Tue 14 Jun | Associated Press

GE begins recruiting for Rhode Island tech office

General Electric is reaching out to the talents of Brown University and other local universities with the plan to recruit 100 people for a technology office that will serve as the hub for developing advances in supercomputing.
Tue 14 Jun | WGBH

Fighting Terrorism: Hearts vs Minds

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, offered his opinion on the dueling foreign policy speeches delivered by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. While Trump appealed to people's emotions, Clinton appealed to people's minds, says Kinzer.
Tue 14 Jun | WNYC

Terror Watchlists & Gun Loopholes: A Tricky Balancing Act

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, discusses with WNYC how someone gets put on the terrorist watchlist and whether policies related to the watchlist should be changed. Edgar previously reviewed terrorist watchlists under the Bush and Obama Administration between 2006 and 2009. Revelations about the Orlando mass shooting indicate the FBI placed the shooter on a terrorist watchlist, but critics say it wouldn't have mattered if he remained on the list because of his civil liberties.
Mon 13 Jun | Forbes

Can't Sleep Your First Night In A Hotel?

A recent study co-authored by Brown University sleep researcher Masako Tamaki explains why it's difficult to get a restful sleep in an unfamiliar setting. In their first experiment, Tamaki and her collaborators monitored 11 subjects’ slow-wave brain activity, which reflects depth of sleep. What they found was unexpected.
Mon 13 Jun | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dr. Josiah D. Rich

Dr. Josiah D. Rich, professor of medicine and epidemiology, discusses the opioid epidemic in New England and Gov. Gina Raimondo's budget proposal to fight the epidemic in the Ocean State. "The governor's budget will go a long way toward strategically heading off as many overdose deaths as possible, in the shortest amount of time and, at the same time, changing the culture from stigmatizing addiction to treating it with effective therapies," Rich said.
Mon 13 Jun | Providence Business News

Granai earns national Humanism in Medicine Award

Dr. Cornelius Granai III, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was recently awarded the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Mon 13 Jun | Yahoo! News

Orlando shooting: How does the FBI put someone on the terror watch list?

Timothy Edgar, a senior fellow in international and public affairs at the Watson Institute, and Yahoo correspondent Michael Isikoff join anchor Katie Couric to discuss the attack in Orlando over the past weekend and what information has come to light since the tragedy occurred. "It's a very difficult problem and one issue is if your gonna have a terrorist watch list, how do you allow people to get off of it," Edgar said in response to a question about balancing civil liberties and public safety. "It was very hard to make that kind of process transparent because you didn't want to give the terrorists access to information you knew about them."
Mon 13 Jun | The Scientist

Examining Sleep’s Roles in Memory and Learning

Jared Saletin, a Brown University sleep researcher, comments on a recent study that suggests a link between the activity of the autonomic nervous system during sleep and memory consolidation. The authors “add on to an existing group of literature showing that sleep is consequential for memory by examining not just what the brain does during sleep but also what the body does,” Saletin, who also was not involved in the work, told The Scientist.
Sat 11 Jun | Patch

Those Irritating People Taking Selfies? They Have More Fun Than You, Study Says

Brown University historian Doug Nickel comments on a study that suggests people who take selfies can have better experiences during activities when compared to people who are living in the moment. "Common sense dictates however that taking a photograph entails paying greater attention to what is going on in front of you, whether that is something you find positive or negative," Nickel said in response to the study.
Fri 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Driving Forces: Christina H. Paxson

A short feature on President Christina Paxson's accomplishments since taking the mantle at Brown University. The article notes the school's strategic plan, its increased endowment and its bold steps in helping Rhode Island's economic development.
Fri 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Biotech poised for success

Katherine Gordon, managing director of the Technology Ventures Office at Brown University, comments on whether Providence could become the next biotechnology hub. "I think it's going to be catalytic for us," said Gordon of the planned life sciences complex being spearheaded by CV Properties LLC and Wexford Science & Technology.
Thu 9 Jun | The Washington Free Beacon

Feds Spend $204,784 Giving Fitbits to Depressed Alcoholic Women

Ana M. Abrantes, associate professor of psychiatry, will lead an intervention project that will use Fitbit technology to encourage alcoholic women to exercise. The National Institutes of Heath will spend more than $200,000 for the project, which so far, has cost taxpayers $204,784 over two years.
Thu 9 Jun | Wired

Come on, Let’s Give the Robots Hands Already

With conversations about the inevitability of robots beating humans in games involving computational processing, a practical challenge robots continually face is their inability to grab objects. Brown roboticist Stefanie Tellex is trying to circumvent this challenge by getting labs that use the popular two-handed robot—known as Baxter—to network the machines together, so they can learn from one another.
Thu 9 Jun | The Daily Beast

Before Antidepressants, He Wasted Away in a Mental Institution

Peter Kramer, clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on a feature that reignites the debate between psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. He is the author of "Ordinarily Well," a new book that pulls back the curtain on the effectiveness of antidepressants.
Thu 9 Jun | Bustle

7 Tips For Rebuilding Your Relationship With Toxic Parents

A Brown University resource is cited in a listing on tips for rebuilding relationships with "toxic" parents. Drawing from the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services, the feature notes that Brown University's advice on keeping "yourself safe from dysfunctional family relationships" relies largely on the understanding that people are unlikely to change.
Wed 8 Jun | WalletHub

2016’s Safest States in America

John Logan, professor of sociology, joins a panel of experts to discuss insights about various safety concerns. "When choosing a neighborhood to live in, consider asking the police department for advice about conditions there. Speaking informally with an officer in the neighborhood may be more useful than looking for hard data on crime rates," said Logan.
Wed 8 Jun | Today's Hospitalist

Does your contract compromise patient safety?

In recent decades, hospitals have been run by people with backgrounds in business, not health care. For Roy M. Poses, clinical associate professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School, that's a problem. He recently co-authored an article about contractual clauses and its indirect impact on patient well-being.
Wed 8 Jun | News at JAMA

Contraceptive Equity as a Reproductive Right: Maryland in the Lead Yet Again

Eli Adashi, professor of medical science, writes an article about the Maryland Contraceptive Equity Act of 2016, which will enact a contraceptive insurance mandate. Specifically, the law would require state-regulated private payers and the public Medicaid program to cover more of the costs associated for contraceptives. "Absent a federal resolution, it is hardly surprising that the mantle has been picked up by the states. In this context, we have the state of Maryland to thank for leading the pack," Adashi wrote.
Wed 8 Jun | HealthDay

Study Questions Use of Antidepressants for Children, Teens

Dr. Peter Kramer comments on a recent analysis highlighting the danger of prescribing antidepressants to teenagers and children suffering from depression. This study shows what has been known -- that these "medicines look less effective and riskier in children and adolescents than they do in adults," said Kramer, a clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University. He suggests treatment should begin with psychotherapy and in some cases Prozac might be an option.
Tue 7 Jun | Science News

The ultimate getaway — visiting the Red Planet

While it may be some 20-years out before NASA sends astronauts to the Red Planet, planetary scientist James Head says NASA's moon mission, Apollo, is a good template to get astronauts ready to explore Mars. The strategy for the Apollo mission was simple, he says, and focused on the three T's: "Train them. Trust them. And turn them loose.” Head helped train the Apollo astronauts and recalled an example of when astronauts were trusted to use their judgment.
Tue 7 Jun | Turn to 10

Health Check: Computational biology

With the assistance of a $11.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, Brown University researchers are melding research with computational biology which could unveil the secret to a long and healthy life.
Tue 7 Jun | Turn to 10

RI doctor leads effort on caring for transgender children

For children who identify with another gender it can be difficult for them to live a healthy life and especially hard for parents, but the takeaway should be to communicate support and education, according to Dr. Michelle Forcier, associate professor of pediatrics. Forcier is leading an effort to care for transgender children and is currently working with about 400 patients in various stages of a potential transgender journey.
Mon 6 Jun | The Boston Globe

Don’t mythologize Ali’s rage

Following the death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, comments on the disservice publications have committed in neglecting the boxer's political identity. Reading the obituaries, "one might imagine that Ali lived the kind of life that made everyone admire him. The truth is quite opposite. During the prime of his life, Ali was widely hated," Kinzer wrote. He says that Ali and others who shared anti-war passions are among recent examples to suffer from the indignity of "having crucial aspects of their political identities" forgotten.
Mon 6 Jun | Providence Business News

Speakers discuss health care issues during commencement weekend

Dr. David Carlisle, a 1981 graduate of the Warren Alpert Medical School, gave the Charles O. Cooke Lecture, “Healthcare 5.0: A History of the Future of Healthcare,” on May 28 at a Brown medical reunion weekend presentation. His speech highlighted the world’s medical progress throughout several centuries.
Mon 6 Jun | Providence Business News

77 businesses receive honors at 22nd Worksite Health Awards

Brown University was among the 77 Rhode Island employers recognized for successful efforts to advance employee wellness and build a healthier Rhode Island at the 22nd annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony, held on June 2, at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. The awards are given by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Mon 6 Jun | Providence Business News

Gap year can fill need for some students

James S. Miller, outgoing dean of admission at Brown University, comments on the value of high school graduates taking a “gap year” before entering college, technical school or the workforce.

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