Wed 13 Feb | Los Angeles Times

Advice for MFA applicants, from Brown University's Brian Evenson

After reviewing the most recent pool of MFA applications, Brian Evenson, professor of literary arts, has posted on Facebook an 11-point list of advice titled "Advice for Future MFA Applicants." Items include "Turn in your very best piece of fiction," and "Don't try to pretend you're something you're not."

Wed 13 Feb | The New York Times

From Obama, a Proudly Liberal Message

Ted Widmer, assistant to the president for special projects at Brown, pens an op-ed on the new, highly liberal tone Pres. Obama set in his recent State of the Union address. "Mr. Obama was looser than he has been in these previous annual messages to Congress — and unapologetic about his belief in government as an instrument to improve people’s lives," Widmer writes. 

Wed 13 Feb | Yahoo! News

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Sparks Controversy. Offensive or Overreaction?

Evelyn Hu-DeHart, professor of history and ethnic studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown, comments on allegations by the website Jezebel that Sports Illustrated used minorities as "props" in its latest swimsuit issue. "It's understandable why some would find these photos disturbing," Hu-DeHart says. 

Tue 12 Feb | Indiana Public Media

Fruit Fly Mutations Help Researcher Explain Human Diseases

A new study by Brown and Indiana University researchers finds a gene mutation in fruit flies which may help explain how human diseases change over time. The research may pave the way for studying markers in human mitochondria and determining if the children of parents with complex diseases will actually develop them. 

Mon 11 Feb | Providence Business News

Brown students’ experiences spawn backpack-cover idea

A Q&A with Brown senior David Emanuel, who won first place in the statewide Elevator Pitch competition for a student business called Lock’d, a security cover for backpacks. Emanuel and his team at Brown expect to have a working prototype by the end of this year’s spring semester.

Mon 11 Feb | Inside Higher Ed

Nemo on Campus

Images of New England colleges during this weekend's blizzard include one of Brown's snow-covered Van Wickle gates. 

Sun 10 Feb | The Providence Journal

The fearsome politics of immigration

Ed Fitzpatrick writes about new research by Rose McDermott that found that people who are genetically predisposed to higher levels of social fear tend to support anti-immigration and pro-segregation policies.

Sun 10 Feb | USA Today

Spending cuts could derail Meals on Wheels

An article on proposed cuts to Meals on Wheels funding cites recent Brown research that found that states that spend more on home-delivered meals for seniors see reductions in nursing-home populations. The article also quotes the study's lead researcher Kali Thomas, postdoctoral research fellow in community health. 

Sat 9 Feb | NBC News

Salty Antarctic pond may hold clues to water on Mars

Antarctica's bizarre Don Juan Pond is the saltiest natural body of water on Earth — a distinction that keeps the little lake in a fluid state on an otherwise frozen continent. Now researchers from Brown have found new evidence about how the pond gets enough salt to stay wet in such a hostile environment, and their study may hold clues about how liquid water might flow on Mars.

Fri 8 Feb | Publishers Weekly

The Best New Books for the Week of February 11, 2013

Smuggler Nation, by Peter Andreas, professor of political science and international studies, makes the list of this week's best books, described as "A valuable and entertaining read for historians and policymakers."



Fri 8 Feb | The New York Times

Aging Easy Riders Beware

New research by Tracy L. Jackson, a graduate student in the epidemiology department at Brown, finds that  older bikers are three times as likely to be severely injured in a crash as younger riders. Jackson says that the fraility that comes with older age may be one reason why incidences of injury are higher among older riders. 

Thu 7 Feb | RI NPR

Future Docs 6: Facing an older, sicker nation

In the latest "Future Docs" installment, Paul George, assistant professor of family medicine, talks about the team training that med school students go through in order to properly treat an increasingly older and sicker population. “We want our medical students to understand what a nurse does, what a pharmacist does, what a social worker does,” says George.

Thu 7 Feb | Radio Australia

23 per cent of American Samoan babies obese: study

A new study out of Brown finds that up to 23 per cent of babies in American Samoa are obese. "It was actually extremely shocking. We know that adult obesity the Samoas is particularly high - around 70 per cent of Samoan women are obese," said lead researcher Nicola Hawley, research fellow in clinical psychology."And so we expected that it might extend into childhood, but the levels of obesity we see in infancy are just so surprising."

Thu 7 Feb | Associated Press

Southern diet, fried foods, may raise stroke risk

In a related article, Silver comments on a new study that finds that foods high in fat and sugar may increase the risk of stroke. "I don't mean to sound like an ogre. I know when I'm in New Orleans I certainly enjoy the food there. But you don't have to make a regular habit of eating all this stuff," Silver said.

Thu 7 Feb | Associated Press

Stroke Linked to Suicide Risk

Brian Silver, associate professor of neurology, comments on a new federal survey that finds that one in 12 stroke survivors thought about suicide or that they would be better off dead. Silver, who was not involved in the study, explains the possible causes of the findings: "It's not necessarily the reaction to the disease ... it's also the disease itself that is causing the depression," by releasing harmful chemicals that can trigger it, he said.

Thu 7 Feb | WPRI

Salve grads have highest student debt in RI

An analysis of student debt levels at area schools finds that graduates of Brown University had the lowest amount of debt in Rhode Island in 2011. Brown spokeswoman Marisa Quinn said the university has taken a series of steps over the past decade to make the school more affordable, instituting need-blind admissions in 2003 and establishing a policy in 2008 that calls for no loans in financial aid packages for freshmen whose families make less than $100,000 a year.

Wed 6 Feb | The Providence Journal

Education fund started by Derderians receives few requests

Brown has awarded Station Education Fund scholarships to two high school students so they could attend one-week courses offered over the summer for pre-college children, according to this article on the low number of Fund scholarship applications, despite more than $12.8 million in pledged scholarships by seven colleges and universities. 

Wed 6 Feb | The Boston Globe

What’s up at Boston-area art galleries

Cate McQuaid reviews Simen Johan's “Until the Kingdom Comes,” currently on view at the Bell Gallery. The "alluring, uncanny photographs of animals make clever use of our inclination to ascribe human feelings and stories to other living beings," McQuaid writes. Subscription required to view full article. 

Wed 6 Feb | NY Daily News

India welcomes US 'Asia pivot'

India welcomes the US engagement in Asia Pacific as New Delhi's vision is to create a web of inter-linkages for shared prosperity and security, according to Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao, speaking at the opening seminar of the Spring 2013 Brown-India Initiative Seminar Series.

Wed 6 Feb | USA Today

Hospice care used more, but often too late

Twice as many elderly people died in hospice care as in a hospital or nursing home compared with a decade ago, but hospice is often treated as a last resort — and used too late to benefit patients and their families, says a new study led by Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice.  

Wed 6 Feb | The Providence Journal

Training future primary-care doctors

Alpert Medical School Dean Edward Wing and Assistant Dean and Chair of Family Medicine Jeffrey Borkan pen an op-ed on Brown's new Primary Care-Population Health Program. They write, "We hope to make a contribution to innovation in medical education beyond this small state’s borders: Our experiment and experience should be transferable to medical education around America. Through these and other measures, we hope to fulfill the potential of health reform and improve the health of the individuals, families and communities we serve."

Wed 6 Feb | HealthDay

Older Motorcyclists More Likely to Be Seriously Hurt in Crashes

Older motorcyclists are up to three times more likely than younger riders to be seriously injured in a crash, a new study co-authored by graduate student Tracy Jackson and colleagues in the department of epidemiology shows. The findings are especially important in light of the growing number of older riders, the researchers added.

Wed 6 Feb | WGBH

Rhode Island State Poet Rick Benjamin

Rick Benjamin, newly appointed RI State Poet Laureate and adjunct assistant professor at Brown, joined Boston Public Radio's arts and culture producer Edgar Herwick to talk about his love for poetry and how he plans to bring it to the masses during his five-year tenure as state poet. 

Wed 6 Feb | The Atlantic

Fearful People Tend to Be More Politically Conservative

New research by Rose McDermott that argues that individuals inclined to fear others — i.e., those apart from a group to which the individuals already belong — are more likely to espouse policies like racial segregation and favor more stringent immigration policies is included in this round-up of the day's research news. 

Wed 6 Feb | Pink News (U.K.)

Study: Gay Mexican men would change lifestyle to reduce HIV risk for $288 a year

A study by Omar Galárraga, assistant professor of health services policy and practice, has attempted to put an exact price on how much gay and bisexual men and male sex workers would have to be paid to change behaviours that put them at high risk of HIV. The questionnaire revealed that for $288 (£180) per year, three quarters of those questioned would be willing to attend monthly talks on STI prevention, be regularly tested, and pledge to stay STI-free.


Tue 5 Feb | RI NPR

Providence Student Union works to empower students

The Providence Student Union is the little known force behind some of the most heated controversies recently in Providence schools. Co-founder Aaron Regunberg, a recent Brown graduate, talks to Elisabeth Harrison about how he became an activist in the public schools.

Tue 5 Feb | Salon

When liberals ignore injustice

2012 research by Michael Tesler, assistant professor of political science, which showed that Americans inclined to racially blinkered views wound up opposing policies they would otherwise support, once they learned those policies were endorsed by President Obama, while African-Americans and white liberals who supported Obama became more likely to support policies once they learned the president did, is cited in this article on Obama's recently disclosed targeted assassination program. 

Mon 4 Feb | Providence Business News

Program helps boost computer sketch recognition

Recent research by James Hays, assistant professor of computer science, and two visiting researchers from Berlin found they could teach a computer to recognize crude sketches of objects, if not quite as well as other humans can.