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April 20, 2011

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The Huffington Post   18 April 2012
Global experts discuss ‘The Failure of the Euro?’
The Watson Institute for International Studies recently held a conference titled “The Failure of the Euro?” International economists, political figures, and journalists came together to discuss the causes of the Euro crisis and potential solutions. Consensus among panelists was that it is a self-inflicted situation that’s largely political, rather than financial. "It was an accident waiting to happen,” said Romano Prodi, former Italian prime minister and professor at large at the Watson Institute.

The New York Times    18 April 2012
Elderly can face tough transitions in final days
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of elderly who died at home has risen. Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice, however cautions against too much optimism over the data. She says that many elderly are shuttled around between home, hospital and nursing home in their final days: “Site-of-death data only tells you where you are at time of death, but nothing about the transitions leading to that point.”   18 April 2012
Brain activity can indicate sexual desire, weight gain
A group of researchers has found that brain activity can predict both future sexual desire and weight gain. “The people whose brains responded more strongly to food cues were the people who went on to gain more weight six months later,” says study author Kathryn Demos, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior. The researchers hope their study will contribute to the understanding of how our self-regulation system works and how our responses to reward can be controlled.

Bloomberg Businessweek   19 April 2012
Affirmative action may still be best diversity strategy
As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to reconsider the constitutionality of affirmative action in college admissions this fall, Glenn Loury, professor of economics, cautions that traditional affirmative action leads to admissions of more academically qualified students than strategies that use other factors as a proxy for race. “Color-blind policies are less efficient at selecting the best students,” Loury says.

The Washington Post   19 April 2012
Myoda exhibition puts technology on display
A new exhibition by Paul Myoda, assistant professor of visual art, titled “Glittering Machines,” is currently on display at Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C. His creations are a collection of devices constructed from such high-tech ingredients as aluminum, clear acrylic, LEDs, microprocessors and ultrasonic sensors and include a whirling chandelier that casts dancing patterns of refracted light. Inspired by bioluminescent insects and other creatures, the machines are built to react to people’s presence and movement.

International Business Times    18 April 2012
Egg laying put dinosaurs at a disadvantage
New research indicates that egg laying contributed to the extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago by putting dinosaurs at a distinct disadvantage to mammals that give birth to live offspring. "Nobody thinks about the fact that all dinosaurs went through small, fairly independent stages where competition with mammals could be an issue, and that this could affect repopulation outcomes following a mass extinction," says Christine Janis, professor of biology.

Bloomberg   18 April 2012
First Lady turns focus to military families
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, started a program called Joining Forces to help military families cope with extended separations, unemployment and other issues. The program recently marked its first anniversary. Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, says the decision to do so in key battleground states was not coincidental: “In April of a presidential election year every single thing the first lady does is political.”

Fox News   18 April 2012
Biology explains teens late sleeping habits
In this article on the causes behind seven health-related mysteries, Mary Carskadon, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, answers the question of why teens sleep late. She says that when puberty hits, melatonin, the hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle, is secreted later at night, making many teens incapable of falling asleep before 11 p.m. “Since teens still need about nine or more hours of sleep, they try to make up for the time they’ve lost at night by sleeping in,” Carskadon says.

Science Blog   18 April 2012
To stem college drinking, curb expectations
Research by Lori Scott-Sheldon, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, indicates that interventions targeting what college students often see as the pleasurable effects of alcohol may be one way to stem the tide of dangerous and widespread binge drinking on college campuses. “If we can prove to students that many of the perceived positive side effects of alcohol are actually due to their expectations, rather than the alcohol itself, then we could potentially reduce frequent binge drinking and its negative consequences,” Scott-Sheldon says.

The Block Island Times   18 April 2012
Psychiatrists work with Block Island on mental health program
Brown psychiatrists are working with a task force on Block Island to bring mental health services to residents there. The group has developed a program by which island clients could consult with psychiatrists through a telemedicine connection permitting face and voice contact in both directions. The faculty members involved are Steven Rasmussen, interim chair of psychiatry, Jane Eisen, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, and Robert Boland, professor of psychiatry and human behavior.   18 April 2012
Brown is among country’s greenest schools
Brown was named one of the 'greenest' colleges in the country, in a new book published by the Princeton Review. Schools were graded on a scale of 1-100 on their commitment to ecological sustainability in their infrastructure, activities, course offerings, and policies. Institutions that scored a 60 or above were included in the book.

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