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.
Sat 23 Sep | The Providence Journal

Tiny crab is destroying Narragansett Bay marshes

Rising seas and the encroachment of the purple marsh crab in New England combined are likely to transform the region's healthy marsh ecosystem into barren mud flats within the next two decades, according to a study led by Brown University ecologist Mark Bertness.
Sat 23 Sep | Herald Mail Media

Highway congestion: Is Maryland’s approach wrong?

Matthew Turner, professor of economics, says Maryland's plan to add lanes to reduce highway congestion is not likely to solve the issue. Turner, who studied highway congestion while he was at the University of Toronto, noted that this approach usually leads to the same traffic patterns after 10 years.
Fri 22 Sep | U.S. News & World Report

College programs offer a path to professional degrees

With benefits like lower costs, flexibility and guaranteed acceptance once admitted, programs such as Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education can be a spring board for highly motivated students.
Thu 21 Sep | Baltimore Sun

Now empowered to control city school board, Baltimore mayor seeks new applicants

With Baltimore’s mayor now having full control of its school board, Brown professor Kenneth Wong said his research on the topic has revealed that student outcomes are generally better when mayors have control of the school board they overlook. Mayors more often understand the need to devote more resources and support to the lowest-performing schools, according to Wong.
Thu 21 Sep | Live Science

Teen dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome'

Dr. Katharine Phillips, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School, described the signs and symptoms of a hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania. Her comments come after news of a British who died from an extremely rare intestinal condition known as Rapunzel syndrome.
Wed 20 Sep | Prevention.com

5 surprising causes of Alzheimer's disease

A round up of surprising causes of Alzheimer's disease includes insights from Brown University researcher Suzanne de la Monte. She says the brain, like any other organ, can develop insulin resistance that leads to the harmful buildup of proteins.
Wed 20 Sep | Wicked Local Cape Cod

Cape Cod divided on possible injection sites

As the fight against the opioid epidemic continues and discussions are underway in Cape Cod on whether to build safe injection sites (SIF), Wicked Local cites data compiled by Brown epidemiologist Brandon Marshall that found SIFs reduced overdose mortality rates in Vancouver by as much as 35 percent.
Wed 20 Sep | Deccan Herald

Social media not to blame for political polarization

Researchers at Brown University say that the growth in political polarization is greatest among people who don't use social media or the internet, which downplays a popular theory about the web's role in increasing political polarization.
Tue 19 Sep | Turn to 10

Mexico City's terrain makes it susceptible to damage

Terry Tullis, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, commented on the earthquake responsible for killing at least 139 people in Mexico yesterday. He said the west coast region Mexico is prone to earthquakes because it rests on a fault line, and that if a similar one occurred in Los Angeles that it would likley be called 'the big one."
Tue 19 Sep | The Deccan Chronicle

Homework is age-appropriate, parents say

Students in pre-k are increasingly being assigned homework that requires parent's involvement, but parents tell the Deccan Chronicle the homework that's intended to foster parent-child bonds can be taxing. This article cites a Brown University study that found children's homework can be a cause for stress among a family.
Mon 18 Sep | RI NPR

NE ash trees at risk of extinction

With ash trees under threat of extinction because of a little foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer, Brown researcher Tim Whitfeld said the trees' potential demise in the Ocean State might offer an opportunity for non-plant species to thrive. He also notes how this development might negatively affect other species.
Mon 18 Sep | The Atlantic

The real difference between warm and cool colors

Paja Faudree, a linguistic anthropologist at Brown University, said she is skeptical of the findings of a recent study that found, across languages, it's easier to describe colors depending on whether it falls on the warmer side of the color spectrum, which would have implications on the evolution of color vision.

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