Wed 13 Sep | Medscape

Computers shrink orthopedic surgeons' roles

Alan H. Daniels isn't concerned that robots will replace doctors anytime soon, even though computers have bested humans in less urgent, but complex games such as Go, chess and Jeopardy. "Further refinement of technology" is one of the reasons why artificial intelligence hasn't taken over the role of surgeons at the operating table, according to Daniels, who is an assistant professor at Brown and a orthopedic surgeon.
Wed 13 Sep | The Providence Journal

“Crossing Borders” exhibit touches on immigration issues

To enter the newly installed exhibition titled "Crossing Borders," visitors will need to pass through a metal detector that is reminiscent of the hurdles immigrants go through. The artists' sophistication in embedding issues of immigration in the works is something that might be expected of academic galleries, and appropriately enough, the show will travel to Brown University this fall.
Wed 13 Sep | Providence Business News

Report: R.I. schools need $627.5M fix

Warren Alpert Medical School's Patricia Flanagan is among 13 members assigned to the Rhode Island Schools Task Force, which will give recommendations to Gov. Gina Raimondo on ways to improve the crumbling infrastructure of Rhode Island Public Schools.
Wed 13 Sep | Turn to 10

Hospital shooting puts spotlight on security

More comments from Dr. Eli Adashi on improving the security measures at hospitals following the deadly shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A professor of medical science at Brown University, Adashi authored a paper on active shooter incidents at hospitals in 2015 that provided recommendations that could stem the increase of active shooter threats.
Wed 13 Sep | Newsweek

What is the song in the iPhone X commercial? Listen to 'Best Friend' by Sofi Tukker

Brown University graduates Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern provided the hip iPhone X soundtrack that introduced Apple's newest handset to the rest of the world. The soundtrack came from a song called "Best Friend," which was produced by the New York musical duo Sofi Tukker and three other collaborators. The ad has already been seen more than 8 million times on Youtube.
Tue 12 Sep | NPR

For many women, cervical cancer screening may get a lot simpler

Maureen Phipps, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, commented on the importance of screening for cervical cancer. The task force, which began taking public comments, recently published draft recommendations that give women more flexibility in choosing the screening they want in order to detect cervical cancer at its earliest stages.
Tue 12 Sep | Fortune

Here’s what America can do for the post-Irma Caribbean

Patsy Lewis, director of development studies at Brown University, wrote an op-ed about what Americans and the United States could do to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and caused incalculable damage to small islands.
Tue 12 Sep | Fox Providence

Why did Steve Bannon agree to TV interview?

Brown Professor Michael Kennedy discusses why former White House chief strategist and leader of the Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, agreed to an interview with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes.”
Fri 8 Sep | The Providence Journal (AP)

Tom Perez, former U.S. labor secretary, to teach at Brown

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. labor secretary under President Barack Obama, will join Brown University as a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for Public Affairs, the university has announced.
Fri 8 Sep | Brookings

The rise, the fall, and the resurrection of Iceland

Iceland’s banking crisis—which in terms of failed assets vs. GDP was the largest banking crisis on record—produced several important lessons for international regulators, according to an article co-authored by Brown economist Gauti B. Eggertsson. Eggertsson and his colleagues recently provided an analysis on how the Icelandic banking system ballooned to nine times its GDP when it failed in 2008 and where the money went.
Thu 7 Sep | Bloomberg

Brain computer interfaces are already here

With a renewed interest from companies to advance brain computer interfaces, Dennis DeGray is a reminder that the field has been making progress for a long time now. DeGray has been working with BrainGate, a consortium of researchers from Brown and other institutions that are working to give incapacitated humans the ability to engage with the outside world through the power of thought. In recent work done at Brown, David Borton led a team that restored the walking motion of a monkey by implanting electrodes and a wireless transmitter in its motor cortex.
Thu 7 Sep | The New York Times

Wild dogs sneeze when they are ready to hunt

A new study suggests African wild dogs make group decisions through a voting system that involves sneezing. Reena Walker, who led the study and performed the research while she was a student at Brown University, said some sneezes carried more weight if it came from a dominant male or female member because a group would move off with fewer sneezes.
Wed 6 Sep | Washington Post

Harvey caused a chemical plant explosion. Is that the next face of climate change?

As Texans worry about the potential health effects from the flooded plant that led to a massive fire, Brown Associate Professor Jeff Colgan wrote in his most recent op-ed that this type of incident is called a 'knock-on' effect of climate change and that political fights are likely to ensue over whose responsible for other 'knock-on' effects as the climate continues to warm.
Tue 5 Sep | Forbes

Why should Americans care about foreign privacy?

Timothy H. Edgar, an academic director in Brown University's Executive Master in Cybersecurity program, wrote an op-ed about the implications of Edward Snowden's decision to disclose National Security Agency practices and why any reforms of the NSA's surveillance programs must protect the privacy of all people around the world, not just those of American nationality.
Tue 5 Sep | The Alternative Daily

If you love to travel or take risks, you have this gene

John McGeary, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, said there is more to genes regarding a growing consensus among some geneticist that say a specific gene is responsible for why some people are adventure-seeking.
Mon 4 Sep | The New York Times

A baby wails, and the adult world comes running

A new study suggests that crying is tied to infant survival, and has a primal impact on nearby adults. This article cites another study co-authored by Barry Lester of Brown University that showed that environmental factors, too, may subtly shape the sound of a baby’s cry.
Thu 31 Aug | The Hindu

Greening up the timeline

As hurricanes around the world grow in intensity, Lavanya Mohan of The Hindu published a list of Twitter handles that publish nugget-sized insights about the environment, ecology and climate. One of the handles belongs to Kaustubh Thirumalai, who is a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.
Wed 30 Aug | ABC6

Did climate change lead to Hurricane Harvey?

As Houston residents recover from the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Brown oceanographer Baylor Fox-Kemper explained to ABC6 News that the frequency of catastrophic hurricanes has changed because of climate change.

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