<p>Misregulated genes may have big autism role</p>

<p>A genetic pathway involving proteins in the endosomes of cells appears to be misregulated in the brains of children with autism, according to a newly published statistical analysis in the journal <em>Molecular Psychiatry</em>. Previously the genes were shown to cause rare forms of the disease but the new study suggests they have a wider role.</p>
A use for excess carbon emissions

<p>CO<sub>2</sub> could produce valuable chemical cheaply</p>

<p>Researchers at Brown and Yale have demonstrated a new “enabling technology” that could use excess carbon dioxide to produce acrylate, a valuable commodity chemical involved in the manufacture of everything from polyester cloth to disposable diapers.</p>

<p>Program improves Ph.D. student diversity</p>

<p>In the four years since Brown University established the Initiative to Maximize Student Development in its life sciences Ph.D. programs, enrollment and academic achievement among underrepresented minority students has increased markedly, according to new data published in the journal <em>CBE-Life Sciences Education</em>.</p>
April 3 to May 26, 2013

<p>Bell Gallery examines War in Iraq</p>

<p>The David Winton Bell Gallery presents two exhibitions examining the Iraq War. The American premier of <em>The Ashes Series</em> by Iraqi-American artist Wafaa Bilal and <em>I am Sorry It is Difficult to Start</em> by American artist Daniel Heyman will run from Wednesday, April 3, to Sunday, May 26, 2013. A symposium titled “Art and War in Iraq” on Friday, April 5, and a screening of Rory Kennedy’s documentary film <em>Ghosts of Abu Ghraib</em> on Thursday, April 18, are also free and open to the public.</p>
Health message for students

<p>Brown cautions students about GI virus</p>

<p>Brown University Health Services has noticed a recent increase in the number of students who are reporting gastrointestinal illness. Dr. Edward Wheeler, director of University Health Services, sent the following letter by e-mail to all students Wednesday, March 20, 2013.<br /><strong>Update:</strong> Later in the day, the Rhode Island Department of Health confirmed norovirus as the source of the illness. Sixty-seven Brown students had sought treatment at University Health Services or local emergency rooms.</p>
Questions for Steven Opal

<p>Sepsis drug fails to help in clinical trial</p>

<p>Sepsis kills hundreds of thousands of Americans and more people around the world annually. While doctors have made progress, they don’t yet have a medicine specific to the condition. Many had hoped a drug called Eritoran would be that remedy, but phase 3 clinical trial results newly published in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Association</em> show it was no better than a placebo.</p>

<p>Under California: An ancient tectonic plate</p>

<p>The Isabella anomaly — indications of a large mass of cool, dehydrated material about 100 kilometers beneath central California — is in fact a surviving slab of the Farallon oceanic plate. Most of the Farallon plate was driven deep into the Earth’s mantle as the Pacific and North American plates began converging about 100 million years ago, eventually coming together to form the San Andreas fault.</p>
Match Day

<p>Students celebrate their residency matches</p>

<p>Noon Friday, March 15. The&nbsp;Ides. All across the United States, medical students who will graduate this spring tore open envelopes to find out where they would be heading for their residencies. More than 100 young doctors got the news in Providence.</p>
Media Advisory

<p>Paxson to address National Humanities group</p>

<p>Brown President Christina H. Paxson will travel to Washington, D.C., Monday to deliver the keynote address at the National Humanities Alliance annual meeting. Her address will discuss questions raised about the role and the benefits of the humanities in contemporary higher education.</p>
Commentary: Ulrich Heintz

<p><em>A</em> Higgs boson or <em>the</em> Higgs boson?</p>

<p>Last July physicists at CERN announced they had found a particle that looked a lot like the elusive Higgs boson, a particle thought to give mass to some elementary particles. After poring over two and a half times more data than was available in July, CERN announced today that their particle is still a spot-on match for the Higgs. Brown physicists David Cutts, Ulrich Heintz, Greg Landsberg, and Meenakshi Narain are active participants in the Higgs search. Gerald Guralnik is one of the theorists who first predicted the particle’s existence in 1964. Heintz offers his thoughts on what this latest announcement means, and where we go from here.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>