Elena Renken serves as a section editor for Science and Research, after covering the same beat for a year as a senior staff writer. She is a junior from St. Paul, Minnesota, and plans to concentrate in Science 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.

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J. Michael Kosterlitz was announced a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for foundational research conducted in the 1970s with David Thouless.

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Michael Kosterlitz wins Nobel Prize

October 5, 2016 0 comments

This year’s prize was given for the physicists’ “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.”

University researchers found in a study that lowering the cost of doctor’s visits did not lead to the overuse of healthcare. Underuse was found to be a much more rampant issue that could be amerliorated by subsidies.

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Cost primary barrier to healthcare in Mali

October 4, 2016 0 comments

A paper published this summer by Brown researchers concluded that, in Mali, price is a more significant barrier to healthcare than a lack of information.

Lauren Redniss ’96 received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for her experimental work blending prose writing and art in graphic novels. The grant, awarded annually, comes with a stipend of $625,000 for recipients to pursue their work further.

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Redniss ’96 receives MacArthur ‘genius’ grant

September 29, 2016 0 comments

Lauren Redniss ’96 was sitting in her parents’ kitchen with her son when she received a call from an unknown number.

YouTube star entertains with faulty robots

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YouTube star entertains with faulty robots

September 26, 2016 0 comments

Simone Giertz, affectionately titled “Queen of shitty robots” by fans of her YouTube videos, gave a GIF-laden presentation on her playful engineering work.

Katherine Freese gave an overview of the composition of the universe and discussed her research on dark matter. She also spoke about her experience as one of the first female physics major at Princeton, encouraging audience members to remain confident in themselves.

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University of Michigan professor delves into dark matter

September 20, 2016 0 comments

Katherine Freese, professor of physics at the University of Michigan, described the state of research on dark matter in her lecture.

National Science Foundation provides four-year grant to 14 researchers

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National Science Foundation provides four-year grant to 14 researchers

September 13, 2016 0 comments

The National Science Foundation awarded a four-year grant of $6 million to 14 researchers Aug. 22 for research into the neuroscience of attention.

University researchers find proteins’ cancer-marking potential

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University researchers find proteins’ cancer-marking potential

September 9, 2016 0 comments

A University study revealed a surprising discovery: a new binding formation used uniquely by two proteins during the final stages of cell division.

Clinton, Trump lead R.I. polls by about 10 percent

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Clinton, Trump lead R.I. polls by about 10 percent

April 26, 2016 0 comments

With Rhode Islanders heading to the polls today, the unsettled races in both parties place more importance on voters in the Ocean State than in past years.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards ’80 campaigns on behalf of Hillary Clinton and highlights the shortcomings of Clinton’s counterparts.

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Planned Parenthood president, Congressman campaign for Clinton

April 25, 2016 0 comments

President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards ’80 spoke on campus Friday to advocate for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Joe Lonsdale speaks to students at an event sponsored by the Brown Entrepreneurship Program. During his talk, Lonsdale discussed milestones in his career, ranging from interning at PayPal to founding his own company.

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Brown EP hosts tech exec Joe Lonsdale

April 22, 2016 0 comments

Founder of Palantir Technologies, Addepar and 8VC Joe Lonsdale spoke about his business experience and professional philosophy in a talk hosted by Brown EP.

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