Wed 3 Apr | MSNBC

Sweet '16 for Clinton and Biden?

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, appears on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton to talk about speculation that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are gearing up for the 2016 presidential race following an event they attended together earlier this week. 
Wed 3 Apr | Los Angeles Times

Dark matter detected in orbit? Not so fast, scientists say

Rick Gaitskell, professor of physics, comments on a recent detection by the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer of mysterious antimatter in low Earth orbit, which may or may not be dark matter. "What you have probably seen from the data is a significant new measurement," said Gaitskell. "Unfortunately, the data wasn’t that conclusive."
Tue 2 Apr | The Providence Journal

R.I.’s decriminalization law takes effect

On Monday, Rhode Island became the 15th state to decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Jared Moffat, a Brown University student and member of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said there is no evidence that decriminalization leads to an increase in marijuana use among young people. 
Tue 2 Apr | Los Angeles Times

Hungry for a group to safely deliver leftover food to charities

A column on the need for a national organization to monitor safety standards of leftover food being donated to charities cites the work of the Food Recovery Network, which has a chapter at Brown. The organization collects leftovers from campus dining halls and delivers them to local nonprofit shelters. 
Tue 2 Apr | The New York Times

Staying H.I.V.-Free for $288

A new study suggests that most young gay men in Mexico City would pledge to stay H.I.V.-free, attend a monthly safe-sex talk and take regular H.I.V. tests to prove they were uninfected — all in return for just $288 a year. The study was done by researchers from Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and Mexico’s national public health institute.
Tue 2 Apr | International Business Times

Carry That Weight: Samoa Air Charges Passengers By Pounds, Not Seats

Samoa Air has taken a novel and extraordinary measure to cope with rising obesity, charging passengers based on how much they weigh, not the value of their seats. Article cites recent research conducted at Brown that found that "westernization" and the attendant changes in diet have contributed to creating an obesity crisis in Samoa and quotes researcher Nicola Hawley, research fellow in clinical psychology. 
Tue 2 Apr | Fox News

Destination Moon: Russia to launch lunar robots

Russia's rekindling an aggressive moon exploration program, an announcement that was made during Microsymposium 54 on "Lunar Farside and Poles — New Destinations for Exploration," held in The Woodlands, Texas, on March 16 and 17. The microsymposium was co-sponsored by Brown University, Russia's Vernadsky Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the NASA Lunar Science Institute. Jim Head, professor of geological sciences, comments on the new plan. 

Tue 2 Apr | USA Today

Obama calls for brain mapping project

President Obama announced a federal brain mapping project Tuesday, aimed at conquering challenges such as epilepsy, autism and Alzheimer's disease. Among those taking part in the project is Brown neuroscientist John Donoghue, who says that NIH-funded research in brain implants and cochlear implant hearing aids already are paying off for patients.
Mon 1 Apr | GoLocalProv

Brown Students Share Reminiscences of Missing Student Sunil Tripathi

When Brown University student Sunil Tripathi was discovered missing on the weekend of March 16, his family quickly and bravely reached out to the local community and the world at large via social media to help locate their missing son/brother. As the Providence Police, the FBI, and concerned friends and citizens continue to work on finding Sunil, GoLocal asked family and friends who know Sunil to share reminiscences, thoughts, and wishes for their missing classmate and friend.
Mon 1 Apr | The Providence Journal

Chafee off mark in blaming media

Brown University Professor Marion Orr, director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy, and others share their thoughts on the factors effecting Gov. Lincoln Chafee's low job approval rating. Orr said the approval ratings result from a combination of factors. "I would say a big factor has to be the economy and a sense among the public that Rhode Island is not situated structurally to pull itself out of this economic down slide," Orr said.
Mon 1 Apr | Providence Business News

Brown adds sex-change coverage

Brown University has expanded its student health insurance to include coverage for sex-change surgery, one of 37 colleges and universities in the U.S. to cover hormone and gender reassignment/confirmation surgeries, according to the Transgender Law and Policy Institute.
Mon 1 Apr | The Providence Journal

Kenneth Berwick: Start high school day later

A letter to the editor from a Smithfield man supporting later school start times cites research by Mary Carsakdon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, which has shown that lack of sleep affects a teenager's mood and his or her ability to perform in an appropriate manner.
Mon 1 Apr | New York Daily News

In Nihad Sirees' 'The Silence and the Roar,' a timely portrait of Syria on the brink

Syrian author and visiting fellow at Brown Nihad Sirees’ prescient novel “The Silence and the Roar” was published in Arabic in 2004 and is now being translated into English. In a phone interview from Brown, Sirees reflected on his country’s descent into chaos. Sirees left his native Aleppo for Cairo in January 2012, after his children convinced him it was too dangerous for him to stay.
Sun 31 Mar | The Guardian (AP)

Mayor leads RI capital city out of financial peril

Angel Taveras knew he'd be inheriting bleak finances when he became Providence mayor in January 2011, so he reached out to union leaders right after his election with a message meant to lay the groundwork for future concessions: I'm going to need your help. With a $110 million deficit that he called a "Category 5 fiscal hurricane," Taveras cut spending across nearly every city department and extracted millions more in voluntary payments from the city's tax-exempt organizations, including Brown University and its hospital systems.
Sun 31 Mar | The Providence Journal

Portraits put a human face on the war in Iraq

On Friday, a selection of the portraits Daniel Heyman made during his Istanbul trip will go on display at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the start of the war, the show will also feature another series of Iraq inspired portraits by Heyman, as well as work by the Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal.
Fri 29 Mar | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Brown U. Program Helps Minority Science Ph.D.'s to Thrive

Brown University has significantly increased the proportion of black and Hispanic students in its life-sciences Ph.D. programs in recent years, and helped those students improve their academic performance, through a program that identifies gaps in undergraduate preparation and provides intensive training to help students master key skills.
Fri 29 Mar | The Japan Times

Iraq, Afghan wars to cost U.S. up to $6 trillion: study

The U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will cost American taxpayers $4 trillion to $6 trillion, taking into account the medical care of wounded veterans and expensive repairs to a force depleted by more than a decade of fighting, according to a new study by a Harvard University researcher. The estimate provides a higher range than another authoritative study on the issue by Brown University’s Eisenhower Research Project.
Fri 29 Mar | GoLocalProv

Prison Methadone Policy Sends Inmates Back To Heroin

A new study by researchers from the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights, a collaboration of The Miriam Hospital and Brown University, offers some insight on the consequences of these mandatory withdrawal policies. According to their research nearly half of the opioid-dependent individuals who participated in the study say concerns with forced methadone withdrawal discouraged them from seeking methadone therapy in the community after their release.
Fri 29 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown launches community lab to tackle state social issues

Brown University will launch a new initiative that will bring together students, faculty and community organizations to tackle pressing social issues with an event on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell St. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Brown University President Christina Paxson and others will make brief remarks.
Thu 28 Mar | The Providence Journal

Taveras unveils plan for city

On Wednesday, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras unveiled a sweeping plan on Wednesday to improve the capital city’s economy at an event held at Brown's ICERM. The public event attracted about 140 business, political and nonprofit leaders to hear his plan for setting Providence on a better economic path.
Thu 28 Mar | The Providence Journal

Counting the vast cost of the Iraq War

Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology and international studies, and Neta Crawford, co-directors on the Costs of War project, pen an op-ed outlining some of their findings and how many of the war's costs have far exceeded "rosy prewar estimates."
Thu 28 Mar | Yahoo! News

Tomorrow's Diapers May Be Made from Greenhouse Gas

A chemical found in diapers and other materials could be made more cheaply and sustainably from carbon dioxide, research shows. "What we're interested in is enhancing both the economics and the sustainability of how acrylate is made," Chemist Wesley Bernskoetter of Brown University, who led the study, said in a statement.
Thu 28 Mar | Yahoo! News

Natural Lubricant Cited as New Osteoarthritis Remedy

Researchers studying the knees of mice have cited a natural lubricant as a new osteoarthritis remedy. The lubricant includes a protein that the human body produces naturally. According to Medical News Today researchers from Rhode Island Hospital and Brown University concluded that adding the protein, lubricin, to the fluid in human joints might cut the risk of developing or could actually prevent osteoarthritis.
Thu 28 Mar | The New York Times

7 of 8 Ivy League Schools Report Lower Acceptance Rates

Seven of the eight colleges and universities that make up the Ivy League have lowered their acceptance rates since last year. The trend to tiptoe toward increased selectivity seems to hold true whether the institution received more or fewer applications than last year. The only Ivy League institution that increased its acceptance rate this year appears to be Dartmouth College
Wed 27 Mar | The Providence Journal

Brown to play two at night

 Brown University's football team will host two night games in 2013, against Rhode Island and Princeton. This will be the fourth season that Brown Stadium has played host to night football. From 2010 to 2012, the Bears hosted one night game each season.
Wed 27 Mar | The Providence Journal

Chafee blames media for low job-approval rating

Following a Taubman Center poll that put Gov. Lincoln Chafee's job approval rating at 25.5-percent, Chafee says the news media is to blame. "We don’t have a Walter Cronkite out there … . Somebody that just calms everybody down and says, ‘Look,’ Chafee said. “Instead, for some reason, the media just gets themselves whipped up … who’s the piñata of the day, who’s the punching bag of the day. And the respect that used to be afforded to leaders [has] eroded across the country, not just Rhode Island.”
Wed 27 Mar | Providence Business News

Lifespan opens stem cell research lab in Knowledge District

Lifespan opened a new stem cell research laboratory Wednesday afternoon on the fifth floor of the hospital network’s Coro Building. Among the speakers at the opening event was Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at the Alpert Medical School. 
Wed 27 Mar | Yahoo! News

Rare View Reveals How Earth's Crust Forms

Don Forsyth, professor of geological sciences, comments on a new study that takes a detailed look at molten magma beneath a mid-ocean ridge and sheds light on the driving forces behind plate tectonics. Forsth, who was not involved in the study, says "This really helps to fill out the picture of how ridges work and how the melt gets from where it's formed to the surface."