Tue 30 May | The Providence Journal

Herbert Rakatansky: Merging services would improve R.I. care

Herbert Rakatansky, clinical professor emeritus of medicine, wrote an op-ed about merging the healthcare organizations of Rhode Island together, saying the proposal for a takeover of Care New England by Boston-based Partners will carry ramifications for the Ocean State and its residents.
Mon 29 May | The Boston Globe

Brown’s Molloy 1st in MLL draft

Brown University star Dylan Molloy was the first overall selection in the Major League Lacrosse draft held in Foxborough, taken by the Florida Launch.
Mon 29 May | Quartz

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

Jared Lindahl, a visiting professor of religious studies at Brown University, commented on the negative aspect of meditation that is rarely mentioned in scientific literature. Lindahl is the co-author of a study that documents and creates a taxonomy for the variant phenomenology of meditation.
Sun 28 May | The Providence Journal

Brown University graduates urged to live courageously

Newly minted graduates at Brown University's 249th Commencement on Sunday heard a recurring theme throughout the celebratory weekend: In a tumultuous world, they should use their education to change the world for the better.
Sun 28 May | The Boston Globe

My foreign policy mixtape

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about troubling foreign policies and the music that comes to mind when he thinks about specific issues.
Fri 26 May | National Geographic

A warming planet jolts the iconic creatures of the Galápagos

National Geographic's Christopher Solomon follows Brown biologist Jon Witman to learn about the creatures that sprawl the Galápagos Islands—where Charles Darwin made observations that would later inform his theory of evolution—and how it might serve as the basis for a new observation on how animals are adapting to climate change.
Fri 26 May | Reader's Digest

What’s the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

With summer around the corner, Reader's Digest published a feature about hazardous signs to look out for to keep your family safe next season. Neha Raukar, associate professor of emergency medicine, comments on what differentiates heat stroke from heat exhaustion.
Fri 26 May | Dan Yorke State of Mind

Analyzing this week’s events in Washington, abroad on State of Mind

Richard Arenberg, Capitol Hill veteran and lecturer in international and public affairs at Brown University, joined a discussion on last week’s pressing issues, including the terror attack in Manchester and continued hearings into alleged collusion between the United States and Russia.
Fri 26 May | The New York Times

Invite your neighbors over for a barbecue this weekend

An op-ed written by Marc J. Dunkelman begins by focusing on a new ordering system by Starbucks that would eliminate waiting in line, which Dunkelman writes, is an example of the fracturing of "middling relationships." "Experiments that compel ordinary people to discuss a fraught topic face-to-face have illustrated that those conversations quite frequently lead participants to think differently. But without middling relationships [the kind that might occur at Starbucks or Blockbuster, if they were still around], those sorts of thoughtful, substantive interactions have become all too rare," wrote Dunkelman, who is a fellow at Brown's Watson Institute.
Fri 26 May | BBC Newshour

Jeremy Corbyn: The 'War on Terror' is not working

Corey Bettschneider, professor of political science, commented on why Jared Kushner is being reportedly seen as 'a person of interest' in the investigation into the alleged collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia.
Thu 25 May | The Providence Journal

Brown University announces 37 Fulbright Scholars

Thirty-seven students and recent graduates of Brown University have received Fulbright scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and will soon teach and engage in research abroad, the university announced.
Wed 24 May | Today

Meditation may cause negative feelings for some, study finds

Meditation is widely touted by wellness experts as a means to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. But it's not all zen and self-actualization. In fact, a new study by researchers at Brown University says the practice can result in distressing and potentially impairing experiences along the way.