Tue 20 Jun | Scientific American

You do not think alone

Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman, co-author of "The Knowledge Illusion," explains why acquiring knowledge is a community effort and why people fail to explain the mechanisms behind processes they think they understand.
Tue 20 Jun | The Washington Times

In unprecedented drug bust, feds seize nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl

Brandon Marshall, assistant professor of epidemiology, commented on a drug bust in San Diego, Calif., that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 pounds of the potent, synthetic drug fentanyl, which federal authorities say is enough to kill more than a million people. “It’s really alarming. . .,” said Marshall. “We thought we would see hot spots [of fentanyl overdoses] in lower-income or marginalized communities, but found … the risk is really distributed throughout communities.”
Mon 19 Jun | Providence Business News

Climate change’s dire health consequences

Dr. Nitin S. Damle, clinical assistant professor of medicine, wrote an op-ed about the health consequences that would result from ignoring the impact of climate change. Damle's op-ed comes after President Trump formally announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Sat 17 Jun | The Week

The battle over Medicaid

Brown Uni­ver­sity political scientist James Morone commented on the public support of Medi­caid, which was expanded under Obamacare to cover more people and is currently facing deep financial cuts.
Wed 14 Jun | GoodCall

What are the top skills employers want?

With waves of college graduates entering the job market, two Brown University professors explain why technology skills have appeared at the top of lists for many employers.
Wed 14 Jun | The New York Times

You’re probably going to need Medicaid

Vincent Mor, professor of health services, policy and practice, co-authored an op-ed about the less talked about consequences for elderly and disabled patients if the Republican Congress make drastic cuts to Medicaid through the passage of the American Health Care Act, and President Trump's budget proposal.
Mon 12 Jun | Minnesota Public Radio

The politics of President Trump's first term

Brown political scientist Wendy Schiller joined a discussion about President Trump's first 150 days in office and how recent controversies might be affecting his agenda and, more importantly, his ability to govern.
Mon 12 Jun | Popular Science

Jupiter may be even older than we thought

Brown planetary scientist Brandon Johnson commented on a study that estimates Jupiter's formation to have occurred around 1 million years after the formation of the solar system. Johnson, who was not involved in the study, said the recent finding are complimentary to his own research, adding, "Together they tell a story of Jupiter’s formation from its infancy to when it more resembled the Jupiter we all know and love.”
Mon 12 Jun | U.S. News & World Report (AP)

New tool for overdoses: Emergency box with antidote

Brown faculty member Geoff Capraro is part of a group of professors and students that worked together to bring easy-access boxes of naloxone to places where there is a high risk of opioid overdose deaths.
Mon 12 Jun | The Weather Network

Super-tornadoes once scoured Mars

A round up of the most prominent news stories about space includes a study led by Brown researchers that suggests some of the streaks that decorate Mars surface were formed by super powerful tornadoes, unlike anything seen on Earth.
Mon 12 Jun | Providence Business News

Reed announces $3.7M in AmeriCorps grants for R.I.

Rhode Island received $3.7 million in federal AmeriCorps grants for Serve Rhode Island and several service-oriented nonprofits, U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed announced Monday. Among the recipients, Brown University was awarded $187,468 to continue providing in-school college advising in its efforts to increase the number of urban, low-income and first generation students seeking higher education opportunities throughout the state.
Sun 11 Jun | The Boston Globe

Saudi Arabia is destabilizing the world

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the growing influence of Saudi Arabia, which has poured large resources to turn vulnerable moderate Muslim countries into the austere Wahhabi form of Islam. The premise of Kinzer's op-ed begins with the ouster and jailing of a Christian governor in Indonesia, a place that until recently had been characterized as one of the most world’s largest and most tolerant Muslim countries.