A night at the Brown Student Community Clinic

The fourth Monday of every month, first-year students of the Alpert Medical School provide four patients at the Rhode Island Free Clinic with attentive care under the supervision of clinic doctors. For the students, it’s an invaluable and inspiring chance to do what they came to medical school to do. (Sidebar: 20 groups for service and advocacy.)

Brown admits Class of 2018

Brown University has made 2,619 offers of admission for the Class of 2018. Those offers represent 8.6 percent of the 30,432 applicants in the admission pool, the second largest pool in University history. This year’s admitted class is the University’s most diverse ever. 

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‘Block Party’ to spotlight future of R.I. robotics

Baxter, PR2, quadcopters and other robots and robotic devices will demonstrate their skills at a Robot Block Party Saturday, April 5, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pizzitola Sports Center at Brown University. The activities, free and open to the public, mark the start of National Robotics Week.

Call for entries: ‘Archaeology for the People’

The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World is calling on archaeology enthusiasts from around the world to submit essays for its first-ever “Archaeology for the People” competition. The writer who best translates research into an essay that is interesting and accessible to a broad audience will receive $5,000. Submissions are due Sept. 1, 2014.

Mind/Brain Research Day showcases science

Brown University’s first-ever Mind/Brain Research Day packed Sayles Hall and the Salomon Center with more than 157 brain science research posters and a talk by nationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Helen Mayberg.

EEG study: Brain infers structure, rules of tasks

A new study documents the brain activity underlying our strong tendency to infer a structure of context and rules when learning new tasks (even when a structure isn’t valid). The findings, which revealed individual differences, shows how we try to apply task knowledge to similar situations and could inform future research on learning disabilities.

Indonesian climate shift linked to glacial cycle

Indonesian waters are major agents for global levels of atmospheric water vapor. A prolonged dry spell in Indonesia thousands of years ago has been found to correlate with ice ages in the northern hemisphere. Brown researchers have compiled a detailed Indonesian climate record of the last 60,000 years, tracking telltale indicators in sedimentary cores: titanium levels (a marker for surface water runoff) and the carbon isotopes of leaf wax, a marker for plant varieties (grasses indicate dry conditions).

Bell Gallery:
250th Alumni Exhibition Part 2

In celebration of Brown University's 250th anniversary, the David Winton Bell Gallery presents the second in a two-part exhibition of alumni artists from Saturday, April 12, through Sunday, May 25, 2014. The exhibition features work from Sarah Morris, Rob Reynolds and Taryn Simon. More 250th anniversary information is available at 250.brown.edu.

Clinton Global Initiative University

Students committed to a world of change

Eleven Brown students were selected to attend this year’s Clinton Global Initiative University March 21-23, 2014, at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Each student who attends CGIU must make a Commitment to Action.

Paxson visits Techstyle Haus construction site

A team of Brown and RISD students is working to complete construction of a modular solar home by late April. That’s when they dismantle it, ship it to France, then reassemble it on the grounds of the Versailles Palace this summer for competition with 19 other international teams in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe. Brown President Christina Paxson visited the worksite Wednesday.
The 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe

Paxson visits Techstyle Haus construction site

A team of Brown and RISD students is working to complete construction of a modular solar home by late April. That’s when they dismantle it, ship it to France, then reassemble it on the grounds of the Versailles Palace this summer for competition with 19 other international teams in the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe. Brown President Christina Paxson visited the worksite Wednesday.

Returning vets face ‘warring identities’ distress

Soldiers returning home from war may find themselves engaged in an even tougher conflict. A paper published in Society and Mental Health examines the “warring identities” many veterans confront when transitioning from soldier to civilian life.
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Brown inaugurates Mind/Brain Research Day

Researchers affiliated with the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute will present more than 150 projects at the University’s first Mind/Brain Research Day March 25, 2014. Dr. Helen Mayberg of Emory University will deliver a keynote address.

A better water wing to harvest tidal energy

The eternal ebb and flow of tides makes them a dependable source of energy, but how to harness all that, especially in shallow water? Shreyas Mandre and colleagues at Brown have developed an efficient water wing and optimized its performance with a “secret sauce.”

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