Traci Green, a professor in the Warren Alpert Medical School, commented on recent findings indicating a spike in teenage suicides in 2015 after seven years of decline. Green said the findings reflect “a very messy use environment” in which heroin may be tainted with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, fentanyl may be pressed into illegal pills, and users may mix drugs such as opioids and benzodiazepines
Planetary geologist Jim Head commented new findings suggesting there is an abundance of water near Mars' equator. “This is a really wonderful example of how data, once collected, can be analyzed with new techniques,” Head said. “When we eventually send people to Mars, we’ll want to go where the water is.”
Francine Jackson of Brown University's Ladd Observatory joined GoLocalProv to discuss why the upcoming solar eclipse is so important, which some in academia have described as on par with "America's Woodstock."
Michael L. Littman, professor of computer science at Brown University, wrote an op-ed explaining why Elon Musk apocalyptic warning about artificial intelligence is wrong. Littman's comments come after Musk warned that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
Mental health organizations are applauding the U.S. Senate's recent confirmation of psychiatrist Elinore McCance-Katz as the first assistant secretary for mental health and substance use in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). McCance-Katz is currently a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University.
In this edition of RINPR's "This I Believe Rhode Island," Christy Law Blanchard discusses the importance of memories. Blanchard is an associate director for communications and program development at the John Carter Brown Library.
The incidence of all strokes decreased over time in men, but not women, with the difference driven by a decrease in ischemic stroke, according to a study published in Neurology. One of the researchers, Tracy E. Madsen, is affiliated with the Warren Alpert Medical School.
Jane Metrik, an associate professor at Brown University's School of Public Health, commented on new research that called into question the effectiveness of marijuana in treating patients with chronic pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. Metrik, who was not involved in the study, said the research is timely and well done.
Work by Brown researcher Richard Rende is cited in an op-ed about how much screen time is safe for children. Rende suggested that screen time can be dangerous for kids if it replaces activities that are known for healthy development.
Playwright and faculty member Paula Vogel is included in a Voice of America piece that examines how faculty support students and alumni seeking opportunities in industries in which jobs are not plentiful.
Article by Rose McDermott, professor of international relations at Brown, who posits that the growing ability to choose our dating partners based partly on their political ideology, via dating websites and apps, may lead to an increasingly polarized body politic, with fewer chances for compromise.
Article by American Studies Professor Steven Lubar, adapted from part of his new book "Inside the Lost Museum." The book looks at the history of Brown's Jenks Museum (which closed in 1915) as the lens through which to detail the valuable work that goes on in museums today: collecting, preserving, displaying, and studying art, artifacts and natural history specimens.
Article quotes Seth Horowitz, former professor of neuroscience at Brown University, who said that “there are no acoustic devices that can cause sudden onset hearing loss that the people involved could not hear,” and expressed skepticism about the State Department’s claims that American diplomats serving in Cuba may have been victims of an attack that damaged their hearing and caused other physical symptoms.
A feature on what many say is a major obstacle to widespread adoption of artificial intelligence — teaching algorithms to explain their decision-making to humans — references work at Brown to create systems that can explain how AI tools designed to classify people’s activities in crowds, for example, can flag suspicious people.
Opinion piece by Guy Edwards, research fellow and co-director of the Climate and Development Lab at Brown University. Edwards posits that Argentine President Mauricio Macri should focus on working closely with Argentina’s European and Latin American allies, while reinforcing his government’s credibility on issues that are critical to all.
Viruses and bacteria are constantly evolving. As their genes mutate, they develop ways to evade human and medical defenses. Now, a team of researchers are studying just how these mutations work. To do that, scientists at Brown University, the University of Vermont and the University of Idaho are editing genes in viruses and bacteria.
Teams from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Brown University have joined forces to develop solutions that would extend the battery life of GPS gear, mobile phones, field laptops and other technologies that soldiers use in the field.
Article refers to Rich Arenberg, an adjunct professor at Brown University who co-authored "Defending the Filibuster: Soul of the Senate," who told CBS News that the filibuster is in the Senate's DNA and getting rid of it would turn the upper chamber into a majoritarian body, which is not what it was designed to be.
Jody Rich, an epidemiologist at the Warren Alpert Medical School, said treating addiction as a health issue is key to curbing opioid abuse. He said that could mean changing the way we treat people convicted of dealing drugs.