Brown–Vernadsky collaboration

Head honored for international space science collaboration

: The planetary science collaboration between Brown University and Russia’s V.I. Vernadsky Institute has grown over more than four decades, surmounting Cold War hostilities and geographic distance to build an astonishing record of scientific discoveries about the solar system. Participants gathered recently in Moscow to celebrate those contributions and Brown University’s 250th anniversary celebration.
Taubman Center for Public Policy

Taubman Center releases statewide and city polls

Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions has conducted two new public opinion surveys on the upcoming statewide and Providence mayoral races. Respondents were also asked about the state of the economy and government approval ratings.

If CD8 T cells take on one virus, they’ll fight others too

CD8 T cells are known for becoming attuned to fight a specific pathogen (“adaptive immunity”), but a new study shows that in that process they also become first-responders that can fend off a variety of other invaders (“innate immunity”). The findings suggest that innate immunity changes with the body’s experience and that the T cells are more versatile than thought.
The evolutionary imbalance hypothesis

Invasive species: Darwin had it right

Based on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, professors at Brown University and Syracuse University have developed and tested the “evolutionary imbalance hypothesis” to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems. The results suggest the importance of accounting for the evolutionary histories of the donor and recipient regions in invasions.

Mindfulness associated with better health

A new study that measured “dispositional mindfulness” along with seven indicators of cardiovascular health found that persons reporting higher degrees of awareness of their present feelings and experiences had better health. The research suggests that interventions to improve mindfulness could benefit cardiovascular health, an idea researchers can test.
Extinct enigmas

These roos were made for walking, study suggests

Based on a rigorous comparative analysis of kangaroo anatomy, researchers posit that the ancient family of sthenurine kangaroos that lived until 30,000 years ago likely preferred walking to hopping.

The Bell Gallery presents SHE

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents SHE: Picturing women at the turn of the 21st century, a selection of contemporary representations of women, on view in the Bell Gallery Saturday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and at the Cohen Gallery in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for Creative Arts Saturday, Oct. 25, to Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

Study models ways to cut Mexico’s HIV rates

A new study projects that increasing condom use or antiretroviral therapy for Mexico City’s male sex workers would produce a significant advance against the HIV epidemic by reducing the rate of infections among the sex workers’ partners.
U.S. Centers for AIDS Research

Brown to host national HIV scientific symposium Nov. 6

Speakers representing the nation’s 19 Centers for AIDS Research will come to Brown University Nov. 6 to present their original research on the biology, medicine, and public health of the epidemic. The daylong National Science Symposium begins at 8 a.m. in Sayles Hall.

Dennery to lead pediatrics at Lifespan, Brown

Dr. Phyllis Dennery, a specialist in neonatal care and research, will lead pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the Lifespan health system and in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She arrives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia next April.