Estes named VP for Campus Life

Eric S. Estes, currently vice president and dean of students at Oberlin College and Conservatory, has been named vice president for campus life and student services at Brown University. Estes will begin his work at Brown on July 1, 2016, succeeding Margaret Klawunn.

Drug curbs marijuana use, but with tough side effects

Doctors have no approved medicine to help treat marijuana dependence and abuse, but in small new clinical trial topiramate reduced the amount of cannabis heavy smokers used when they lit up. The results also show, however, that many volunteers couldn’t tolerate the drug’s side effects.
Slavery and Justice

First public exhibit of slavery shackles at the Hay Library

A pair of slavery shackles of the type used to transport captured Africans to slavery in the Americas is on display at the John Hay Library. The shackles, on loan from the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, will remain at the Hay through March 13, 2016, and then return to Liverpool for permanent display.

Brown Orchestra featured in new CD

The Brown University Orchestra is featured in a just-released CD of well-known American and British works in jazz and popular song recorded with pianist Jeffrey Biegel.

Robotics initiative gets University support

The Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative aims to explore the intersection between robotic technologies and society. New support from Brown University will help spur innovative interdisciplinary research.

Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings

A new study reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature’s best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species.