Brown, RISD tied for more than a century

As the Rhode Island School of Design celebrates the inauguration of Rosanne Somerson as its 17th president on Friday, the Brown University community is reminded of the long-standing bonds the institutions share.
'Droplets' in disease

Proteins with ALS, cancer role do not assume a regular shape

Our cells contain proteins, essential to functions like protein creation and DNA repair but also involved in forms of ALS and cancer, that never take a characteristic shape, a new study shows. Instead it’s how they become huddled with each other into droplets that matters. Scientists may therefore have to understand the code that determines their huddling to prevent disease.
Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek to deliver Henkle Lecture

Slavoj Žižek, the renowned Slovenian cultural theorist and philosopher, will deliver the Roger B. Henkle Memorial Lecture, at Brown University on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. His talk begins at 5:30 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Research improves efficiency from larger perovskite solar cells

Perovskite solar cells are cheaper to make than traditional silicon cells and their electricity conversion efficiency is improving rapidly. To be commercially viable, perovskite cells need to scale up from lab size. Researchers from Brown and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory report a method for making perovskite cells larger while maintaining efficiency.

When care turns costly, patients leave private Medicare

A new study finds that when elderly patients use more costly services such as nursing home, at-home, or acute hospital care they become more likely to find that private Medicare Advantage plans no longer serve their needs, driving them to transfer their coverage — and their costs — to traditional public Medicare.

An accessible approach to making a mini-brain

In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers describe a relatively accessible method for making a working – though not thinking – sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.

A Brown first: Pizza with the President

Peppers, mushrooms, cheese, and extra candor: Members of the Class of 2019 joined President Paxson in Sayles Hall Wednesday night for pizza and a chance to ask her anything. By all accounts, it was a good conversation, with nothing off-limits. The pizza, said one student, was definitely a draw.

High-volume facilities better for nursing hip fractures

A new study finds that the volume of hip fracture cases seen at a skilled nursing facility in the prior 12 months is a good predictor of whether a facility can successfully discharge patients back home within 30 days. That information could help families trying to decide where to seek care for an elderly loved one.

Lowering nicotine loosens tobacco’s hold

A team of researchers, including two at Brown University, show that when people smoked cigarettes with less nicotine, they smoked less, felt less craving, and tried to quit more. Results appear in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Students hone business ideas at startup conference

Creativity and innovative ideas abound on College Hill. But how can students start to think about turning those ideas into businesses? The inaugural Startup@Brown Conference aimed to put students in touch with successful young entrepreneurs to learn how the startup world works.
Commentary: Dr. Eli Adashi

Gynecology pioneer:
Howard W. Jones Jr.

Dr. Howard W. Jones Jr., best known for bringing the revolutionary fertility treatment IVF to the United States in 1981 was a major innovator in women’s and transgender health as well, recalls Dr. Eli Adashi, former dean of medicine and biological sciences, in the September edition of the journal Fertility and Sterility. Jones died July 31.