When the Brown University researchers who formed BrainGate Co. enabled a paralyzed woman to operate a robotic arm through thought, scientists around the world heard about the breakthrough developed in Providence. It was the latest success to burnish the area’s reputation in the growing field of brain-science research, a field Rhode Island leaders hope will lead the state’s transition toward a technology and knowledge-based economy.
A potential $3 billion federal initiative is in the works to create a “brain activity map,” similar to the Human Genome government effort that mapped all the genes in human DNA. Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue, who has been involved with the project, said the idea is to organize a national effort to show how the brain functions at its deepest levels.
Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, on new research that finds that the Mediterranean diet can cut heart risks, noting that researchers provided the oil and nuts, and said "it's not clear if people could get the same results from self-designed Mediterranean diets" - or if Americans would stick to them more than Europeans used to such foods.
A Providence woman and her brother exchanged Valentine's Day greetings with their father in a unique way this year. On Feb. 14, Kevin Ford, commander of the International Space Station, called his children from space as he flew over Rhode Island and they watched him pass by through a telescope inside Brown University's Ladd Observatory .
Brown is launching one of the first massive open online courses (MOOC) designed specifically for pre-college students. The course, called “Exploring Engineering,” will provide an overview of careers in select science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, enabling prospective students to be proactive in achieving their dreams.
New research out of the Brown Center for the Study of Children at Risk examines why some children who grow up in poverty do well, while others struggle. The study involved looking at how a group of babies repond to the environment around them and the attachment they have to their mothers.
An article on potential plans for the land leftover from the Route 195 relocation project notes that Brown University owns or leases more than 10 properties along the western portion of the vacant highway land, with the centerpiece being 222 Richmond St., the new home for the Warren Alpert Medical School. Brown administrators have indicated interest in some highway parcels but have made no formal offers for the land. Brown is scheduled to make a presentation to the redevelopment commission on March 11.
A robotic bat wing flapping in a Brown University lab is providing researchers with a new appreciation for the wonders of nature and hints at a new generation of mini flapping planes to be deployed on reconnaissance missions.
Brown University senior Matt Sullivan was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I men's basketball team on Thursday. The Academic All-American team is selected by the College Sports Information Director's of America.
In their first joint television appearance to air Sunday, Brown University President Christina Paxson and University of Rhode Island President David Dooley expressed concern about the impending sequestration. "What happens in these types of downturns, research funding gets clawed back. It's not an abrupt halt because existing grants go forward. It's sort of a slow slide in," Paxson said on "10 News Conference."
Research by Robert Hurt, professor of engineering, and colleagues at Brown reveals the chemistry behind a condition called argyria, in which a sufferer’s skin turns a distressing blue color from chronic exposure to silver.
The John Carter Brown Library is one of the sponors in planning a major conference in the fall to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Royal Charter granted to the people of Rhode Island by King Charles II. The Spectacle of Toleration conference will be held in October at the Pell Center for International Relations at Salve Regina University in Newport and at a place to be determined in Providence.
Brown University has created a School of Public Health, its third professional school following the Alpert Medical School and the School of Engineering. In a meeting last week, the Corporation of Brown University approved the school, beginning July 1.
On Valentine’s Day, Brown University became a host site for One Billion Rising, the global movement to end violence against women through the medium of dance. Alexis Aurigemma ‘13, the mtvU correspondent at Brown, reports on the action on campus in this video.
Six of Rhode Island’s nine four-year colleges and universities raised a combined $205.6 million in the 2012 fiscal year, an increase of 6.3 percent compared with 2011, according to a report released Wednesday by the Council for Aid to Education. Charitable contributions and donations to Brown accounted for the majority of Rhode Island’s year-over-year improvement, with $178.1 million raised in 2012
Wendy Schiller, associate professor of political science, comments on the lack of urgency in Congress to avoid the March 1 spending cut deadline, noting that March 27 -- the date when the current government funding authority expires -- is an ideal point for Congress to alter its current spending plans.
Brown University President Christina Paxson is among the respondents to the March 2013 issue's The Big Question: What day most changed the course of history? "The day Johannes Gutenberg finished his wooden printing press in 1440, Western civilization turned onto a path toward more efficient, accessible communication of knowledge. The ensuing democratization of ideas had a profound impact on societies in the second half of the second millennium," Paxson said.
A proposed federal effort to map the human brain has drawn both applause and dismay over its ambitious scope and potential costs. "We are right on the edge of finding out really vital information about the brain," says Brown University neuroscientist John Donoghue, who was part of the project team. "There are questions we can now answer that can only be tackled as a collaborative project," not by individual labs.
According to newly released data by US2010, a project funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and Brown University that examines changes in American society, more Americans moved during the 2007-09 recession because they couldn't afford to stay where they were. People moved the most in metropolitan areas with the highest unemployment and highest foreclosure rates, particularly in hard-hit parts of the Sun Belt.
Recent research by Rose McDermott, professor of political science, that found that people who have more fearful dispositions were more inclined to be politically conservative is cited in this article on new research that found that conservatives and liberals use different parts of their mind when making risky decisions, and that these differences in brain function can be used to predict party affiliation.
Karen Berlin Ishii, an alumna interviewer for Brown, offers tips for prospective students who plan to go for an interview. She also lists typical questions to anticipate.
Brown is listed among U.S. News & World Report's 64 U.S. colleges and universities that claim to meet 100 percent of financial aid for all students. The article cautions that each school has varying definitions of need, deadlines that must be met to qualify and that for many schools, those who are foreign, late, or waitlisted do not qualify.
The U.S. government is planning a large-scale project that seeks to create the most comprehensive map of the human brain assembled so far, according to scientists involved in the project. The idea "is to organize a national effort to crack the problem" of how the brain functions at its deepest levels, and how various neurological ailments might be better treated, said John Donoghue, a neuroscientist at Brown University who is involved in the project.
A profile of Brown alum Nora Fox, who's starring as feisty Mimi Marquez in Ocean State Theatre’s production of “Rent,” which opens Wednesday in previews.
A Politifact check into claims by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy that employers and schools have no right to conduct “surveillance of a dorm room or a worker’s cubicle” includes a call to Brown University, where spokesman Mark Nickel said the university’s lawyers are “not aware of any legislation that either permits or forbids surveillance in dorm rooms. As a matter of well-established practice, Brown does not allow surveillance in private areas like dormitory rooms, and the general counsel’s office is unaware of any college or university that does.”
Dean Katherine Bergeron participates in a panel discussion on how the state is retooling the education system from K-12 and beyond to prepare students for 21st Century jobs. Other panelists were David Abbott, Deputy Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, John Hazen White, Jr., President of Taco, Inc., Steven Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training at New England Institute of Technology.
When Associate Professor of Pediatrics Leslie Gordon’s son Sam was diagnosed with a rare premature aging disease, the lives of dozens of families changed. As a pediatrician and medical researcher at Brown University, Gordon set out to learn what caused her son’s condition and how to treat it.
On Friday afternoon, an asteroid will whiz past Earth in a truly close encounter — closer than any other such object since scientists began tracking such near-Earth objects a quarter-century ago. Francine Jackson, research associate in physics, hopes to catch a glimpse as it passes by.
More sustainable biofuel crops like perennial grasses and shrub willow are under development, but the sugars in plants like these are locked away behind tough, woody cell walls, and getting at them can be a costly process. Now researchers at Brown University have found a bacteria called Streptomyces, which could be deployed as a microscopic “biorefinery” to get the job done.