Fri 26 May | Dan Yorke State of Mind

Analyzing this week’s events in Washington, abroad on State of Mind

Richard Arenberg, Capitol Hill veteran and lecturer in international and public affairs at Brown University, joined a discussion on last week’s pressing issues, including the terror attack in Manchester and continued hearings into alleged collusion between the United States and Russia.
Fri 26 May | The New York Times

Invite your neighbors over for a barbecue this weekend

An op-ed written by Marc J. Dunkelman begins by focusing on a new ordering system by Starbucks that would eliminate waiting in line, which Dunkelman writes, is an example of the fracturing of "middling relationships." "Experiments that compel ordinary people to discuss a fraught topic face-to-face have illustrated that those conversations quite frequently lead participants to think differently. But without middling relationships [the kind that might occur at Starbucks or Blockbuster, if they were still around], those sorts of thoughtful, substantive interactions have become all too rare," wrote Dunkelman, who is a fellow at Brown's Watson Institute.
Fri 26 May | BBC Newshour

Jeremy Corbyn: The 'War on Terror' is not working

Corey Bettschneider, professor of political science, commented on why Jared Kushner is being reportedly seen as 'a person of interest' in the investigation into the alleged collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia.
Thu 25 May | The Providence Journal

Brown University announces 37 Fulbright Scholars

Thirty-seven students and recent graduates of Brown University have received Fulbright scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and will soon teach and engage in research abroad, the university announced.
Wed 24 May | Today

Meditation may cause negative feelings for some, study finds

Meditation is widely touted by wellness experts as a means to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. But it's not all zen and self-actualization. In fact, a new study by researchers at Brown University says the practice can result in distressing and potentially impairing experiences along the way.
Wed 24 May | The Washington Post

Why science denial isn’t necessarily ideological

An op-ed about the driving biological forces that are playing a role in the current state of political affairs—evidenced by the denial of climate science by many—cites a book co-authored by Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman.
Wed 24 May | MIT Technology Review

Meet the most nimble-fingered robot yet

Stefanie Tellex, an assistant professor at Brown University who specializes in robot learning, describes new research being done at the University of California, Berkeley, as “a big deal,” noting that it could accelerate laborious machine-learning approaches.
Wed 24 May | CSO Online

Should you study security in college?

Alan Usas of Brown University provides several reasons why studying cyber security while in college is worthwhile. The article is presented as a debate between two experts that are representative of the philosophical divide between academics and those in the workforce on the value of studying cyber security.
Wed 24 May | The Diplomat

One Belt, One Road: A convergence of civilizations?

Tamara Chin, associate professor of comparative literature, discusses the context and message behind Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road,” an initiative to revitalize the Silk Road trade route in an era of globalization.
Tue 23 May | Bloomberg

Flynn takes the Fifth as Russia probes continue (Audio)

Timothy Edgar, a fellow at the Watson Institute, discusses why former national security adviser Michael Flynn has decided to take the Fifth Amendment and is refusing to cooperate with the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election.
Tue 23 May | Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Stormy start to college women’s nationals

The Brown University women's sailing team is advancing to the Sperry Women’s National Championship Finals that begins Thursday. Brown head sailing coach John Mollicone commented on the strategy for the team's strong performance.
Tue 23 May | Engadget

We're not getting Luke Skywalker's prosthetics any time soon

Brown assistant professor David Borton is quoted on a 2015 development in neural interfaces and prosthetics. The article is about the technological advances in robotics and how science is still faraway from achieving the technological feat moviegoers saw in Star Wars—specifically, Luke Skywalker's prothetic robot hand.
Thu 18 May | The Providence Journal

Brown gets NCAA bid

The Brown University women’s crew has earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Rowing Championships set for Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J., on May 26-28.
Thu 18 May | Teen Vogue

Axe ad shows how 'toxic masculinity' impacts boys

Hygiene company Axe released a new ad that address "toxic masculinity," generally defined by the Good Men Project as the cultural ideal of manliness. The article includes a post from Bwell Health Promotion at Brown University that notes cultural expectations from men contribute to the rates of violence and sexual assault in society.

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