Sat 15 Jul | BBC

The necklace that divided two nations

Vazira F-Y Zamindar, associate professor of history, joins a discussion as part of BBC's "Museum of Lost Objects" series. This podcast episode focuses on the independence of India and Pakistan and the historic artifacts that were fought over, in what the host describes as an era that will forever be tainted the violence that ensued.
Fri 14 Jul | CBS

How to describe Trumpism in America: Don't focus on Trump

To understand how President Trump rose through the political ranks, one has to step back and see how globalization benefitted the wealthiest not only in the U.S. but throughout the world, Brown economist Mark Blyth discussed during CBS News' The Takeout.
Fri 14 Jul | MIMS

America’s escalating opioid crisis, and the struggle to combat it

Some of the most vulnerable populations at risk for addiction are being prescribed opioids at a disproportionate rate to deal with their pain, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The article mentions how Dr. Geoff Capraro of Brown University has taken an initiative to combat the opioid epidemic with the novel idea of installing naloxone at community centers.
Thu 13 Jul | Eos

Signs of water in a Moon rock

Ariel Deutsch, a Brown graduate student, co-authored a summary of recent findings suggesting the presence of water on the Moon and the topics discussed during a workshop hosted by the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute in November.
Wed 12 Jul | Associated Press

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

This feature on the damages children incur from chronic stress cites a Brown University study that touches on the same topic. The study found evidence of elevated levels of inflammatory markers in saliva among children who had experienced abuse and other adversity.
Wed 12 Jul | The New York Times

Firebrand Hindu cleric ascends India’s political ladder

The appointment of Yogi Adityanath’s to rule India’s most populous state “invests a certain amount of power in Yogi Adityanath that cannot be easily taken away,” said Ashutosh Varshney, a professor of political science and international studies at Brown University. “Modi has been either unwilling to stop his rise, or unable to stop his rise,” he said.
Tue 11 Jul | Pacific Standard

Can smoking during pregnancy create a socially deviant kid?

A research team led by Brown University's Angela Paradis found a correlation between anti-social behavior and smoking while pregnant. The findings suggest that women who smoke while pregnant increase the odds their children will commit violent crimes as an adolescent and as an adult.
Tue 11 Jul | Quanta magazine

Pentagon tiling proof solves century-old math problem

Rich Schwartz, a mathematician at Brown University, commented on a researcher's discovery that solves a centuries-old mystery that involves using pentagons together in a tiling, a process where basic shapes are placed together to create larger images.
Mon 10 Jul | The Providence Journal

Brown medical school to pioneer addiction-treatment program

Beginning in May 2018, medical school students at the Warren Alpert Medical School will graduate with the necessary training to qualify for the required “waiver” from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to prescribe medications such as buprenorphine, known by its brand name Suboxone, to treat opioid-use disorders. The program—the first of its kind in the country—is part of a treatment strategy in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force’s Action Plan.
Mon 10 Jul | GQ

How baby boomers ruined everything

In a recent GQ interview, Brown economist Mark Blyth discussed a range of topics that included the rise of "alt-work," his thoughts on universal basic income, and the legacy of the baby boomers.
Mon 10 Jul | Space News

China’s long march to the moon

James Head, a planetary scientist from Brown University, commented on the goal of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program and how China is preparing for lunar exploration.
Fri 7 Jul | Indian Express

Crime and context

Ashutosh Varshney, professor of political science, wrote an op-ed addressing the rise in lynchings in parts of India and the political context that could be contributing to more violence.
Fri 7 Jul | Nikkei Asian Review

Japan's moon ambition faces skeptical public

James Head, professor of geological science, commented in an article about the lackluster reception of Japan's announcement of a manned mission to the Moon. Head said the plans are exciting and noted that John F. Kennedy's announcement in the 1960s to send humans to the celestial object inspired him to pursue a career in space science.
Fri 7 Jul | Teen Vogue

Ethics director Walter Shaub just resigned

Corey Brettschneider, professor of political science, comments on the meaning and significance of Walter Shaub resignation. Shaub was the Obama appointed director of the Office of Government Ethics.
Fri 7 Jul | CGTN

The Heat: G-20 Summit

Vladimir Golstein, an analyst on Russian foreign policy and a professor of Slavic studies at Brown University, joined a panel to discuss what could come out of the G-20 summit, where leaders from around the world talked about the biggest global challenges.