Commentary: Eli Adashi

Hospitals face growing active shooter threat

The number of active shooter incidents in U.S. hospitals has increased over the last decade to a frequency of more than one a month. In a new Viewpoint in JAMA, authors suggest that hospitals examine their security plans.

‘Ecosystem services’ help assess ocean energy development

In a new paper, Brown University environmental scientists suggest that the way to fill vast gaps in knowledge about the ecological and socioeconomic impacts of ocean energy development is to consider how the benefits provided by ocean ecosystems change before and after the placement of ocean energy infrastructure. The authors examine the case of Muskeget Channel in Massachusetts as an example.

Atwood elected microbiology fellow

Walter Atwood, professor of biology and an expert in the study of viruses, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Study maps extroversion types in the brain’s anatomy

Brown University scientists have mapped the similarities and the differences in the brain between the two different kinds of extroverts: “agentic” go-getters and “affiliative” people persons.
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Dr. Seth Berkley to speak on global vaccination

Alumnus Dr. Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, which has raised $7.5 billion to immunize 300 million children around the world, will return to Brown University Feb. 25, 2015, to speak at 3:30 p.m. His talk is free and open to the public.

Brown to host symposium on race in America

Some of the nation’s most respected intellectuals on race, racial theory, and racial inequality will come together to consider the troubling state of black life in America today at a day-long symposium hosted by Brown University Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The event is organized by Brown’s Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA).

Hays awarded Sloan Fellowship

James Hays, the Manning Assistant Professor of Computer Science, was one of 126 new fellows for 2015, announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Review of sanctions announced Jan. 19

Sanctions upheld on review in fraternity case

Sanctions imposed on the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, announced Jan. 19, 2015, have been upheld following an independent review of medical tests in the case. The sanctions — loss of University recognition and loss of housing — remain, but the duration of sanctions has been adjusted.

Brown faculty receive STAC awards

Three faculty members at Brown have received awards from the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council to pursue projects about the effects of climate and ecological change in Narragansett Bay.

The Legacy of Louise Lamphere v. Brown University

In celebration of Brown University’s 250th anniversary, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women is hosting two days of events re-examining Louise Lamphere v. Brown University, the landmark class action case that in 1975 charged Brown with sex discrimination and set in motion a chain of events that changed the University. Events include an exhibition, panel discussion, and symposium.

Brown tops off new Applied Mathematics building

President Paxson, Mayor Elorza and other members of the Brown community helped mark the topping off of the new building for the Division of Applied Mathematics at the Corner of Hope and George streets Wednesday morning, Feb. 18, 2015.

Houston receives PROSE Award

Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston has been awarded a PROSE Award for his book on Mayan text, imagery, and artistic materials.

Tadpole model links drug exposure to autism-like effects

In utero exposure to the epilepsy drug VPA appears to elevate the risk to babies of developing an autism spectrum disorder. A new Brown University study used a tadpole model to investigate VPA’s effects on developing neural physiology and behavior. Researchers now hope to use the model to develop an intervention and to learn more about the underlying causes of neurodevelopmental disorders more broadly.
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Brown to top off Applied Math building

Workers will hoist the final steel beam into place for Brown’s new Applied Mathematics building during a topping-off ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. President Paxson and Mayor Elorza are among the speakers.