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.

Kertzer to deliver Presidential Faculty Award Lecture

Sociologist and anthropologist David Kertzer, a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Faculty Award, will deliver a lecture on his research on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at 4:30 p.m. in the John Carter Brown Library.
Public health

Students hit Providence streets to improve kids’ access to play

In Akilah Dulin-Keita’s “Place Matters” class, students didn’t just read about how neighborhood characteristics affect health. They used their knowledge to assess two Providence neighborhoods as the city plans possible improvements — and told the deputy director of the Healthy Communities Office what they found.
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.

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.
Honors and awards

Burwell named AAAS fellow

For decades of work to understand the brain anatomy underlying the relationship between memory and context, Rebecca Burwell has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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.
Honors and awards

Andrew Kaplan, Class of 2015, wins Rhodes Scholarship

Andrew Kaplan, a 2015 Brown graduate, is among 32 American students who have won 2016 Rhodes Scholarships. Kaplan, currently working on homelessness and housing as an urban fellow in the New York mayor’s office, will begin a master’s degree in comparative social policy at Oxford University.

From intro class to a Science publication in three years

Holly Gildea didn’t come to Brown expecting to publish in one of the world’s top scientific journals, or even to study neuroscience, but by discovering and pursuing her passion, she’s achieved an auspicious start to a research career.

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.
‘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.
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.

At GradCON, grad students explore careers beyond academe

Nearly 300 graduate students and 42 alumni attended the Graduate Student Career Options Conference (GradCON) Saturday, Nov. 14. GradCON brings alumni and students together to network and talk about careers beyond the traditional academic path.

Bats have a tendon-cy to manage wing inertia

Bat wings are big and heavy, making them a bit of a strain to unfurl and flap. New research finds that to take some of the burden off their muscles, bats rely on the spring action of tendons. The insight could aid engineers in the design of bio-inspired flying machines.