Dedicated: Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

Faculty, students, alumni, staff, and President Emerita Ruth Simmons gathered Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, to dedicate the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and visit its new home at 94 Waterman Street.

All aboard the Urban Studies bus tours

Faculty members from the Urban Studies Program will lead bus tours of Providence, focusing on different themes: schools, street art, waterfront, urban agriculture and others. The tours, free and open to the public, begin and end on the Brown campus.

Researchers track ammonium source in open ocean

At different times of the year, prevailing winds blow into Bermuda from open ocean to the south or from the continental United States — an ideal laboratory for studying pollution generated by human activity. One surprise: Rain samples show that humans are adding far less ammonium to the oceans than researchers had thought.

Blumstein honored for research on the acoustics of speech

For speech to be produced and understood, the brain must map acoustic patterns to speech sounds and to words. Sheila Blumstein’s decades of work in this area have earned her the Silver Medal from the Acoustical Society of America.

In Warsaw: POLIN opening has Brown connection

Adam Teller, professor of Judaic studies and history, has spent the last decade working with a team of international scholars to create the Core Exhibition of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Teller attended the exhibition’s grand opening.

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

Electrons are elementary particles — indivisible, unbreakable. But new research suggests the electron's quantum state — the electron wave function — can be separated into many parts. That has some strange implications for the theory of quantum mechanics.

Taubman Center’s new poll on AG, governor races

Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions has conducted a new public opinion survey of 500 registered Rhode Island voters on the current gubernatorial and attorney general races.
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New Taubman Center survey results available at noon

Brown University will release the results today of a new public opinion survey conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy. The survey focuses on the races for attorney general and governor. A news release summarizing survey results will be posted at noon today.

Infection outbreaks, unique diseases rising since 1980

Ebola has a lot of company. In a novel database now made publicly available, Brown University researchers found that since 1980 the world has seen an increasing number of infectious disease outbreaks from an increasing number of sources. The good news, however, is that they are affecting a shrinking proportion of the world population.

Naloxone toolkit debuts with input from Rich, Green

Jody Rich and Traci Green, both medical faculty members at Brown and Lifespan experts in overdose, contributed to a new U.S. Department of Justice toolkit aimed at helping law enforcement agencies use the overdose death-preventing drug naloxone.

Two professors earn AFAR aging research awards

Terrie Fox Wetle, dean of the School of Public Health, and Dr. Stephen Helfand, professor of biology, will receive awards from the American Federation for Aging Research.

New evidence for exotic, predicted superconducting state

A research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field.

Storm knocks down historic flagpole

Rain, winds, age, previous damage — whatever the cause, the University lost its decades-old flagpole on the College Green.

Mindfulness associated with better health

A new study that measured “dispositional mindfulness” along with seven indicators of cardiovascular health found that persons reporting higher degrees of awareness of their present feelings and experiences had better health. The research suggests that interventions to improve mindfulness could benefit cardiovascular health, an idea researchers can test.

David Ebersman, former Facebook CFO, to speak at Brown

David Ebersman, a 1991 Brown graduate and former chief financial officer at Facebook, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. His talk, titled “Opportunities for Health Care Entrepreneurship,” will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT), Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman St. The event is free and open to the public.