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.
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.
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.
By cross examining Babylonian records reconstructed by John Steele, professor of Egyptology and Assyriology at Brown, researchers discovered that an ancient Greek astronomical puzzle is older than historians originally thought.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kathryn Demos, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, writes a feature on aging and the brain. Demos cites numerous studies showing that physical exercise may improve cognitive function for older adults.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Gabor I. Keitner, professor of psychiatry Warren Alpert Medical School, comments on an article about the connotative language used to describe people with mental illnesses. Keitner warns that tip-toeing around the issue may end up minimizing what patients are experiencing.
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.
John Logan, professor of sociology, comments on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. "I see this as a positive, limited step that will improve living conditions in many communities around the country," said Logan.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, testified at a House hearing about the Postal Service's participation in a controversial surveillance program, saying that such participation is troubling.