The inside story of a Higgs boson theory

Gerald Guralnik, the Chancellor’s Professor of Physics at Brown, was one of six international physicists who originated the Higgs theory in 1964. In this essay, which appeared originally in the Huffington Post, Guralnik describes the evolution of an idea that was initially dismissed by a Nobel laureate physicist as “junk.” (The international physics community announced the apparent discovery of the predicted Higgs boson on July 4, 2012.)
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Heather Leslie: Measuring ocean health

Sustainable management of a huge, complex and valuable resource such as the ocean requires a comprehensive metric that did not exist until now. In the Aug. 16 edition of Nature a broad group of scientists including Heather Leslie, the Sharpe Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, describes the Ocean Health Index. The index rates coastal places, from regions to nations, on 10 goals: artisanal fishing opportunity, biodiversity, carbon storage, clean waters, coastal livelihoods and economies, coastal protection, food provision, natural products, sense of place, and tourism and recreation. Leslie recently answered questions posed by David Orenstein.
Opens September 1

Jin Shan at the Bell Gallery: My dad is Li Gang!

Opening Sept. 1, 2012, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, My dad is Li Gang! is a solo exhibition by Chinese artist Jin Shan. With a single work, Jin will transform the main gallery into a commentary on power dynamics in contemporary China. 

Roskiewicz named assistant to president

Kimberly O. Roskiewicz, currently associate dean for operations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, has been named assistant to the president at Brown University. Roskiewicz will begin her duties Aug. 27, 2012.

Chemists advance clear conductive films

Thin, conductive films are useful in displays and solar cells. A new solution-based chemistry developed at Brown University for making indium tin oxide films could allow engineers to employ a much simpler and cheaper manufacturing process.
Commentary: Ralph Milliken

“Touchdown confirmed” for Mars rover

When a NASA official announced, “Touchdown confirmed,” at about 1:30 a.m. today (Aug. 6, 2012), the engineers at Mission Control hugged and cheered. So did the science team, of which Ralph Milliken, assistant professor of geological science, is a member. With the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity safely on the Martian surface and his shift almost ended, Milliken described the experience for David Orenstein and talked about what happens now. (See also a pre-landing interview).)

Ralph Milliken: Curiosity’s mission on Mars

As Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, gets set to land in the wee hours of Monday morning, Brown geologist Ralph Milliken will be getting ready to get to work. He’s a member of the mission’s science team. His curiosity lies in finding out why Mars is a colder, drier place than it used to be.

Ornstedt named executive director of Brown's 250th celebration

Eve F. Ornstedt, currently director of career and admission programs for the Office of Alumni Relations, has been chosen to direct the planning, preparation, and presentation of activities that will mark the 250th anniversary of the founding of Brown University in 1764.
Athletes and protective headgear

WHACK! BAM! Do girls need lacrosse helmets?

Joseph Crisco, professor of orthopaedics, wanted to measure the impact of shots to the head in girls’ lacrosse. He invited some players into his lab to take some shots at a test dummy. The data could inform an eventual standard for girls’ and women’s lacrosse.

Growing community at the John Hope Settlement House

A Brown-led community garden at Providence's John Hope Settlement House nourishes little minds and bodies by helping children ages 3 through 12 learn about urban agriculture while enjoying the fruits of their labor. 

Math medal round: An Olympic Futoshiki

Mathematician Daniel Katz, caught up in the worldwide passion for the London Olympics, designed a Futoshiki puzzle inspired by the five Olympic rings.