As confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch proceed into its third day, Brown political scientist Corey Brettschneider wrote an op-ed about Gorsuch's academic views on laws and political philosophy.
In op-ed about the dichotomy between 'good' and 'bad' immigrants, Kevin Escudero, a postdoctoral fellow in American Studies, described the current immigration framework playing out across the U.S. and the need to recognize the commonalities among the various undocumented immigrant experiences.
Jessaca Leinaweaver, who directs the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, wrote about the problems she sees with the U.S. immigration enforcement's new strategy to deter immigration. "It costs a lot less to let an undocumented taxpayer raise her own child, than it does to separate mother from child and devote additional tax dollars to an imperfect foster care solution," Leinaweaver said in regards to a hardline approach on immigration.
Research from Stanford University and Brown University indicates the rise in political polarization in America cannot be completely blamed on the popularity of social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter.
Several Hollywood A-listers will make an appearance at Brown University as part of the student-run Ivy Film Festival that'll take place between April 10-16. Ezra Edelman, Barry Levinson, and M. Night Shyamalan are among some of the attendees expected to be in attendance.
Kenneth Wong, professor of education policy, comments on a feature about four ideas in K-12 education that many people could support during the ongoing debate between public school champions and school choice advocates.
Ashutosh Varshney, director of Brown University's Center for the Study of Contemporary South Asia, wrote a column that reflects on India's 2014 state parliamentary elections and gives an analysis of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governing style.
Lawrence Larson, founding dean of engineering at Brown University, commented on a variety of topics that primarily focuses on attracting students to scientific careers. Larson touches on the satisfaction students might get from successful inventions, the loss of talent in the technology field and the different paths students can take.
John Friedman, associate professor of economics, comments on the gender wage gap in some of the most lucrative occupations. “Most colleges — non-selective four year schools, and even most selective four-year schools — aren’t putting too many people into the Goldman Sachs of the world,” Friedman said.
Steven Sloman, professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, joined the Bill and Wendy Show to discuss the psychological underpinnings that have contributed to the current political climate.
Stephen J. Sheinkopf, professor of psychiatry, comments on the artistic talents that are displayed by people with disabilities and mental illnesses in an article about a new exhibition that is part of Brain Week Rhode Island.
Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, praised Oman as "the geopolitical gem of the Middle East" because of its stance in foreign affairs and its stable government. Kinzer expressed concern about the country's future now that its sultan, Qaboos bin Said, has fallen ill.
Brown medical faculty Traci Green and Josiah Rich are both mentioned in an article about Rhode Island becoming the first state to develop standards for emergency departments that treat patients at risk of opioid-use disorder and/or overdose.
John Davenport, an adjunct associate professor of neuroscience, discusses the impact and allocation of the $1.5 billion in federal funding for the BRAIN Initiative, which aims to increase understanding of how the brain works and address prevalent brain disorders.
Dr. Teri Pearlstein, professor of psychiatry, commented on a preliminary study that suggests a new dietary supplement could reduce symptoms of postpartum depression. Pearlstein, who is not involved with the study, said the findings are intriguing but that women should not assume that taking components of the dietary supplement would prevent the development of postpartum depression.
Richard A. Arenberg, visiting lecturer in international and public affairs, wrote an opinion piece about Sen. Ted Cruz' suggestion for the vice president to circumvent the Senate reconciliation process. "If the Cruz idea is adopted, it would blow a gigantic hole in the Senate rules, destroying the Senate as we know it," Arenberg wrote.
“If you cut off even the essential funding for people to get that treatment, they simply won’t get it,” David C. Lewis said in reference to the Republican-backed health care plan that would reduce addiction services. Lewis is described as the founder of the Brown University's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies.
Sleep researcher Mary Carskadon comments on the growing scientific literature demonstrating the dangers of disrupting sleep cycles, which is most prevalent among shift workers and becomes more common for everyone during weekends.