Mon 17 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown charts own educational course

President Christina Paxson talks about how Brown will grow in Providence and online in the years ahead, while keeping the undergraduate experience deeply rooted in classrooms on College Hill.
Fri 14 Jun | Mother Jones

Your Hormones Tell You How To Vote

Rose McDermott, professor of political science, comments on how testosterone levels may be linked to political preference in this article on research on how various hormones and neurotransmitters may be involved in politics. 
Fri 14 Jun | The Wall Street Journal

Ethics Aside, Is NSA's Spy Tool Efficient?

Christopher H. Schmid, a biostatistician at the Center for Evidence- Based Medicine, comments on the NSA surveillance program, noting that the NSA likely also is combining other evidence and signals with monitored communications to refine its hunt for terrorists. 
Thu 13 Jun | The Providence Journal

Academy for the Performing Arts putting on Dance Gala

Dancers from the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will take the stage Thursday evening at the Granoff Center at Brown University during the school’s first TAPA Dance Gala. The gala is free to the public with a suggested donation that benefits student activities.
Thu 13 Jun | Nautilus

Parenthood, the Great Moral Gamble

An article on the ethical uncertainty that comes with having a child, specifically if that child goes on to make bad decisions, cites research by Fiery Cushman, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, which found evidence that our fractured moral thinking results from the existence within us of two competing psychological processes: an “outcomes-based” process, and a “mental-states” process, which generate contradictory outputs when individuals cause harm unintentionally.
Thu 13 Jun | The Providence Journal

Haffenreffer celebrates local collectors

The Haffenreffer Museum has just opened a new exhibit, “The Spirit of the Thing Given,” which celebrates the longstanding relationship between the museum and two local collectors: Brown anthropology professor Dwight B. Heath and his wife, Anna Cooper Heath. Highlights include pieces the Heaths have collected during their trips to Mexico, South America and Africa.
Thu 13 Jun | The Providence Journal

Research grant awards

Rhode Island’s Science and Technology Advisory Council awards $810,541 grants on Thursday to six research teams. Gary Wessel, professor of biology, is on one team that will study a deadly infectious disease attacking starfish; Jeremy Rich, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is on a team that will look at how microbial bacteria may be evolving to detoxify sediment.
Thu 13 Jun | MedPage Today

Depression Tied to Infections, Autoimmune Disease

Linda Carpenter, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on new research that found that autoimmune disease and severe infections may increase risk of developing depression and other mood disorders. Carpenter says that while the results could spur research into preventive treatments, the immediate impact may be to call attention to comorbidities in psychiatry.
Thu 13 Jun | The New York Times

Breast Milk Is Good for the Brain, Scans Show

In a new study led by Sean Deoni, assistant professor of engineering, researchers found that compared with babies who received formula, breast-fed infants had increased development in white matter regions of the brain, including areas associated with planning, social and emotional functioning, motor ability and language.
Wed 12 Jun | East Side Monthly

For the Love of Vodka

A review of the new book by Patricia Herlihy, professor emerita of history, titled "Vodka: A Global History," which takes readers for a ride through vodka’s history, from its origins in a Slavic country in the 14th century to its global popularity today. 
Wed 12 Jun | The Boston Globe

Marine Biological Laboratory to affiliate with University of Chicago

The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole has signed an agreement to affiliate with the University of Chicago, initiating a relationship that aims to put the center on a firmer financial footing. The center will remain a separate, nonprofit institution and continue its joint graduate program with Brown University.
Wed 12 Jun | Rock Hill Herald

Twenty Patients Implanted in Functional Neuromodulation’s ADvance Study of Deep Brain Stimulation for Alzheimer’s Disease

Brown University-affiliated Butler and Rhode Island Hospitals have signed on to a study that has implanted 20 mild Alzheimer’s patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems, bringing the total participating institutions to seven. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved expansion of the study from 20 to 30 U.S. patients in combination with 20 subjects approved in Canada.
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Tue 11 Jun | The Providence Journal

Pell honorees in the spotlight

The annual Pell Awards, named for the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, were given out Monday night at the Providence Public Library. This year's winners included actress Kate Burton, daughter of famed actor Richard Burton, and John Krasinski, of the NBC comedy "The Office", both Brown University graduates.
Tue 11 Jun | The Providence Journal

School will boost RI's public health

Through its connectedness, Rhode Island has brought together advocates, researchers, and public health practitioners to reduce the burden of disease and health costs for all Rhode Islanders. But there is a special promise in the partnership between Brown University’s Program in Public Health and Rhode Island’s Department of Health because it will increase the opportunities for collaboration between different areas of study while benefiting the citizens of Rhode Island.
Tue 11 Jun | Providence Business News

Citizens Bank awards grant to youth-refugee program

The Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education, or ARYSE, will receive $1,000 from Citizens Bank as part of the bank's Banking on Youth competition. The collegiate youth refugee tutoring program was started in February by former leaders of similar programs at Brown University and Yale University.
Tue 11 Jun | The New York Times

A.C.L.U. Files Lawsuit Seeking to Stop the Collection of Domestic Phone Logs

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute, comments on the recently uncovered NSA surveillance program, saying limits on when the information is accessed were put in place so that people’s privacy is not invaded by having their records collected, but only when a human examines them. Edgar is also quoted in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, although his Brown affiliation is not mentioned. 
Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Five Questions With: Dan Bacher

Dan Bacher, founder and executive director of the SpeakYourMind Foundation, answers questions about the new startup nonprofit, which is a spinoff of Brown’s BrainGate lab that aims to use low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware and custom software to create communications solutions.
Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Butler, R.I. Hospital to test ‘pacemaker’

A large study of deep brain stimulation to treat Alzheimer’s Disease is now underway at Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospitals. Garth Rees Cosgrove, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Alpert Medical School, and Stephen Salloway, professor of neurology, are two of the researchers involved in the study. 
Mon 10 Jun | The Providence Journal

Century-old debate gets a new life

Schiller comments on the question of whether Rhode Island should take up the ratification of the 17th Amendment, citing recent research she co-authored that suggests the 17th Amendment “failed to deliver on its promise” of producing a more “open, accessible and responsive” government.
Mon 10 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown steps onto cutting edge of online education

With the launch last week of the first two of three free Massive Open Online Courses, Brown University has joined the cutting edge of online higher education for the masses. Wendy Drexler, director of online development, comments on the courses. 
Sun 9 Jun | The Providence Journal

A life on stage, TV and directing

Kate Burton, an actress and Brown alum who will receive a Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts from Trinity Rep on Monday night, talks about her time in Providence in this profile. 
Sun 9 Jun | The Providence Journal

End to brutality in Turkey demanded

Omur Harmansah, assistant professor of archeology, was among the 70 protestors who gathered at the State House on Sunday to denounce the violence in Turkey. Harmansah said he just returned two days ago from a trip to Turkey, where he and other protesters were tear-gassed by riot police.
Sun 9 Jun | CNN

Data mining revelation opens political Pandora's box

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the recent revelation of the NSA's secret surveillance programs, explaining why younger generations might be more accepting of the programs: "Growing up with sort of the threat of random terrorism has created a nation that is more frightened than it used to be and more willing to let the government do what it needs to go to keep them safe."