Sun 2 Oct | The Westerly Sun

STEM can be fun, Chariho students find

A group of Chariho high school students are taking a crash course on fun science projects through the Brown Science Prep program, a 10-week, hands-on STEM program taught by Brown University undergraduates on Saturdays this fall.
Sat 1 Oct | The Irish Times

Conservative papers dump Trump

An article about the lack of support for the GOP nominee cites a study co-authored by Brown professor Brian Knight that examined the impact of newspaper endorsements.
Sat 1 Oct | Truth Out

Where is that wasteful government spending?

Donald Trump's call to expand military spending and cut 'wasteful' spending does not consider various factors in play including that the United States already spends more than any other country in this expenditure and that since the war on terrorism began U.S. taxpayers have paid about $5 trillion dollars, according to a Brown University study.
Thu 29 Sep | Campus Technology

Brown student-developed module speeds archaeological analysis

A team at Brown University has undertaken a project to expedite laboratory research by cutting down on the tedious tasks associated with archaeological digs. Led by assistant professor Parker VanValkenburgh, the I-Team UTRA made up of first and second year students are using an Android-based software to customize a digital recording system.
Thu 29 Sep | Aljazeera

US Congress overrides Obama's veto on 9/11 bill

Watson Institute fellows Stephen Kinzer and Chas Freeman comment on the ramifications of a controversial bill that would allow families of the 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia for its alleged role in backing the attackers. Besides damaging US-Saudi relations, Freeman notes Saudis could respond to the law in ways that risk US strategic interests.
Thu 29 Sep | The Independent RI

Students running SK teacher’s bid for Congress

Two Brown University students, one of which is taking a gap year, are helping a South Kingstown high school teacher's bid for the seat in the second district, currently held by Congressman Jim Langevin.
Thu 29 Sep | The Chronicle of Higher Education

Making History

Former Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons wrote an op-ed about the conundrum faced by African Americans being the first at the helm of prominent institutions. She reflects on her appointment at Brown and the challenges President Obama will continue to deal with after his term. "Obama’s life will change when he leaves office, but no doubt not to the extent he would prefer; the intense scrutiny to which he has been subjected will continue for the rest of his life. A first never ceases being a first, and the narrative of one’s life easily becomes consumed by this historical fact," Simmons wrote.
Wed 28 Sep | Reuters

New guidelines for preeclampsia screening

Brown faculty member Dr. Maureen Phipps weighs in on a recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that pregnant women should get routine blood pressure checks at every prenatal visit to screen for preeclampsia.
Wed 28 Sep |

Determining diarrhoeal dehydration in kids

A team of scientists developed a scale, called Dehydration: Assess Kids Accurately, that more accurately represents the degree of dehydration in children with diarrhoea. Adam Levine, principal investigator of the study and associate professor of emergency medicine, said the DHAKA score will “help doctors and nurses better diagnose children with dehydration from diarrhoea and improve their management.”
Wed 28 Sep | The Providence Journal

Privacy for preemies

A new study by researchers at the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk at the Alpert Medical School and Women and Infants Hospital found that skin-to-skin care proved the most important factor in jump-starting the early maternal caretaking that improves babies' long-term neurobehavioral development. The key determinant of which mothers provided more of this critical skin-to-skin contact, the study found, was whether or not they were in private rooms.
Wed 28 Sep | The American Prospect

When private schools go private

Despite a notable increase to the median income of poor and middle class families, a new paper suggests the privatization of public goods and services has exacerbated the inequalities that began in the 1970s. An Annenberg Institute for School Reform report on charter schools is cited in the article.
Tue 27 Sep | Christian Science Monitor

Could Neanderthals hear the same sounds as humans?

Once thought to be primitive relatives of Homo sapiens, new findings suggest Neanderthals could hear like humans which could give insights into how they communicated with each other. Linguist and cognitive scientist Philip Lieberman, a professor emeritus at Brown University, isn't surprised Neanderthals could likely hear speech like modern humans. Citing research that found dogs can understand language, he tells the Monitor, "If dogs can understand speech, Neanderthals could, too."
Tue 27 Sep | The Indian Express

Inside, outside

Following a deadly attack on an Indian army camp, Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies, writes an op-ed about scholars' views on the relationship between Pakistan and non-state armed groups.
Tue 27 Sep | LiveScience

First death by marijuana being investigated by researchers

Scientists are studying the long term effects of heavy marijuana use by examining previous research. Their work mentions the case of a 52-year-old man who died after using marijuana. "When we looked at the brain, it had horrible degenerative changes," said Suzanne M De La Monte, study co-author and professor of neurosurgery.
Tue 27 Sep | UPI

Global cooling yielded modern ecosystems 7 million years ago

New research from a team led by Timothy Herbert of Brown’s Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences shows that a prolonged period of global cooling at the end of the Miocene epoch ushered in the expansion of grasslands across Africa and Asia, as well as North and South America.
Tue 27 Sep | The Providence Journal

Felicia Nimue Ackerman: The old man and the elephant

Philosophy professor Felicia Nimue Ackerman writes an op-ed about what constitutes as elder abuse. Referencing to a 1950s short story about an old father who was happy to be to living with a couple known to be con-artists, Ackerman asks whether senior living facilities and expectations of elderly adults are scenarios that are just as bad
Tue 27 Sep | The Providence Journal

No link between graffiti and serious crime

Stefano Bloch, an urban studies research associate, challenges an editorial that linked graffiti use and serious crimes. "To reject and repudiate graffiti is certainly understandable and is based on a subjective appreciation of appearance and a desire for order. But to link graffiti to the commission of "major crime" is based on a theory informed more by perception and paranoia than the realities of urban life," Bloch wrote.
Mon 26 Sep | Education Week

Students suffer when teachers are hired after the school year starts

Teachers who are hired when the school year's in full swing are not as effective as those hired before classes begin, according to a Brown University led study. The paper concludes that the rate of newly hired teachers in low-income urban districts is higher than suburban districts and that students most in need of a qualified teacher at the start of a school year are the least likely to have one.
Fri 23 Sep | The Providence Journal

Heroic couple made a difference

A feature on the inspiring tale of Waitstill and Martha Sharp of Brown University, who put their lives at risk to save Jews fleeing Europe at the start of WWII. "The Sharps were heroic," Noel Rubinton wrote. "Their actions suggest human potential goes far beyond what we imagine in the humdrumness of everyday life — if we let ourselves feel and act. The opportunities for making a difference, seemingly against all odds, are enormous."