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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Civil Rights activist Angela Davis was supposed to give a lecture focusing on the prison industrial complex at Brown University on Friday, but took the podium instead to focus on the current political climate and activism among young people.
Marine ecologist Mark Bertness comments on the significant role played by salt marshes and coastal wetlands after a new study suggests that without intervention, several salt marsh biomes are in danger of disappearing within 350 years.
Brown University researchers Jack Mustard and Mike Bramble comment on the landing sites that were selected for a NASA 2020 mission, where a rover will touch down on Mars to access signs of past Martian life.
Brown University's plans to build a new performing arts center is moving forward with authorization to start the selection process for an architect to design what is envisioned as a state-of-the-art hub for music, dance, theater and multimedia arts.
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."
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.
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.