Brown Summer High School

Teachers and students:
Everybody learns

Brown University’s SummerPrep program and 47th Summer High School drew nearly 325 local students to July sessions designed to brush up and expand knowledge in an enjoyable way. Their teachers are also learning ...

How the brain plans a gripping motion

A new study significantly advances neuroscientists’ understanding of how a region of the brain formulates plans for the hand to grip an object. The findings could lead to direct application to improving brain-computer interface control over robotic arms and hands.

Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point

Using advanced computers and a computational technique to simulate physical processes at the atomic level, researchers at Brown University have predicted that a material made from hafnium, nitrogen, and carbon would have the highest known melting point, about two-thirds the temperature at the surface of the sun.

NIH funds study of early life chemical exposures

With more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will study how exposure to three common chemicals during pregnancy and childhood affects brain development and the thyroid.

1vyG reaches the White House

Rising senior Manuel Contreras was in Washington Thursday, taking part in a White House “Beating the Odds” panel with First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and musical artist Wale. Contreras is a co-founder of 1vyG, an organization that supports first-generation college students.

Web app helps researchers explore cancer genetics

As gene sequencing has gotten faster and cheaper, clinicians and researchers are able to use genomic data to study, diagnose, and develop a course of treatment for a variety of individual cancers. MAGI, an open-source tool developed by Brown University researchers, lets users compare their data with enormous cancer genetics datasets.
Media Advisory: 1vyG at the White House

Brown senior Manuel Contreras to speak at White House panel

Manuel Contreras, a senior at Brown University, will take part in a White House “Beating the Odds” panel with First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others on Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Contreras is a leader of 1vyG, an organization that supports first-generation college students.
Birmingham, Ala.

Neighborhood revitalization motivated exercise

A community revitalization effort in a struggling neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala., succeeded in promoting healthy physical activity. A new study also documents the basis of that change in the hopes and concerns of the neighborhood’s residents.
Questions for Catherine Lutz

National education:
A report from the front lines

Education and education reform remain important national issues, but teacher voices are not always prominently involved. Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez traveled the country to sample teacher sentiments and insights for a new book, Schooled: Ordinary, Extraordinary Teaching in an Age of Change.

Hassett appointed next ICERM director

Brendan Hassett will become the next director of Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), one of eight institutes for mathematics across the country funded by the National Science Foundation. Hassett, formerly of Rice University, will begin serving as director in July 2016.

Graham named VP for academic finance and administration

Lindsay Graham, the chief administrative and financial officer for the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University, will join the provost’s office as vice president for academic finance and administration. He begins his new duties Aug. 1, 2015.
James W. Head III

Thoughts on seeing images of Pluto

Exploring the New World was a task of centuries. The photos of Pluto that arrived Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from the New Horizons spacecraft meant that space probes had visited all the planets of our Solar System. It took about 50 years. “Imagine what the next 50 years have in store,” writes planetary scientist Jim Head.

Revolutionizing a revolutionary technology

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control cells with light, has blown the doors wide open in neuroscience since its debut less than a decade ago. With a new $1-million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation, a team of neuroscientists at Brown University and Central Michigan University will strive to make it even more powerful in the brain and beyond.

Nanowires highly ‘anelastic,’ research shows

At the nanoscale, familiar materials often take on unexpected properties. Researchers from Brown and NC State have shown that zinc oxide nanowires are highly anelastic, meaning they return to shape slowly after being bent, rather than snapping right back. Anelastic materials are good at dissipating of kinetic energy. This new finding suggest nanowires could be useful in absorbing shocks and vibrations.