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Science & Research

The southern Oregon Almeda fire created enormous clouds of smoke and ash across California and Oregon, forcing many, including Brown students, to evacuate.

‘Everything moved so fast’: Ravaging wildfires burden Brown students studying out west

September 21, 2020 1 comment

Noah Hoffman ’22, a Resumed Undergraduate Education student, was relaxing at his home in Medford, Oregon Sept. 8, preparing for the first day of a new semester. Little did he know that less than 24 hours later, the southern Oregon Almeda fire would force him and his partner to pack their belongings and evacuate.

Health and Education for All, a humanitarian and health care non-profit founded by Associate Professor of Surgery Ruahul Abid, was nominated for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

Nonprofit organization founded by Brown professor receives nomination for 2020 Nobel Peace Prize

September 21, 2020 0 comments

Associate Professor of Surgery Ruhul Abid is one of 318 candidates in the world to receive a nomination for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for his nonprofit organization Health and Education for All.

The University’s COVID-19 dashboard shows data on the small number of Brown community members who tested positive since the testing program began on August 24.


Comparing Brown’s COVID-19 positivity rate to other college campuses

September 17, 2020 2 comments

Out of over 23,000 asymptomatic COVID-19 tests administered at the University since the beginning of its academic-year testing program Aug. 24, under 0.1 percent have come back positive. 14 total cases have arisen out of over 6,000 people enrolled in the testing program, yielding a prevalence rate of 0.2 percent. 

Pulling narratives from pages of COVID-19 health data


Pulling narratives from pages of COVID-19 health data

September 14, 2020 0 comments

The numbers, labels and descriptions pertaining to medical patients and COVID-19 cases that are housed in electronic health records may seem to be nothing more than a track record — a jumble of information a physician updates, typing away as their patient sits down for a visit.

Modified CURE courses, though dealing with significant constraints because of the pandemic, are still giving students the opportunity to conduct original research.


Faculty reimagine their research, research-based courses during COVID-19

September 14, 2020 0 comments

Laboratories and lab-based courses have gradually regained momentum, filling up University faculty’s schedules once again and prompting the redesign of their day-to-day operations and class syllabi.

University students and research faculty submit requests for additional personnel to return to laboratories following the Resuming Research Stage 2 guidelines. Those who can’t resume in-person research are turning to creative options to pursue inquiry-based learning remotely.


Resuming Research Guidance details students’ return to the lab bench as Brown offers remote research opportunities

September 13, 2020 0 comments

After most University labs slipped into a lull in March following the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, undergraduates are anxious to partake in hands-on research investigations once again. But with a pandemic still pushing onward, popping into a laboratory at one’s whim is no longer feasible.

The Economic Tracker is a novelty in its use of private sector data, according to the Opportunity Insights team.


Brown economist co-leads development of real-time COVID-19 Economic Tracker

September 10, 2020 0 comments

Opportunity Insights, a research and policy organization co-directed by University Professor of Economics John Friedman, has led national efforts to study the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the United States economy through its Economic Tracker, which launched in May.

To examine the effects of COVID-19 on communities, Brown researchers turn to data


To examine the effects of COVID-19 on communities, Brown researchers turn to data

September 10, 2020 0 comments

With the assistance of the University’s COVID-19 Research Seed Fund, some research groups have focused their microscopes on the viral particles behind the infection, while others have built technology to approach the pandemic’s challenges from various angles.

Graphene Composites has partnered with researchers at the University to test the efficacy of their new graphene ink, which can coat PPE and kill incoming viruses. The product includes ultra thin sheets of graphene molecules that capture SARS-CoV-2 particles. Silver nanoparticles float in and destroy its exterior shell.


Now you see me, now you don’t: Using artificial intelligence to identify COVID-19, developing a PPE coating to stop it in its tracks

August 19, 2020 0 comments

Instead of relying on only a physical barrier, what if scientists were to develop a substance capable of killing COVID-19’s viral particles when they come in contact with personal protective equipment?

The nation's leading infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci spoke to the Brown Community in a live-streamed Zoom call Friday, in conversation with Ashish Jha, the incoming dean of the School of Public Health.

COVID-19 Updates, News

‘This is going to end:’ Anthony Fauci joins Ashish Jha to address COVID-19 pandemic in live-streamed Brown event

August 8, 2020 2 comments

Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, spoke through  screens to the Brown community and the public Friday afternoon, sharing practical public health advice and updates on the nation’s COVID-19 response.