Fri 29 Sep | Scientific American

To Read Someone's Mind, Look into Their Eyes

A growing body of evidence lends support to the phrase, "Eyes are the window to the soul." This article cites a study led by Brown University researcher James Cavanagh that found pupils became more dilated when people had to make tradeoffs between two different, but difficult choices.
Thu 28 Sep | RI NPR

RI Artscape: Welcome to Camp America, Inside Guantanamo Bay

"Welcome to Camp America: Beyond Gitmo" is a photographic exhibit now at the Carriage House Gallery at the Brown University Center for Public Humanities. For this month’s Artscape, the visual artist Debi Cornwall talks to Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman about making pictures at teh Guantanamo Bay detention camp at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Thu 28 Sep | Skilled Nursing News

Can music therapy help improve outcomes in nursing homes?

Three years ago, filmgoers were charmed by the story of a non-profit that helped nursing home residents relive their youths and improve their moods through music. Now, a team of Brown University researchers is setting out to discover whether the program could have concrete medical benefits for seniors — and operational opportunities for skilled nursing providers.
Wed 27 Sep | Healthline

Why would big tobacco pay for an anti-smoking campaign?

Researchers say the U.S. government's call to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to non-addictive levels is a step in the right direction. Healthline spoke with Jennifer Tidey, an associate professor at Brown University who co-authored a study on nicotine addiction, to discuss why the new approach is important and her skepticism with a tobacco company's campaign to end cigarette smoking.
Wed 27 Sep | The Providence Journal

TEDx conference returns to Providence this weekend

Peter Haas, associate director of the Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University, commented on the theme of this year's TEDx conference in Providence and a presentation he is looking forward to.
Tue 26 Sep | Royal Society of Chemistry blog

Emerging Investigators series – Ian Wong

Ian Y. Wong, an assistant professor of engineering and medical science at Brown University, discusses his research on stereolithographic printing and the challenges he has overcome in his work.
Tue 26 Sep | The Providence Journal

Felicia Ackerman: Must your life be an open book?

Felicia Nimue Ackerman, professor of philosophy, wrote an op-ed about her issue with the national push for individuals to share one's secrets, especially when revealing that information can cause a rift between people.
Tue 26 Sep | Rich Press

The physicist who is working to accelerate change in forensic science

Sylvester James Gates, a renowned researcher of theoretical physics and professor at Brown University, has recently become known for his involvement in forensic science and has contributed to the National Institute of Standards and Technology's efforts to strengthen forensic science. In an interview with Rich Press, Gates discussed efforts to move forensic science forward using established scientific principles and why he is optimistic about the the field's future.
Mon 25 Sep | Eos

Giant snails’ century-old shells recorded monsoon rainfall

The shells of a large, invasive snail in India can provide exceptionally fine grained records of past precipitation in the region, a new study finds. Kaustubh Thirumalai, a Brown University researcher and co-author of the study, says, “very few proxies give you that sort of [time] resolution in reconstructing precipitation.” He noted that snail shells provide more finely spaced increments of time than do data from bands found in caves, trees, or mollusks, which have been used in prior paleoclimate research.
Mon 25 Sep | TribLive

YouTube videos glorify alcohol use, study finds

A new study suggests that YouTube videos about alcohol consumption may influence impressionable youth into drinking. The study, which included co-authors from the University of Michigan and Brown University, found that these videos generally characterized alcohol intake as fun, glamorous and social.
Sat 23 Sep | The Providence Journal

Tiny crab is destroying Narragansett Bay marshes

Rising seas and the encroachment of the purple marsh crab in New England combined are likely to transform the region's healthy marsh ecosystem into barren mud flats within the next two decades, according to a study led by Brown University ecologist Mark Bertness.
Sat 23 Sep | Herald Mail Media

Highway congestion: Is Maryland’s approach wrong?

Matthew Turner, professor of economics, says Maryland's plan to add lanes to reduce highway congestion is not likely to solve the issue. Turner, who studied highway congestion while he was at the University of Toronto, noted that this approach usually leads to the same traffic patterns after 10 years.
Fri 22 Sep | U.S. News & World Report

College programs offer a path to professional degrees

With benefits like lower costs, flexibility and guaranteed acceptance once admitted, programs such as Brown University's Program in Liberal Medical Education can be a spring board for highly motivated students.
Thu 21 Sep | Baltimore Sun

Now empowered to control city school board, Baltimore mayor seeks new applicants

With Baltimore’s mayor now having full control of its school board, Brown professor Kenneth Wong said his research on the topic has revealed that student outcomes are generally better when mayors have control of the school board they overlook. Mayors more often understand the need to devote more resources and support to the lowest-performing schools, according to Wong.
Thu 21 Sep | Live Science

Teen dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome'

Dr. Katharine Phillips, a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School, described the signs and symptoms of a hair pulling disorder called trichotillomania. Her comments come after news of a British who died from an extremely rare intestinal condition known as Rapunzel syndrome.