Science & Research

Certain immune cells, previously thought to function in a slower defense mechanism, may also play a role in rapidly fighting new pathogens.

Two-fold attack: Cells play multiple roles in immunity

October 29, 2014 0 comments

The immune system may be more versatile than scientists once thought, according to a new study by Brown researchers.

Research spotlight: McCleary — Exploring galaxies far, far away

Research spotlight: McCleary — Exploring galaxies far, far away

October 29, 2014 0 comments

Astrophysics has a “one-two punch” — it’s beautiful and it also lends itself to some of the deepest questions about the world, said Jacqueline McCleary GS.

A.B. and Sc.B. degrees split STEM concentrators over breadth versus depth

A.B. and Sc.B. degrees split STEM concentrators over breadth versus depth

October 29, 2014 4 comments

As students plan their academic futures, those in some concentrations face an additional choice: A.B. or Sc.B.?

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to be younger and more inexperienced, making a stress reponse in their children crucial.

Prenatal smoking reduces infants’ stress-coping ability, study finds

October 29, 2014 0 comments

Smoking during pregnancy can render newborn babies less able to produce a physiological response necessary to cope with daily stressors.

Language linked to gender inequality, research suggests

October 27, 2014 0 comments

Countries where citizens speak gendered languages — in which nouns are masculine or feminine — display a higher rate of gender inequality.

Phyllis Dennery

Dennery appointed chair of pediatrics

October 27, 2014 0 comments

Phyllis Dennery will become the chair of pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School and pediatrician-in-chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in April.

Erling Norrby, a virologist who has served on the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine, discussed the yearly process of evaluating nominations for the prize and the award’s broader significance in the scientific community Friday. Norrby used Watson and Crick’s discovery of the double helix as an example of the innovative methods of scientific research.

Norrby offers look inside Nobel selection process

October 27, 2014 0 comments

“Science is driven by human beings and their strengths and weaknesses,” renowned scientist Erling Norrby told a nearly full Sidney Frank 220 Friday.

Research spotlight: Fields ’17: Philosophy through theater

October 22, 2014 0 comments

Noah Fields ’17 is out to test a hypothesis: “I think that children can learn philosophy,” he said.

‘Giant kangaroos’ may have walked

‘Giant kangaroos’ may have walked

October 22, 2014 0 comments

A prehistoric family of kangaroos may have once walked on two feet, according to a new study by Professor of Biology Christine Janis.

Sarah Tobin, incoming associate director of the Middle East Studies program, traveled to Jordan to study the over 100,000 Syrian refugees living in the refugee camp Zaatari.  After fleeing war in their homeland, many refugees face frustrating conditions in disorganized camps.

Incoming prof. explores refugee camp dynamics

October 22, 2014 0 comments

Accommodations, security and policing stood out as major concerns in refugee camps in Jordan, according to a recent research article by Sarah Tobin.