Sun 30 Nov | The New York Times

Long After an ’80s Scare, Suspicion of Power Lines Prevails

An article on Americans' prevailing suspicion of power lines cites previous research by David Savitz, vice president for research, who found that children who lived near power lines were twice as likely to develop cancer as those who did not, because of the electromagnetic fields the lines created.
Sat 29 Nov | The Providence Journal

Edward Fitzpatrick: Trial would have value in Ferguson

Tricia Rose, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, commented on the reaction in Ferguson after authorities announced that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown. The people are not protesting about one case, "it's about a systemic pattern of aggressive and racially targeted policing,” Rose said.
Sat 29 Nov | Associated Press

US cathedral may become slave trade museum

Bishop Nicholas Knisely of the Diocese of Rhode Island is working with the Tracing Center and Brown University to open what would be the only museum in the U.S. centered on the trans-Atlantic slave and the Episcopal Church's role in its history.
Thu 27 Nov | Los Angeles Times

Older brains still learn, but maybe too much

A new study suggests that adults who are into their 60s and 70s can learn visual information just as readily as younger people, but the elders will pick up much more irrelevant visual information. "If you learn more unnecessary things, then there is a risk of replacing important, existing information in the brain with something trivial,” said neuroscientist and coauthor of the study Takeo Watanabe.
Wed 26 Nov | The New York Times

Eat Turkey, Become American

Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting scholar in the Department of American Studies, elaborates on how the Thanksgiving holiday gave her family a sense of optimism and safety despite the obstacles her parents faced as immigrants.
Wed 26 Nov | Bloomberg

Obama Comes Out Swinging

In an article on ways that President Obama is pushing back against the Republican-led Congress, Wendy Schiller comments that the environment is the area where Obama has most used his regulatory authority.
Wed 26 Nov | Time

Watch a Slow-Motion Video of a Turkey on a Treadmill

Thomas Roberts, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, studies the movement of turkeys and recently on the podcast You’re the Expert, in which a team of comedians attempts to guess, à la 20 questions, what a professor studies. Link to podcast included.
Tue 25 Nov | Associated Press

As OPEC faces tough test, lower oil prices loom

Jeff Colgan, assistant professor of political science, comments on the widespread doubt that OPEC is able to do much of anything in the face of currently declining oil prices. "The idea that this is a cartel that places meaningful restrictions on its members' behavior is fiction," Colgan said.
Mon 24 Nov | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: David Lieberman

David Lieberman, a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School, spoke with Providence Business News about eating healthy foods as a preventative approach to good health. Lieberman hosted a Food Network program called “Good Deal with Dave Lieberman."
Mon 24 Nov | Providence Business News

Institute raises Brown’s environmental profile

A story on how the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society at Brown is bringing students from interdisciplinary backgrounds to push for new environmental research. Students shared why they were excited about the new institute, now in its first semester.
Mon 24 Nov | Wired

Genetics first: A fresh take on autism's diversity

An article on the diversity of autism subtypes cites a study led by Eric Morrow, assistant professor of biology. “We need to come up with a new strategy for them,” said Morrow, whose hope is that studying genes such as NHE6 will lead to new interventions for people on that end of the autism spectrum.
Mon 24 Nov | The Independent

Time-lapse video shows solar radiation rapidly melting Antarctic ice

Solar radiation is by far the biggest driver of melting ice in one of Antarctica's most stable environments, researchers discovered through time lapse technology. The hunt for where climate change is manifesting itself has been a challenge in Antarctica because changes are slow, but "Time-lapse allows us to speed that up and understand how it’s working," said Jay Dickson, of Brown University.
Sun 23 Nov | Yahoo! News

Green Card Study Shows Bias for Asians Over Latinos

Applicants with Latino backgrounds are more likely to face bias when they are applying for legal permanent residence, according to a study led by Brown University professor Ben A. Rissing. The researchers suggest discrimination may not be intentional, but agents making the decision are doing so based on limited information.
Sat 22 Nov | The Providence Journal

Refugees find a place at a table and a first Thanksgiving / +Gallery

The Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring Enrichment program hosted the annual Thanksgiving feast where refugees from all parts of the world showed their appreciation for the group's efforts. Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza took part in the event asking kids how they were doing in school.
Fri 21 Nov | The Providence Journal

18th-century documents with Providence roots going up for auction

Several historical documents with ties to Brown University will be put on an auction block in New York on Tuesday. Among the 18th century documents is a letter from John Brown, written in 1783, requesting that David Howell teach at Rhode Island College, later known as Brown University.
Thu 20 Nov | The Providence Journal

We should calm children about Ebola

Gregory Fritz, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes about how widespread concern about a scary disease like Ebola can have lasting effects on children and adolescents.
Thu 20 Nov | Nature

Risk factors: Riddle of the rays

In an article on sun exposure and skin cancer, Martin Weinstock, professor of dermatology, comments on the many types of melanoma that exist and how each type has its own risk factors.
Thu 20 Nov | The Providence Journal

Obituary: David Greer

Former Dean of Medicine David Greer died Tuesday, November 18. Greer joined the administration and faculty of the new medical school at Brown as an associate dean in 1974. There, he founded and chaired the Department of Family Medicine, the Department of Community Health, and the Gerontology Center. He was appointed dean of medicine in 1981 and served in that position until 1992.
Thu 20 Nov | The Boston Globe

For Ebola patients, getting treatment quickly is crucial

Adam Levine, assistant professor of emergency medicine, who spent five weeks in Liberia in August and September, working in an Ebola treatment unit, talks about the factors that make some Ebola patients more vulnerable than others.

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