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March 9, 2011

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Bloomberg   7 March 2012
Campus plastic water bottle use dries up
Dozens of universities across the country, including Brown, are either banning or restricting the sale of plastic water bottles in an effort to reduce waste. The University, which used to sell about 320,000 bottles of water a year in vending machines and campus stores, ended sales in dining halls in 2010, following a student-run campaign. “There’s an environmental impact to the waste of disposable water bottles. We realized there were alternatives that we could put in place that everybody was agreeable to,” says Chris Powell, director of sustainable energy and environmental initiatives.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   8 March 2012
Urban Studies presents ‘City Off the Hill’
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, introduced by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, will deliver the keynote address, at a two-day conference presented by Brown’s Urban Studies Program that will explore new approaches to developing sustainable urban areas. The conference, titled “The City Off the Hill: Working Together for Sustainable Urbanism,” will cover a range of topics including how to design greener housing, how to revitalize cities through partnerships, what the next generation of energy-efficient transportation will look like.

The Takeaway   7 March 2012
Rethinking the GOP primary process
James Morone, professor of political science, contributes to this conversation about whether the GOP needs to rethink its primary system. Morone argues that the Republican primary system is simply not working for the GOP the way that it worked for Democrats in 2008 and that it may, in fact, be tearing the party apart. “What we ought to be looking at is a large set of Super Tuesdays, a set of regional primaries one after the other that helps tamp down the kind of great insurgency that comes from a small minority,” Morone says.

Fox News    7 March 2012
Estrogen may offer breast cancer protection
While some forms of hormone replacement therapy have been found to increase breast cancer risk, therapies that use only estrogen may actually protect women against the disease, according to a new study. "It’s very, very reassuring," says John Buster, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, who was not involved in the study. "It really takes the fire out of the argument that estrogens cause breast cancer."   9 March 2012
Safe sex decreases among college-age women
A new study led by Jennifer Walsh, a house staff officer in clinical psychology, finds that despite the apparent ubiquity of free condoms and counseling, women gradually use condoms less frequently during their first year of college. “College women often engage in serial monogamy, resulting in multiple partners during the college years, and they are often unaware of their partners’ risk. This makes continued condom use important for women’s health,” says Walsh.

Cleveland Plain Dealer   6 March 2012
Researcher helps trace origin of mystery mosaics
When a faculty member at Bowling Green State University had trouble piecing together the origin of a group of ancient Roman mosaics on display there, she called Rebecca Molholt, assistant professor of history of art and architecture, for help. Molholt could find no records of the mosaics leading to the belief that they may have been looted in the 1960s from a site along the Euphrates River. Molholt believes they were very likely part of the decorative framework around the mosaic called “The Gypsy Girl.”

Science News    7 March 2012
The science behind failed memory
New research has captured the battle between right and wrong memories in the brain, bringing scientists closer to understanding how people usually manage to pull up the right memory, and what goes wrong when this process fails. David Badre, assistant professor of cognitive linguistic and psychological sciences, says the findings coincide with long-held suspicions that an unwelcome intrusion from older memories can cause memory problems and that this new approach allows researchers to size up the struggle.

Fox News    9 March 2012
The mental struggle involved in smoking cessation
Difficulty concentrating can stem from any number of causes, including hormone or vitamin deficiency, a change in medication or poor diet. Christopher Kahler, professor of behavioral and social sciences, adds nicotine withdrawal to this list. He adds that while quitting smoking can be a struggle, the mental health boost gained from quitting more than compensates. “There’s a psychological benefit to it,” Kahler says.

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