Topic: Research

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Study links brain processes involved in learning

April 2, 2018 0 comments

Reinforcement learning — a process during which humans alter their behavior as they learn which behaviors yield the best results — and working memory — which allows people to optimize decision-making by keeping track of previous actions and their consequences — appear to be two separate modes of human learning.

The third annual Brain Fair, part of Brain Week Rhode Island, played host to more than 800 attendees learning about brain science research.

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Fair educates community on brain science

March 18, 2018 0 comments

Housed in the recently opened Engineering Research Center, the Brown Brain Fair welcomed more than 800 attendees to learn more about brain sciences Saturday.

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University hopes to increase time for faculty research

March 6, 2018 0 comments

At yesterday’s faculty meeting, President Christina Paxson P’19 proposed that the University increase support for graduate students and free faculty of some administrative duties to allow them to focus on their research and scholarship.

The University will make changes to the CIT to promote interdisciplinary work among faculty in fields such as graphics and robotics.

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CIT to create more labs, public space

February 27, 2018 0 comments

As part of ongoing efforts to expand the University’s computer science resources and facilities, the first floor of the Thomas J. Watson Sr. Center for Information Technology will be renovated this summer.

Alums finance Israel Fund as first regional endowed fund

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Alums finance Israel Fund as first regional endowed fund

February 25, 2018 0 comments

More students may find their way to Israel during their time at the University thanks to the Israel Fund, an endowed fund created from alumni donations designated to support new and existing programs related to Israel.

Simple testing strips detect fentanyl drug in opioids

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Simple testing strips detect fentanyl drug in opioids

February 21, 2018 0 comments

The unknown presence of fentanyl — an opioid fifty times stronger than heroin — in many drugs has contributed to the increasingly fatal opioid crisis that has swept across the United States in recent years.

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Researchers receive grant to record neural activity

February 15, 2018 0 comments

Funded by a grant of up to $19 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the University will lead an international team of scientists to create an implantable wireless brain interface system.

Climate change thawing Cold War-era nuclear waste

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Climate change thawing Cold War-era nuclear waste

February 15, 2018 0 comments

Once a military and scientific research base in Greenland during the 1960s, Camp Century is now abandoned with all of its wastes — including chemical, radiological and physical — left frozen, presumably for eternity.

University researchers develop more complete model of sickle cell

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University researchers develop more complete model of sickle cell

February 6, 2018 0 comments

University researchers have developed computational methods using a supercomputer that enables them to dive deep inside sickle cells and analyze their molecular characteristics.

The researchers isolated neurons in the sixth layer of the brain’s cortex, aiming to study more closely their connections to each other and other parts of the brain. The team hopes to explore the relationship between the thalamus and cortex further in future research.

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University researchers uncover new structures in mouse brains

January 29, 2018 0 comments

A sixth, largely unexplored layer in the cortex was the focus of a recent study by Brown University neuroscientists.