Topic: Research

The Plavicki lab uses zebrafish as a model organism to understand the DNA regulatory transcription factor sox9b and its relation to the heart, brain and other physiological systems.

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University scientists see effects of environmental contamination in zebrafish

October 4, 2019 0 comments

Since 2016, the Plavicki lab has explored the ways that environmental contaminants, which are chemical stressors, affect the brain and heart development of zebrafish.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities granted $172,000 to the Brown Judaic Studies Program, which will allow them to digitize works published in limited print editions.

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Judaic studies receives grant to make work more accessible

April 19, 2019 0 comments

Scholars from the University’s Judaic Studies program recently received a $172,000 grant that will enable the program to digitize academic works published in limited, often-inaccessible print editions, said Michael Satlow.

Researchers found that mechanical properties of a spider silk web are different throughout the web. They also found that these differences allow the web to have nearly uniform energy absorption, so any prey that hits the web will be captured.

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Study increases understanding of spider web properties

April 19, 2019 0 comments

University researcher and Professor of Engineering Huajian Gao and Xi-Qiao Feng, a researcher from Tsinghua University, led a study that found that the mechanical properties of spider silk change significantly at different points on the web.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Raimondo appealed for increased funding to her 2017 Rhode Island Promise program in order to improve retention and graduation rates in the state.

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Governor proposes expanding free college program

April 11, 2019 0 comments

Gov. Gina Raimondo called on senators to increase funding for her free college tuition program during a Joint Finance and Education Senate Committee hearing Wednesday.

Researchers link snowline migration to icemelt in Greenland

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Researchers link snowline migration to icemelt in Greenland

April 1, 2019 0 comments

A University study found that the location of the boundary between snow-covered ice and bare ice is the leading factor determining icemelt in Greenland, which is the largest contributor to global sea level rise.

Professor Haneesh Kesari and Weilin Deng GS proved through their research that Van der Waals forces affect minute objects similarly to how gravity affects larger objects; while the forces compete to dominate, van der Waals overcomes gravity in the interactions of extremely small objects.

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Differences in surface roughness can affect how those surfaces stick together

March 21, 2019 0 comments

Two university researchers, Haneesh Kesari, an assistant professor of engineering, and Weilin Deng GS, the lead author of the study, recently discovered that extremely small differences in surface roughness affect adhesion, or the way these surfaces will stick together.

Kaan Gunay  ‘13 wants to work toward making transportation through ride-share services more accessible, as well as supplement the income of ride-share drivers. Gunay believes in the philanthropic capacity of entrepreneurial enterprises and described his personal interest in the future of ride-share, hoping for a day when transportation is free.

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University alum develops startup to support ride-share drivers

February 27, 2019 0 comments

Though it began as an idea between two friends in their college dorm room, a startup called Firefly has grown into a community-centered company that aims to supplement the income of ride-share drivers around the country.

Econ department ranks eighth in nation

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Econ department ranks eighth in nation

February 8, 2019 0 comments

The Department of Economics was ranked eighth in the country last month by the Research Papers in Economics , which bases its rankings on the number of times a department’s work is cited in research papers.

The University’s affiliated residency program for emergency medicine has been accused of violating the Animal Welfare Act. The University has denied any violations of federal regulations.

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University affiliated residency program accused of violating federal act

February 1, 2019 0 comments

An advocacy group has accused the University of violating federal regulations by using live pigs in its affiliated residency program for emergency medicine, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Joint study on cfDNA provides insight into aging

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Joint study on cfDNA provides insight into aging

January 25, 2019 0 comments

University researchers, in tandem with researchers in Bologna, Italy and Belo Horizonte, Brazil, published a study in December proposing a link between cfDNA, which circulates in the blood outside of cells, and biological age, the age of humans’s bodies, which can differ from their chronological age.