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Articles by Alexander Kaplan (7)

Science & Research

Gene swapping can cause adaptation

March 14, 2012 Comments are Disabled

A study published last week in the journal Current Biology illustrates plants’ ability to swap genes with one another, not just pass them on from parent to offspring. Brown evolutionary biologists, along with researchers at other universities, demonstrated that Alloteropsis grasses held the ability to adapt through the swapping of genes – a radical shortcut in the evolutionary process.


Undefeated skiers look toward regionals

February 10, 2012 Comments are Disabled

The skiing team finished its regular season this week with a flawless record. The squad rounded out league competition by winning all regular season races, a feat never previously achieved by a women’s team in the MacConnell division. The team also set a division record twice — first by winning the Brown Carnival by 17 seconds and then widening the margin to 20 seconds at the Clarkson Carnival.  

University News

U. seeks diversity in engineering faculty

January 30, 2012 Comments are Disabled

As the School of Engineering expands, racial and gender diversity will be a priority in hiring new faculty, said Lawrence Larson, dean of the school of engineering. Part of this effort will involve collaboration with the Diversity Advisory Board, he said.

University News

Let’s get digital: Nearly all undergrads own laptops

November 29, 2011 Comments are Disabled
This article is part of the series Fall 2011 Student Poll

Thirty years ago, having a portable writing machine meant lugging a typewriter across campus.

University News

Student approval of Simmons rises

November 15, 2011 Comments are Disabled
This article is part of the series Fall 2011 Student Poll

In the wake of her September announcement that she plans to step down at the end of this academic year, President Ruth Simmons remains a popular figure in the eyes of students. Her job approval rating among students increased from last semester’s rating of 62.4 percent to 68.2 percent, according to the most recent Herald poll.

University News

U. awards $250,000 in bonuses this year

November 9, 2011 Comments are Disabled

The University allocated $250,000 for employee bonuses and merit-based awards this fiscal year, according to Karen Davis, vice president for human resources.

University News

Classes take on rooms their own size

October 6, 2011 Comments are Disabled

Though shopping period was riddled with overcrowding and classroom shuffling, the Office of the Registrar has now solved all known space constraint problems.