Early sip of alcohol linked to more drinking later

A new study by researchers in Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies finds that children given a sip of alcohol before sixth grade were more likely to have had a full drink or have gotten drunk by ninth grade than those who didn’t get a sip. But the study reveals only an association, not proof of a cause, the researchers caution.

Brown admits 2,580 to Class of 2019

<p>Brown University has made 2,580 offers of admission for the Class of 2019. The offers made today to 1,970 students in Brown’s regular decision pool, combined with the more than 600 students offered admission in Brown’s early decision program, represent 8.5 percent of this year’s 30,397 applicants. The admitted Class of 2019 includes students from all 50 states and 85 nations, who attend nearly 1,650 high schools. <a href="//storify.com/BrownUniversity/brown-admits-2-580-to-class-of-2019">See&nbsp;reactions&nbsp;on&nbsp;Storify</a></p>

Score! Video gamers may learn visual tasks more quickly

Video games not only sharpen the visual processing skills of frequent players, they might also improve the brain’s ability to learn those skills, according to a new study. Gamers showed faster consolidation of learning when moving from one visual task to the next than did non-gamers.

A new tool to understand volcanic supereruptions

Giant volcanic supereruptions that spew magma across large areas of a continent have not occurred in human history, but they remain a possibility. A new “geobarometer” helps understand how supereruptions could occur.

Grand Opening: Social Enterprise Greenhouse

The Social Enterprise Greenhouse, an organization that supports social development ventures at every stage of their growth, has leased new quarters at 10 Davol Square, a Brown-owned building in the Jewelry District.

Karniadakis wins two professional awards

Mathematician George Karniadakis develops algorithms and mathematical simulations for a wide variety of physical and biological systems. He will receive distinguished professional awards in Boston and Beijing.
Pharmaceuticals in Africa

Chorev to deliver Presidential Faculty Award lecture

Sociologist Nitsan Chorev, the spring 2015 recipient of the Presidential Faculty Award, will deliver a lecture about her work on pharmaceutical production in East Africa. Her address begins at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Reading Room of the John Hay Library.
Silicon telluride

Brown chemists make new silicon-based nanomaterials

A new process developed by researchers at Brown University uses silicon telluride to produce multilayered two-dimensional semiconductor materials in a variety of shapes and orientations.

Researchers find promising new biomarkers for concussion

A panel of four readily detectable blood proteins can accurately indicate concussion, even helping distinguishing it from other injuries, according to a new study. Researchers at Brown University and Lifespan found the panel by employing the unusual strategy of looking at the body’s inflammatory response to trauma, which might also be a therapeutic target.

Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events

Current and former graduate students at Brown University combined images from NASA’s CTX instrument with mineralogical data from NASA’s CRISM orbiting spectrometer to create a geologic history of flowing water on the surface of Mars nearly 4 billion years ago.
Media Advisory

Levinger Lecture: An early study of Medicaid expansion

MIT economist Amy Finkelstein will deliver the 2015 Paul Levinger Lecture, titled “The Impact of Expanding Medicaid: Evidence from the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment,” in Sayles Hall at Brown University on March 26, 2015, at 4 p.m.

Science teachers honor Ken Miller

The National Science Teachers Association awarded biology Professor Ken Miller the 2015 Presidential Citation at its annual meeting earlier this month in Chicago.

Senior medical students match to residencies

More than 100 medical students celebrated Match Day amid balloons and music at the Alpert Medical School building March 20. Upon opening their envelopes at noon they learned where they will first practice medicine as physicians.