Sat 30 Aug | The Boston Globe

America’s next security threat: resource wars

Stephen Kinzer, visiting fellow at the Watson Institute, writes about looking beyond the turmoil facing many parts of the world today, to reflect on what kind of “threat matrix” we will face in the future, like access to food, water and energy.
Fri 29 Aug | The Atlantic

How Racism Creeps Into Medicine

Lundy Braun, professor of Africana studies and medical science, writes about the role race plays in affecting medical treatment in her book "Breathing Race into the Machine." She answers questions about the science of racial difference, its history, and its resurgence.
Thu 28 Aug | The Day

Bill Clinton to campaign in Rhode Island for candidate

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on former President Bill Clinton campaigning in Rhode Island for Democratic candidate for treasurer Seth Magaziner on Wednesday. Schiller says that Rhode Islanders like Clinton and his support could convince undecided voters to vote for Magaziner.
Thu 28 Aug | National Journal

Changing Memories to Treat PTSD

Peter Kramer, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on the use of medication to tamper with memory as a possible way to treat PTSD.
Thu 28 Aug | The Wall Street Journal

States Expand Access to Overdose-Reversal Drug

In an article on ways states are trying to combat opioid overdoses, Traci Green, assistant professor of emergency medicine, comments on the creation "good Samaritan" laws that provide limited legal immunity—from drug charges, for instance—to people who call for emergency help for an overdose. Green says those present during an overdose are often reluctant to call for help because they may be using drugs themselves.
Tue 26 Aug | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Venezuela needs low-carbon action - not greenwash

Guy Edwards, co-director of the Climate and Development Lab, co-authors a piece on Venezuela's "reluctance to build a coherent response to climate change is not in the national interest," and what the country can do to get on a more sustainable path.
Tue 26 Aug | McKnight's

Culture change increased care quality, reduced rehospitalizations: study

Culture change pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University. Researchers, who sent surveys to 824 skilled nursing facilities, found that those with culture change did much better in bladder training and in reducing restraint use, as well as improving on residents with feeding tubes or pressure ulcers.
Tue 26 Aug | The Christian Science Monitor

Tiny bubbles: bonanza for study of climate change's impact on marine methane

New research done with the help of an undergraduate student from Brown University, Mali’o Kodis, reveals hundreds of naturally occurring methane seeps along the margins of the East Coast's continental shelf – a bonanza for marine scientists trying to understand undersea methane's potential responses to climate change.
Mon 25 Aug | Time

School Should Start Later So Teens Can Sleep, Urge Doctors

Dr. Mary Carskadon, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Alpert Medical School, commented on an article about teenagers going to school later in the morning. "It doesn’t change how much sleep they need, but it makes it easier for them to stay awake longer,” Carskadon said.
Mon 25 Aug | The Wall Street Journal

More Schools Consider Later Start Times For Teenagers

In the video at the top of the article, Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero to discuss the research behind why teens would benefit from a later school start time.
Sun 24 Aug | German TV (ZDF)

Time Travel: The World at 1000 AD

Research by Haffenreffer Museum Deputy Director Kevin Smith is included in this German-language television special. Smith's work includes archaeological fieldwork on a Viking Age site located almost 1000 feet back, deep underground, in Iceland's Surtshellir Cave.
Sun 24 Aug | BBC Radio

Tricia Rose on Ferguson

Tricia Rose discusses the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, at the 7:50 mark in this Sunday broadcast.
Fri 22 Aug | The New York Times

Fernand St Germain, Legislator Tied to S.&L. Crisis, Dies at 86

James Morone, professor of political science, comments on the death of 14-term Rhode Island congressman Fernand St. Germain, noting “If you like old-fashioned, kind of tough, not always the cleanest but very efficient politicians, he’s your guy.”
Fri 22 Aug | The Providence Journal

Schiller on Providence mayoral candidate withdrawal

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on Brett P. Smiley's withdrawal from the mayoral race. Schiller said Smiley’s withdrawal presents voters with a clear choice between “existing government” and a more progressive path.