Thu 5 Oct | Team USA

Ty Walker aims to help youth Olympians reach top potential

Despite her full work load, Olympic snowboarder and Brown University student Ty Walker is looking to inspire others by serving as a Young Change-Maker at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. “I think trying to be a positive influence and a role model is the most important thing,” said Walker, who finished 14th in women’s slopestyle in 2014 in Sochi, where the event made its Olympic debut. “For me, it’s great to be a good athlete and a good student, but it doesn’t matter unless you’re a good person."
Thu 5 Oct | Turn to 10

Health Check: Traffic injuries and kids

A new study suggests that parked or slow moving vehicle can be every bit as deadly as one on the road. "Those can include things such as rollovers, front overs, back overs, and also children being left in the vehicle and exposed to the elements,” said Dr. Mark Zonfrillo, lead author of the study and Brown University injury researcher. He says even power windows can present dangers.
Wed 4 Oct | RI NPR

Rosanne Cash helps launch Brown University songwriting series

Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash kicked off Brown Arts Initiative's Songwriting Series with a songwriting master class and performance Wednesday at Brown University's Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. Cash and her husband, John Leventhal, spoke with RIPR's Morning Edition Host to discuss their songwriting approach.
Tue 3 Oct | Washington Post

We know that evidence-based medicine works. So why don’t politicians support it?

Eric M. Patashnik, professor of public policy and political Science, co-authored a new book titled "Unhealthy Politics: The Battle over Evidence-Based Medicine” and joined the Washington Post to share the book's most significant findings. Patashnik said that contrary to popular belief, doctors begin to use treatments before their effectiveness is evaluated and that once ineffective treatment starts it can be difficult to stop.
Tue 3 Oct | The Providence Journal

Brown University endowment reaches $3.5 billion

Strong stock-market performance globally helped boost Brown University’s endowment to $3.5 billion at the end of June — with an annual return for the year ending on that date of 13.4 percent, which exceeded expectations.
Tue 3 Oct | Quartz

Op-ed: How Americans’ faith in civilized debate is fueling white supremacy

In an op-ed that examines whether white supremacist views should be openly discussed in forums or debates on the grounds of free speech, Matthew Guterl, professor of Africana studies, explains that universities are right to promote the free and fair exchange of ideas, but to do so with the intent to foster new ideas and better understandings. Guterl suggests there is danger to giving space to "broken-down theories disproved long ago" with awful, bloody consequences, and he pointed to lessons that can be learned from W.E.B. Du Bois when he confronted one of the chief architects of white supremacy at the time.
Tue 3 Oct | Live Science

Doctors remove more than 100 pieces of metal from a man's stomach

Dr. Steven Moss, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Brown University, commented on the case of a 52 year old man, who underwent surgery to remove over 100 pieces of metal that clumped together in the man's stomach. Although he was not involved in the case, Moss said it was surprising that the man needed surgery on four separate occasions to remove these objects.
Mon 2 Oct | The Providence Journal

175 in Burrillville advised to use bottled water after tap water fails EPA tests

With the help of researchers from Brown University, the health department tested water systems in Rhode Island that found unsafe levels of chemicals in the Oakland Association water system, which provides water for some Burrillville residents. About 175 people in Burrillville were advised not to boil their tap water because it concentrates two chemicals linked to cancer and other diseases.
Mon 2 Oct | Slate

Hospitals aren’t fully prepared for mass shootings

Despite opioids and guns killing roughly the same amount of people, Megan L. Ranney, associate professor of emergency medicine, said there is a large disparity in the number of studies that are looking at both issues. Her comments come in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Fri 29 Sep | Scientific American

To Read Someone's Mind, Look into Their Eyes

A growing body of evidence lends support to the phrase, "Eyes are the window to the soul." This article cites a study led by Brown University researcher James Cavanagh that found pupils became more dilated when people had to make tradeoffs between two different, but difficult choices.
Thu 28 Sep | RI NPR

RI Artscape: Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantanamo Bay

"Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo" is a photographic exhibit now at the Carriage House Gallery at the Brown University Center for Public Humanities. For this month’s Artscape, the visual artist Debi Cornwall talks to Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman about making pictures at teh Guantanamo Bay detention camp at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Thu 28 Sep | Skilled Nursing News

Can music therapy help improve outcomes in nursing homes?

Three years ago, filmgoers were charmed by the story of a non-profit that helped nursing home residents relive their youths and improve their moods through music. Now, a team of Brown University researchers is setting out to discover whether the program could have concrete medical benefits for seniors — and operational opportunities for skilled nursing providers.
Wed 27 Sep | Healthline

Why would big tobacco pay for an anti-smoking campaign?

Researchers say the U.S. government's call to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels is a step in the right direction. Healthline spoke with Jennifer Tidey, an associate professor at Brown University who co-authored a study on nicotine addiction, to discuss why the new approach is important and her skepticism with a tobacco company's campaign to end cigarette smoking.
Wed 27 Sep | The Providence Journal

TEDx conference returns to Providence this weekend

Peter Haas, associate director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University, commented on the theme of this year's TEDx conference in Providence and a presentation he is looking forward to.
Tue 26 Sep | Royal Society of Chemistry blog

Emerging Investigators series – Ian Wong

Ian Y. Wong, an assistant professor of engineering and medical science at Brown University, discusses his research on stereolithographic printing and the challenges he has overcome in his work.
Tue 26 Sep | The Providence Journal

Felicia Ackerman: Must your life be an open book?

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about her issue with the national push for individuals to share one's secrets, especially when revealing that information can cause a rift between people.
Tue 26 Sep | Rich Press

The physicist who is working to accelerate change in forensic science

Sylvester James Gates, a renowned researcher of theoretical physics and professor at Brown University, has recently become known for his involvement in forensic science and has contributed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's efforts to strengthen forensic science. In an interview with Rich Press, Gates discussed efforts to move forensic science forward using established scientific principles and why he is optimistic about the the field's future.
Mon 25 Sep | Eos

Giant snails’ century-old shells recorded monsoon rainfall

The shells of a large, invasive snail in India can provide exceptionally fine grained records of past precipitation in the region, a new study finds. Kaustubh Thirumalai, a Brown University researcher and co-author of the study, says, “very few proxies give you that sort of [time] resolution in reconstructing precipitation.” He noted that snail shells provide more finely spaced increments of time than do data from bands found in caves, trees, or mollusks, which have been used in prior paleoclimate research.
Mon 25 Sep | TribLive

YouTube videos glorify alcohol use, study finds

A new study suggests that YouTube videos about alcohol consumption may influence impressionable youth into drinking. The study, which included co-authors from the University of Michigan and Brown University, found that these videos generally characterized alcohol intake as fun, glamorous and social.