Mon 19 Oct | RI NPR

Pediatricians Say Absolutely No Drinking While Pregnant

Emily Oster, associate professor of economics, is mentioned in a story about a report released Monday that concluded expectant mothers should stay away from all alcohol. "The evidence overwhelmingly shows that light drinking is fine," according to Oster, author of Expecting Better.
Mon 19 Oct | The New York Times

When Gas Becomes Cheaper, Americans Buy More Expensive Gas

A study co-authored by Brown University's Justine Hastings is cited in a news story about a new report that found Americans are spending more on gasoline when the price drops at the fuel pumps and choosing the higher grade octane to boot.
Mon 19 Oct | The Tennessean

Metro Schools tackles high suspension numbers

Preliminary data on an initiative meant to reduce suspensions by preventing bad behavior is showing positive results. Developed with the assistance of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, policy changes and additional student support services in the Tennessee metro school district has reduced out-of-school suspensions and in-school suspensions by 29 and 47 percent, respectively.
Sun 18 Oct | The Boston Globe

High-tech teddy bear teaches kids about health

The creators of Jerry the Bear, a stuffed animal that helps kids understand the onset of diabetes, have ties to Brown University. The story mentions how Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz won a Dell social innovation scholarship that led them to Brown for a week to learn about building a business.
Sun 18 Oct | NPR

Conservationists Push For A National Undersea Monument

Jon Witman, professor of biology, comments on the the push from conservationists to designate Cashes Ledge as a national marine monument. "It's a fragile, one of a kind ecosystem that truly supports an incredible diversity of marine life from sponges to whales," said Witman. "We are moving into an industrialized ocean and for the sake of our own species we have to stop that."
Sat 17 Oct | The Providence Journal

Brown 38, Princeton 31: Pena runs for winning TD with 57 seconds left

The Brown Bears narrowly came out on top in a stunning 38-31 victory over the Princeton Tigers, capping a memorable Family Weekend. “We’ve got a great group of guys who are proud of what they do and how they do it,” Brown coach Phil Estes said. “They’ve gone through a lot of adversity and they just keep finding a way. I’m proud of the way we fight, and we fought to the end.”
Fri 16 Oct | Huffington Post

Recovery Schools Save Teen Addicts, So Why Aren't They Everywhere?

Sara Becker, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, commented on the success of recovery schools. Parental involvement, a protected environment and continuing care post-treatment that doesn't simply view teens as "mini-adults" are among the key features of a successful treatment program, she said.
Fri 16 Oct | Red Orbit

Scientists discover reason behind mysterious lunar mound

Lunar researchers have long been baffled by a large mound near the Moon’s southern pole, but now, a new paper by Brown University geologists make a strong case that the mound was formed by a massive impact and the resulting, highly-unusual volcanic activity. "If the scenarios that we lay out for its formation are correct, it could represent a totally new volcanic process that's never been seen before," study author Daniel Moriarty, a planetary sciences researcher at Brown University, said in a news release.
Thu 15 Oct | RI Monthly

Brown University Students Uncover Lost Art

Fiora MacPherson, an undergraduate at Brown University, developed a platform for artists to share their art after discovering that up to 70 percent of artwork ends up in dumpsters. Folkmade aims to showcase the area talent and gives the community access to it.
Thu 15 Oct | NYSE Post

Where Did the Holy Temple Really Stand?

Michael Satlow, professor of religious studies and Judaic studies, commented on the historical claims of a temple on Temple Mount, a holy site in Jerusalem. The existence of a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount is "as historically certain a fact as one can get," Satlow wrote. "Now it is true that we do not know precisely where on the Temple Mount those structures stood, but there is no question that they stood there," he added.
Thu 15 Oct | The Hill

Chance for bipartisan filibuster reform?

Richard Arenberg, lecturer in international and public affairs, elaborates on the possibility of a bipartisan filibuster reform and offers five rules he would support. "The time is right. Perhaps filibuster reform is within reach," Arenberg wrote. "Only if both parties seize the moment will a bipartisan rules reform happen."
Thu 15 Oct | The Wall Street Journal

Massachusetts Bill Would Force Painkiller Addicts Into Treatment

Traci Green, professor of emergency medicine, commented on a Massachusetts bill that would allow hospitals to hold people involuntarily for treatment of opioid addiction. Green called the proposal “highly unusual, of questionable impact, and a considerable concern due to potential unintended consequences.” In particular, she said, “the forced aspect is not palatable to many patients, especially to vulnerable populations like people who use drugs.”
Thu 15 Oct | The Boston Globe

There is no United Nations

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, wrote an op-ed about the true nature of the United Nations. "There can be no true United Nations as long as countries place their own interests first -- and they always will," Kinzer wrote. The founding charter was designed to allow big powers to promote their own interests often at the expense of atrocities, according to Kinzer.
Wed 14 Oct | HPC Wire

Cray XK7 Titan Used to Simulate Complicated Blood Flow

Researchers from Brown University, ETH Zurich, and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre are using a powerful supercomputer to help them understand and fight diseases affecting some of the body’s smallest building blocks. The team is being led George Karniadakis, professor of applied mathematics.
Tue 13 Oct | Science News

That familiar feeling comes from deep in the brain

Rebecca Burwell, a neuroscientist at Brown University, commented on a study that examines the mechanics of familiarity. “Novelty and familiarity are both really important,” said Burwell, coauthor of the study. “They are important for learning and memory and decision making.” An example might be finding a cache of food and knowing it is new could be useful for an animal’s future.
Mon 12 Oct | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Diane Hoffman-Kim

Diane Hoffman-Kim, lead author of the study and associate professor of medical science and engineering, answered five questions about "mini-brains" and how it could allow researchers to create "test beds" to explore treatment for a number of conditions including Parkinson’s disease.
Mon 12 Oct | The Providence Journal

Bridging the ‘word gap’ for needy children

Kenneth K Wong, chair of the Department of Education, commented on an article about Providence Talks, a voluntary childhood language program that aims to bridge the word gap for children of disadvantaged families.“These are situations where a lot of the parents might be single,” Wong said of the 30 percent drop out rate. “They have a limited amount of time. Thirty percent is typical with these kinds of programs.”
Fri 9 Oct | The New York Times

Can We End the Meditation Madness?

An op-ed about stress and meditation cites research by Willoughby Britton, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior. In some cases, meditation can be harmful as noted by Britton who found "numerous cases of traumatic meditation experiences that intensify anxiety, reduce focus and drive, and leave people feeling incapacitated," the article read.
Thu 8 Oct | Scientific American

Solar Power Lights the Way to a Cleaner Economy in Chile

Guy Edwards, research fellow at the Center for Environmental Studies, comments on an article about Chile's efforts to reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases and how its helping their economy. “What I think is really great about Chile, and its partners in [NAILACC], as well, is that they are saying, ‘Climate change is a problem, but we need to develop. We are willing to make a transformation to low-carbon economies, but we need support,’” said Edwards, co-director of the Climate and Development Lab at Brown University.
Wed 7 Oct | Vox

5 of The Martian’s boldest scientific twists, explained

Jack Mustard, professor of earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, commented on the science behind the film The Martian. Referring to a certain scene, "Our atmosphere can be ferocious and whip things around," Mustard said via email, "[but that's] not likely on Mars."
Wed 7 Oct | The Atlantic

Should Black Lives Matter Focus on 'Black-on-Black' Murders?

An opinion piece about the Black Lives Matter movement bases its argument on a discussion between Glenn Loury, a Brown University economist, and John McWhorter, a linguistics scholar at Columbia University. Over the years, Loury and McWhorter have taken part in a series of discussions that have focused on sensitive topics.
Wed 7 Oct | Simsbury Patch

Brown professor chosen to head Ethel Walker

Meera Viswanathan, associate professor of comparative literature and East Asian studies, has been tapped to lead the Ethel Walker School, an all girls boarding and college preparatory school. She will begin her duties July 1, 2016.
Wed 7 Oct | The Providence Journal

Afghan clinic attack setback for aid groups

Timothy P. Flanigan, professor of medicine, commented on the U.S. military attack on an Afghan medical clinic that left 22 dead, which forced Doctors Without Boarders to withdraw from the area. “They do remarkable work,” Flanigan said of the organization, “I think this is a tragic circumstance all around.”