Fri 28 Jun | Inside Higher Ed

Academic Minute: The Impulse to Do Nothing

In today’s Academic Minute, James Cavanagh, postdoctoral research associate in cognitive, linguistic, and psychological services, reveals how our brain and behavior can be influenced by our evolutionary past.

Fri 28 Jun | The Providence Journal

Brown appoints Elias as 7th dean of medicine

Brown University has appointed Dr. Jack A. Elias, chairman of the department of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and physician in chief of Yale-New Haven Hospital, as the university’s seventh dean of medicine and biological sciences.

Fri 28 Jun | Practical Fishkeeping

What is this mysterious human-sized 'blob'?

A large translucent 'blob' discovered floating off the coast of Cuba has alarmed divers in the area. But it seems the mystery has been solved. Rebecca Helm, a PhD student at Brown University, who studies the evolutionary developmental biology of jellyfish, reported in Deep Sea News that they are the eggs of the diamond-shaped squid. 

Fri 28 Jun | The Wall Street Journal

What Makes Some Children More Resilient?

New research by Elisabeth Conradt, psychology intern, supports the theory that some children may be temperamentally more sensitive than others to the effects of the environment—both good and bad. Conradt and colleagues studied a group of "at-risk" babies for both temperment and evironment to see which children developed behavioral problems later on. 

Thu 27 Jun | Details

Press for Success: The Weirdest Way to Get Ahead at the Office Read More

Brandon Gaudiano, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, comments on Emotional Freedom Techniques (ETC), which are used by some to cope with stress and pressure at work. Gaudiano describes the EFT research as unreliable and says that the best independent study of EFT burst the scientific bubble.

Thu 27 Jun | The Providence Journal

VA official visits Brown to view BrainGate system

Tommy Sowers, assistant secretary of the Veterans Administration, visited Brown University Thursday morning for an update on BrainGate, the experimental computer system that enables paralyzed people to control robotic arms with their thoughts.

Thu 27 Jun | Associated Press

3 schools would share redeveloped Dynamo House

Under a $200 million redevelopment plan announced Thursday, Dynamo House in Providence's Jewelry District would be redeveloped for shared use by Brown University, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, with about half of the building becoming home to a joint nursing education program for the latter two institutions. 

Wed 26 Jun | Bloomberg

Asians in Thriving Enclaves Keep Distance From Whites

Asians, the fastest-growing, highest-earning and best-educated race in the U.S., are almost as segregated from the nation’s white majority as they were two decades ago, according to a new study by Brown's US2010 project. The study also found that Asians generally live in neighborhoods that are comparable -- and in some ways “markedly better” -- than those of whites.

Wed 26 Jun | USA Today

Students call for climate change action

President Obama outlined his major climate change policies Tuesday, causing speculation among college environmental activists about the impact the plan could have on the fossil fuel industry and their universities. Brown student Marcel Bertsch-Gout said he would like to see the fossil-fuel special interest addressed in Congress, so it could rationally tackle climate change, but he does not think it’s likely.

Tue 25 Jun | Science 360

Designing Stable Tiny Fliers

In this video, Leif Ristroph of New York University and Bin Liu, postdoctoral research associate in engineering, analyzed the behavior of paper “bugs” of a variety of shapes (including cones, pyramids, umbrellas, and saucer-shaped UFOs) flying in a “flapping-flight wind tunnel” in the hopes of finding more stable designs.

Tue 25 Jun | The Providence Journal

Tap into R.I.’s beauty with smartphone tours

Among the fee guided cellphone tours that explore some of Rhode Island’s most important historical and natural wonders is “Mashapaug Neighbors — Stories from Beyond the Pond,” created by artist Holly Ewald and a group of oral-history students from Brown University.

Tue 25 Jun | The Providence Journal

Pelosi addresses being booed at Netroots

Timothy Edgar, fellow in international relations at the Watson Institute, addresses recent comments by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that Democrats instituted both a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court and surveillance standards following the implementation Bush's wiretapping program. “There is a kernel of truth in what [Pelosi] is saying, but it’s grossly misleading,” said Edgar. 

Tue 25 Jun | Wicked Local

One-Day University is coming to Heritage Museums in Sandwich Read more: Follow us: @WLCapeCod on Twitter | WickedLocalCapeCod

Heritage Museums & Gardens has formed a partnership with One Day University and will bring the national adult education program to Cape Cod for the first time this summer. John Stein, senior lecturer in neuroscience, w ill present one of the day's three classes, titled “The New Frontier of the Brain and Learning.”

Mon 24 Jun | Providence Business News

Summit explores payment reform models

Top leaders of Rhode Island’s health care industry sector gathered on June 19 for a half-day summit at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University to discuss the state’s progress in moving from fee-for-service toward bundled payments and accountable care organizations.

Mon 24 Jun | Providence Business News

Krill offer clues on how marine ecosystem works

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Peter Alfonso comments on maritime research in Rhode Island: “Obviously the health of our waters is absolutely critical to the general and economic well-being of all of us who reside in or near the Ocean State.” Brown is collaborating with several local institutions for such research through Rhode Island’s Science and Technology Advisory Council.

Mon 24 Jun | USA Today

Diabetes study finds new weight-loss benefits

A study chaired by Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, finds that heavy people with type 2 diabetes who lose a modest amount of weight and keep it off get many long-term health benefits such as reducing their risk of chronic kidney disease, depression and eye disease, but don't lower their risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Fri 21 Jun | ABC6 (AP)

New director of John Carter Brown library named

Brown University has chosen a University of British Columbia history professor to be the new director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library. Neil Safier will assume his new job at Brown in October. He succeeds Edward Widmer, who last year was named an assistant to the president for special projects.

Fri 21 Jun | ecoRI

Providence Approves Divestment From Fossil Fuels

After Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students attracted national attention with recent campaigns to divest from coal companies, the City Council in Providence voted 11-1 June 20 to pull its investments from fossil fuels.

Fri 21 Jun | The Huffington Post

Occupy Movements Around the World: How Is Brazil's Different?

Gianpaolo Baiocchi, associate professor of sociology and international relations, and Michael D. Kennedy, professor of sociology and international relations, pen an op-ed on recent protest movements around the world and how the current situation in Brazil is different than others. 

Thu 20 Jun | The Providence Journal

Masterplanning the Route 195 land

David Brussat writes about a recent joint studio in urban design hosted by Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design in which students produced six conceptual master plans for the land vacated by moving Route 195 farther south of downtown Providence.

Thu 20 Jun | The Providence Journal

Aaron Hernandez escaped near melee on Thayer Street in May

In the early morning hours of May 18, Brown police seized a gun that was tossed under a car on Thayer Street. According to the police report, the gun was tossed by someone in a large crowd after the police called for backup to break up a possible confrontation between a man and Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end embroiled in a murder investigation in North Attleboro, Mass.

Thu 20 Jun | Providence Business News

RIC, URI, Brown recognized for master’s programs

Brown University has been recognized for its master’s degree programs on’s annual list of best colleges for master’s programs. Appearing on the list for its master’s program in computer science, Brown is joined on the list by Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island for their master's programs in English and counseling and special education, respectively.

Thu 20 Jun | The Huffington Post

Sexually Conservative Men More Likely To Be Swayed By Erotic Images, Study Suggests

Megan Roberts, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brown University, commented on a study that showed sexually conservative men are more swayed by sexual images than more adventurous men. The findings suggest that in the real world, the sexually conservative might not plan to have sex, but when confronted with the opportunity they might be relatively more swayed to do the deed, Roberts and her colleagues wrote.

Thu 20 Jun | WPRO

Brown student's Taylor Swift Twitter goes viral

In just one week Brown University student Clara Beyer has gained more than 96,000 followers on Twitter. Beyer is a huge Taylor Swift fan, a fact she makes no secret of. It was while she was listening to the 23-year-old pop star that an idea occurred to her: a feminist parody Twitter account of Swift’s lyrics could be pretty funny.