Mutation may cause early loss of sperm supply

Problems in a gene responsible for producing the protein TAF4b leave mice — and maybe men — unable to sustain sperm production. As embryos, mice lacking the protein failed to develop an adequate number of key cells in the sperm production process and as adults they quickly lost their initial fertility.
The 2015 Debra L. Lee Lecture

Chon to deliver Lee Lecture on human trafficking

The Debra L. Lee Lecture Series presents remarks by Katherine Chon, senior adviser on trafficking in persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Houston awarded National Geographic grant

An ongoing excavation of Maya ruins in El Zotz, Guatemala, conducted by Brown archaeologist Stephen Houston and two other researchers, has been awarded a National Geographic grant to unearth what may be the tomb of an ancient queen.
Beyond basic nutrition

Meal deliveries benefit seniors, report says

In a randomized, controlled trial commissioned by Meals on Wheels America, a Brown University public health researcher found that home-delivered meals provide health and psychological benefits to seniors beyond basic nutrition.

Recent sanctions: A message to correct misinformation

In order to correct misinformation and dispel rumors about incidents at an unauthorized party in a fraternity last fall, senior officers of the University have sent a notification to the Brown community, reviewing the facts and communications in the case.

Two Fulbrights spur work in France

Fulbright Scholar Awards for two Brown University scientists will spur efforts with collaborators in France to study cognitive flexibility in the brain and to develop new methods of measuring the physical properties of molecules.

Seafloor holds 15 million years of monsoon history

Clues about rainfall in the distant past — from river mud to tiny seashells — come to rest on the ocean floor. Sampling layers of sediment from the Indian Ocean will help researchers build an accurate picture of Indian monsoon activity going back 15 million years or more.
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.
Media Advisory

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.