Discovery helps explain what guides neurons to connect

: In Science, a team led by neuroscientist Alexander Jaworski reports the discovery of a protein that guides neurons as they extend axons across the spinal cord midline. The finding could help unravel the complexity of how neural connections form and help understand diseases that result from errant brain wiring.
At the Chamber of Commerce

Brown University is ‘all in’ for Jewelry District redevelopment

In remarks to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown President Christina Paxson outlined ambitious plans for growth in translational sciences in Providence’s Jewelry District, building on the University’s more than $200-million investment to date in that area of the city.
Levinger lecture

Paxson ‘unpacks’ racial health disparities

The disturbing and persistent disparities in health between black and white people in the United States arise from a complex mix of socioeconomic disadvantages that should be addressed early in life, said President Christina Paxson in delivering the 2015 Levinger Lecture.

Brown students create digital museum experience for Nobel exhibit

A group of Brown computer science undergraduates has created two new digital museum experiences included in a traveling exhibition dedicated to the history of the illustrious Nobel Prize. The exhibition runs in Singapore for the next three months.

Brown opens diversity and inclusion plan to campus input

Brown University has developed a working draft of an action plan to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus. Faculty, students and staff have been invited to provide comments and suggestions online through Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. Those responses will be carefully reviewed, and the final plan will be presented at semester’s end in mid-December.

NSF grant to fund STEM teaching program

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $2.2-million grant to a team of education researchers led by Daniel Bisaccio, lecturer in education, for a summer program to test a model that gives STEM undergraduates an opportunity to teach science and math to high school students.

Bats use weighty wings to land upside down

In order to roost upside down on cave ceilings or tree limbs, bats need to perform an aerobatic feat unlike anything else in the animal world. Researchers from Brown University have shown that it’s the extra mass in bats’ beefy wings that makes the maneuver possible.

Brown to launch workshop series to examine structural racism

Brown University will launch a series of lectures and workshops focusing on five areas of structural racism: housing, education, wealth, criminal justice, and mass media. The project will launch with a session on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and continue through the spring and fall 2016 semesters.
‘A fresh glimpse at old evidence’

A new look at an old jaw clarifies mammal evolution

New technologies have brought new significance to a set of fossilized jaws that Stephen Gatesy and colleagues found in Greenland 20 years ago. Their new analysis shows that proto-mammals were diversifying earlier than previously thought.