Elena Renken served as the Editor-in-Chief and President of The Herald for 2018, after covering Science and Research as a senior staff writer and section editor. She is a senior from St. Paul, Minnesota, and plans to concentrate in Science, Technology, and Society. When not working for the Herald, she loves to throw on the wheel, make silkscreen prints, use the Oxford comma, and look out the window wishing it would snow.

Articles by Elena Renken (51)

Electron microscope images show a slice of mouse retina (left) with different cells highlighted in different colors. Many images like this one can be used to construct a three-dimensional model (right) of these entwined cells, which forms part of a map illustrating the circuits in the retina.

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Brain science blooms at Brown

May 24, 2019 0 comments

David Berson ’75, chair of neuroscience, studies how information travels from the eye to the brain. One of his recent projects examines the spidery forms of cells in the retina at the back of the eye, reconstructing their shapes and interconnections at a very fine scale.

Nature Lab creates biodesign maker space

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Nature Lab creates biodesign maker space

January 18, 2018 0 comments

Tanks of luminescent jellyfish and rippling seaweed line the walls of an open space on the bottom floor of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Nature Lab. But a transformation is underway; by the end of 2018, the room will become a “maker space” inviting students to conceptualize and engineer […]

Half of students oppose CCC’s proposal to move drop deadline

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Half of students oppose CCC’s proposal to move drop deadline

November 26, 2017 0 comments

The Herald held its bi-annual undergraduate poll Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15.

Researchers recently found that electron movements on topological insulators are similar to waves in water and air near the equator, like in the El Niño Southern Oscillation in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean.

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Physics equations model waves moving along equator

October 25, 2017 0 comments

Professor of Physics Brad Marston contemplated the deflection of waves at the earth’s equator and the ways magnetic fields influence charged particles.

Legal claims cloud University, Pokanoket encampent dispute

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Legal claims cloud University, Pokanoket encampent dispute

September 17, 2017 0 comments

Contradictory claims to the land have clouded communications between the two entities, surfacing layers of complex ancestries and historical legal acts.

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University representatives meet with Pokanoket encampment leaders in Bristol

August 24, 2017 0 comments

Several representatives of the University, including staff from the Haffenreffer Museum, visited the Pokanoket encampment in Bristol Tuesday morning

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Pokanoket Nation forms encampment on University land in Bristol

August 21, 2017 0 comments

People of the Pokanoket Nation and allies joined together in Bristol Sunday afternoon to establish an encampment at Potumtuk, or Mount Hope

Students and faculty at Wednesday evening’s glass casting demonstration make their own miniature volcanoes during the “What Fire Does” series.

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Event series explores fire in landscapes, history, art

April 25, 2017 0 comments

The nature of fire may be a surprise, said Stephen Pyne, author of books detailing fire’s history in the evolution of our planet and the United States.

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Aravind Elangovan ’17 dies

April 15, 2017 0 comments

Aravind Elangovan ’17 died April 12, his sister Darla Elangovan wrote in an email to The Herald.

Ethnobotany society connects students to plants

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Ethnobotany society connects students to plants

April 9, 2017 0 comments

“Where do you guys imagine your food comes from?” asked Aja Grande ’18.

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