Thu 23 Oct | RI NPR

Rhody Votes '14: Education In The Governor's Race

Wendy Schiller comments on the governor's race in Rhode Island, noting that it's unfortunate that the candidates are not talking more about education. She says the next governor may be critical for public schools.
Thu 23 Oct | The Providence Journal

George R.R. Martin talks 'Game of Thrones' at Brown

George R.R. Martin, the man behind “Game of Thrones,” spoke to a packed auditorium at the Salomon Center at Brown University Thursday night, where he received the first Harris Collection Literary Award, which celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture. He shared the award with publisher Tom Doherty, founder of Tor Books.
Thu 23 Oct | The Washington Post

Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly jumps shark in rebutting Jon Stewart on race

John Logan, professor of sociology, comments on a statement Fox News host Bill O'Reilly recently made about the lack of diversity in Levittown, New York, when he was growing up there. Logan agrees that the town was mostly white, but notes that it doesn't mean that African Americans weren't welcome there, as O'Reilly contends.
Thu 23 Oct | Reuters

Blue-light blocking glasses may help sleep after screen time

Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on a new study that found that blocking the blue wavelength of light emitted from electronics may restore normal nighttime sleepiness. Carskadon notes that the glasses participants wore blocked a significant amount of light generally, so it's hard to say what's causing the effect.
Thu 23 Oct | RI NPR

Brown Poll Shows Raimondo, Elorza Up By 10 Points Each

A new Brown University poll finds Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo with 41.6 percent of the support, compared with 30.5 percent for Republican Allan Fung, and Democrat Jorge Elorza with 47.6 percent of the backing, compared with 37.2 percent for independent Buddy Cianci. Taubman Center Director James Morone discusses the results.
Thu 23 Oct | Time

How Mindfulness Protects Your Heart

People who are mindful score higher on healthy heart indicators, according to recent findings published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine from Brown University researchers. “People who are more mindful tend to have more awareness of where their mind and bodies are at. By increasing our awareness, we might become more aware of the impact of what we are doing on ourselves," said lead researcher and assistant professor of epidemiology Eric Loucks.
Wed 22 Oct | RI NPR

The Highest Point For State Land Acquisition

Jerimoth Hill, Rhode Island’s highest point at 812 feet, is officially open to the public. Brown University owned this parcel of land in Foster and handed over the land deed to the state at a ceremony Wednesday morning.
Wed 22 Oct | Mashable

Ebola Has Killed at Least 5,000 People

Adia Benton, assistant professor of anthropology, comments on the number of Ebola deaths in Africa, which may be starting to decline. "I’m not hearing any real enthusiasm about the numbers," Benton says.
Wed 22 Oct | The Washington Post

A breakthrough plan to make central banking populist

An article on the pros of central banking cites recent research by Professor of International Political Economy Mark Blyth. The writer calls Blyth's ideas "the most innovative macroeconomic proposals I can recall."
Tue 21 Oct | WJAR

Saturday WaterFire part of Brown anniversary celebration

A full lighting of WaterFire on Saturday will be sponsored by Brown University as part of its 250th anniversary celebration. Along with Saturday's lighting, the Brown University Chorus will be performing in the RISD Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m.
Tue 21 Oct | The Huffington Post

Afghanistan Déjà Vu?

Neta Crawford, co-director of the Costs of War Project, blogs about a new paper by the former director of UN Human Rights in Afghanistan, Norah Niland, that shows that the U.S. democratization program in Afghanistan has not succeeded.
Mon 20 Oct | The Providence Journal

Treatment in the hot zone

Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, talks about the hardships and joys of caring for Ebola patients in Liberia.
Mon 20 Oct | Providence Business News

MOOCs helping Brown expand online offerings

An article on Brown's experiences with offering MOOCs, 14 months after the first courses started. “The first three courses were great successes,” said Kathy Takayama, a professor of molecular biology and executive director of Brown’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning.
Sat 18 Oct | The New York Times

Why Doctors Need Stories

Peter Kramer, clinical professor of psychiatry, writes about the many reasons why clinical storytelling is important in medicine.
Fri 17 Oct | HealthDay

Family Acceptance Key to Curbing Teen Suicides, Study Shows

Family rejection could be potentially deadly for teens already at risk for suicide, a new study has found. "Family invalidation refers to a lack of acceptance of individuals' sense of self and their emotions," said lead researcher Shirley Yen, associate professor of psychiatry.
Fri 17 Oct | The Providence Journal

Cianci camp claims he was asked tougher questions than other candidates at debate at Brown/ Poll

Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr.’s campaign manager Thursday ripped the organizers of Wednesday night’s mayoral debate at Brown University, saying Cianci was asked harsher questions than the other candidates were asked and was denied chances to rebut their accusations. Brown political science Prof. Ross E. Cheit, who moderated the debate, disputed that.
Thu 16 Oct | The Washington Post

U.S. nonproliferation policy is an invisible success story

Nicholas Miller, assistant professor of political science and international studies, writes about the success of the U.S. nonproliferation policy: " own research suggests that nuclear domino effects are real and that U.S. policy has been crucial in preventing them from reaching fruition," Miller writes.