Crash Course: Engineering after school

BEAST — Brown Engineering After School Team — is in its fourth semester of providing after-school instruction for Providence High School students. In “Crash Course,” its current offering, students from the Brown School of Engineering help high school students build small elastic-powered cars from readily available materials.  It's really all about engineering: friction, torque, power-to-weight ratios, and so forth.
Media Advisory

Watson Institute to host conference on NSA

Experts on issues of intelligence and privacy will come together for two panel discussions on “Big Transparency for the NSA: Perspectives on Spying and Privacy,” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Joukowsky Forum. The event is free and open to the public.

Biomechanics: Taking a whack at research

Kathryn Yates is a biology concentrator whose research interests are brushing up against engineering. Brown’s open curriculum is helping her pursue those interests — the comparative physical properties of various field hockey balls and the biomechanics of the women who whack them.

Brain imaging differences in infants at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s

Using a special MRI technique designed for studies of sleeping infants, researchers at Brown University and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have found that infants who carry a gene associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease tend to have differences in brain development compared to infants who do not carry the gene. The findings are neither diagnostic nor predictive of Alzheimer’s, but they may be a step toward understanding how this gene confers risk much later in life.
World AIDS Day December 1

Miss. clergy to preach HIV testing, treatment

HIV disproportionately affects African Americans nationwide, but the community in Jackson, Miss., is especially hard hit. On World AIDS Day Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, many of the city’s most influential pastors will preach about getting tested and overcoming stigma. This campaign of Mississippi Faith in Action, a coalition led by Amy Nunn of Brown University, will launch with a press conference Nov. 29 at the Mississippi State Capitol.
Taubman Center for Public Policy

Poll: Providence voters pessimistic on economy

A new poll conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University finds that while most Providence voters remain pessimistic about the local economy, the percentage of voters who think Providence is on the “right track” has risen 10 percentage points in the last year. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy broad approval among Providence voters.

Aging erodes genetic control, but it’s flexible

In yeast at least, the aging process appears to reduce an organism’s ability to silence certain genes that need to be silenced. Now researchers at Brown University who study the biology of aging have shown that the loss of genetic control occurs in fruit flies as well. Results appear online in the journal Aging.
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Thursday: Taubman survey of Providence voters

Brown University will release a new public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at 9 a.m. The Taubman Center surveyed voters in the City of Providence about a number of issues in the city.

How much trash is recyclable?
How much recycling is trash?

EcoReps — Brown undergraduate educators on environmental issues — got down with residence hall trash on America Recycles Day, Friday, Nov.15. After combing through 105.8 pounds of trash and nearly 80 pounds of recyclables, they reported their findings by weight.

Filipino Alliance to host typhoon benefit concert

The Filipino Alliance at Brown University will host a benefit concert to raise funds for the victims of the typhoon that struck the Philippines on Nov. 7. “Bayanihan” will take place on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. in List Art Center, Room 120.
Watson Institute for International Studies

Ambassador Rao named Gandhi visiting fellow

Nirupama Rao, the former ambassador of India to the United States, has accepted a one-year appointment as the Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow with the Brown-India Initiative at the Watson Institute for International Studies. Rao begins her appointment in January 2014.