struggle involved in smoking cessation

 Difficulty concentrating can stem from any number of causes, including hormone or vitamin deficiency, a change in medication or poor diet. Christopher Kahler, professor of behavioral and social sciences, adds nicotine withdrawal to this list. He adds that while quitting smoking can be a struggle, the mental health boost gained from quitting more than compensates. “There’s a psychological benefit to it,” Kahler says. 

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