Fri 28 Jul | RI NPR

Scott MacKay commentary: Of Mass and RI, Raimondo and Baker

Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on a potential reason why Gov. Gina Raimondo's approval rating is lower than Charlie Baker, the Republican governor of Massachusetts. One reason for the rating disparity could be because Raimondo is a woman, Schiller says, adding that it is harder for women to be seen as men’s equals in executive posts, such as mayor and governor, because voters don’t have a history of seeing women in those positions.
Tue 25 Jul | Inside Higher Ed

Assessing colleges' contributions to social mobility

A new paper co-authored by Brown economist John Friedman examines the key findings of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which exploits a unique data set to assess the contributions that individual colleges make to intergenerational social mobility. The research received significant attention upon its public release last winter, including in Inside Higher Ed, but the paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research explores the findings in depth.
Mon 24 Jul | The Atlantic

The meaning of India's "Beef Lynchings"

This feature on the origins of 'beef lynchings' and the political turmoil that has ensued in India after the death of a Muslim boy includes a viewpoint by Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science.
Mon 24 Jul | The Providence Journal

RI boomers urged to get screened for hepatitis C

Dr. Lynn Taylor, assistant professor of medicine, describes why hepatitis C is called the 'silent epidemic' and the medical advances in recent years for treating the virus that's estimated to have infected 17,000 Rhode Islanders—with as many as 75 percent of carriers not knowing they have the virus.
Mon 24 Jul | Medical Economics

Do younger doctors outperform older physicians?

Dr. Stuart Spitalnic, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine, cast serious doubts over the findings in a new study that suggests the older a doctor is, the higher the mortality rates of patients would be. “There are so many obvious and not so obvious reasons why the conclusions may be completely false—even the opposite—of what was observed that perhaps a real study of the question may give a better answer,” Spitalnic said. “The authors themselves point out this could, if any relationship existed at all, be explained by a cohort effect.”
Mon 24 Jul | Refinery 29

Are you one of the many women suffering from 'high-functioning anxiety'?

Amy Bach, a clinical psychologist and a professor at Brown University, commented on a emerging trend among millennials called "high-functioning anxiety.”The term, which refers to individual who conceal their anxiety while seeming undeterred, minimizes the distress people are enduring, Bach said. In actuality, Bach says, "they may privately suffer intense panic attacks, follow hours of secret compulsive rituals, or feel paralyzed at the thought of air travel, meeting new people, public speaking, or even making mistakes.
Sun 23 Jul | Wired

Decoding the geometry of viruses could lead to better vaccines

Govind Menon, a mathematician at Brown University, described his work in exploring self-assembling micro- and nanotechnologies. He says his work shares some similarities to the research by Reidun Twarock and Peter Stockley, who together are studying how the hepatitis B virus assembles itself.
Sun 23 Jul | The Providence Journal

Political Scene: Topsy-turvy week for Raimondo

Wendy Schiller, professor of political science, commented on Gov. Gina Raimondo's re-election chances after a tumultuous week that saw the governor featured in the New York Times, but also mentioned in poll tagging her as one of the "most unpopular governors" in the country.
Sat 22 Jul | BBC

The keeper of Buddha's Bones

Vazira Fazila-Yacoubali Zamindar, associate professor of history, discusses the mystery of a 2,000 year-old bronze box, the Kanishka casket, that was said to hold the remains of the Buddha himself.
Sat 22 Jul | The Boston Globe

Rwanda and the dangers of democracy

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the probable re-election of Rwandan leader Paul Kagame and the challenges he will undoubtedly face in the next seven years.
Fri 21 Jul | The Times

Strong flu jab keeps elderly from hospital

Researchers at Brown University found that high dose flu vaccinations cut rates of hospitalization with respiratory illness by 12.7 percent. Although the higher doses did not lead to reduced death rates, researchers say the findings are significant because regular flu vaccines don't traditionally work well in older patients.
Thu 20 Jul | The Providence Journal

Protesters oppose law that requires schools to gathers data on Asian Americans

Zhijin J Wu, associate professor of biostatistics, said a new Rhode Island law needlessly targets Asian populations in school systems. “If it’s all students, it really should be all,” said Wu, who stopped by on her lunch break. “If we are really trying to figure out who needs help, let’s not just pretend that only the Asian population is diverse.”
Thu 20 Jul | Providence Business News

PBN Award Winner: Elizabeth Goldberg

Selected as a winner in Providence Business News' 40 "Under Forty," Elizabeth Goldberg, assistant professor of emergency medicine, comments on why she chose her profession.
Thu 20 Jul | The Globe and Mail

How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart

A feature on China's household-registration system—which plays an important role in determining where migrants live or even who they marry—cites a study involving researchers at Brown University that found only about 20 percent of unions crossed social classes.
Wed 19 Jul | WNYC

The citizenship of Native Americans

Adrienne Keene, assistant professor of American studies, joined the Brian Lehrer Show for a discussion on "The Citizenship of Native Americans." A writer for the Native Appropriations blog, Keene talked bout the contradictions inherent in being U.S. citizens and belonging to separate sovereign nations.
Tue 18 Jul | Fox Providence

Questioning democracy in crisis on State of Mind

Michael Kennedy, professor of sociology and international and public affairs, joined a discussion about the current iteration of the American Health Care Act, Donald Trump Jr.’s recent email dump and the stability of democracy in 2017.
Tue 18 Jul | National Geographic

These sharks feed in a surprising way

While munching on prey, some sharks use their shoulders to move food further into the digestive tract, according to a study led by Brown researcher Ariel Camp.
Tue 18 Jul | Seeker

Advanced vision algorithm helps robots learn to see in 3D

A researcher from Brown University is involved in the development of a new algorithm that would help robots identify three-dimensional objects even if their shape is partially obscured, which could help future bots navigate cluttered homes.
Tue 18 Jul | MedPage Today

USPSTF stays course on ovarian cancer screening

Maureen Phipps, a professor of obstetrics and gynecologya and a member of the United States Preventative Services Task Force, commented on the new recommendations against screening for ovarian cancer among women who have shown no signs or symptoms of the disease. The reasoning behind the new recommendations is that screening women without any signs of the disease does not decrease the number of deaths stemming from the diagnosis and may actually lead to unnecessary surgeries, Phipps said in a statement.

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