Science & Research

The Brown University Data Center, a cavernous room filled with rows of servers and neatly stacked cords, is the concrete manifestation of the campus’s elusive internet cloud, maintained by a team of watchful observers.

At Brown’s data center, technology changes but people don’t

April 28, 2016 0 comments

The Internet as a cloud is an especially satisfying metaphor: It captures the incomprehensible mass of the globe’s data in one fell, simple, ethereal swoop.

Jill Tarter, chair of Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Research at the SETI Institute in California, lectured on the potential for life on other planets and the likelihood of encountering it within this century.

SETI Institute chair discusses potential for extraterrestrial life

April 21, 2016 0 comments

Somewhere out there — buried under ice in our solar system, waiting on a deep-Milky Way exoplanet — lies the answer to the question, “Are we alone?”

With a grant from the Swearer Center, Bella Okiddy GS and Richard Park ’16 launched Technologies Against Assault to create technology that reduces relived trauma during a shortened post-rape examination.

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Students found startup to improve rape kit testing

April 21, 2016 0 comments

Richard Park ’16 and Bella Okiddy GS are spearheading a biotech startup that aims to improve rape kit testing for victims of sexual assault.

Study finds link between suicide, substance abuse

April 21, 2016 0 comments

University researchers recently published a paper that revealed links between the usage of cocaine in conjunction with alcohol and increased suicide risk.

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Charges dropped against Stephon Alexander PhD’00

April 13, 2016 0 comments

All charges against Visiting Scholar in Physics Stephon Alexander PhD’00 have been dropped, and his position at the University is no longer in jeopardy.

As online polling increases, experts weigh pros, cons

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As online polling increases, experts weigh pros, cons

April 7, 2016 0 comments

In contrast to previous trends, the 2016 election cycle has seen online polling used more often than traditional telephone polls.

DNA Day showcases videos, explains science for public audience

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DNA Day showcases videos, explains science for public audience

April 5, 2016 0 comments

Celebrating its annual DNA Day, SciToons, a University initiative, presented three videos Monday celebrating the wonders of the double helix.

Brain Fair volunteers pose with attendees. The Brain Fair provided hands-on activities for a diverse audience, promoting research on and awareness of the brain. The fair was attended by over 500 people Saturday.

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Brain Fair offers interactive learning experience for all ages

March 21, 2016 0 comments

If science, technology, engineering and mathematics suffer from a deficit of interest, Brown’s Brain Fair in Sayles Hall proved otherwise.

Connor Lynch ’17 will spend two weeks in the Utah Desert this summer to conduct research, as shown above, for use by NASA about life on Mars.

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Student to join Mars simulation program

March 17, 2016 0 comments

One of my goals throughout my whole life (has been) to literally walk on another planet,” said Connor Lynch ’17. “It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Women in science tend to gravitate toward biology, cognitive sciences

Women in science tend to gravitate toward biology, cognitive sciences

March 16, 2016 0 comments

Women are no longer a minority in some fields of science.