Mon 18 Jan |

Six things that must happen for Bernie Sanders to beat Hillary Clinton

James Morone, professor of political science, chimes in on the necessary things that need to happen for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination. "Sanders is such a long shot that he needs spectacular media attention," Morone said. And one of the ways he can get attention is by winning or finishing a very close second in next month's Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, says Morone.
Mon 18 Jan | CBS Boston

At Annual MLK Breakfast, Dr. King’s Message Remembered

Ruth Simmons, president emerita of Brown University, was the keynote speaker of the 46th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast Monday. The event honored King and gave participants the opportunity to remember the message he tried to get across.
Sun 17 Jan | The Boston Globe

How a Mediterranean humanist lost his way in Boston’s skyline

Ted Widmer, visiting scholar in history, wrote a feature about Josep Luis Sert, a Spanish architect who influenced Boston's skyline in the 1900s. " At the height of the last century, Sert built his Lego-like cubes all around Greater Boston," Widmer wrote. "To this day, thousands driving into the city along Memorial or Storrow drives confront his modernist vision — a Catalan vision — of what a city should look like."
Fri 15 Jan | The Washington Post

This technology may be the future of solar energy

Nitin Padture, director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, comments on an article about the future of solar energy technology. The major appeal of perovskite solar cells is that they’re cheap — “much cheaper than something like silicon,” Padture explained.
Thu 14 Jan | Styrk

Forum on Keeping America Safe

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, took part in a panel discussion about U.S. military interventions and the future of the country. "The U.S. doesn't see the world the way other countries do. We think the U.S. is the sun," Kinzer said to a crowd of about 200. "Americans are going to have to adjust to a world we won't dominate in the next century."
Thu 14 Jan | Yahoo! News

A Superhero Saves the Day ... in Hungary

Michael Kennedy, professor of sociology, comments on the content of a new comic book called Titanember. Kennedy, who is writing a book called Superhero Sociology, describes the controversial comic as a rallying call toward a Hungarian identity that is “not based on birth, but based on heroism, virtue and contribution to the Hungary you want to see.”
Thu 14 Jan | Politico

The next ‘State of’ with cyber in it

Timothy Edgar, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, comments on the exclusion of the cybersecurity topic during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. "Three issues were striking by their absence — cybersecurity, surveillance, and encryption,” wrote Edgar, who worked on civil liberties issues in the White House for both Obama and George W. Bush.
Wed 13 Jan | WBUR

13 Art Exhibitions To See This Winter

A taxidermy based art exhibit on display at the Bell Gallery is among 13 shows the Artery recommends seeing before the spring. Titled "Dead Animals or the Curious Occurrence of Taxidermy in Contemporary Art," the exhibit contains intriguing pieces such as a deer-centaur; a bird that is part peacock and penguin; and many other works.
Wed 13 Jan | Providence Business News

Brown recognized for work-life programs

Brown University is among 116 employers recognized with a Work-Life 2016 Seal of Distinction Award. The award recognizes organizations that are creating and successfully implementing work-life programs and policies.
Tue 12 Jan | The Boston Globe

Turkey’s meddling in Syria brings terror to Istanbul

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, discusses the ramifications of Turkey's " wildly adventurist policy toward the Syrian conflict" and the recent bombing in Istanbul. The attack "will naturally affect tourism, but more important is the symbolism of such violence striking at the nation's historic heart," Kinzer wrote. The bombing may finally force Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to reconsider his view of ISIS, he says.
Tue 12 Jan | CBS MoneyWatch

Powerball is already pulling in billions this year

Emily Oster, associate professor of economics and international and public affairs, comments on the behavior of people as the Powerball jackpot reached unprecedented levels. "This should be taken with extreme caution, since it is out-of-sample and it is difficult to know how people would behave at jackpots of this magnitude," she wrote in a 2004 paper. "People enjoy the opportunity to dream about what they might do if they were rich, which generally fuels a desire to play," she wrote to CBS MoneyWatch. "In addition, once everyone is playing, there is a strong social aspect to it."
Tue 12 Jan | HealthDay News

Frozen as Good as Fresh for Fecal Transplant

Colleen Kelly, assistant professor of medicine, assisted in writing the study results of a new trial that showed frozen stool samples work just as well as freshly donated samples when treating a tough C. difficile infection through a procedure called fecal transplantation.
Tue 12 Jan | U.S. News & World Report

Poverty Preference Admissions: The New Affirmative Action?

Glenn Loury, professor of economics, comments on an article about affirmative action as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to make a decision on the Fisher v. University of Texas case. "If you were to move abruptly from a regime from racial affirmative action and abolishing that and seeking to replace it with a class-based focus, the impact on the representation of African-Americans in the highly selective colleges would be really quite profound," said Loury.
Mon 11 Jan | The Providence Journal

Brown reaches out to Cuba

Kendall Brostuen, director of the Office of International Programs, wrote an op-ed about the importance of the Brown-led Havana consortium. "As CASA’s students have discovered in Havana, international study — being there — presents a unique opportunity to develop a fundamental critical understanding not just of economic, social and political issues but of rich artistic, cultural and historical traditions that may speak to commonalities as well as to differences between and among nations and peoples," Brostuen said of the program.
Mon 11 Jan | Lymphoma News Today

Black Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients with HIV Less Likely to Receive Treatment in US

Brown University research suggests that the HIV-positive status of Hodgkin lymphoma patients in the U.S. influences the poorer survival rates observed in this group due to a lower likelihood of receiving appropriate cancer treatment. Researchers also found that race or ethnicity is a main risk factor in going untreated — with HIV-positive black patients less likely to be treated for Hodgkin lymphoma than white HIV-positive patients.
Mon 11 Jan | Rhode Island Monthly

8 Great Reads About Rhode Island

Ted Widmer's book, Brown: The History of an Idea, was included in Rhode Island Monthly's listing of eight great reads about Rhode Island. His book delves into the rich history of Brown and highlights prominent men who have influenced communities locally and nationally.
Mon 11 Jan | Footnote

Helping Students Pursue Research With A Purpose

Many universities are encouraging students to connect theories to real world problems: Brown University's Tri-Lab is one such program. Last year, the program gave students like Kate Nussenbaum the opportunity to learn through engaged scholarship by tackling issues related to child brain development.
Mon 11 Jan | Providence Business News

Mobile markets increase access to fresh produce

Amy Nunn, associate professor of behavioral and social sciences, comments on an article about the Food on the Move market, which offers fresh produce to communities that may otherwise not have access to healthy food alternatives. “One reason people aren't able to eat enough fruits and vegetables is because there are too few retail outlets with healthy food in their neighborhoods, and prices are too high for people with limited means,” Nunn said. “This program aims to respond to both of those social determinants of health.”
Sun 10 Jan | The Boston Globe

The US as a fading superpower

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the United States losing its global power and influence in the years ahead. "In the new world, our mightiest weapon, military power, will be steadily less valuable. A skill we have not developed, coalition-building among nations, will become the key to world power," Kinzer wrote.
Sat 9 Jan | Classic 105

8 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Quit Smoking

A 2010 Brown University study is cited in a listing about the tangible benefits people get when they quit smoking. "What’s surprising is that at the time, when you measure smokers’ mood, even if they’ve only succeeded for a little while they are already reporting fewer symptoms of depression," said study author Christopher Kahler.