Science & Research

Conference explores effects of early trauma

February 17, 2012 0 comments

At a recent conference sponsored by Rhode Island’s Family Court, James Greer, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, and social worker Robert Hagberg, spoke about how trauma can affect the brains of young children.

Darwin Day embraced by skeptics and believers alike

February 17, 2012 0 comments

On a day most people remember for the birth of Abraham Lincoln, a smaller group celebrated the birth of Charles Darwin, author of the seminal 1859 work “On the Origin of Species.”

Nobel Prize-winning physicist enthralls first-years

February 17, 2012 0 comments

Professor of Physics Leon Cooper, a Nobel Prize winner, has made important contributions to the discipline of physics while passionately teaching undergraduates.

Mars rover to explore largest crater yet

February 14, 2012 0 comments

Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover, is on the edge of a great endeavor, literally. The rover, launched in July 2003, is now positioned to begin exploring the 14-mile diameter Endeavour Crater as soon as Mars’ winter ends, said John Callas ScM ’83 PhD ’87, project manager of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project. A crowd of about 50 people congregated in Metcalf Auditorium last night to hear him speak.

Profs’ research dissects science of uncertainty

February 10, 2012 0 comments

You are standing in line at Mama Kim’s — your mind is racing and your mouth is salivating. Two weeks ago, you had the beef bulgogi rice set, and it was delicious. But tonight you are torn. Do you go with the bulgogi again because you know how much you like it, or do you try the beef galbi and potentially find an even better culinary delight? Should you exploit known rewards or explore, hoping to reap an even better prize? 

System examines cancer proteins in 3-D

February 10, 2012 0 comments

University researchers have employed a novel method to study Pannexin 1, a recently discovered protein that scientists believe may play a role in the spread of cancer. In an article published Jan. 20 in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a team of researchers — consisting of Brian Bao MD’13, associate professor of medical science Jeffrey Morgan and collaborators at the University of British Columbia — used a 3-D system to study cells without their supporting environments.

Undergrad finds trend in climate rhetoric

February 10, 2012 0 comments

Last summer, Graciela Kincaid ’12 was digging around for White House budget statistics on climate finance policy as part of her Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award when she stumbled across something that caught her attention.

First-years discover viruses, analyze DNA

February 10, 2012 0 comments

Sixteen first-years watched with excitement as their screens loaded the sequence of 59,625 nucleic acids that comprise the DNA of

Melanoma study raises red flag

February 3, 2012 0 comments

Dermatologists have long promoted the ABCDs of melanoma detection­ — A for asymmetry, B for border irregularity, C for color variation and D for diameter larger than six millimeters. But a recent study on nodular melanoma — an aggressive subtype of the skin cancer — forced Martin Weinstock, professor of dermatology and epidemiology, to suggest a few more letters for the alphabet.

Grad unveils dinosaur wings

February 3, 2012 0 comments

As an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, Ryan Carney, a PhD candidate, was the lead singer and songwriter for his  own punk rock band, said Kevin Padian, Carney’s undergraduate thesis advisor and professor of integrative biology at Berkeley. As a Brown graduate student, Carney has not left his rock days behind. Now he applies his creativity to a different kind of rock — the rock that contains fossils of the archaeopteryx, a 150-million-year-old winged dinosaur that has fascinated Carney ever since he watched a TV program about it as a young boy.