Society for Neuroscience 2013

<p>How sleep aids visual task learning</p>

<p>At&nbsp;the&nbsp;Society&nbsp;for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego Nov. 10, 2013, Brown University scientists presented research showing what happens in the brain during sleep to lock in learning of a visually oriented “Where’s Waldo”-like task.</p>

<p>Edited RNA + invasive DNA add individuality</p>

<p>A study in <em>Nature Communications</em> finds that an enzyme that edits RNA may loosen the genome’s control over invasive snippets of DNA that affect how genes are expressed. In fruit flies, that newly understood mechanism appears to contribute to differences among individuals such as eye color and life span.</p>
Media Advisory

<p>Brown to hold Veterans Day ceremony</p>

<p><span style="color: #2f2a20; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22.5px;">Brown University will observe Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, with a procession and wreath-laying ceremony. The ceremony will include remarks by U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Brown veterans, and others.</span></p>

<p>Anxiety help comes, eventually, via primary care</p>

<p>A study of anxiety sufferers who were engaged with primary medical care found that over a five year period seven in 10 received “potentially adequate” care, but it sometimes took years. Minorities were less than half as likely as whites to receive care.</p>

<p>For young players, light bats don’t hit too fast</p>

<p>The use of non-wood bats in youth baseball has spurred decades of controversy about whether they propel the ball too fast, in part because of their higher bat-to-ball energy transfer — the “trampoline effect.” A study at Brown University finds that in some cases non-wood bats do not hit the ball any faster. In the hands of young teen players, for example, lighter non-wood bats hit the ball at wood-like speeds.</p>
Mobile: Where the world is moving

<p>Brown launches a new mobile site</p>

<p>Coming in January as an app for iOS and Android: a new student-inspired, multipurpose website designed for mobile devices.&nbsp; The site is ready for testing and trial runs on a smart phone browser.</p>

<p>Brown/MIT team chosen for new NASA institute</p>

<p>Nineteen researchers from Brown and seven from MIT, together with researchers from four other institutions and seven other countries are part of NASA’s new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The Brown/MIT team will focus on the environment and evolution of the Moon, near-Earth asteroids, and the two Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, helping to develop scientific goals and exploration strategies.</p>

<p>Powerful new mass spectrometers at Brown</p>

<p>Two plasma mass spectrometers, acquired with funding from Brown University and the National Science Foundation, are providing researchers in the region — at Brown, and other universities, government agencies, and companies — with access to some of the most precise research equipment in the nation.</p>

<p>School violence lowers test scores, not grades</p>

<p>Violent crime rates in schools have a negative effect on test scores but not on grades, according to a study by Julia Burdick-Will, a postdoctoral research associate in the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University. Published this month in <em>Sociology of Education</em>, the study analyzed police and school records in Chicago from 2002 to 2010.</p>
Media Advisory

<p>Brown to host Latino mayors panel</p>

<p>Experts and leaders in Latino politics, including Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, will come together for a panel discussion on “Latino Mayors: Politics and Policy in the City,” at Brown University at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in List Art Center, 64 College St.</p>
A letter from President Paxson

<p>Brown must support the free exchange of ideas</p>

<p>In a letter to the Brown community, Brown University President Christina Paxson announced creation of a committee that will review activities and circumstances related to the canceled lecture by New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, including the University’s planning and management of the event. In a second phase, the committee will address broader issues of campus climate, free expression, and dialogue across difference. The text of Paxson’s community letter follows here.</p>

<p><strong>Kah-BOOM:</strong> VolCANo&nbsp;teaches&nbsp;kids&nbsp;geology</p>

<p>Fifth graders from Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Fox Point were on campus on Halloween to explore geological sciences. The labs were fascinating, the scientists were great, but what really grabbed their attention was the controlled explosion of a watery volcano — an unforgettable demonstration of the powerful forces inside the Earth.</p>