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Brandeis celebrates Nobel Prize in printPosted: Oct. 10, 2017
In the New York Times Brandeis University celebrates a Nobel Prize to professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall
In the New York Times and Boston Globe, Brandeis celebrates biology professor Michael Rosbash and Emeritus Professor of Biology Jeffrey Hall winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. With Michael Young of Rockefeller University, Rosbash and Hall won the Nobel Prize for their work on circadian rhythms.
Rosbash, Hall win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Full media coveragePosted: Oct. 6, 2017

Brandeis biology professor Michael Rosbash and emeritus professor of biology Jeffrey Hall won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Rockefeller University's Michael Young for their work on circadian rhythms.

'Western society is chronically sleep deprived': the importance of the body's clock (The Guardian), Oct. 6

Another Nobel Prize for the fruit fly (New York Times), Oct. 5

Nobel Prize winners worry about state of science funding (Boston Globe), Oct. 4

Nobel in Physiology, Medicine awarded to three Americans (Chicago Tribune), Oct. 3

Three U.S. scientists win Nobel for discovering biological clock gene (STAT), Oct. 3

The real message of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (New Yorker), Oct. 3

Nobel Prize goes to three Americans for body clock studies (New York Times), Oct. 2

Two Brandeis scientists win Nobel Prize for research on biological clock (WBUR), Oct. 2

Brandeis professors, once 'mocked for research,' win Nobel Prize (Boston Globe), Oct. 2

Nobel Prize is awarded to three Americans for work on circadian rhythms (NPR), Oct. 2

Hall, Rosbash, win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Bloomberg), Oct. 2

Biological researchers win Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (Forbes), Oct. 2

A Nobel Prize for understanding body clocks (The Economist), Oct. 2

Fruit flies and your insomnia (Wall Street Journal), Oct. 2

U.S. scientists awarded Nobel for body clock work (CNN), Oct. 2

Body clock researchers win Nobel Prize (NBC), Oct. 2

Two Brandeis professors win Nobel Prize in Medicine (Boston Business Journal), Oct. 2

Nobel Prize goes to circadian rhythm researchers (Scientific American), Oct. 2

A Nobel Prize to three who study body's magical clock (Fortune), Oct. 2

Three Americans share Nobel Prize in Medicine (Voice of America), Oct. 2

Three Americans win Nobel Prize for uncovering science of biological clocks (LA Times), Oct. 2

Brandeis community joins as one to "Break the Fast" Posted: Oct. 2, 2017
break the fastPhoto/Simon Chasalow '21

Students sit together and break their fasts on Yom Kippur.

Brandeis students from all backgrounds, faiths and creeds joined one another last Saturday evening to mark the conclusion of Yom Kippur — the Day of Atonement — by “Breaking the Fast.”

Yom Kippur, a sacred holiday on the Jewish calendar, calls Jews to fast from sunset to sunset and to make amends for their sins. Fasting is not only a sign of observance of the holiday, but also an act that symbolizes self-cleansing.

Hundreds on campus came together underneath a large tent on the Great Lawn to mark the holiday and be with the Jewish community as they broke their fast, feasting on bagels, lox, deviled eggs and — an annual favorite —pizza bagels.

Break the Fast, which was created by Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment Andrew Flagel to celebrate Jewish life on campus and to build community, is now in its seventh year.

Brandeis hosts training on naloxone usePosted: Sept. 26, 2017
Dr. Dan Muse from Brockton Hospital instructs area coordinators and others in the use of overdose reversal drug naloxone at a training on Spet. 22, 2017.Photo/Mike Lovett

The statistics are sobering: in Middlesex County where Brandeis is located, an average of four or five people a week are dying of opioid-related overdoses – 889 lives lost since 2012.

On Friday Sept. 22, Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan sponsored a training in the use of naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses, for area coordinators – staff assigned to oversee residence halls at Brandeis. Led by Dr. Dan Muse, an emergency department physician at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, the training covered types of opioids currently in circulation, how to administer naloxone and perform CPR if necessary.  Public Safety officers are being trained in administration of the drug as well, and carried inside campus police cruisers, and the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (better known as BEMCo) has trained its volunteers and carried naloxone in its vehicles since 2012.

In addition to being prepared to treat an emergency, Brandeis offers help for substance use issues. On the research and policy side, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management is home to the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, where researchers are studying how to best respond to the opioid crisis, and are assisting state and federal officials in developing policies to combat the epidemic. 

Remembrance and reflection for Sept. 11Posted: Sept. 11, 2017
Speakers gathered for Sept. 11 memorialPhoto/Mike Lovett

Nia Duncan '20 sings during the gathering.

The Brandeis community gathered Monday afternoon in remembrance of the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Held outside of the Shapiro Campus Center, the gathering included speakers Jacob Edelman '18, Student Union president; Alex Montgomery, coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center; and Rabbi Liza Stern, director of Spiritual and Religious Life and Jewish chaplain.

"Nine-eleven is a yahrzeit we all share," Stern said. "...We promise we will not forget. We promise will remember our people, with our heads and with our hearts."

Along with the speakers, the memorial included a poem by Cary Weir-Lytle, associate director of employer relations at Hiatt Career Center, and a performance of the song "Time After Time" by Nia Duncan '20. Reverend Matthew Carriker, protestant chaplain closed the memorial by leading a moment of silence followed by an interfaith prayer and a song.

The event was organized by the Dean of Students Office, the Department of Spiritual and Religious Life and the Division of Students and Enrollment.

President Liebowitz joins educational leaders in asking Congress for immediate legislative action on DACAPosted: Sept. 8, 2017

Fifty-seven presidents and chancellors from institutions that are part of the Association of American Universities sent a letter to Congress requesting immediate legislative action to establish a permanent legal solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Brandeis President Ron Liebowitz was one of the AAU signatories.

“As educational leaders, we are committed to providing equal opportunity for all students to pursue their learning and life goals,” the letter reads in part. “Since 2012, DACA has enabled these young people to pursue education and employment. With DACA, our students and alumni have been able to pursue opportunities in business, education, high-tech industries, and the nonprofit sector; they have gone to medical school, law school, and graduate school for numerous disciplines; they are actively contributing to their local communities and economies by working, volunteering and paying taxes. America needs hard working talented people – and these students are already meaningful members of our society. They represent what is best about America, and as scholars and leaders they are a vital part of our future.”

Summer construction projectsPosted: Aug. 29, 2017

Over the course of the summer of 2017, a number of campus structures underwent significant improvements, with residence halls and academic buildings as well as pathways, parking lots and roads receiving upgrades.

Residence Halls:

The New Residence Hall Project saw significant progress during the summer months as foundation, site and utility work continued. Chum’s Coffee House was also renovated as part of the construction and will reopen the second week in September.

Rosenthal residence halls and the Massell Quad both received new hot water heating systems. New steam lines and associated equipment were installed in Massell Quad.

Both East residence halls received new roofs. Crews also completed the second year of a two-year full window replacement project.

Academic Buildings and University Libraries:

The front of the Goldfarb Library has been replaced and the plaza above the University Archives was repaired and waterproofed.

Bassine/Goldsmith and Kosow had roof replacements.

The fire alarm system in Pearlman was upgraded.

New chilled water lines have been installed between Usdan and Brown Hall, which will now provide chilled water for Lemberg, Brown, and Schwartz, allowing for the removal of an obsolete chiller and cooling tower.

Farber’s HVAC system received a significant upgrade, which will produce more uniform heating and improve ventilation and cooling. Shiffman had its heating and cooling system replaced and underwent a lighting upgrade.

HVAC studies conducted in Admissions and the Mandel Center are now leading to repairs and upgrades to improve the systems in both buildings. New steam lines and associated equipment were installed in Usdan and Goldfarb.

Meanwhile, the temporary chiller in the Heller-Brown lot will remain in place until the end of the cooling season and will then be relocated to the Shapiro Campus Center. The work required to replace the obsolete cooling plant in Usdan continues this fall and will be completed soon.

The Squire Bridge and the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center:

The Squire Bridge, which crosses South Street and connects the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center with the main campus, has undergone significant renovations, including the replacement of some structural steel. The bridge was also freshly painted. More work will be done on the concrete and brick support elements of the bridge next summer.

The Linsey Pool also received an upgraded filtration system.

Campus roads and pathways:

The North Road and North Lot have both been repaved, along with a number of other smaller paving projects.

In addition, most of the high traffic residential paths near Usdan and Goldfarb have been replaced.