May 15, 2011
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Darlene Trew Crist, Director
Courtney Coelho, Editor
The New York Times 14 May 2012
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.
Full report online: www.nytimes.com/2012/05/15/science/brittle-stars-put-their-best-foot-forwar
See news release: news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/05/brittlestar
U.S. News & World Report 14 May 2012
Feeding tubes may worsen pressure ulcer risk
A new study led by Joan Teno, professor of health services, policy and practice, reports that percutaneous endoscopic gastric (PEG) feeding tubes, long assumed to help bedridden dementia patients stave off or overcome pressure ulcers, may instead make the horrible sores more likely to develop or less likely to improve. The analysis of thousands of nursing home patients with advanced dementia appears in the May 14 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Full report online: health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/05/14/for-dementia-patient
See news release: news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/05/feeding
Providence Business News 14 May 2012
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.
Full report online: pbn.com/detail.html?page=1&sub_id=67509
See news release: news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2012/04/cybersecurity
GoLocalProv.com 15 May 2012
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.
Full report online: www.golocalprov.com/lifestyle/brown-dabate-elementarys-partnership-goes-bey
See news release: news.brown.edu/features/2012/05/dabate
The New York Times 14 May 2012
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.
Full report online: www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/05/14/can-dual-citizens-be-good-american
The Boston Globe 14 May 2012
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.
Full report online: articles.boston.com/2012-05-14/health-wellness/31666853_1_survival-rate-bab
The Providence Journal 13 May 2012
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.
Full report online: digital.olivesoftware.com/OLIVE/ODE/PROJO/LandingPage/LandingPage.aspx?href
The Norman Transcript 12 May 2012
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.
Full report online: normantranscript.com/headlines/x271312471/OU-ceremony-moved-indoors-due-to-rain
See news release: news.brown.edu/shorts
Providence Business News 14 May 2012
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.”
Full report online: pbn.com/detail.html?sub_id=67508
Boston Review 15 May 2012
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.
Full report online: www.bostonreview.net/BR37.3/glenn_loury_james_q_wilson_culture_poverty_crime_race.php
Illinois Public Media 13 May 2012
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.
Full report online: will.illinois.edu/site/headline/simple-safety-mechanism-evolves/
Tin House Blog 14 May 2012
Evenson talks writing process, subject choice
Brian Evenson, professor of literary arts who just published a new collection of stories titled Windeye, 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.”
Full report online: www.tinhouse.com/blog/15092/the-difficulty-comes-in-knowing-what-is-real-an
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