Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

Masks and mask makers of Bangwa

A delegation of expatriates from the Kingdon of Bangwa in western Cameroon visited the Haffenreffer Museum’s collection of African masks. It was a rare opportunity for the visitors and for the museum, re-associating the artifacts with the people and society that created them.

Elias named dean of medicine and biological sciences

Brown University’s seventh dean of medicine and biological sciences will be Dr. Jack Elias, a specialist in pulmonary medicine who currently serves as the chair of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Elias will begin work at Brown Sept. 1, 2013, succeeding Dr. Edward J. Wing.
Together: Brown, URI, RIC, City, State

A major new plan for South Street Power Station

In cooperation with the State of Rhode Island and City of Providence, Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College will negotiate long-term leases with a private developer that would transform the South Street Power Station — “Dynamo House” — into a shared nursing education center, upper-level student housing, and University administrative offices, with  restaurants, retail space, and new parking facilities.
Drug delivery

Polymers key to oral protein-based drugs

In a new study, a “bioadhesive” coating developed at Brown University significantly improved the intestinal absorption into the bloodstream of nanoparticles that someday could carry protein drugs such as insulin. Such a step is necessary for drugs taken by mouth, rather than injected directly into the blood.

Brown is a project site for AAU STEM effort

Brown University is one of eight research universities chosen as a project site for a national effort at improving undergraduate education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Association  of American Universities intends to identify and disseminate proven, evidence-based teaching practices in STEM programs nationwide.

NMR advance brings proteins into the open

A key protein interaction, common across all forms of life, had eluded scientists’ observation until a team of researchers cracked the case by combining data from four different techniques of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Computer models figure out sickle cell crisis

A sickle cell crisis isn't just about sickle-shaped red blood cells that block capillaries. A second, stickier kind of red blood cell starts the obstruction, making it difficult for sickle cells to flow past.

Neil Safier to lead John Carter Brown Library

Neil Safier, currently associate professor of history at the University of British Columbia, has been appointed director and librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Safier will begin his new duties at the John Carter Brown Library in October 2013, succeeding Edward Widmer.

Pistil leads pollen in life-and-death dance

Pollination, essential to much of life on earth, requires the explosive death of the male pollen tube in the female ovule. In new research, Brown University scientists describe the genetic and regulatory factors that compel the male’s role in the process. Finding a way to tweak that performance could expand crop cross-breeding possibilities.

Noble gases hitch a ride on hydrous minerals

The six noble gases do not normally dissolve into minerals, leaving earth scientists to wonder how they are subducted back into the Earth. Researchers at Brown have discovered that the lattice structure of minerals such as amphibole provides a way. Better yet, the multiple isotopes of noble gases could help scientists track volatiles like water and carbon.
Alpert Medical School

Primary care plan receives AMA grant

As the Alpert Medical School moves ahead with plans for a new dual-degree program in medicine and population health, a new five-year grant from the American Medical Association helps advance the idea. The new program is to begin in the fall of 2015.