Mon 20 May | The Washington Post

The ancient Maya meet the modern Internet

Stephen Houston, professor of anthropology, comments on how the Internet is helping researchers write the history of Mayan civilization. "The Web log gets ideas out quickly, which is very appealing,” said Houston. “You don’t have to wait two years for publication. You want to lay claim to a new idea and get it noticed by colleagues.”
Mon 20 May | Psychology Today

Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood

An article on a new study that found that men diagnosed with ADHD as children were twice as likely to become obese as adults, cites research out of Brown that found that obesity impedes the production of a hormone that curbs appetite and inspires calorie burning.
Sun 19 May | New Zealand Radio International

US Study links child obesity with infant milk formula

Stephen McGarvey, professor of epidemiology, is studying the feeding patterns of Samoan babies and the effect it has as the child grows.McGarvey says a previous study showed children who put on the most weight for their body length, had been fed with formula milk as infants, and cautions that if this pattern continues, the children will become overweight as they enter kindergarten age.
Sat 18 May | The New York Times

The Health Toll of Immigration

An article on the health patterns of both Hispanic immigrants and American-born Hispanics cites 2001 research from Andrew Fenelon that found that half of the three-year life expectancy advantage that Hispanic immigrants had over American-born Hispanics was because they smoked less. 
Sat 18 May | The Providence Journal

Seeking the Formula at Brown

Every year, Brown’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers team prepares for a competition in Michigan, where they present and race their car against entries from 119 other schools.  They build the racecar from scratch, except for a few major components like the engine and tires, an engineering feat that requires a vast base of knowledge, tens of thousands of dollars, and tremendous creativity and hard work.
Fri 17 May | National Geographic

Emerging Explorers

Chad Jenkins, associate professor of computer science, has been selected as one of this year’s National Geographic Emerging Explorers. The program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers—explorers who are already making a difference early in their careers. To help the Emerging Explorers realize their potential, National Geographic awards each of them $10,000 for research and exploration.
Fri 17 May | Marketplace

Fed may ease off on stimulus

President of the San Francisco Federal Reserve John Williams made headlines when he speculated that the Fed may reduce its stimulus efforts in the coming months. David Wyss, adjunct professor of economics and international relations, explains whether or not Williams' comments should be interpreted as optimism about the economy.
Thu 16 May | The Providence Journal

Brown stands by decision to give its officers guns

Seven years after Brown University became the first college in the state to equip its campus police with guns, Russell Carey, executive vice president for planning and policy, says it’s unlikely the school will reverse that policy anytime soon, given it has allowed its police to catch more perpetrators.
Thu 16 May | NPR

Ivy Leaguers Broaden Minds With New Race Center

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, talks with Michel Martin about her new role as director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, her vision for the Center and how she hopes it will spark new questions about race and ethnicity. 
Wed 15 May | The Providence Journal

Jewelry startup Haverhill Inc. wins business plan cash prize

Azavy, a business plan led by Brown senior Tyler Benster, won the student track in last night's RI Business Plan Competition Finals, earning the team $15,000 in cash and services valued at $24,000. Azavy is an online store that connects people and organizations that own 3D printers with consumers who want to buy products designed and printed on them. 
Wed 15 May | The New York Review of Books

How the Case for Austerity Has Crumbled

A new book by Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, titled "Austerity: The History of A Dangerous Idea" is reviewed by Paul Krugman in this round-up of new economics-based books. 
Wed 15 May | RI NPR

Dr. Stanley Aronson on the Future Docs of America

As RI NPR celebrates the conclusion of our school-year-long series "Future Docs," guest blogger Dr. Stanley M. Aronson, founding dean of the Warren Alpert Medical School, reflects on how far medical education has come since he entered the field 70 years ago.
Wed 15 May | The Providence Journal

Ex-Brown president Simmons to receive French Legion of Honor award

Ruth J. Simmons, former president of Brown University, will receive the French Legion of Honor award Thursday at a ceremony in the John Carter Brown Library on the Brown Campus. The award, given to Simmons by decree of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is the highest decoration offered by the French government.
Wed 15 May | Reuters

There is no sovereign debt crisis in Europe

Evidence that Europe’s austerity policies are not working was in ample supply this morning. To understand why this is happening, Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, says it is necessary to forget everything you think you know about the euro zone crisis, and understand that it is merely a sequel to the U.S. financial meltdown that started, like its American counterpart, with dangerously-indebted risk-taking on the part of a super-sized banking sector.
Tue 14 May | The New York Observer

Brown Students Explain ‘Your Future in Media’

Confused about your future in media? Don’t know which publication to read or try to work for? Lucky for you, two contributors to Brown University’s The College Hill Independent “with an interest in media” have broken it down in a handy (and only slightly confusing) flow chart.
Mon 13 May | The Providence Journal

May offers several chances to view Saturn

The historic Ladd Observatory, operated by Brown, is closing during June, July and at least part of August so the gears can be oiled and the optics in the telescope cleaned. But the public is invited to visit on Tuesday evenings for the rest of this month to visit and catch a glimpse into the sky, which is currently yielding views of Saturn and its rings. 
Mon 13 May | The Providence Journal

Memory is sometimes malleable, sometimes lost

Allen Dennison, clinical assistant professor of medicine, comments on the effects of dementia on memory, the medications that he has found to slow, but not stop, memory loss, and the positive effect music can have on a patient with memory empairment. 
Mon 13 May | The New York Times

A Concrete Plane, the ‘Nectar Mops’ of Bats and More

A round-up of the week's science news includes the latest bat research out of Brown, with a link to the video on "If you watch only one video about bat tongues this week, let it be one made by biologists at Brown University, who figured out how to illuminate the animals’ long tongues without bothering their sensitive bat eyes."
Mon 13 May | The Hill

Guns and the filibuster

Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, responds to critics who blame the recent defeat of the gun ownership background-check amendment in the Senate on the filibuster, pointing out that "The bipartisan bill is not dead, however. Broad public support can still convince the Congress to reverse itself. Historically, filibusters rarely can withstand strong and sustained public support for particular legislation."

Sun 12 May |

Audio tour brings Mashapaug Pond back to life

On a recent Saturday, students from Sophia Academy, neighbors, community members and Brown University students gathered at Mashapaug Pond’s Community Boating Center to celebrate the opening of “Mashapaug’s Neighbors: Stories from Beyond the Pond” — a cell-phone audio tour created by public humanities students at Brown. 
Sun 12 May | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

PolitiFact: War cost claims should say what’s included

Findings from the Costs of War projects are cited in this "Politifacts" column that looks into comments recently made by ABC and NPR political contributor Cokie Roberts that "these wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have cost every American family something like $45,000, not to mention, of course, the lives.”
Sun 12 May | The Washington Post

Transportation exhibition offers a lesson in history and longevity

Stephen Lubar, professor of American studies, comments on the longevity of the 10-year-old “America on the Move” exhibition at the National Museum of American History, a project led in the five years leading up to its opening in 2003. Transportation is a particularly “great way of telling a story in a museum” because of the objects involved, he says.
Fri 10 May | The Providence Journal

Ghostly reminders

The Ride of Silence, the 10-year-old nationwide bicycling tradition aimed at bringing awareness to the dangers of road-sharing, takes place Wednesday in Providence. Riders are asked to gather at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. ride, which begins and ends at the Nelson Fitness Center. 
Fri 10 May | The Inner Loop

Defense, Defense

This week on The Inner Loop, hosts Howard Marlowe and Michael Willis talk to Richard Arenberg, adjunct lecturer in public policy, about the important role of the filibuster and how it has been properly used in the history of the Senate.
Thu 9 May | Science 360

Today's Video: Gingko

A Brown-produced "Creature Cast" on the life and times of gingko trees is today's Science 360 featured video. 
Thu 9 May | The Providence Journal

State board debates allowing colleges to arm police

An article on a May 20 Board of Education vote that will determine whether three public colleges in Rhode Island will be allowed to arm their officers mentions that Brown is currently the only higher education institution in Rhode Island to do so.
Thu 9 May | Nature

Common source for Earth and Moon water

In new research by Alberto Saal, associate professor of geological sciences, measurements of the chemical composition of Moon rocks suggest that Earth was born with its water already present, rather than having the precious liquid delivered several hundred million years later by comets or asteroids. 
Thu 9 May | Med Gadget

Brown University Researchers Create Technique to Guide Nerve Growth for Neuro Implants

It’s already been known that Schwann cells, or neurolemmocytes, play a role in guiding the growth patterns of nerves. Now, researchers at Brown University seem to have figured out how to manipulate them to drive nerve growth, using specially created poly(dimethylsiloxane) materials to create an environment within which Schwann cells can act as guideposts for nerve growth.