Tue 29 Nov | Contemporary Condition

Reality TV trumps politics

While much of the nation was stunned by the election of Donald Trump, Brown professor Lynne Joyrich was also shocked but not surprised. She explains how media's intended purpose was fulfilled even if they didn't realize it themselves.
Mon 28 Nov | Cabinet Report

The nation’s best teachers do more than lift test scores

Matthew Kraft, assistant professor of education, co-authored a study that suggests teachers apt at improving student test scores may not be as capable in promoting other strong predictors of lifetime success such as student attitudes toward learning. The research lends support to teacher unions which have long argued that standardized tests are not great indicators of teacher effectiveness.
Sun 27 Nov | Houston Chronicle

If OPEC cuts production, U.S. drillers could march rigs back to oil patch

Jeffrey D Colgan, associate professor of political science, comments on the role of OPEC ahead of a meeting that analysts say could drive or lower oil prices. "It is great theater," said Colgan, who studies the geopolitics of energy. "Politically, it's great to keep the illusion alive that OPEC runs the oil market. But OPEC doesn't do what people think it does."
Wed 23 Nov | The Boston Globe

Trump should embrace ‘dual conciliation’ abroad

Stephen Kinzer, senior lecturer at Brown's Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed arguing that if Donald Trump is defying conventional wisdom by cooperating with Russia, he should offer a conciliatory hand to Iran as well.
Wed 23 Nov | Associated Press

Eli Lilly's drug is latest failure in search for treatment to slow Alzheimer's

Brown University neurologist Stephen Salloway comments on the results of a failed Alzheimer's drug that many had hoped would slow the progression of the degenerative disease. “When you get a result like this you have to question, is it the stage of the disease, is it the particular drug you are testing, or is it some combination? Or is the strategy wrong?” said Salloway. “We don't know the answer.”
Wed 23 Nov | U.S. News and World Report

The Hidden risks of eating disorders in guys

A growing percentage of people experiencing eating disorders are now men, but the way they experience it is different then their female counterparts, according to Alison Field, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the School of Public Health.
Tue 22 Nov | National Review

New hope for the mentally ill

Elinore McCance-Katz, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, pens an op-ed about what the new Trump administration brings to people suffering from serious mental illness.
Tue 22 Nov | Providence Business News

Nelson: Raimondo ‘nailing it’ in pitching R.I. to business leaders

At an annual meeting of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan M. Nelson discussed with Gov. Gina Raimondo and Laurie White the business climate in Rhode Island and mentioned a recent $25 million donation to Brown University. “Students at Brown are risk takers and independent thinkers,” he said.“If we can help students there succeed, if we can tilt the field in their favor, we all win.”
Tue 22 Nov | MIT Technology Review

Do your family members have a right to your genetic code?

Brown graduate student Arielle N Nitenson co-authored a paper about the ethical dilemmas posed by genome sequencing. Nitenson is the twin sister of Samantha Schilit, who requested a full read out of her genetic code without Nitenson's consent. Since both sisters share nearly the same genome, Nitenson became concerned that any relevant information could be used against her by insurance companies or even research purposes she didn't consent to.
Mon 21 Nov | Vox

Everyone should have the right to assisted suicide — or no one should

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about the double standards held by proponents of physician-assistant suicide. Ackerman argues that if loss of dignity is a major reason terminally ill patients might opt for physician assisted suicide, which is gaining momentum in several states, then why should'n't the same logic be applied to healthy adults who might feel overwhelmed by their specific circumstances.
Sun 20 Nov | The Boston Globe

When chronic pain is a child’s companion

When youngsters experience chronic pain, the medical community may sometimes overlook the pain children experience and chalk it up to a psychological disorder. Assistant professor of medicine at Brown, Pradeep Chopra says he has seen this happen and added that in most cases he found objective evidence of a physical disorder.
Sat 19 Nov | The Providence Journal

Shame holds back needed treatment

Brown University faculty members James K. Sullivan and Gregory R. Fritz comment on an article about the stigma associated with mental illness.
Sat 19 Nov | The Washington Post

The real secret to Asian American success was not education

Brown University economist Nathaniel Hilger dispels a common myth about Asian Americans' success, discrediting the notion that the minority group catapulted their economic wellbeing by heavily investing in their children's education. His research suggests society simply became less racist towards Asians.
Thu 17 Nov | The Providence Journal

Brown's medical school gets $27-million gift

Another major gift from The Warren Alpert Foundation will enable Brown University’s medical school to create an endowment to help train students who are pursuing medical and doctoral degrees -- a path to becoming “physician-scientists,” women and men who are both researchers and clinicians, an occupation in growing demand in today's fast-changing healthcare world.
Thu 17 Nov | USA Today

Pluto's heart holds key to ocean beneath icy surface

Brown planetary scientist Brandon Johnson comments on a new study suggesting that besides Pluto potentially concealing an ocean that it also, at some point, was flipped over by a cosmic missile so large that is swung the icy dwarf planet by about 60 degrees. Johnson said the finding adds new evidence, but the phenomenon is not as uncommon as one might guess.
Wed 16 Nov | Live Science

Here's why hostility could be harmful to women's hearts

Researchers are one step closer to finding out the mechanisms involved that link hostility with poor health. That link could be heart rate variability, said Elena Salmoirago-Blotcher, assistant professor of medicine and the lead author of the study.