Mon 18 Sep | Inverse

'Sonic weapons' fail to describe what actually happened in Cuba

Despite various news reports speculating that U.S. officials in Cuba are suffering symptoms because of covert 'sonic weapons," researchers including Brown former professor Seth Horowitzi say there is no evidence to support the hypothesis regarding the diplomats' ailments.
Mon 18 Sep | International Business Times

Who is Samuel Johnson? Google doodle honors dictionary author

This week, Google paid homage to 18th century English author Dr. Samuel Johnson, who authored the influential "A Dictionary of the English Language." Krysta Ryzewski, a visiting scholar in archaeology and the ancient world, offered insights into the word selection used to define the word 'school.'
Sat 16 Sep | The Boston Globe

America’s slow-motion military coup

The emergence of a military junta — the three generals Trump said he would defer to for foreign policy choices — should be a cause for concern because they may not be best equipped to make decisions on America's long term interests, according to Watson Institute senior fellow Stephen Kinzer.
Sat 16 Sep | The Boston Globe

America’s slow-motion military coup

The emergence of a military junta — the three generals Trump said he would defer to for foreign policy choices — should be a cause for concern because they may not be best equipped to make decisions on America's long term interests, according to Watson Institute senior fellow Stephen Kinzer.
Fri 15 Sep | uexpress

When your kids don't want you to sell

Zhenchao Qian, a professor of sociology, commented on one of the several reasons why large numbers of adult children haven't left their family's abode now that the Great Recession of 2007 is fading into memory. This article was published under a different title by the South Florida Sun-Sentinal on Friday, Sept. 15.
Thu 14 Sep | National Public Radio

In their own Words: Why armed fighters attack aid workers

A Brown University paper is cited in this NPR article about new research that sheds light as to the reasons why humanitarian workers have been targets for violent attacks, ranging from kidnappings to gang rapes to beheadings.
Wed 13 Sep | Medscape

Computers shrink orthopedic surgeons' roles

Alan H. Daniels isn't concerned that robots will replace doctors anytime soon, even though computers have bested humans in less urgent, but complex games such as Go, chess and Jeopardy. "Further refinement of technology" is one of the reasons why artificial intelligence hasn't taken over the role of surgeons at the operating table, according to Daniels, who is an assistant professor at Brown and a orthopedic surgeon.
Wed 13 Sep | The Providence Journal

“Crossing Borders” exhibit touches on immigration issues

To enter the newly installed exhibition titled "Crossing Borders," visitors will need to pass through a metal detector that is reminiscent of the hurdles immigrants go through. The artists' sophistication in embedding issues of immigration in the works is something that might be expected of academic galleries, and appropriately enough, the show will travel to Brown University this fall.
Wed 13 Sep | Providence Business News

Report: R.I. schools need $627.5M fix

Warren Alpert Medical School's Patricia Flanagan is among 13 members assigned to the Rhode Island Schools Task Force, which will give recommendations to Gov. Gina Raimondo on ways to improve the crumbling infrastructure of Rhode Island Public Schools.
Wed 13 Sep | Turn to 10

Hospital shooting puts spotlight on security

More comments from Dr. Eli Adashi on improving the security measures at hospitals following the deadly shooting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. A professor of medical science at Brown University, Adashi authored a paper on active shooter incidents at hospitals in 2015 that provided recommendations that could stem the increase of active shooter threats.
Wed 13 Sep | Newsweek

What is the song in the iPhone X commercial? Listen to 'Best Friend' by Sofi Tukker

Brown University graduates Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern provided the hip iPhone X soundtrack that introduced Apple's newest handset to the rest of the world. The soundtrack came from a song called "Best Friend," which was produced by the New York musical duo Sofi Tukker and three other collaborators. The ad has already been seen more than 8 million times on Youtube.
Tue 12 Sep | NPR

For many women, cervical cancer screening may get a lot simpler

Maureen Phipps, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, commented on the importance of screening for cervical cancer. The task force, which began taking public comments, recently published draft recommendations that give women more flexibility in choosing the screening they want in order to detect cervical cancer at its earliest stages.
Tue 12 Sep | Fortune

Here’s what America can do for the post-Irma Caribbean

Patsy Lewis, director of development studies at Brown University, wrote an op-ed about what Americans and the United States could do to help residents affected by Hurricane Irma, which ravaged the Caribbean and caused incalculable damage to small islands.
Tue 12 Sep | Fox Providence

Why did Steve Bannon agree to TV interview?

Brown Professor Michael Kennedy discusses why former White House chief strategist and leader of the Breitbart News Network, Steve Bannon, agreed to an interview with Charlie Rose on “60 Minutes.”
Fri 8 Sep | The Providence Journal (AP)

Tom Perez, former U.S. labor secretary, to teach at Brown

Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and former U.S. labor secretary under President Barack Obama, will join Brown University as a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for Public Affairs, the university has announced.
Fri 8 Sep | Brookings

The rise, the fall, and the resurrection of Iceland

Iceland’s banking crisis—which in terms of failed assets vs. GDP was the largest banking crisis on record—produced several important lessons for international regulators, according to an article co-authored by Brown economist Gauti B. Eggertsson. Eggertsson and his colleagues recently provided an analysis on how the Icelandic banking system ballooned to nine times its GDP when it failed in 2008 and where the money went.
Thu 7 Sep | Bloomberg

Brain computer interfaces are already here

With a renewed interest from companies to advance brain computer interfaces, Dennis DeGray is a reminder that the field has been making progress for a long time now. DeGray has been working with BrainGate, a consortium of researchers from Brown and other institutions that are working to give incapacitated humans the ability to engage with the outside world through the power of thought. In recent work done at Brown, David Borton led a team that restored the walking motion of a monkey by implanting electrodes and a wireless transmitter in its motor cortex.

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