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Linked: Knowledge of palliative care and less end-of-life disruption

The greater a director of nursing’s knowledge of palliative care the lower the likelihood that nursing home patients will experience futile, aggressive end-of-life care, according to a new large national study. The association was evident whether or not hospice care was available.
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Nobel laureate to address brain science expo

Scores of scientists and students will gather at Brown University March 25 to present more than 120 brain science research projects. Columbia University Nobel laureate Dr. Richard Axel, who studies the neuroscience of smell, will deliver a keynote lecture at 1 p.m.

Cybersecurity: Brown undergraduates win it all

A team of Brown undergraduates from computer science, political science and international relations has won the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, a national cybersecurity policy competition. No all-undergraduate team had ever won.

Four faculty win early career awards

Four Brown faculty members have received prestigious national awards reserved for promising researchers early in their careers. Rodrigo Fonseca, Kristie Koski and Sohini Ramachandran have received awards from the National Science Foundation, and Tim Kraska has received an award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

A better method for making perovskite solar cells

Researchers at Brown University have developed a new method for making solar cells from perovskite — a faster, more straightforward method that can produce flexible, high-efficiency, thinner cells.

What’s cooking: Applied math

Brown’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) and Johnson & Wales University team up to present a simultaneous cooking class and applied mathematics lecture. The event, in the Salomon Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, is sold out but will be webcast.
Questions for Athena Poppas

The American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session

Dr. Athena Poppas is chair of the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session, which occurs this year in San Diego March 14-16. The annual event features thousand of presentations and posters about the latest in cardiovascular research.

Could yoga lessen prenatal depression?

A community-based prenatal yoga program may be an acceptable, safe, and effective intervention to reduce the symptoms of depression among pregnant women, according to initial results from a small pilot study. The results suggest that further research is warranted, the authors said.

Biotech startups moving into 349 Eddy St.

Brown University has leased 349 Eddy St. for three years to ProThera Biologics, which plans to sublet some of the space to other biotech firms. The deal continues Brown’s vision for the 4,000-square-foot building as a welcoming home for startups.

Researchers develop ‘visual Turing test’

Computers are able to recognize objects in in photographs and other images, but how well can they “understand” the relationships or implied activities between objects? Researchers have devised a method of evaluating how well computers perform at that task.

Gokaslan named chair of neurosurgery

Brown University and Lifespan have hired a new chair of neurosurgery. Dr. Ziya Gokaslan is an expert in cancer treatment who previously served as a vice chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. He begins his new role July 1, 2015.
“Things are going to get really exciting’

Dawn spacecraft to orbit Ceres for a year

Having visited the asteroid Vesta, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. Ceres and Vesta have very different histories.

Mutation may cause early loss of sperm supply

Problems in a gene responsible for producing the protein TAF4b leave mice — and maybe men — unable to sustain sperm production. As embryos, mice lacking the protein failed to develop an adequate number of key cells in the sperm production process and as adults they quickly lost their initial fertility.