Science & Research

Students at the Warren Alpert Medical School were given a choice to start their matched residency program early or to stay in Rhode Island to assist with the Ocean State’s efforts to combat the virus—most elected to stay in Rhode Island.


Brown medical students given option to graduate early due to COVID-19

April 21, 2020 0 comments

The Alpert Medical School gave fourth-year medical students the option to graduate on April 15th, six weeks before planned, enabling them to work as residents and care for patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The first “Earth Week” was celebrated on campus in 1970, featuring events such as panels on air and water pollution and lectures by prominent ecologists.


Fifty years of Earth Days, environmental movements on campus

April 21, 2020 1 comment

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, which was originally celebrated on April 22, 1970. In 1970, Earth Day involved a week-long festival of activities on campus.

The Providence-based biotechnology company EpiVax has been working to develop T-cell based candidate vaccines for COVID-19.


Providence-based EpiVax collaborates on ongoing research for a COVID-19 vaccine

April 19, 2020 1 comment

As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the country and the world, EpiVax, a biotechnology company based in Providence, is currently leading collaborative efforts to design a vaccine against the virus. 

John Sedivy (right) has been working on understanding the basic mechanisms of aging and cell death, in particular a form known as cellular senescence, since he came to the University in 1995.


University honors professors with Distinguished Research Achievement Awards

April 19, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series University 2020 Research Achievement Awards

As part of its 2020 Research Achievement Awards, the University recognized the exemplary research of three accomplished professors in biology, computer science and alcohol and addiction studies with the Distinguished Research Achievement Awards. 

Nicolas Fawzi is studying a class of RNA processing assemblies whose dysfunction has implications for several neurodegenerative diseases, including ALS.


University honors associate, assistant professors with Early Career Research Achievement Awards

April 19, 2020 0 comments
This article is part of the series University 2020 Research Achievement Awards

Seven University faculty members received 2020 Research Achievement Awards this year for their research and scholarly contributions across disciplines including the arts, medicine, engineering and molecular science. An exceptional four researchers were awarded an Early Career Research Achievement Award. 

Astronaut Jessica Meir '99 is photographed outside the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft, after landing with two fellow astronauts in a remote region of Kazakhstan on Friday, April 17.

A dream achieved: 205 days later, Meir ’99 lands back on Earth

April 17, 2020 0 comments

Jessica Meir ’99 returned to Earth’s surface Friday at 1:16 am EDT, marking the end of her 205th day in space. The landing was live-streamed on NASA’s website as Thursday night gave way to Friday morning on the East coast.

Brown researchers show efficacy of Unwinding Anxiety app among medical professionals


Brown researchers show efficacy of Unwinding Anxiety app among medical professionals

April 16, 2020 0 comments

As physicians face new challenges fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the frontlines, a new study out of Brown’s Mindfulness Center suggests an app could help physicians manage anxiety in the future.

The study focused on active nematics, in which particles interact with each other to form different loops and patterns.


Researchers capture movements and patterns of active liquid crystals in 3D

April 14, 2020 0 comments

Researchers from multiple academic institutions collaborated on a study published last month, in which they imaged and investigated systems of active liquid crystals in three dimensions and investigated their movements and patterns.

Researchers at the University are archiving memes from the Facebook page “Brown Dank Stash of Memes for S/NC Teens."

COVID-19 Updates, News

Documenting history as it happens: Brown archivists collect COVID-19 stories, experiences from community

April 13, 2020 0 comments

As members of the University community navigate the challenges of life away from campus, University archivists are making headway on projects that seek to document those experiences.

Photographed by fellow astronaut Christina Koch, Jessica Meir '99 conducts a spacewalk to upgrade some of the power systems on the ISS.


On Friday, astronaut Jessica Meir ’99 will return to a changed Earth

April 12, 2020 1 comment

When Jessica Meir ’99 was last subject to Earth’s gravitational pull almost seven months ago, life looked very different. This week she journeys home, leaving the isolation of the International Space Station behind to return to a self-quarantining planet.