Sat 18 Feb | The Providence Journal

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

An article about the "word gap" between low income and affluent kids mentions Brown University launched an independent study to determine whether intervening early would make a difference for at-risk children once they begin kindergarten.
Fri 17 Feb | Inside Higher Ed

Maybe college isn't the great equalizer

John Friedman, associate professor of economics, critiques the research methodology of a new study that suggests graduating from college is not the economic equalizer many assume. Friedman is the co-author of a study on the same topic that found, based on large datasets, that colleges do level the economic playing field for students.
Fri 17 Feb | The Boston Globe

Waking the Mexican sleeping giant

Stephen Kinzer, senior fellow at the Watson Institute, wrote an op-ed about the repercussions of President Trump's rhetoric against Mexico, which has ignited Mexican nationalism.
Wed 15 Feb | The Indian Express

America vs America

An opinion piece by Ashutosh Varshney professor of international studies and the social sciences at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He writes, "In sum, the US is witnessing a deepening clash between those who wish to take the country to its political ideals of equality and freedom regardless of race and ethnicity, and those who wish to drag America back to its pre-1965 history. A political battle is underway."
Wed 15 Feb | Providence Business News

Five questions with: Cliff Weitzman

Cliff Weitzman, a Brown University senior, last month made Forbes’ 2017 30 under 30 class, a collection of the leading young changemakers and innovators in the country.
Wed 15 Feb | The Providence Journal

Cancer center renamed Lifespan Cancer Institute

Dr. Howard Safran has been named chief of hematology/oncology of the new Lifespan Cancer Institute. Safran has served as Lifespan's director of oncology and cancer research since 2009 and interim director of the hematology/oncology since 2015. He is also a professor of medicine at Brown University's Warren Alpert School of Medicine.
Wed 15 Feb | RI NPR

Another big health insurer loosens rules for covering addiction treatment

Dr. Josiah Rich, professor of medicine, describes how the situation will typically play out for opioid-addicted patients seeking prescriptions to ease their withdrawel symptoms. His comments come after Aetna, one of the nation's largest insurance, companies, announced they would loosen the rules for covering addiction treatment.
Tue 14 Feb | RI NPR

Health in Rhode Island

A news round-up mentions that Brown University researchers are part of a multidisciplinary team to receive a $2.9 million grant to conduct a five-year research study into more advanced screenings for suicide risk.
Sat 11 Feb | The Providence Journal

'Rethinking America' the theme of One Day University

Brown University professors Wendy Schiller and Kenneth Miller will deliver lectures in Providence through the One Day University, an education program that has spread to several cities. The theme for this year's program is "Rethinking America."
Fri 10 Feb | The Boston Globe

Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

Filmmaker Ken Carlson discusses what he hopes to accomplish by producing a documentary about Tom Catena, a Brown alum and doctor in South Sudan who serves about 1 million patients. Carlson mentions that just by mentioning his affiliation to Catena while he was held at gun point, had the power to save his life.
Thu 9 Feb | Bloomberg

People actually use food stamps to buy more food

A paper by Brown economists Justine Hastings and Jesse Shapiro adds to growing evidence that for every additional dollar in food stamp benefits recipients get, nearly all of it goes into buying additional food.