A newly released report from the National Research Council examines why the United States has the highest incarceration rates in the world and makes recommendations for bringing those numbers down. Brown faculty members Glenn Loury and Dr. Josiah Rich sat on the panel that authored the report, which can be read and purchased online.
Building a simple yet surprisingly engaging video game may require lots of difficult-sounding things: Cartesian grids, the Pythagorean theorem, square roots, and computer coding. Middle school and high school students can learn much of that in stride when they have an attractive goal in mind.
Since 1994 cancer doctors affiliated with the Alpert Medical School have had a place with funding, administrative, and collegial support to develop and test novel cancer treatments: The Brown University Oncology Research Group.
A new study reports that anammox, a key process in the nitrogen cycle, is barely present in Narragansett Bay even though it’s a major factor just a little farther out into Rhode Island Sound. Scientists traced that to differences between bay and sound sediments, but that raises new questions about what’s going on in the Bay to account for those.
Mark Bertness and his students have traced marsh die-offs along the Northeast coast to excess herbivory by Sesarma crabs left unchecked by predators because of fishing. Now they warn it may be more than just a local environmental problem. It may also mean more greenhouse gasses are entering the atmosphere. (Return to release)
Two newly published studies by a team of Brown University researchers provide ample new evidence that the reason coastal saltmarshes are dying from Long Island to Cape Cod is that hungry crabs, left unchecked by a lack of predators, are eating the cordgrass. (See sidebar on marsh die-off and greenhouse gasses.)
Physicist Gerald Guralnik, a member of the Brown University faculty for 47 years, died Saturday, April 26, 2014. A paper Guralnik co-authored 50 years ago predicted the existence of what became known as the Higgs boson, discovered by scientists in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. (Read President Paxson’s note to the community.)
Homes already have intelligent devices beyond the TV remote — garage door openers, coffee makers, laundry machines, lights, HVAC — but each has its own arcane steps for programming. User research now shows that “trigger-action programming” could give users a reliable and simple way to control everything, as easy as “If this, then that.”
In a message sent to all members of the University community today, Brown University President Christina Paxson addressed the issue of sexual assault on campuses and described the University’s ongoing efforts at prevention, education, and policy review. The text of the President’s message follows here.
The numbers are impressive: Undergraduate financial aid is the fastest-growing part of the University”s budget, averaging 9.4 percent in annual growth over the last decade. Approximately 44 percent of Brown undergraduates receive need-based financial aid,with an average scholarship of $35,823. But beyond those numbers are hundreds of stories.
The 2014 Achebe Colloquium on Africa will bring together an international group of academics, activists, African government officials, and writers to examine the impact of the late Chinua Achebe’s writings on modern African literature. The colloquium will be held at Brown University Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Richard Kenyon, the William R. Kenan Jr. University Professor of Mathematics, has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies. Members elected in 2014 will be formally inducted into the Academy on Oct. 11, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass.
It started small, with LED light bulbs, rolled through a food waste project at the Ratty, and is headed for Sunday’s Earth Week Community Fair on Simmons Quad. It's Earth Week, a series of events that are fun and aimed squarely at awareness of sustainability issues. Full schedule online.
Experts on feminism and science will gather for an afternoon symposium and exhibit Friday, May 2, 2014, to honor Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Biology and Gender Studies, for her decades of scholarship on biology and gender in science and society.