Tue 28 Feb | The Providence Journal

R.I. patients, providers need Obamacare

Richard W. Besdine, professor of medicine, co-authored an article about the thousands of older Rhode Islanders that would be impacted by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Tue 28 Feb | Vox

Trump promised to end the opioid painkiller and heroin epidemic.

Brown political scientist Peter Andreas is quoted on whether building a wall at the southern border, as President Trump describes, could deter drug smuggling. "The drugs can come under the wall, they can come over the wall, and they can come around the wall," Andreas said.
Sat 25 Feb | WalletHub

Is Bitcoin safe? Experts pick sides

Maurice Herlihy, professor of computer science, joined a panel of cryptocurrency experts to give his opinion on the security and safety of using Bitcoin. "Yes, bitcoin is safe, at least for now, but what about us, bitcoin's clients? There are many dangers, some more credible than others," Herlihy wrote.
Fri 24 Feb | International Business Times

The rise of 'political depression'

Carol Landau, professor of psychiatry and medicine, comments on how some people might be more susceptible to 'political depression' following the recent presidential election and current world affairs.
Thu 23 Feb | The Washington Post

This hunter waged a war on feral cats

Dov Sax, an associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Brown University, is quoted in this article about a hunter in Wisconsin who kills feral cats that he says are threatening native ecosystems. “I think there are animal rights people who have a perfectly valid point of view in thinking that the cat shouldn’t be killed, and I think there’s also a perfectly valid point of view that you should control this nonnative population if it’s hurting native species,” Sax said.
Thu 23 Feb | AJMC.com

Heart risks at mid-life signal dementia down the road

Suzanne de la Monte, professor of pathology, laboratory medicine and neurosurgery, is quoted in an article about a study that found that those who have high blood pressure or diabetes at mid-life are more likely to develop dementia as they get older.
Wed 22 Feb | WalletHub

Professor Michael J. White on diversity within cities

Michael J. White, professor of population studies, comments the wide societal benefits of having a racially diverse demographic within cities. He is among other researchers to offer insights in WalletHub's listing of the most and least diverse cities in America.
Wed 22 Feb | WalletHub

Mardi Gras fun facts

Brown environmentalist Timmons Roberts examines the impact of the celebrated Mardi Gras parade and gives suggestions on how to measure the success of future parades in environmentally friendly ways.
Tue 21 Feb | Wall Street Journal

Space bacteria draws focus of researchers

A survey by infectious disease expert Dr. Leonard Mermel is cited in an article about researchers stepping up efforts to determine why microbes become more dangerous while in orbit.
Tue 21 Feb | The New York Times

Have we lost sight of the promise of public schools?

Bonnie Honig, professor of political science, comments on an alternative reason private schools have gained more support. “What had been enjoyed as a public thing by white citizens became a place of forced encounter with other people from whom they wanted to be separate,” Honig said. “The attractiveness of private schools and other forms of privatization are not just driven by economization but by the desire to control the community with which you interact.”
Tue 21 Feb | The Providence Journal

Liberals don't have to canonize Obamas

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about the problem with idolizing the former presidential administration to the point of ignoring some of their flaws.
Tue 21 Feb | Providence Business News

Brown, RISD among top producers of Fulbright scholars

Rhode Island institutions of higher education reigned supreme in this year’s list of top Fulbright scholarship recipients, with Brown producing the most Fulbright scholars than any other institution in the nation.
Mon 20 Feb | Convergence RI

How will scientists, universities respond to forces of political denial?

Richard Asinof of Convergence RI wrote an article about the challenges the scientific community face in the current political climate. Asinof includes excerpts from President Christina Paxson's opening remarks at the 183rd annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He also mentions a lecture about science denial by Ken Miller, who in an interview before his speech discussed the role of a University regarding the same topic.