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Science & Research Roundup: April 16, 2014

Drug addiction takes similar form as AIDS epidemic Today’s epidemic of addiction to opioid drugs bears a striking likeness to the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and efforts to deal with the problem can be improved through similar interventions, according to a report by a team including two ...


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Study explores methods of decision-making

“People like to build rules, even when rules don’t necessarily apply,” said James Cavanagh, a former postdoctoral fellow at Brown and assistant professor of psychology at the University of New Mexico. Cavanagh and several colleagues recently published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience about ...


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‘Geographic lens’ may be key to HIV prevention

Geography may be the key to ending the HIV epidemic in the United States. In a new paper published in the American Journal of Public Health, Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine, argues HIV should be tackled through a “geographic lens” — one that focuses on regionally targeted treatment and ...


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Whitehouse urges action on climate change

The United States needs to wake up to the issue of climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told approximately 75 students, faculty members and community members Monday afternoon. The crowd gathered in Salomon 101 to hear his lecture after the Public Health Research Day poster session, during which ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 9, 2014

A strong and ductile steel A group of University engineers have developed a new method of creating steel that makes it stronger while preserving its ductility, according to a University press release. The method, described in a paper published this month in the journal Nature Communications, was established ...


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Lab explores implications of fungal sex

In a laboratory on the fifth floor of the Biomedical Center, a group of University researchers carefully observes sexual acts that have never before been witnessed by humans. Associate Professor of Biology Richard Bennett investigates the sexual cycle of Candida yeasts, a group of unicellular fungi ...


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Energy savings rise with campus competition

Last month, Brown students saved $4,448 and 34,216 kilowatt-hours — more than three times the energy saved in past years — by changing habits of energy consumption in the Brown EcoReps fourth annual energy-saving intra-campus competition, Brown Unplugged: Do It in the Dark. First-year residence ...


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Speaker calls for global access to health care

“We are not the leaders of tomorrow, we are the leaders of now,” Samson Njolomole, external relations manager for Partners in Health, told his audience of about 50 Saturday. The talk, sponsored by Brown’s chapter of PIH, focused on bringing health care to Malawi, the country in southeast Africa ...


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Prof. pushes for release of Vioxx documents

New documents may be released concerning Vioxx, a prescription drug that has come under fire in the past few years for its correlation with negative health effects, after litigation efforts by David Egilman, clinical professor of family medicine.  A Kentucky court ruling last week granted Egilman ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 2, 2014

Grad students win competition for decoding brain activity Two graduate students, Ali Arslan GS and James Niemeyer GS, were named first- and second-place winners, respectively, of the Brown Institute for Brain Science’s inaugural brain computation competition March 20, according to a University press ...


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BELL offers ‘experiential’ learning

While some high school students may spend their spring breaks sunning on a beach or sleeping late over family vacations, 30 high school students traveled to Kamuela and South Kona, Hawaii with the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab. Through BELL, founded in 2002, high school students are given the opportunity ...


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Future space missions explored

Researchers and astronauts gathered to address the future of human space travel at the Microsymposium 55 conference held in Texas March 15 and 16. The conference featured speakers from the University, Russia’s Vernadsky Institute and the Brown-MIT NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. Conference ...





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