Thu 28 Dec | Vox

Why American doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work

Eric M. Patashnik, the Julis-Rabinowitz professor of public policy and a professor of political science at Brown, describes the conditions that lead American doctors to routinely prescribe medical treatments that are not based on sound science, including a weak coalition in favor of evidence-based medicine, medical professionals' desire to maintain professional and clinical autonomy, and the political challenges involved in advocating for reforms to improve treatment.
Thu 28 Dec | Ed Tech Magazine

Brown University uses VR to give scientists a closer look at their research

Benjamin Knorlein, a researcher at Brown University’s Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV), has integrated VR with a digital holographic microscope to present an up-close look at plankton and how they function within their environment — a view so finely detailed that the human eye can’t capture it under normal observation.
Tue 26 Dec | The New York Times

How it works: The large mouth of the largemouth bass

Aaron M. Olsen of the University of Chicago, with Ariel L. Camp and Elizabeth L. Brainerd of Brown University, used X-ray videos and a kind of motion capture to create the most accurate representations yet of how that mouth works.
Sat 9 Dec | The New York Times

DNA tattoos are the final frontier of love

Patrick Duffy and Dr Edith Mathiowitz, a professor at the Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University, have patented the technology to create a tattoo imbued with the DNA of another human being.
Thu 7 Dec | Forbes

Brown University will end student loans next fall

For all Brown-packaged financial aid awards, the Providence, Rhode Island university will replace student loans with scholarship funds (that do not have to be repaid) for all returning and incoming undergraduates starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Wed 6 Dec | The New York Times

Is media driving Americans apart?

Opinion piece co-authored by Jesse M. Shapiro, an economist at Brown, argues that we risk giving too much weight to the newest and most frightening media technologies as the cause of political polarization. If any media platform is to blame,the authors write, it is not the web. It is more likely television, which is a more important source of political information. Growing polarization may also result from structural economic changes, like rising inequality, that have occurred in recent decades.
Wed 6 Dec |

Warm and wet ancient Mars? Maybe not

A new Brown study found that ancient Mars may not have been all that warm and wet after all. The Red Planet has widespread deposits of clay minerals, which are formed via the interaction of volcanic rock and water. This fact has led some researchers to suspect that liquid water covered much of the Martian surface for extended stretches long ago — perhaps during the Noachian period, which lasted from about 4.1 billion to 3.7 billion years ago. But the new study suggests that these clays could have formed even longer ago, right after the planet's formation — meaning the Noachian may well have been a mostly dry and chilly time.
Mon 4 Dec | Forbes

PODCAST: This scientist wants to dance on Mars (and she just might make that happen)

Article highlights a Ted Talk by Adeene Denton a PhD student in planetary science at Brown University, where her specialty is the volcanic, glacial, and tectonic interactions on early Mars and their application to Martian geologic and climatic history. When she's not mapping the surface of Mars by hand or working as the media coordinator for the Brown Graduate Women in Science and Engineering organization, Denton is dancing and choreographing works with The Dance Extension and the College Hill Dancers/Choreographers’ Alliance.
Mon 4 Dec | Gizmodo

New Evidence Points to Icy Plate Tectonics on Europa

Geophysicists from Brown University have shown that tectonic activity is also feasible within Europa’s ice shell. They used a computer simulation to map subduction—where one giant slab of ice is forced under another.
Thu 30 Nov | Reuters

Pompeo might bring assets to 'hellish' secretary of state role

Article quotes Richard Boucher, a former top U.S. diplomat who now teaches at Brown University: “If the president undercuts what he is trying to achieve diplomatically, convinces people that whatever you agree to with the secretary of state will be overturned by the president ... then he is basically neutered."
Wed 29 Nov | WPRI

South Street Landing is opened with ceremony

With two of the three phases of the South Street Landing project now completed, and largely occupied, state and university officials on Wednesday ceremonially opened the facilities. The Rhode Island Nursing Education Center occupies space on the first three floors, while Brown University has moved portions of 11 administrative offices and services into the remainder, about 136,000 square feet of the total building space.
Tue 21 Nov | The American Interest

Gordon Wood on Jefferson and Adams

Podcast Host Richard Aldous speaks with Gordon Wood about his new book, Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Gordon Wood is an acclaimed author, historian, and the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University.
Mon 20 Nov | The Washington Post

Episode 11 of the Constitutional podcast: ‘War’

This episode of The Washington Post's "Constitutional" podcast examines the colonial and revolutionary roots of the Second and Third Amendments with renowned historian Gordon Wood—professor at Brown University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Radicalism of the American Revolution.”
Tue 14 Nov | GoLocal Prov

RI Hospital awarded $5.8 million grant for skeletal health

Collectively COBRE (Rhode Island Hospital’s Center for Biomedical Research Excellence) has enabled musculoskeletal and joint research at Rhode Island Hospital along with Brown University to achieve prominence nationally and internationally.
Wed 8 Nov | The New York Times

The circadian clock in your nose

Rachel Herz, a sensory researcher at Brown University, and her colleagues designed this study to see if there might be times of day when the sense of smell was more powerful — perhaps making food smell particularly inviting.
Tue 7 Nov | Go Local Prov

Brown Prof. Malle discusses effort to create smart, cuddly robotics for seniors

Malle, lead investigator on a project, dubbed ARIES (Affordable Robotic Intelligence for Elderly Support), will add artificial intelligence capabilities to Hasbro’s current Joy for All Companion Pets. On GoLocal LIVE Malle discusses the collaborative project between Brown and Hasbro and how the effort could have an important impact on seniors and their quality of lives.
Tue 7 Nov | The New York Times

Building a buzzy hive of invention and collaboration

Article on development in the Jewelry District highlights tells the story of Brown's role. Article states: It’s the sort of collaboration that academic, business and government officials here hope to emulate and build on as they, like many other community leaders around the country, seek to promote a fledgling innovation district. Such networking, experts say, is a key component of the success of established innovation districts elsewhere in the country.
Tue 7 Nov | Wall Street Journal

U.S. spent $5.6 trillion on wars in Middle East and Asia

U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan have cost American taxpayers $5.6 trillion since they began in 2001, according to the new Brown Costs of War study, a figure more than three times that of the Pentagon’s own estimates.
Mon 6 Nov | The New York Times

If you tear a knee ligament, arthritis is likely to follow in 10 years

Article quotes Dr. Brett Owens, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School, who says that other joints are at risk as well. People who repeatedly sprain an ankle are at risk, he said. And up to 40 percent of those who dislocate a shoulder get arthritis within about 15 years, he said.