Mon 23 Feb | The Chronicle of Higher Educatiin

Why Just Filling the Pipeline Won't Diversify STEM Fields

An article on diversity in STEM includes the story of Chloe N. Poston, who earned her PhD in chemistry from Brown in 2012 and chose to divert from her original plan to become a chemistry professor after finding that the academic environment didn't match her expectations.
Mon 23 Feb | The Providence Journal

Baseball stadium would alter plans for I-195 land

The new owners of the Pawtucket Red Sox baseball team are eyeing land owned by National Grid and Brown University in downtown Providence for a new stadium. In a statement, Russell C. Carey, executive vice president for planning and policy, applauded the new owners' desire to keep the baseball team in Rhode Island.
Sat 21 Feb | Bloomberg

Brown Shortens Ban on Fraternity Accused of Rogue Parties

Brown University announced this weekend that it reduced its penalty against a fraternity accused of plying women with liquor and date-rape drugs, saying a laboratory test was inconclusive, while criticizing what it called the group’s substantial history of misconduct.
Fri 20 Feb | The Washington Post

The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus

An op-ed on the lack of free speech on college campuses cites the criticism of a recent scheduled debate between two feminists about rape culture at Brown and an email sent by President Christina Paxson that emphasized her belief in the existence of rape culture and invited students to an alternative lecture, to be given at the same time as the debate.
Thu 19 Feb | The Providence Journal

Sherine Hamdy: Does America have Muslim problem?

Sherine Hamdy, assistant professor of social science and anthropology, writes about the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the "double standard applied to people of color who are killed at the hands of white men."
Thu 19 Feb | The Providence Journal

Free race symposium this weekend at Gordon School, Brown

The Gordon School in East Providence and Brown University will host a symposium this weekend called "Unpacking Race: An Essential Conversation in Schools and in Homes." The event will bring together academics, historians, filmmakers and authors as well as parents and K-12 educators from throughout the region.
Thu 19 Feb | Global Post

Postponing Nigeria's elections may help the cause of democracy

Patricia Agupusi, postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute, writes about the unexpected postponement of this month's scheduled presidential election in Nigeria and why it's critical to democracy that the country pull the election together in the coming weeks.
Wed 18 Feb | The New York Times

The Modern Asylum

Christine Montross, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes in support of a return to psychiatric asylums, explaining the cycle between emergency hospitalizations and inadequate her patients with chronic psychotic illnesses outpatient care often get stuck in.
Sun 15 Feb | The Providence Journal

R.I. doctor’s journey started with family

An article on Dr. Michael Smit, assistant professor of pediatrics, whose aunt and uncle helped quell an infamous Ebola outbreak at a Virgina primate quarantine facility twenty five years ago and who is one of four Brown Medical School faculty members to have volunteered in the Ebola crisis in West Africa.
Sun 15 Feb | The Boston Globe

Malcolm X, ex-Bostonian

Ted Widmer writes about how Boston helped shape Malcolm X and why the city should reclaim him.
Sun 15 Feb | Al Jazeera

Don't blame Greece for the EU's woes

Stephen Kinzer writes about unhappiness with the EU that has resulted in the rise of formerly marginal movements in Europe and some of the mistakes the EU has made since its formation.
Fri 13 Feb | The Providence Journal

Part of roof caves at Brown facility

A section of fabric roof of the Pizzitola Memorial Sports Center gave way shortly after midnight Wednesday under the weight of accumulated snow. No one was injured, a Brown University news release said.
Fri 13 Feb | Bloomberg

One Hundred Years of Austerity

Mark Blyth's book on the history of austerity is cited in this article that looks back on some of the notable austerity programs over the past century.
Fri 13 Feb | The Providence Journal

Want better data privacy? Demand it

Anna Lysyanskaya, professor of computer science, pens an op-ed on cybersecurity, pointing out that "it is the users of technology rather than the technology itself who hold the key to whether the Internet will stay forever broken, or whether it will emerge better and stronger from its security woes."
Thu 12 Feb | Scientific American

Catching Alzheimer’s before Memory Slips

Peter Snyder, professor of neurology, comments on the various methods being explored to measure of presymptomatic Alzheimer’s, noting that it is unclear if one test is better—and more likely, several will be used to assess the disease’s progression.
Thu 12 Feb | International Business Times

For The First Time, Chemists Closely Observe A Molecular Bond As It Forms

Richard Stratt, professor of chemistry, comments on a new study out of California in which chemists witnessed for the first time the instant that two atoms form a bond in one stage of a chemical reaction known as the transition state. The breakthrough dramatically furthers chemists’ understanding of catalysis, one of the most basic stages in chemical reactions.
Thu 12 Feb | Forbes

Evolution, Pew And Scientific Consensus

In an article on a recent Pew study on scientists beliefs in evolution and the "Big Bang" theory, Professor of Biology Kenneth Miller comments on the results and points out the religious connection in the survey results can be a distraction.
Wed 11 Feb | The Atlantic

Lowering the Age for HIV Prevention

Steven-Emmanuel Martinez, a graduate student in public health at Brown who is writing his thesis on the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis counseling among young gay and bisexual men at risk for HIV, comments on an article on the push to lower the age of those who can take the drug.