Fri 11 Aug | The Providence Journal

Brown joins major national gene study

Two Brown scientists have joined colleagues in Vermont and Idaho in a major National Science Foundation project aimed at better understanding how gene mutations can affect an organism’s traits.
Thu 10 Aug | Smithsonian Magazine

A scholar follows a trail of dead mice and discovers a lesson in why museum collections matter

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.
Thu 10 Aug | The Washington Post

U.S. investigating whether American diplomats were victims of sonic attack in Cuba

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.
Thu 10 Aug | Wall Street Journal

Inside DARPA’s push to make artificial intelligence explain itself

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.
Wed 9 Aug | Economia

Promise and peril for Argentina's G20 presidency

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.
Wed 9 Aug | RI NPR

Brown researchers join study to understand changing viruses

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.
Tue 8 Aug | CBS News

Will the Senate ever kill the filibuster?

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.
Tue 8 Aug | Sirius

Stefan Gravenstein on Dr. Radio

Professor of Medicine Stefan Gravenstein talks about his recent study on how high-dose flu vaccines reduce the risk of vulnerable seniors going to the hospital.
Sun 6 Aug | The Washington Post

Is America getting lonelier?

Commentary by columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. on shifting relationships among Americans, particularly in neighborhoods, focuses on work by Mark Dunkelman, a Watson Institute fellow who wrote “The Vanishing Neighbor” in 2014.
Fri 4 Aug | The Providence Journal

Medical volunteers with R.I. ties treat Syrian refugees in Jordan

Twenty-year-old Bana Hadid, a Brown undergraduate whose parents left Syria in the 1980s, was among the 54 people — 32 physicians and 17 who were either interpreters or students or both — who spent a week in Jordan in July with the Syrian American Medical Society, offering medical care to refugees.
Fri 4 Aug | CNN

America's 'drug infested dens' a national emergency?

Traci Green, an associate professor of emergency medicine and epidemiology at Brown, offered her perspective and expertise in a story focused on last week’s White House commission recommendation that President Trump declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.
Fri 4 Aug | The Boston Globe

Moscow is our friend. Honest.

An op-ed by Watson Institute fellow Stephen Kinzer argues that despite new waves of anti-Russia sentiment in the U.S., Russia does not threaten any vital American interest.
Thu 3 Aug | The Indian Express

The Nitish echo

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, wrote an op-ed about Nitish Kumar's pragmatic choice to join the BJP political party in India and how it might influence other alliances.
Thu 3 Aug | Spectrum News

Studies spotlight role of medicines, hospitals in autism

Giulia Righi, an assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, said the findings in a new study she co-led could help clinicians decrease the likelihood of a crisis.The study aimed to highlight how different family characteristics might predict an increased risk of psychiatric hospitalization.
Thu 3 Aug | Journalist’s Resource

Intermarriage and U.S. Hispanics: New research

Findings from a study led by led by Zhenchao Qian, a sociology professor and research associate at Brown’s Population Studies and Training Center, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, were detailed as “an academic study worth reading.”