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.

Scientists control rats’ senses of familiarity, novelty

Brown University brain scientists didn’t just study how recognition of familiarity and novelty arise in the mammalian brain, they actually took control, inducing rats to behave as if images they’d seen before were new, and images they had never seen were old.
Gift from Alan Hassenfeld

Brown to launch child health innovation institute

A $12.5-million gift from the family of Alan Hassenfeld, to be matched by new fundraising by the University, will create the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute. Faculty, students, staff and community partners will focus on discovering and applying strategies to improve the lives of children and their families in Rhode Island, nationally, and globally.
Access, Affordability, and Success

Brown joins coalition to improve college admission process

A coalition of more than 80 public and private colleges and universities is trying to remake the college admission process, recasting it as the culmination of a multiyear process, increasing participation by under-represented groups, and easing the pressure of a traditional senior-year rite of passage.

Superfund Research Program earns $10.8M for five-year renewal

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has renewed the Superfund Research Program for a third multiyear period of support. The funding of more than $2.1 million a year for five years will enable Brown University scientists to further pursue studies of contamination at several sites around Rhode Island and effective ways to detect and prevent its adverse health effects.