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.

Mon 4 Feb | Psychology Today

Alcohol Likely to Keep You Awake, Not Help You Sleep

A new study by Brown researchers finds that the timing of drinking appeared to make a difference in the effects of alcohol. In their results, drinking in the evening and before bedtime is associated with significant stimulating effects, compared to other times of day

Mon 4 Feb | WPRI

Brown U. geologist contributes to Mars Rover

The Curiosity Rover is conducting science experiments on the surface of Mars, and some of the decisions on those experiments are being made right here in Providence by Ralph Milliken, assistant professor of geological sciences. Milliken works on The Curiosity mission team and helps determine which rocks to analyze and which instrument to use for that analysis.

Sun 3 Feb | The Providence Journal

Medical marijuana uses varied

Syed Rizvi, professor of neurology, and Josiah Rich, professor of medicine, comment on the various uses for medical marijuana, in this Politifact column on questions Patrick Kennedy raised about whether medical marijuana users are using it for legitimate reasons.  

Sun 3 Feb | The Providence Journal

Brown University interested in Dynamo property

Will Dynamo House rise again, as a new engineering school for Brown University?  Leaders of the Heritage Harbor Museum say they are negotiating to sell their rights to the property to a new development team that is targeting Brown to occupy the former South Street Station power plant.

Fri 1 Feb | The Providence Journal

Director, a Brown grad, talks of his vision for films, gore factor

Jonathan Levine '00 talks about the process of making his new movie, “Warm Bodies,” about a young zombie who begins having human feelings for a pretty young woman and comes alive again after eating the brain of her boyfriend, saying of the movie, “I always viewed it as a romantic comedy.”

Fri 1 Feb | Bloomberg

Piracy and Fraud Propelled the U.S. Industrial Revolution

Peter Andreas, professor of political science and international studies, writes about how "In its adolescent years, the U.S. was a hotbed of intellectual piracy and technology smuggling, particularly in the textile industry, acquiring both machines and skilled machinists in violation of British export and emigration laws."

Thu 31 Jan | RI NPR

Artscape: How to talk like a New Englander

Thom Jones, clinical professor of theatre arts and performance studies and voice and speech coach, sits down with Catherine Welch to dig into the rich and varied accents of New England. 

Thu 31 Jan | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Notorious Alzheimer’s Protein Could Be Used to Grow New Cells for Treatment

A protein associated with neuron damage in Alzheimer’s disease—apolipoprotein E-4 (apoE4)—may actually promote neuron growth in the lab, according to researchers at Brown University. “This discovery opens up a new target for researchers who are interested in identifying receptors that are important for spurring neural growth,” says Tayhas Palmore, professor of engineering. 

Thu 31 Jan | The Providence Journal

Can city ‘recovery’ win governorship for Taveras?

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' prospects for the 2014 governor's race. Schiller said “There’s no question Angel Taveras is ready for prime time.” But she said Providence still faces problems, and Taveras could face a tough Democratic primary against Raimondo that might help Chafee.

Thu 31 Jan | Managed Care magazine

In Early Diagnosis, Too, We Find That Less Is More

Stephen Smith, professor emeritus of family medicine and director of the National Physicians Alliance’s Good Stewardship Program, which works on combatting the overuse of preventative services, comments on patient reaction to those efforts. “Most of the feedback that we’ve gotten ... is that when doctors try to do the right thing for their patients, it’s rare that they get pushback from patients.”

Wed 30 Jan | Slate

More Evidence That Mars Once Had Flowing Water

A new analysis by Brown researchers finds that ridges in impact craters on Mars appear to be fossils of cracks in the Martian surface, formed by minerals deposited by flowing water. Water flowing beneath the surface suggests life may once have been possible on Mars.

Wed 30 Jan | Providence Business News

Verizon sponsors Founders League

Verizon New England has become a lead sponsor of the Founders League, a partnership between Betaspring, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island to help facilitate expansion in Rhode Island’s entrepreneurial environment, with a $10,000 donation.

Tue 29 Jan | The Providence Journal

Raimondo touts achievements

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on a new report released by State Treasurer Gina Raimondo's office that outlines her accomplishments so far. Schiller notes that the report follows closely on Governor Chafee’s Jan. 16 State of the State address and comes one day before a State of the City address by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, also seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate next year. Schiller said it appears that all three are maneuvering with 2014 in mind.

Tue 29 Jan | WPRI

Dynamo House A 'Possibility' For Brown

Brown University confirms the college is interested in potentially moving ‘academic programs’ into the historic Dynamo House, the long vacant, century old landmark that was once tabbed as the location for the Heritage Harbor Museum.

Tue 29 Jan | Providence Business News

Taveras: Providence is ‘recovering’

In his annual State of the City address, Mayor Taveras said the city’s $110 million structural deficit has been all but eliminated, and he expects to end 2013 with a balanced budget. Taveras expressed gratitude to Brown University, Care New England, CharterCare, Johnson & Wales University, Lifespan, Providence College and Rhode Island School of Design for committing to more than $48 million in new contributions to the city during the next 11 years. 

Tue 29 Jan | Financial Times

IE Business School makes Financial Times list

IE Business School, the Madrid-based member of a broad-based partnership with Brown University, earned a spot on the Financial Time’s 2013 Global MBA Ranking. IE Business’s spot dropped from No. 8 on the 2011 and 2012 lists to 11 on the 2013 ranking.

Tue 29 Jan | Medpage Today

RUC Targeted at Senate Hearing on Primary Care

The nation's primary care physician (PCP) shortage might be eased by requiring more transparency from the group that helps set Medicare pay rates, speakers at a Senate hearing said Tuesday. In a video interview, Jeffrey Borkan, chair of family medicine, responded to the report, saying that medical schools need to also train PCPs to advocate for primary care training and research. "Just training more medical students is probably not the answer."

Tue 29 Jan | RI NPR

Brown to offer new primary care MD program

Brown University's medical school plans to launch a new program for medical students who want to focus on primary care. The program also aims to boost the number of primary care doctors in Rhode Island. The new program will admit its first class of 24 students in 2015. 

Mon 28 Jan | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Peter Snyder

Snyder, professor of neurology and senior vice president and chief research officer for Lifespan, discusses how critical he thinks the brain research collaboration between Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University and the Prince Neurosciences Institute will be in making Providence a new global hub of neuroscience research

Mon 28 Jan | Associated Press

Brown sees rate of minority applications rise

Brown University says this year’s applications contain a higher percentage of minority applicants than ever before as well as more international applicants than any previous year. RI NPR also reported on the application numbers for the Class of 2017. 

Sun 27 Jan | The Providence Journal

Music bridges a cultural divide

Channing Gray reviews the Saturday night concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is in Providence for a week for a residency at Brown. Noting that the orchestra will deliver a second concert on Monday, Gray notes "Anyone with even a passing interest in great music should make a point of being there."