Wed 11 Jan | Open Democracy

Do costs outweigh practical benefits human trafficking awareness

Elena Shih, associate professor of American studies, co-authored an introductory op-ed about the hidden costs of raising awareness campaigns. The series will feature more discussion branching from the same debate and is co-produced by Brown's Center for the Study of Slavery.
Mon 9 Jan | Providence Business News

Five questions with Dr. Jack A. Elias

Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, discusses the recent $27 million gift from the Warren Alpert Foundation and how it will enable Brown’s M.D./Ph.D. program to expand.
Mon 9 Jan | Kaiser Health News

Obamacare boosted community health centers’ reach. Now what?

Two recent studies suggest that following the implementation of President Obama's 2010 health law and by extension the expansion of Medicaid that community centers have reached out to more people and improved quality of care, but with a new Trump administration there are many uncertainties. Associate professor Amal Trivedi is an author to one of the studies.
Mon 9 Jan | Becker's Hospital Review

Medicare ACO hospitals faster at reducing readmissions, study finds

Though both ACO and non-ACO hospitals have been successful in driving down rates of readmissions from skilled nursing facilities, hospitals participating in Medicare ACOs have done so measurably faster, according to a study co-authored by Brown assistant professor Momotazur Rahman.
Mon 9 Jan | Vice

This neural network designs baby names of the future

Thinking about potential baby names is difficult, but in the future maybe it won't have to be. Brown undergraduate Nate Parrott created a neural network that mashes up thousands of the most common baby names into futuristic sounding interpretive takes.
Sun 8 Jan | Christian Science Monitor

MIT scientists develop super-light, super-strong structure

Huajian Gao, professor of engineering at Brown, comments on a new MIT based study that explains how to build graphene into useful 3-D structures. Gao, who was not involved in the study, said the research is "a powerful "new approach in engineering research."
Fri 6 Jan | Providence Business News

Brown FLiCenter assists first-generation students

Brown junior Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho, a first generation student of Mexican descent, didn't identify with being different until he arrived at an elite institution. To help other students like him navigate the college experience, Rodriguez-Camacho ended up becoming directly involved in the creation of the University's First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center, which has grown to encompass a larger demographic that includes low-income, undocumented and international students.
Fri 6 Jan | RI NPR

The bottom line: Brown's push for entrepreneurship

Danny Warshay, executive director of the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses why Brown is fertile ground for entrepreneurs, and how the university is working to make entrepreneurship a cornerstone for students and faculty of all disciplines.
Fri 6 Jan | CNN

Supreme Court wars escalate

Richard A Arenberg, a visiting lecturer in political science and international and public affairs at Brown, is quoted in an article discussing the political tensions surrounding the Supreme Court vacancy and the possibility of a Senate rules change that would help Republicans overcome Democrats' opposition to Trump nominees.
Wed 4 Jan | The New York Times

Why Republicans shouldn’t weaken the filibuster

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in international and public affairs, wrote an op-ed about the importance of keeping the filibuster intact now that Republicans have taken control of both houses of Congress and the Senate.
Tue 3 Jan | Wired

Beautiful X-Ray movies reveal skeletons like never before

Brown University researchers have developed open source software that could change the field of biomechanics. Their work is the newest phase of X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology -- a technology that’s giving researchers a stunning look at bones in motion.
Tue 3 Jan | Asia Times

How can the US regain its mojo on R&D?

Brown economist Mark Blyth comments on an article focusing on the staggering U.S. spending on research and development. He notes there are other ways to measure productivity.
Tue 3 Jan | New Republic

Op-ed: Blue states must become even bluer

Brown professor Matthew Guterl wrote an op-ed about the direction blue states should go in at a time of political uncertainty and when most of the GOP supermajorities – including Indiana, Kansas and Wisconsin– are moving towards imposing more conservative values.
Mon 2 Jan | The New York Times

India’s top court bars campaigns based on identity politics

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of international studies, commented on India's Supreme Court decision that candidates running for political office cannot appeal to voters on the basis of religion, caste, community or language, and called the recent decision "very mystifying."
Fri 30 Dec | Providence Business News

‘We live here as much as we work here'

Brown University alumnus Danny Warshay discusses what entrepreneurship is like in Rhode Island and shares insights into the mindset of an entrepreneur. Warshay is the founding executive director of the new Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown.