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Social media use may lead to poor grades

Many college students could not imagine a day without updating their Twitter feeds or Facebook statuses, but according to a recent study led by researchers at the Miriam Hospital, using social media may impair academic performance. The study was published online in the journal Emerging Adulthood last ...


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Former U.S. Surgeon General talks public health

Former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher discussed current issues in public health at the 14th annual Barnes Lecture, part of Public Health Research day Thursday. The talk, “Health Disparities: Can we overcome?,” focused on the social determinants of health, the relationship between science and ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 17, 2013

Prof awarded funding for obesity research Akilah Dulin Keitah, assistant professor of behavioral and social sciences, received two years’ worth of funding to study childhood obesity in Southeast Asians earlier this month, according to a University press release. Keitah currently researches health ...


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Lunchtime lecturer removes haze from salvia trade

Salvia divinorum — the purple-flowered plant native to the Mazatec region of Mexico — has emerged as a globally traded commodity, Paja Faudree, assistant professor of anthropology, said Thursday at the final science and technology studies lunchtime lecture of the year. While salvia is known by ...


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Neuroscientists discover ALS drug pathway

A recent molecular discovery by neuroscientists at Brown and Boston Children’s Hospital has brought researchers closer to finding a possible treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, a debilitating neuron disease that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. By testing a drug that normally ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 10, 2013

Nobel laureates ask Congress not to cut research funding A group of Nobel laureates, including Professor of Physics Leon Cooper, signed a letter to Congress urging its members not to cut research funding as part of the budget sequester, the New York Times reported. The letter, which will be made public ...


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Researchers map brain activity to read dreams

The science fiction trope of reading another person’s thoughts may be one step closer to reality, thanks to recent developments in research related to the decoding of dreams. In a study published last Thursday in the journal Science, a joint team of researchers from Japan and Brown used a machine-learning ...


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U. examines hands-on methods of teaching intro STEM

Several strategic planning committees were created last fall to shape the long-term goals for President Christina Paxson’s tenure. The formation of one such committee — the Committee on Educational Innovation — underscored the University’s goal to lead in higher education in developing education ...


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TRI-Lab launch brings awareness to social issues

The University announced the launch of the TRI-Lab — an initiative aimed to unite students, faculty members and community partners to address social issues collaboratively — at an event Wednesday morning at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.  The lab will be piloted starting ...


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Study finds age-related differences in autism

Autism disorders affect children’s brains differently than they do in adults’ brains, according to new research led by Daniel Dickstein, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior. The study, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry last month, ...


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Science & Research Roundup: April 3, 2013

BRAIN initiative to include U. faculty President Obama announced the launch of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative Tuesday, stating that the federal government would devote around $100 million to the project in fiscal year 2014, according to the White House ...


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Life sciences prove more appealing as electives

When it comes to introductory science courses, not all classes are created equal. In introductory physical science courses, such as chemistry and physics, a much larger percentage of students reported taking the course to fill a requirement than did students in introductory life science courses like ...


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Ex-GOP rep talks climate change solutions

Republicans can help propose solutions to climate change that are compatable with their conservative market values, said Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, at a talk attended by about 30 students and community members in Wilson Hall Tuesday night. Since he lost the Republican ...


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Science & Research Roundup: March 20, 2013

Seismic anomaly may be caused by lost tectonic plate University researchers have demonstrated that the Isabella anomaly, a region of unusually high-velocity seismic waves in California, is actually a remnant of a lost tectonic plate known as the Farallon plate. Their research was published in the Proceedings ...


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