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A robot learns: Baxter’s video takes first place

For robots, picking up objects they've never encountered before is hard. Computer scientist Stefanie Tellex is working to teach them how to do it. A music video she made about the project won first prize in a competition and a new robot for her lab.

Dawn mission team reports first results from Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres last spring. Mission scientists, including Brown geologist Carle Pieters, have published the first round of findings from data collected during the spacecraft's approach and high-orbit phases.
First Edition: Class of 2020

Brown admits 669 early decision applicants

Brown has admitted 669 early decision applicants for the Class of 2020 from an early decision pool of 3,030 applicants.

Operario appointed to APA minority affairs committee

Don Operario, associate dean for academic affairs in Brown’s School of Public Health, hopes to reduce disparities in psychology practice and increase diversity in the field as a newly appointed member of the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.

Kerr to present brain research to Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama has convened a conference in India Dec. 14-17 to examine the science and spirituality of perception, cognition, and the self. Brown University expert Cathy Kerr is one of a select group of scientists invited to speak.
Honors and Awards

Dafermos honored by American Mathematical Society

For his pioneering work in partial differential equations and continuum physics, Constantine Dafermos has been awarded the 2016 Norbert Wiener Prize by the American Mathematical Society.

Brown, partners enter brain science agreement

Brown University has signed a memorandum of understanding with Lifespan, Care New England, the University of Rhode Island, and the Providence VA to share information and collectively plan in support of each other’s programs in brain science research, teaching, and health care.

Algorithm helps analyze neuron images

Researchers from Brown have come up with a new approach to analyzing images of neurons taken from microscopes. The Neuron Image Analyzer uses new techniques to pick out delicate neuron structures, helping scientists better assess the growth of cells.

Students blaze unique trails to midyear completion

As the fall semester ends, so do the Brown studies of 119 undergraduates who completed their degree requirements at midyear. The “.5ers,” each with a unique story to tell, were honored at the 2015.5 Midyear Completion Celebration Dec. 5.

Brown’s new VR display aids scientific, artistic exploration

Computer scientist David Laidlaw set out to create the ultimate virtual reality display. The result — the YURT — is a fully immersive VR device, with a 360-degree screen that matches the resolution discernible by the human eye.