Tue 15 May | GoLocalProv.com

Brown and D’Abate: A partnership beyond the classroom

For 12 years, Brown University has partnered with William D’Abate Elementary School in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood to bring after-school programming, in-class tutoring, and summer camps to students there. While the programs are a learning experience for everyone involved, the hope is that some lessons will have effects that last long after graduation.

Tue 15 May | The New York Times

Dual citizenship may aid naturalization

José Itzigsohn, professor of sociology, pens a “Room for Debate” column about whether the United States should allow dual citizenship. The country currently does not recognize dual citizenship, but it also doesn’t take action against it, a policy Itzigsohn supports. “Dual citizenship contributes to the decision to naturalize because it allows migrants to embrace their new country without being asked to renounce their past,” Itizgsohn writes.

Tue 15 May | Boston Review

A legacy of views that not all agree with

Glenn Loury, professor of political science, writes about the legacy of esteemed political scientist and criminologist James Q. Wilson, who died in March. “I slowly came to the view – which I continue to hold – that some of Wilson’s labors have done enormous damage to the quality of American democracy ... It frustrates me that even as mounting evidence over the past decade showed that crime control had become too punitive, Wilson stubbornly reiterated the views that he had developed four decades ago,” Loury writes.

Mon 14 May | The New York Times

Five-limbed brittle stars move bilaterally, like people

Brittle stars and people have something in common, according to research by graduate student Henry Astley: They move in fundamentally similar ways. Though not bilaterally symmetrical like humans and many other animals, brittle stars have come up with a mechanism to choose any of its five limbs to direct its movement on the seabed. It’s as if each arm can be the creature’s front, capable of locomotion and charting direction.

Mon 14 May | Providence Business News

Need for cybersecurity education continues to grow

Brown recently held a conference on “Cybersecurity and International Relations,” which was a byproduct of collaboration between Brown, the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Naval War College in Newport. John Savage, professor of computer science who organized the conference, says that the need for degree programs in cybersecurity has grown as the field has gained more attention.

Mon 14 May | The Boston Globe

In 50 years, neonatology sees many advances

William Oh, professor of medical science and a recent inductee into the Legends of Neonatology Hall of Fame, discusses the advances in neonatology he has seen during his career. He says that the neonate survival rate has increased more than 50 percent since the 1970s, which can be attributed to the development of new drugs that assist in babies’ organ maturation and the creation of a tiny catheter used to feed babies intravenously.

Mon 14 May | Providence Business News

Examining impact of lead on education in RI

Patrick Vivier, associate professor of health services, policy and practice, will lead one of two forthcoming research studies examining the educational impacts of lead poisoning in Rhode Island. “I think that lead poisoning is a particular burden for low-income urban communities in Rhode Island,” Vivier says. “This has individual and community-level negative consequences that we must address.”

Mon 14 May | Tin House Blog

Evenson talks writing process, subject choice

Brian Evenson, professor of literary arts who just published a new collection of stories titledWindeye, talks about his writing process. Explaining how he knows when a story is done, he says, “I think a lot of the artistry and aesthetic of a story lies in intuitive choices made both along the way and in the process of rounding out the story. My best stories, I still can’t precisely put my finger on how they manage to do what they do, and I can’t quite replicate it either.”

Sun 13 May | The Providence Journal

Senior aims for worldwide fuel policy changes

Brown senior David Poritz has launched Equitable Origin, a business that aims to make oil and gas producers more socially and environmentally responsible by getting them to comply with standards covering everything from their effects on climate change to their cooperation with local communities. Founded in 2009, the company employs a team of 15 working in six countries. Poritz has presented his company’s work to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Sun 13 May | Illinois Public Media

The science behind disgust

Rachel Herz, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, talks about the science behind disgust. A simple safety mechanism that originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, Herz says disgust has evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even has implications for our mental and physical health.

Sat 12 May | The Norman Transcript

Simmons addresses graduates around the country

Brown President Ruth J. Simmons delivered the commencement address and received and honorary doctorate from the University of Oklahoma on May 12. Speaking to the graduates, Simmons called them “a picture of what makes this country so remarkable and promising,” due to their diversity and collegiate experience of a “community of difference,” and urged them to maintain a broad and inclusive life after graduation. Simmons also delivered commencement addresses and received honorary doctorates from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine on May 10 and the University of Houston on May 12. She will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Rochester on May 20.

Tue 8 May | The Providence Journal

Program helps city students tackle urban issues

Middle and high school students recently got the opportunity to present ideas for improving Providence to officials at the State House. The presentations were a result of a partnership between city schools and the Generation Citizen program founded in 2008 by Scott Warren, then a senior at Brown University. The middle and high school students worked with Brown students to them to analyze a problem in their community and figure out what they wanted to do about it.

Tue 8 May | Environmental Protection Magazine

Research aims to lighten soldiers’ load

A consortium of universities, including Brown, have been given a $15 million grant by the Army Research Laboratory to use computer simulations to help design materials for lighter-weight, energy-efficient devices and batteries for use by U.S. soldiers. The goal of the project is to lighten the load for soldiers of the future who will be carrying large amounts of electronic equipment, including electronic weaponry, detection devices, advanced communications systems and protection systems.

Tue 8 May | RI NPR

A political roundup of hot topics from around the state

Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, appears as a guest on this week’s Political Roundtable to discuss Wall Street’s lingering concerns about Rhode Island’s capital following Brown’s recent agreement to give the city $31.5 million more over 11 years. The group also talks about the future of the state’s pension overhaul, the charter review commission in Central Falls, and the November presidential election.

Mon 7 May | Providence Business News

Hybrid model adds new dimension to learning

Many colleges are integrating hybrid teaching and learning – which combines in-person instructor engagement and online discussions – into their curricula. The Education Alliance at Brown uses this method in professional-development activities for teacher teams from around the country. “Having them participate online really makes it a lot easier to bring groups together,” says Stephanie Feger, program specialist. “[It] would be really impossible to get that depth of feedback and inquiry in a face-to-face meeting.”

Sat 5 May | The Providence Journal

Editorial: Brown is dedicated to city’s well-being

Providence Journal editorial praises Brown’s decision to contribute an additional $31.5 million to the City of Providence over the next 11 years and describes the teamwork involved on the part of President Ruth J. Simmons and Mayor Angel Taveras to make it happen: “That is not only because the city can use such a generous contribution, but because of what it says about the community: Leading institutions, such as Brown, are dedicated to the well-being of Providence.”

Fri 4 May | The Providence Journal

Future of primary care in RI looks promising

Jeffrey Borkan, chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at the Alpert Medical School, pen a joint op-ed about the resurgence of primary care in Rhode Island. They write about Alpert Medical School’s continued focus on primary care as well as the future creation of innovative programs that “should result in even better models for caring for Rhode Islanders.”

Fri 4 May | The New York Times

A rare find, buried in the stacks

Dan Barry gives a detailed account of the recent discovery of a rare Paul Revere print in the John Hay Library for his “This Land” column. Told from the perspective of Marie Malchodi, the library book conservation technician who found the print, the article takes readers through every detail of the discovery, including Malchodi’s initial reaction: “I have to show this to somebody.” The print was eventually found to be only the fifth copy known to exist.

Fri 4 May | Harvard Business Review

Five questions to solve the Euro crisis

Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, writes a blog post about the five right questions that need to be asked before the right answers to the Euro crisis can be found. Among them, he asks whether saving the Euro is worth it. “The European union is based upon trust, building confidence, sharing the wealth, and mutual support. The new institutions designed to save the Euro are based upon seeing every possible interaction with another state as a moral hazard problem where trust should be eliminated. Designing institutions in this way undermines the capacity to generate trust. Trust is not an optional extra,” Blyth writes.

Thu 3 May | The Atlantic

Recess gives kids a boost in the classroom, too

Esther Entin, associate professor of family medicine, writes about the benefits of recess in elementary school. “Not only can recess help improve children’s physical fitness and reduce childhood obesity, giving children time to be physically active, it helps them concentrate in school. Play also gives kids a chance to be creative and learn to solve disputes and make rules among themselves. ... It’s starting to look like recess is more than child’s play,” Entin writes.

Wed 2 May | The Boston Globe

Installation offers playful peek into the past

Reviewer Cate McQuaid reviews “Megan and Murray McMillan: When We Didn’t Touch the Ground,” currently on display at the Cohen Gallery in the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts. The installation, which is about child’s play, includes a video that shows a group setting the dinner table as a boy (played by a man) lingers outside, climbing on a wall constructed of furniture, wandering along a brook. “But then a transporting moment in the video opens a trap door, and you drop into magic,” McQuaid writes.

Fri 27 Apr | The Washington Post

Nursing home boom in China has little government involvement

China’s nursing home industry is seeing a boom in business due to a large aging population, with little oversight from the government to regulate living conditions. Zhanlian Feng, assistant professor of community health, led a 2011 study examining China’s surging nursing home industry and made suggestions for necessary government mandates that would improve patient care.

Wed 11 Apr | Science Daily

Mothers and OCD Children Trapped Can Have Impaired Relationships

A new study from Case Western Reserve University finds mothers tend to be more critical of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder than they are of other children in the family. And, that parental criticism is linked to poorer outcomes for the child after treatment.

Wed 11 Apr | Wired

Bats Fold Wings for Ultra-Efficient Flight


Despite their relatively cumbersome wings, bats are champions of nocturnal aviation, a feat accomplished through an ingenious bit of aeronautical engineering.

Bats fold their wings inward while lifting them in flight, saving 65 percent of the energy that would be required to lift wings still outstretched, say Brown University researchers who used high-speed video to analyze the aerial kinematics of fruit bats.


Wed 11 Apr | The Washington Post

Rare Paul Revere print found in Library

A rare engraved print created by Paul Revere has been found in a 19th century book at Brown University.

A university preservationist discovered the print while studying the 1811 book once owned by a 1773 graduate of Brown. The graduate’s descendants donated the book to the Rhode Island school.

Fri 6 Apr | The Boston Globe

Beanballs and the psychology of revenge

In a new study by Fiery Cushman, assistant professor of cognitive, linguistic, and psychological sciences, baseball fans exhibit a high moral tolerance for a form of revenge not otherwise practiced in most of contemporary society: avenging one’s own hit batsman by aiming a pitch at an opposing batter who was not previously involved. The research suggests that such systems of vicarious retribution, found throughout history, may not depend on an underlying assignment of moral responsibility.

Fri 6 Apr | HLN

In Martin case, anger is channeled into creative energy

The death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has inspired many people to express their feelings about the situation through art. Tricia Rose, professor of Africana studies, says that the case has struck a nerve that has caused people to channel their emotion into creative energy, for now. “Initial outrage has been stoked by George Zimmerman’s post-crime treatment as a victim. The longer he goes free, without even further questioning, the more suffering and distrust will be created. Hopefully, it will also continue to generate creative responses, survival and social change strategies,” Rose says.

Thu 5 Apr | The Providence Journal

Jack Hayes named athletic director at Brown

Jack Hayes, currently director of athletics at Hofstra University, has been named director of athletics at Brown University. Hayes will begin his work at Brown July 1, 2012, succeeding Michael Goldberger. As director of athletics at Brown, Hayes will have responsibility for 37 varsity teams and their coaches, as well as 17 intercollegiate teams that compete at the club level. This story was also reported by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, IvyLeagueSports.com and other national outlets.

Thu 5 Apr | The Providence Journal

Paintings offer peek at Mien culture

Bill Ven Siclen reviews “Dragon Bridge: Taoist Paintings of the Mien,” an exhibition currently on display at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Manning Hall. The paintings, which were purchased by the University in 2001, were originally thought to be 19th-century copies of earlier Mien works, but are now believed to date from the late 17th century.

Thu 5 Apr | GoLocalProv.com

Five professors among top in the country

Five professors from Brown University have made the Princeton Review’s list of top professors in the country. They are Barrett Hazeltine, professor emeritus of emgineering; Joseph Pucci, associate professor of classics; Stephanie Ravillon, lecturer in French studies; Robert Serrano, professor of economics; and Daniel Stupar, studio technician in visual arts.