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May 25, 2011

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Darlene Trew Crist, Director

Courtney Coelho, Editor
(401) 863-7287   22 May 2012
Clergy can fight HIV on faith-friendly terms
In the United States, where blacks bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, black religious institutions could help turn the tide. In a new study in PLoS ONE based on dozens of interviews and focus groups with 38 of Philadelphia’s most influential African American clergy, physicians and public health researchers find that traditional barriers to preaching about HIV prevention could give way to faith-friendly messages about getting tested and staying on treatment.

NPR   25 May 2012
Many factors play role in shaping identity
Anne Fausto-Sterling, professor of biology, talks about whether children as young as two can know that they were born the wrong gender. Fausto-Sterling takes a dynamic systems approach to gender identity, one where a number of influences work together as a system to affect a child’s experience of gender, which conflicts with the "born that way" school of thought. "What could it possibly mean," Fausto-Sterling says, "to say that a child is ’born that way’? Children aren’t born with identity."

U.S. News & World Report   24 May 2012
Surgical resident fatigue is issue that needs addressing
New research published in the Archives of Surgery indicates that fatigue is a common problem among surgery residents. In an editorial in the same journal issue, Thomas Tracy, professor of surgery, writes that the finding that residents suffer fatigue "during certain periods is not startling, but its pervasiveness is a finding we simply cannot avoid and may have paid lip service to in the past. It is unlikely that the data in this study will be refuted."

The Providence Journal   24 May 2012
Bogues to direct Slavery and Justice Center
B. Anthony Bogues, the Harmon Family Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, has been named inaugural director of the University’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Creation of the center was among the recommendations made in the Report of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.   23 May 2012
Congress pushes for more military control
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) has introduced legislation requiring explicit congressional approval of future U.S. humanitarian or peacekeeping operations involving the military and likely hostilities, leaving political analysts to question the ultimate willingness of Congress to oppose any U.S. military action. "These attempts by Congress to restrict the president’s authority as commander-in-chief are almost always symbolic, because presidents rarely enter conflicts without some expectation of public support," says Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science.

The Boston Globe   23 May 2012
38 Studios crisis could give Chafee political boost
Rhode Island’s gamble on former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s video game company may be in jeopardy, but it could pay political dividends to Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who has vowed to protect a state investment in the company that he once opposed. "This could turn out to be one of Chafee’s defining moments. He’s an old Yankee Republican, saying, `You don’t throw good money after bad.’ It’s smart thinking. I think it really helps him with his credibility," says Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science.

The Providence Journal   24 May 2012
Op-ed: Remembering Carlos Fuentes
An op-ed on Carlos Fuentes, who died on May 15, 2012, describes the contributions he made to the literary world during his life. It also mentions his connection to Brown: “Beginning in 1996, he was an annual visitor at Brown University, where he last lectured on April 10. As they had so often, his observations shuttled between his homeland and the U.S., in what now looks like a lifelong diplomacy project.”

Solid State Technology   22 May 2012
How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces
Ion bombardment of metal surfaces is an important, but poorly understood, nanomanufacturing technique. A group of researchers from Brown and other institutions finds that using sophisticated supercomputer simulations has shown what goes on in trillionths of a second. The advance could lead to better ways to predict the phenomenon and more uses of the technique to make new nanoscale products.

The Providence Phoenix   23 May 2012
Forums bring diverse line-up of speakers
Brown will host a series of forums on Saturday as part of Commencement weekend. In one, sponsored by Brown Alumni Magazine, Jesselyn Radack and Eyal Press will discuss their experience risking their careers to unveil wrongdoing in a forum titled “Whistleblowers: The Morality and Consequences of doing the Right Thing.” A forum headlines by novelist Neal Stephenson was featured in another Phoenix article.

My Health News Daily   24 May 2012
Genes may play role in obesity
Research led by Jeanne McCaffery, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, reveals certain variations within the FTO and BDNF genes – which have been previously linked to obesity – may play a role in eating habits that can cause obesity. Variations in the FTO gene specifically were significantly associated with a greater number of meals and snacks per day, greater percentage of energy from fat, and more servings of fats, oils and sweets, which those with variations in the BDNF consumed more servings from the dairy and the meat, eggs, nuts and beans food groups and approximately 100 more calories per day.   22 May 2012
Brown is tops for university employment
Brown has been named on of the “Top 10 Best Colleges and Universities to Work For” in the United States by Business Research Guide (BRG). BRG, in handing Brown the number five spot, cited its wide array of benefits as noteworthy: strong educational benefits including an employee education program and a tuition aid program. "Child care and backup child care services are also very convenient offerings," according to BRG. "All of this combined with an intellectually rigorous and stimulating environment make Brown a strong choice in the higher education field."

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