Wed 22 Feb | WalletHub

Professor Michael J. White on diversity within cities

Michael J. White, professor of population studies, comments the wide societal benefits of having a racially diverse demographic within cities. He is among other researchers to offer insights in WalletHub's listing of the most and least diverse cities in America.
Wed 22 Feb | WalletHub

Mardi Gras fun facts

Brown environmentalist Timmons Roberts examines the impact of the celebrated Mardi Gras parade and gives suggestions on how to measure the success of future parades in environmentally friendly ways.
Tue 21 Feb | Wall Street Journal

Space bacteria draws focus of researchers

A survey by infectious disease expert Dr. Leonard Mermel is cited in an article about researchers stepping up efforts to determine why microbes become more dangerous while in orbit.
Tue 21 Feb | The New York Times

Have we lost sight of the promise of public schools?

Bonnie Honig, professor of political science, comments on an alternative reason private schools have gained more support. “What had been enjoyed as a public thing by white citizens became a place of forced encounter with other people from whom they wanted to be separate,” Honig said. “The attractiveness of private schools and other forms of privatization are not just driven by economization but by the desire to control the community with which you interact.”
Tue 21 Feb | The Providence Journal

Liberals don't have to canonize Obamas

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about the problem with idolizing the former presidential administration to the point of ignoring some of their flaws.
Tue 21 Feb | Providence Business News

Brown, RISD among top producers of Fulbright scholars

Rhode Island institutions of higher education reigned supreme in this year’s list of top Fulbright scholarship recipients, with Brown producing the most Fulbright scholars than any other institution in the nation.
Mon 20 Feb | Convergence RI

How will scientists, universities respond to forces of political denial?

Richard Asinof of Convergence RI wrote an article about the challenges the scientific community face in the current political climate. Asinof includes excerpts from President Christina Paxson's opening remarks at the 183rd annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also mentions a lecture about science denial by Ken Miller, who in an interview before his speech discussed the role of a University regarding the same topic.
Sat 18 Feb | The Providence Journal

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

An article about the "word gap" between low income and affluent kids mentions Brown University launched an independent study to determine whether intervening early would make a difference for at-risk children once they begin kindergarten.
Fri 17 Feb | Inside Higher Ed

Maybe college isn't the great equalizer

John Friedman, associate professor of economics, critiques the research methodology of a new study that suggests graduating from college is not the economic equalizer many assume. Friedman is the co-author of a study on the same topic that found, based on large datasets, that colleges do level the economic playing field for students.
Fri 17 Feb | The Boston Globe

Waking the Mexican sleeping giant

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the repercussions of President Trump's rhetoric against Mexico, which has ignited Mexican nationalism.
Wed 15 Feb | The Indian Express

America vs America

An opinion piece by Ashutosh Varshney professor of international studies and the social sciences at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He writes, "In sum, the US is witnessing a deepening clash between those who wish to take the country to its political ideals of equality and freedom regardless of race and ethnicity, and those who wish to drag America back to its pre-1965 history. A political battle is underway."
Wed 15 Feb | Providence Business News

Five questions with: Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman, a Brown University senior, last month made Forbes’ 2017 30 under 30 class, a collection of the leading young changemakers and innovators in the country.
Wed 15 Feb | The Providence Journal

Cancer center renamed Lifespan Cancer Institute

Dr. Howard Safran has been named chief of hematology/oncology of the new Lifespan Cancer Institute. Safran has served as Lifespan's director of oncology and cancer research since 2009 and interim director of the hematology/oncology since 2015. He is also a professor of medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
Wed 15 Feb | RI NPR

Another big health insurer loosens rules for covering addiction treatment

Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine, describes how the situation will typically play out for opioid-addicted patients seeking prescriptions to ease their withdrawel symptoms. His comments come after Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance, companies, announced they would loosen the rules for covering addiction treatment.