Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

In a newly published analysis, the risk of high blood pressure among 5,400 post-menopausal women was higher the closer they lived to a major roadway. The result, which accounts for a wide variety of possible confounding factors, adds to concerns that traffic exposure may present public health risks.
Questions for Jim Kellner

Measuring the height of the world’s forests

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner on the International Space Station in 2019.

Origin of Moon’s ‘ocean of storms’ revealed

New analysis, using data from NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, has determined that the large dark patch on the western edge of the Moon’s near side is not an impact crater after all.

Brown endowment returned 16.1% in FY14

Brown University’s endowment posted an annual return of 16.1 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014. The endowment value stood at $3.2 billion, its all-time high.

Graduate students, alumni extoll research value

Ten graduate students and Graduate School alumni spoke about their research and the value of research in a series of five-minute presentations. Research Matters was part of the University’s Fall Celebration of its 250th anniversary.

250 years in 25 Objects

The Manning Chair, the tin box for the Charter, the bear statuary — there are objects that help define what Brown has been and suggest how it hopes to grow. A selection of 25 objects from the University’s archives was part of the 250th anniversary Fall Celebration, Sept. 27-28, 2014.
Framework in Global Health

New diagnostic approach for autism in Tanzania

Researchers at Brown University and the University of Georgia have developed and tested an approach for diagnosing autism in Tanzania, where such clinical assessment and intervention services are rare. The assessment battery combines several existing but culturally adapted techniques into a protocol that the researchers tested with 41 children at two Tanzanian sites.

Research suggests new strategies for fighting TB

Researchers from Brown and MIT have shown new details about how a promising new class of antibiotics attacks the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. The research could provide a blueprint for developing drugs aimed at fighting TB.

Amanda Lynch named AMS Fellow

Amanda Lynch, professor of Earth, environmental, and planetary sciences and editor of the American Meteorological Society journal Weather, Climate and Society, has been named a fellow of the society.

Adding natural uncertainty improves mathematical models

Ironically, allowing uncertainty into a mathematical equation that models fluid flows makes the equation much more capable of correctly reflecting the natural world — like the formation, strength, and position of air masses and fronts in the atmosphere.

Presidential Colloquium Series to tackle ‘big questions’ in science

Brown is introducing a Presidential Colloquium Series titled “Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond.” The series features renowned scientists giving accessible public talks on big-picture topics from the possibility of life elsewhere in the universe to the nature of human consciousness. Harvard astrophysicist John A. Johnson will deliver the inaugural lecture Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
Questions for Dr. Jack Elias

Research is working toward a potential asthma drug

Dr. Jack Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, is a pulmonologist who studies asthma and other diseases. A decade of research has illuminated the molecular workings of the common and chronic lung ailment enough to identify a potential treatment. With a new federal grant, shared with Yale, he’ll now work to select and advance an antibody toward possible human trials.
A Message from the President

Response to Reports on the Events of October 29, 2013

In a message distributed today to the Brown University community, President Christina H. Paxson provided her response to reports created by a committee that examined last October’s visit by Raymond Kelly, New York City’s police commissioner at the time. The text of her message follows here.
Questions for Mark Blyth

The Scottish vote for independence

Last week, Scotland made history by voting on whether the country should break away from Great Britain. Ultimately, those in favor of remaining part of the United Kingdom won, but the event sparked debate and exposed political divides. Courtney Coelho spoke with Mark Blyth, professor of international political economy, about the vote and what the future holds for Scotland.