Science & Research

Students from Fontbonne Hall Academy work on projects as part of the pilot Brown Pre-College Scholars Program in Engineering.

U. partners with high school to pilot pre-college engineering program

October 8, 2015 2 comments

Twenty-two Fontbonne Hall Academy students have been learning about engineering design principles and collaborating on projects through the online course.

Brain region linked to unique human ability to stay on task

October 8, 2015 0 comments

A University study suggests a link between a brain area called the rostrolateral prefrontal cortex and the ability to stay on track in a sequence of tasks.

Study examines doctor stress, patient care relationship

October 8, 2015 0 comments

A paper recently published by a University researcher reports on the causes of burnout among doctors, as well as the impact of it on patient care quality.

Dana Suskind, University of Chicago professor and author of “Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain,” and Mayor Jorge Elorza spoke at a panel Monday on the importance of developing children’s vocabularies.


Panel surveys Providence Talks’ impact

October 6, 2015 0 comments

Mayor Jorge Elorza joined three other panel members to discuss Providence Talks — a 2013 initiative designed to improve children’s vocabularies.

The Penguin for Autism Behavioral Intervention tracks and records eye movements and facial expressions in an effort to detect and help treat autism in children.

Research Spotlight: Penguin robot helps identify, treat children with autism

October 6, 2015 0 comments

Equipped with cameras, sensors and facial recognition technology, a new robot model shaped like a penguin may help screen for and treat autism in children.

DNA sequencing company unravels

October 1, 2015 0 comments

The Providence-based DNA sequencing company Nabsys is shutting its doors after nearly eight years in operation.

University mathematics institute to receive $17.5 million grant

October 1, 2015 0 comments

The National Science Foundation renewed the $17.5 million grant that funds the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics.

Paper details Western ISIS recruits’ motives

October 1, 2015 0 comments

“Why are young Westerners drawn to terrorist organizations like ISIS?” That is the question that Haque explored in an article of the same name.

Throughout the summer, periodic fish kills in the Providence River and Narragansett Bay were exacerbated by low oxygen levels, which were nonetheless comparable to those of past years.


Scientists work to identify cause of fish die-off in area waters

October 1, 2015 0 comments

Researchers are working to determine the causes of an increased number of dead fish in local waters this summer.

Study assesses suicide intervention program for former jail inmates

October 1, 2015 0 comments

Lauren Weinstock and Jennifer Johnson recently received a grant to test whether a new intervention can help lower suicide rates following jail release.