Michelle Forcier of Brown University responded to several questions about transgender teens and the ethical imperative—from a medical perspective—to provide them with timely surgery and prescribed hormones for their psychological wellbeing.
Diane Lipscombe, director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, co-wrote an article celebrating the complexity of the human brain and noted Rhode Island's commitment to brain research ahead of Brain Week Rhode Island.
A review of Stephen Kinzer's book titled "The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire," praised the author for his insights into America's historical struggle over imperialism. Blake Maddux of WBUR wrote, "As Kinzer makes clear, the United States might have been less likely to repeat its mistakes abroad if its leaders learned the lessons of the Spanish-American War."
Timothy J. Babineau, M.D., CEO of Lifespan and a professor of surgery at the Alpert Medical School, wrote about the soaring costs of health care and eliminating processes that add costs without improving outcomes.
An exhibition at Brown University's Center for Public Humanities aims to shed light on what solitary confinement is really like. The exhibition is mostly a large plywood box that resembles the real size of these spaces, which organizers say disproportionately affect gay, lesbian and transgender inmates and usually have a negative impact on prisoners' mental health
A team of researchers from Brown University recently developed an algorithm that allows robots to ask for clarification when confused about a task, much like humans would if they were placed in similar scenarios.
Michael Littman, professor of computer science, comments on the potential pitfalls of relying on artificial intelligence to serve as a matchmaker as proposed by Tinder CEO Sean Rad. “If an automated system observes, perhaps correctly, that people with different political backgrounds tend not to get along, it might never try to match such people together,” Littman said, adding that such a developments could reinforce existing biases.
Richard Clements, an assistant professor at Brown, comments on preliminary research he is involved in that is looking at the vascular system in diabetics, and what, Clements says, could serve as a future treatment for one of the complications associated with diabetes.
Law professor and award-winning author Elyn Saks will deliver the keynote address at Brown University for the March 12 opening of the second annual Brain Week Rhode Island, which celebrates neuroscience research and promotes awareness and understanding of mental health.
Dr. Maureen Phipps, a women’s health researcher at Brown University, commented on new recommendations from a government-backed panel that didn't find enough evidence to so say whether healthy women need routine pelvic exams.
Dr. Milton Hamolsky, professor of medicine, has been honored with Rhode Island Hospital's 2016 Milton Hamolsky Outstanding Physician Award, a recognition presented annually to a doctor who has made exceptional contributions to patient care and leadership.
Timmons Roberts, professor of environmental studies, commented on R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo's ambitious plan to drastically increase the amount of clean energy in the state by 2020. In order to meet the governor's goal, Roberts said, various large entities will need to think differently on how they'll meet their energy needs.
Medical professionals and community members attended a conference revolving around transgender health on Saturday, March 4, convened by Brown University, Rhode Island College, and nonprofit advocacy group the TGI Network. The conference comes at a time of heated rhetoric about transgender issues.
Researchers from Brown University have teamed up with a company from Rhode Island to build an innovative power generator suitable for slow-flowing rivers and tidal canals, which could provide yet another way to harvest energy from sustainable sources.
Planetary scientist James Head was among one of the more inspiring speakers at a NASA hosted workshop that focused on the future of solar system exploration, Dirk Schulze Makuch wrote. Head spoke about building infrastructures that would allow for future science expeditions.
Brown cognitive scientist Steven Sloman co-wrote an article about how people come to conclusions, arguing that advances in science have resulted from sharing knowledge. This rational also extends to people taking stands for public policies that may be harmful, the authors wrote.
While sitting at a café table outside the Piazza Maggiore in Bologna with a friend, Italian studies professor Massimo Riva was dreaming of ways to bring a piece of Italy back to his friends and family in Providence. He describes the Cinema Ritrovato film festival held in Italy annually and the selection films for this year's Providence tour, held at Brown University and open to members of the broader community.
Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the drastic political and economic turn Turkey has taken over the last decade and describes how democracy could be in danger in the United States.
Researchers at Brown University have proposed a multistep system to determine the effectiveness of implementation in clinical settings of pre-exposure prophylaxis, a preventative care treatment aimed reducing HIV infections for those at high risk of contracting the disease.