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.

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.

Mon 17 Jun | The Providence Journal

Clinical trial may offer hope

Doctors at Butler Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital , all affiliated with Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, recently joined the ADvance Study, a multi-center clinical trial studying the effects of deep-brain stimulation on Alzheimer’s disease.


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.