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.

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.