Media Spotlight

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On the compounded challenges of COVID-19 and substance abuse:
“[Among] people who are surveyed during the pandemic who use drugs, we’ve seen a 13% increase in the number of people who have increased their use of substances.”
Jeffrey Bratberg, clinical professor of pharmacy
Pharmacy Times
On discovering that organisms can survive in unexpectedly severe undersea conditions:
“Water boils on the (Earth’s) surface at 100 degrees Celsius, and we found organisms living in sediments at 120 degrees Celsius.”
Arthur Spivack, professor of oceanography, who led the geochemistry efforts for Expedition 370 of the International Ocean Discovery Program
On his work in solving technological inequities for people with disabilities:
“In general, people with disabilities face a severe disparity in the cybersecurity solutions available to them.”
Krishna Venkatasubramanian, assistant professor of computer science
The Boston Globe
On COVID-19 and its impact on stock prices in the short and long term:
“In the long run, if the impact of COVID turns out to be more long-lasting or if the monetary policy changes unexpectedly, there is a risk of a very big correction.”
Xiaowei Xu, assistant professor of finance
On the passage of ballot initiatives around the nation last fall:
“In many ways this has sparked a national conversation on race, and I think we’ve seen a lot of people who are more willing to take concrete steps to address racism than they were in the past.”
Brendan Skip Mark, assistant professor of political science
The Christian Science Monitor
On the Biden administration’s open-door policy for Muslims, after years of not being able to leave the country without fear of being denied reentry:
“I feel like I have been in a cage for four years.”
Negar Rahmani, a 26-year-old Iranian-born graduate student at URI
The New York Times
On Rome’s “creepiest” emperor, on the occasion of his infamous imperial gardens being opened to the public:
“Caligula was young and had absolutely no relevant experience for the job, which might have seemed like a breath of fresh air at first, but soon turned into a nightmare as he proved to be a cruel and incompetent ruler.”
Bridget Buxton, associate professor of ancient history and Mediterranean archaeology