Tue 20 Aug | Los Angeles Times

Practice and sleep make for music mastery in the brain

New research led by Brown neuroscientists finds that consolidation of memory during sleep occurs in a small zone of the motor cortex known as the supplementary motor area, not in the primary motor area, as earlier studies had suggested.

Tue 20 Aug | The New Republic

The Economic Case for Saving the Humanities

Remarks made by Brown University President Christina Paxson at the Annual Meeting of the National Humanities Alliance in Washington, D.C. on March 18, 2013 are adapted for this piece on the value of the humanities. 

Mon 19 Aug | Providence Business News

Brown begins master’s program in health care

The first class of 28 students from 14 states began their studies in the new Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program at Brown University on Aug. 9 as part of special convocation.

Sun 18 Aug | The Providence Journal

Please press 1 for NSA reforms

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on President Obama's proposal for an independent task force of outside experts would review the government’s surveillance efforts, saying that existing oversight mechanisms are “substantial,” and the new proposals could undermine them: “It seems like he is reinventing the wheel,” Edgar says of Obama. 

Sun 18 Aug | The Providence Journal

Autism registry to launch

A Rhode Island-based consortium that includes organizations from Brown has won a $1.2-million grant to establish a first-of-its-kind registry of people with autism. The goal of the project is to reach every Rhode Islander with disorder, thereby creating critical resource for researchers.

Thu 15 Aug | The Providence Journal

Bus tour urges action on climate change

The “I Will Act on Climate,” a 27-state bus tour stopped in Rhode Island on Wednesday morning, with many of Rhode Island’s top elected officials in attendance about the health effects of climate change. Among the event's speakers was Dov Sax, director of Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies.

Thu 15 Aug | The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Collaborative learning earns teachers praise

Jacob Mishook, a senior research associate for the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown, comments on the use of Professional Learning Communities nationwide, noting that teacher quality will only improve if educators buy into data-driven information sharing.

Thu 15 Aug | WJAR

RI doctor receives national recognition

Elissa Jelalian, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior and a staff psychologist at the Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center, was elected president of the American Psychological Association. Jelalian will begin her term in January of next year.


Thu 15 Aug | The Washington Post

Pauline Maier, historian of American Revolution, dies at 75

Gordon Wood, professor emeritus of history, comments on the work of historian Pauline Maier, who passed away this week. On her analysis of the Declaration of Independence, Wood notes "She had no political agenda. There was nothing that drove her except trying to reconstruct the past as honestly as possible.”

Wed 14 Aug | The Providence Journal

Marine defense team

A team of New England researchers is working along the coast to identify invasive species in local waters. In this story on a recent dive in Newport, the researchers collect specimens and bring them to a lab at Brown to study them more closely. 

Wed 14 Aug | The Providence Journal

R.I. Board of Education releases agenda for upcoming public retreat

State Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso on Wednesday released the tentative schedule for the board's upcoming two-day retreat. During its retreat the board will discuss the proposed nursing center in Providence, at the site of the old Dynamo house. It would be collaborative effort including the state, city, University of Rhode Island, Brown University and Rhode Island College.

Wed 14 Aug | The New York Times

Children’s Rights and Animal Cruelty Are Cited by Times Readers

In a Public Editor's Journal blog post on recent photos that have raised questions among Times' readers, editor Margaret Sullivan cites a recent letter to the editor from Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, who objected to the use of photographs of two autistic children who have a tumor-causing gene.

Wed 14 Aug | Medpage Today

Biomarker Picks Up Alzheimer's Early

Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, comments on a new study that found that low levels of mitochondrial DNA in cerebrospinal fluid appear to signal the onset of Alzheimer's disease at least 10 years before clinical symptoms and may also be its cause.

Tue 13 Aug | The Block Island Times

Dr. Christopher Klaus: Family medicine is the key

Christopher Klaus, one of several Alpert Medical School doctors currently on rotation at Block Island Health Services, talks about his background and what he enjoys most about being a doctor. 

Tue 13 Aug | The Huffington Post

Method to Racist Madness in Fresh Racial Attacks on President Obama

A column on recent examples of racism against President Obama, including one incident at the Missouri State Fair, cites 2012 Brown research that found that reagrding race-neutral issues that were points of contention between Obama and the GOP, those with a racial antipathy toward blacks were more prone to oppose anything that Obama supported.

Mon 12 Aug | Providence Business News

W&I, Brown to offer women’s mental health fellowship

A new 12-month fellowship offering physicians more-in-depth training after completing their residency will focus on the psychiatric needs of pregnant and postpartum women, the impact of infertility on women, and the impact of mental illness on infants and children. The program is a partnership between the hospital and the Warren Alpert School of Medicine.

Mon 12 Aug | Providence Business News

STAC grant helps team study deaths of sea stars

Gary Wessel, professor of biology, is collaborating with researchers from URI and Roger Williams University on a project that will try and identify what disease is killing sea stars up and down the East Coast. The research is funded by a $40,000 Collaborative Research Grant from the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council.

Sat 10 Aug | The New York Times

Microsatellites: What Big Eyes They Have

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the use of low-orbiting microsatellites that will soon be sending back frequent, low-cost snapshots of most of Earth’s populated regions from space, saying that the frequency with which images can be updated could raise privacy questions.

Sat 10 Aug | The Providence Journal

3 Providence schools receive grants from Brown University

Three Providence schools - Sophia Academy, Inspiring Minds and the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program - will receive grants totaling $50,000 from Brown University's Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence.

Fri 9 Aug | The Washington Post

NSA cites case as success of phone data-collection program

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies, comments on the NSA program that collects tens of millions of phone records from Americans, saying that while a former deputy privacy officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, he had pushed for a middle ground solution that would let the phone companies hold the data and perform the link analysis.