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."
Fri 7 Jun | Rhode Island Medical Journal

The Brown School of Public Health

This month's issue features a special section on the new school of public health, which includes facts and figures about the school, and how it will benefit the state and local physicians. Authors are Kris Cambra, director of biomedical advancement cCommunications and the editor of Brown Medicine magazine, and Terrie Fox Wetle, inaugural Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown.
Fri 7 Jun | WPRO

Langevin, Whitehouse tour Brown brain labs

Scientists at Brown University studying the human brain opened their laboratories Friday to members of Congress. Congressman Jim Langevin and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse toured the labs to get a first-hand look at several examples of brain science research.
Thu 6 Jun |

Group Accuses RI Schools of Racial Profiling

Dannie Ritchie, adjunct assistant professor of family medicine, comments on findings from a new report released by the American Civiil Liberties Union of Rhode Island that found that racial bias has a significant influence upon the enforcement of discipline in Rhode Island schools. Ritchie considered the statistics veering close to profiling, but stopped just shy of calling it that: "I'm really talking about stereotyping."
Wed 5 Jun | The Globe and Mail

Why business should do more to commercialize university research

A new report by Peter Howitt, professor emeritus and a C.D. Howe Institute resident fellow, finds that businesses aren’t doing their part to help commercialize university research in Canada. Howitt says that Canadian universities should be doing more to attract top researchers. 
Wed 5 Jun | Live Science

New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

New research by Kevin Smith, deputy director and chief curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, finds that some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage from L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of Newfoundland and may have led to the first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of the New World.
Wed 5 Jun | Live Science

New North America Viking Voyage Discovered

New research by Kevin Smith, deputy director and chief curator at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, finds that some 1,000 years ago, the Vikings set off on a voyage from L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of the same island to a densely populated part of Newfoundland and may have led to the first contact between Europeans and the indigenous people of the New World.
Tue 4 Jun | The Sun

Achebe a revolutionary author – Obama, Michelle

In a letter to the Achebe family, President Obama and First Lady Michelle describe the late Prof. Chinua Achebe as “a revolutionary author, educator and cultural ambassador.” The letter was read at an event held in honour of Achebe in Washington DC last Sunday, tagged, “A Celebration of Life.” Speakers at the event included former Brown University President Ruth Simmons. 
Tue 4 Jun | Providence Business News

Brown still studying divestment

Brown University will continue to study the issue of divesting its holdings in at least 15 companies that mine or burn coal for the production of power, according to a May 24 statement from university President Christina Paxson. The statement was released after a meeting of the Corporation of Brown University.