With tough personal stories, Davis seeks to inspire students

Actress Viola Davis, a leading voice for women of color in an entertainment industry under fire for a lack of diversity, struck a decidedly personal tone in a Brown Lecture Board speech to a packed house of students at the Salomon Center on Feb. 29.

Brown Joins in Filing NLRB Brief on Graduate Students

Brown and other universities argue in an amicus brief filed Feb. 29 that the National Labor Relations Board should preserve its prior ruling that precludes unionization by graduate assistants at private research universities.

Imaging algorithm gathers information about how cells move

Knowing how cells move through different tissues in the body could be useful in treating conditions from cancer to autoimmune disorders. A new technique developed by Brown researchers can track cell movement in complex environments that mimic actual body tissues.

Panel confronts racial bias in public health

From perspectives both professional and personal, six speakers convened by the School of Public Health and the Graduate Student Council Feb. 25 discussed the societal and individual damage done by racial bias. But they also shared strategies for addressing some of the systemic challenges racism poses for health and research.
HIV in Rhode Island

Newly diagnosed men often 'hooked up' online

A new study finds a strong correlation between new HIV diagnoses among men who have sex with men in Rhode Island and their use of online hookup sites. Study authors at Brown University, The Miriam Hospital, and the Rhode Island Department of Health called for operators of hookup websites and apps to work with public health officials to include more prevention messaging.
Awards and honors

Five faculty named to 'Most Influential' list

Five Brown University faculty members were named among the world's most highly cited researchers for 2015 on a list compiled by Thomson Reuters.
Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy

New statewide election polls: presidential primary

Brown University’s Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy has released the results of two new public opinion surveys on the presidential primaries. The poll finds Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump leading the candidates in their respective parties.

New tool to prevent med student burnout: mindfulness

With a public lecture series, including a talk Feb. 25 and proposed curriculum enhancements for students in all four years, the Alpert Medical School plans to provide students training in mindfulness. The practice can be an effective tool to remain psychologically resilient amid the uniquely difficult experiences of medical school and professional practice.
Genome editing

U.S. could apply U.K.’s approach to evaluate safety, ethics

Two potential ways of stamping out serious disease by manipulating the genomes of human embryos are under intense public debate: mitochondrial replacement therapy and germline genome editing. The UK has already approved the former. Its process could guide the U.S. as it considers allowing either or both of the techniques.
Media Advisory

New Taubman poll results today

Brown University will release the results today of two new public opinion surveys on the presidential primaries conducted by the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. A news release summarizing survey results will be posted at 1 p.m.

Tellex awarded Sloan Fellowship

Stefanie Tellex, assistant professor of computer science, was one of 126 new fellows for 2016, announced today by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Everyday mindfulness linked to healthy glucose levels

Brown University researchers investigating how mindfulness may affect cardiovascular health have measured a significant association between a high degree of ‘everyday’ mindfulness and a higher likelihood of having normal, healthy glucose levels. Their analysis showed that a lower risk of obesity and greater sense of control among more mindful people may play mediating roles.

Worm study may resolve discrepancies in research on aging

Brown University researchers may have discovered what’s responsible for discrepant findings between dozens of fundamental studies of the biology of aging. A drug commonly used in research with C. elegans worms, they report, has had unanticipated effects on lifespan.