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

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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 MastersDegreeOnline.org’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.

Wed 19 Jun | The Providence Journal

A hero's welcome at his namesake school

Former Brown president Vartan Gregorian visited the Providence elementary school that shares his name on Tuesday, meeting with 10 students who were members of the school’s eNewspaper club after a student in the club wrote to him, requesting an interview. 

Wed 19 Jun | Los Angeles Times

Russia's 'family values' experiment

Patricia Herlihy, professor emerita of history and an adjunct professor at the Watson Institute, pens an op-ed on how laws restricting abortion, divorce and gay rights mask Russia's real problems.

Wed 19 Jun | Bloomberg Businessweek

The Less We Know, the Surer We Are, Study Finds

Stephen Sloman, professor of cognitive, linguistic and psychological sciences, is the co-author on a study that finds that people tend to hold more extreme positions on complex policies when they don’t know very much about them and that having people attempt to explain how the policies work is enough to reduce their sense of certainty, as well as the extremity of their political positions.

Tue 18 Jun | Think Progress

STUDY: Throwing Kids In Jail Makes Crime Worse, Ruins Lives

Mass incarceration of American youth is actually making the country’s crime problem worse, according to a new study conducted by Anna Aizer, associate professor of economics, and Joseph Doyle, Jr. of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of Chicago youth incarceration. They found that going to jail as a kid has “strong negative effects” on a child’s chance to get an education and made kids more likely to offend again. 

Tue 18 Jun | The Providence Journal

Experts: Cyber-war threatens U.S. security

Both Timothy Edgar, fellow in international studies at the Watson Institute, and John Savage, professor of computer science, spoke at a recent four-day cybersecurity insitute at Roger Williams University, talking to participants about cyberspace and some of the threats it faces. 

Tue 18 Jun | CNN

Secret spying: From critic to supporter

Timothy Edgar, visiting fellow in international relations, speaks with Christiane Amanpour about his own experience advising both Presidents Obama and Bush on government surveillance, noting that in the current situation, public debate should have happened earlier. 

Mon 17 Jun | PsychCentral

Antidepressants: Ineffective, but Harmful?

In her "Her Bipolar Life" blog, Kat Dawkins writes about a recent Brown study that there was no difference in hospital readmission rates among patients who took antidepressants and those who did not, and notes that it is one of many studies that have cited caution in using antidepressants.

Mon 17 Jun | Providence Business News

Reynolds grant supports education on aging

A $1 million, four-year grant given to the Warren Alpert Medical School and the School of Public Health at Brown University by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation will help residents and practicing physicians learn how healthy aging and its interactions with disease affect older patients.