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While more students surveyed by the Tripathi lab student researchers preferred a saliva-based COVID-19 test to a nasal swab, they were split on how frequently they wanted to be tested — some preferred weekly tests, while others said they would opt for a test every 2-3 days.


Some Brown undergraduate students expressed preferences for COVID-19 testing procedure, frequency in summer survey

November 11, 2020 0 comments

For Brown students in Providence this semester, semi-weekly testing has become the norm: Scheduled online twice a week, booking and receiving a COVID-19 test has become as commonplace as checking a dining hall’s menus before picking up dinner. 

The University has seen an increase in applications for childcare subsidies from faculty due to the impact of the pandemic and the shift to virtual learning.


‘This is a very challenging time’: Teaching, researching, parenting amid COVID-19

November 8, 2020 0 comments

As students log onto Zoom to watch their professors lecture, faculty’s children also slink behind screens, their needs posing challenges to faculty’s academic and research responsibilities. 

Patient Voting has provided a pathway for patients to exercise their right to vote.

Patient Voting strove to increase voting access for those hospitalized

November 5, 2020 0 comments

Patient Voting, a nonpartisan civic engagement organization, has worked to reduce barriers to voting for hospitalized patients by increasing awareness and access to voting information.

A dial indicates to users how risky a given activity is. Researchers hope that the MyCOVIDRisk app will impact behavior of people under 40, who tend to adhere less to COVID-19 guidelines and be more online.

MyCOVIDRisk app considers user behavior to calculate risk of contracting COVID-19

November 4, 2020 0 comments

As the threat of COVID-19 infection continues to loom over everyday activities, two University researchers created a free and accessible app called MyCOVIDRisk to help people quantify their risk of infection from specific activities and use that information to mitigate risk through their behavior. 

University of Michigan’s Yukiko Yamashita discusses the mechanisms of long-term genomic maintenance


University of Michigan’s Yukiko Yamashita discusses the mechanisms of long-term genomic maintenance

October 28, 2020 0 comments

In a virtual seminar hosted Wednesday by the Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Yukiko Yamashita, a professor of life sciences at the University of Michigan, explained how her research resulted in a serendipitous connection between two fields of cell biology. 

Ainissa Ramirez ’90 pens ‘The Alchemy of Us’


Ainissa Ramirez ’90 pens ‘The Alchemy of Us’

October 27, 2020 0 comments

As a student at Brown, Ainissa Ramirez ’90 would spend countless hours studying at her usual spot on the fifth floor of the Sciences Library. Perched five stories above Thayer Street, she would review her engineering or chemistry material until her friends reliably found her and walked her to the Sharpe Refectory. 

Dean Jha discusses the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island, lab-based outbreaks and the Rhode Island COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Dean Jha: ‘It’s really critical that we take a moment and just reflect’

October 26, 2020 0 comments

Dean of the School of Public Health Ashish Jha spoke with The Herald Oct. 23 to reflect on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past week.

EXCITE is designed to measure the radiation absorption and emission of very hot planets, which may shed light on planet composition.


Brown researchers contribute critical components to EXCITE telescope

October 25, 2020 1 comment

Beyond the bounds of Earth’s solar system, exoplanets revolve in space and are the target planets of ongoing research efforts, including those of Professor of Physics Gregory Tucker. Tucker is leading a team of Brown students to build key parts of the Exoplanet Climate Infrared Telescope, aptly referred to as EXCITE. 

David Kertzer ’69 uncovered previously unknown documents detailing conversations between Pope Pius XII and other Vatican officials during his visit to the archives this spring.


From within the Vatican walls: Brown professor unveils insights into the history of the pope during the Holocaust

October 22, 2020 1 comment

On the morning of March 2, a group of researchers gathered outside of a gate in Vatican City. They were waiting to view the archives of Pope Pius XII, a collection of documents that had been sealed since the end of his pontificate in 1958 and have only now been opened to scholars under the current Pope Francis.

The new Cancer Center, a collaboration between the University and Lifespan, promotes the development of new cancer treatments through ongoing research.


New U. Cancer Center aims to expand research, serve broad patient community

October 18, 2020 0 comments

The creation of the Cancer Center at Brown University was announced last month and is aimed at promoting research into the biological foundations, community impact and clinical treatment of cancer.