Chromosomes reconfigure as cell division ends

Cells reach a state called senescence when they stop dividing in response to DNA damage. This change can matter greatly to health, but scientists do not yet have a clear picture of how this change impacts the genome. A new Brown University study shows that a cell’s chromosomes become physically reconfigured at senescence, leading to significant differences in what genes are expressed.

Research may explain mysterious deep earthquakes in subduction zones

Earthquakes that happen deep beneath the earth's surface have long been enigmatic to geologists. Now researchers from Brown University have shown strong evidence that water squeezed out of a mineral called lawsonite could trigger these mysterious quakes.
From the Faculty Meeting

Brown faculty designates fall holiday as Indigenous People’s Day

The faculty of Brown University has voted to designate the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. Modifications to the University’s academic calendar require a faculty vote. In April 2009, the faculty renamed Columbus Day as the Fall Weekend holiday.

$2M grant to study how chemicals affect kids

Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun has shown that prenatal exposure to PFAS chemicals is associated with greater adiposity in children. With a new $2-million grant from the National Institutes of Health, he will examine how the chemicals may have that effect and when exposure is most crucial.

Lab makeover provides space for a new way to learn

A completely made-over undergraduate teaching laboratory asks the question, “Will open-ended research and high-tech collaboration make biology more exciting and engaging for students?”

Sparse coverage hinders infertility treatment access

A newly published review article finds that use of infertility treatments in the United States, ranging from medicines to in vitro fertilization, is likely hindered by widespread gaps in insurance coverage of reproductive services and technology.

Bootstrap is part of White House computer science education initiative

The creators of Bootstrap, a program developed by faculty at Brown University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will support a new White House initiative to enhance access to computer science education. They will train 300 additional educators to teach computer science.

Ambassador Chas Freeman to deliver three-part diplomacy lecture series

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., a senior fellow at the Watson Institute and a former U.S. diplomat, will deliver a three-part lecture series on American diplomacy, as part of the Watson Institute’s Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series. Lectures will take place Feb. 4, 11, and 18, and are free and open to the public.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project comes to Brown

Boston Modern Orchestra Project will visit Brown twice this semester for a residency that will include a public performance featuring faculty works, a lecture by its conductor, Gil Rose, and reading and recording sessions with Brown composition students.

Douglas, Sharansky interleave personal, political aspects of identity

For more than an hour on stage in the Salomon Center Thursday evening, movie star Michael Douglas and Israeli leader and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky traded thoughts about their Jewish identities and some of the challenges to Israel’s identity on the world stage. The event packed the house, but also drew demonstrators against Israeli policies and actions regarding the Palestinian people.

Brown has two inaugural Schwarzman scholars

Noah Elbot and Max Song, members of Brown's Class of 2014, were among 111 candidates named as inaugural Schwarzman scholars. Schwarzman scholars receive a fully funded scholarship at Schwarzman College on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing.