Category: Research

  • Former students, colleagues celebrate Art Wingfield July 24, 2014

    Earlier this week, nearly 100 colleagues, former students and friends gathered on campus to celebrate long-time professor Arthur Wingfield’s storied career with research presentations and personal recollections.

  • Small steps and giant leapsJuly 17, 2014

    Brandeis University’s Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Lab has advanced our understanding of how humans can live and work in space, among many other achievements.

  • Revealing the secrets of sandJuly 16, 2014

    Bulbul Chakraborty, along with Corey O’Hern from Yale University and Robert Behringer from Duke University, have received a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop the first predictive theoretical framework for macroscopic assemblies.

  • Students present at international environmental science summitJuly 15, 2014

    Three Brandeis University students recently presented research findings on nail salon air quality at the 2014 International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology in Houston.

  • Kondev receives $1M grant to enhance undergrad researchJune 30, 2014

    Jané Kondev is among a select group of scientist-educators who were awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor program grant, which provides $1 million over five years to support activities that integrate research with undergraduate education.

  • Uniting physics, business for the greater goodJune 17, 2014

    Camille Girabawe and Bernard Hishamunda are joining the laws of physics and the principles of business to improve lives, especially in their native Rwanda.

  • Sprout Grants encourage innovation, entrepreneurship June 16, 2014

    The winners of the 2014 Brandeis Virtual Incubator Sprout Grant Program will share $50,000 in funding to support the research and development of technologies that tackle epilepsy, cancer, clean energy, genetic engineering, the treatment of diabetes, and accessible science education.

  • Unlocking The Brain: Are We Entering A Golden Age Of Neuroscience?June 13, 2014
  • Couples, choose your wedding registry wisely May 27, 2014

    In a recent study, Xin Wang, assistant professor of marketing at the Brandeis International Business School, explored gift giving behavior in online wedding registries, including how guest motivations impact gift choice, what sells and what goes unpurchased in registries, which stores do better than others and why.

  • Neuroscience’s grand questionMay 21, 2014

    Eve Marder '69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, and her lab have built a new theoretical model to understand how cells monitor and self-regulate their properties in the face of continual turnover of cellular components. They published their findings in the journal Neuron.

  • Prescription monitoring data can reduce abuse, deathsApril 24, 2014

    A report by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis recommends that medical insurers monitor prescription data to reduce the overdoses, deaths and health care costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs.

  • David Engerman awarded Guggenheim Memorial Foundation FellowshipApril 22, 2014
  • A new approach to treating Alzheimer’s diseaseApril 22, 2014

    A team of researchers from Brandeis University, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and Weill Cornell Medical College have devised a novel approach to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, focusing on a complex that cleans up amyloid-beta fragments, which causes the plaque that interferes with brain function.

  • Don’t beat yourself up, you’ll live longerApril 3, 2014

    In a recently published paper, Brandeis University researchers report they found a connection between a self-compassionate attitude and lower levels of stress-induced inflammation. The discovery could lead to new techniques to lower stress and improve health.

  • Students’ research addresses air quality in nail salonsApril 2, 2014

    Justice Brandeis Semester students in the Environmental Health and Justice Program recently presented to the Boston Public Health Commission, sharing research that assessed nail salon workers’ exposure to volatile organic compounds and chemicals.

  • A new dimension in understanding ciliaMarch 24, 2014

    Brandeis University researchers have developed a new model to study these tiny but vital cellular structures with more clarity and detail than ever before, providing a clearer picture on how cilia are shaped, structured and how they interact with their environment.

  • Ulka Anjaria awarded the Charles A. Ryskamp Research FellowshipMarch 24, 2014

    Ulka Anjaria, assistant professor of English, was chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies to receive the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for her study of contemporary literature and popular culture in India. This fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Naghmeh Sohrabi awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship March 24, 2014

    Naghmeh Sohrabi, the Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History and associate director for research at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, was awarded the competitive Mellon New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Leslie Lamport, MA'63, PhD'72, wins the ‘Nobel of Computing’March 19, 2014

    The Association for Computing Machinery named Leslie Lamport, MA'71, PhD'72, the recipient of the 2013 A.M. Turing Award, an honor widely known as the 'Nobel of Computing.' Lamport, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, received his MA and PhD from Brandeis University in mathematics.

  • New online database tracks wellbeing of US children March 12, 2014

    The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management has launched the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database for tracking and analyzing the wellbeing and equity of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • Turing’s theory of morphogenesis validated March 10, 2014

    In his only paper on biology, Alan Turing proposed a theory of morphogenesis, and now, 60 years after Turing’s death, researchers from Brandeis University and the University of Pittsburgh have provided the first experimental evidence that validates Turing’s theory in cell-like structures.

  • The hubbub about the heart’s lub-dubMarch 3, 2014

    For years, scientists have debated how many E1 proteins are required to build one of these channels, theorizing anywhere between one and 14. Now, Brandeis University researchers found that these channels are almost exclusively built with two E1s.

  • Study finds feeling in control may increase longevity Feb. 4, 2014

    People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education, according to a new study by Brandeis University and the University of Rochester. The study was published online in the journal of Health Psychology.

  • Venetian accounts book tells story of 18th-century Jewish communityJan. 31, 2014
  • Novel microscope illuminates molecular architecture Jan. 27, 2014

    Working with biochemistry professor Jeff Gelles, Brandeis research scientists Larry Friedman and Johnson Chung built a novel light microscope that uses multiple laser colors to examine the behavior of individual protein, DNA and RNA molecules.

  • Brandeisians win recognition for Jewish literatureJan. 24, 2014
  • Paradis lab unearths roots of neural branchingJan. 23, 2014

    The Paradis lab reported in the Journal of Neuroscience the discovery of a new signaling molecule, called Rem2, that restricts neuronal growth in response to environmental stimuli. It is one of the first negative regulators of activity-dependent branching to be studied in vivo.

  • Brandeis explores origins of life with $1 million Keck Foundation grantJan. 17, 2014

    How life evolved from simple, non-living molecules to complex, living matter is chemistry’s grand question. Brandeis University scientists hope to shed light on this mystery with the help of a three-year, $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore the chemical origins of life.

  • Magic in the lab is no sleight of handJan. 2, 2014

    In the lab in 222 Abelson, Zvonimir Dogic, associate professor of physics, and a team of postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduates, explore natural phenomena that seem almost magical.

  • The beat goes on with a new model for artificial flagellaDec. 19, 2013

    Michael Hagan, associate professor of physics, and his lab, have built the first viable computer model to generate flagella-like movement with man-made structures. That fluid movement is a highly sought-after capability in small-scale devices, such as microrobots.

  • New study links memory and cultureDec. 17, 2013

    Culture influences how we remember, according to a new study in the journal Culture and Brain, by Angela Gutchess, assistant professor of psychology.

  • Spotlight on the black experience in AmericaDec. 12, 2013
  • The Heller School’s Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy receives $2.9 million grantDec. 5, 2013

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to fund completion and launch diversitydatakids.org, the first nationally comprehensive, interactive online database tool for finding data, policy information and analysis on the wellbeing of U.S. children across racial and ethnic groups.

  • Archaeologists discover largest, oldest palatial wine cellar Nov. 22, 2013

    Andrew Koh, associate professor of classical studies, was part of a team that unearthed the oldest — and largest — palatial wine cellar in the Near East, containing 40 jars, each of which would have held 50 liters of strong, sweet wine.

  • Ancient wine cellar reveals a sophisticated drinkNov. 22, 2013
  • Justice Brandeis Semester expands its offeringsNov. 19, 2013
  • The skinny on fat and cholesterolNov. 14, 2013

    Recently, the Food and Drug Administration proposed banning transfat and the American Heart Association released groundbreaking new guidelines on cholesterol treatment. K.C. Hayes, a nutrition expert and the inventor of Smart Balance, talks about how these new regulations will impact public health.

  • Witches in the archives Oct. 31, 2013

    Among those treasures in the university archives are a number of history’s most famous works about demonology and witchcraft, exposing humankind’s deep fascination with the supernatural, and the tragic realities behind such beliefs.

  • Fear factorOct. 29, 2013

    In honor of Halloween, BrandeisNOW spoke with Don Katz, associate professor of psychology, about how the brain processes fear — potentially with deadly consequences.

  • Brandeis goes orange for Open Access WeekOct. 23, 2013

    This week, LTS turned its website orange in support of Open Access Week, a worldwide promotion of free, online access to scholarly research. LTS is reaching out to faculty, graduate students and staff to explain the concepts and ramifications of open access.

  • Brandeis physicist wins award for biology textbook Oct. 18, 2013

  • The brain’s neural thermostat Oct. 16, 2013

    Brandeis University scientists observed in vivo that neocortical neurons, cells that control higher functions such as sight, language and spatial reasoning, have a set average firing rate and return to this set point even during prolonged periods of sensory deprivation. Furthermore, the average firing rate is so well regulated by this neural thermostat that the rates do not change between periods of sleep and wakefulness.

  • Subcellular imaging pioneers receive Rosenstiel AwardOct. 15, 2013

    Watt Webb, David Tank and Winfried Denk, the pioneers of multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, a technique that allows scientists to image subcellular structures deep within living tissues, will be honored with the 43rd Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical Science.

  • Ancient scrolls inspire new interdisciplinary research Oct. 15, 2013

    For the past six months, Brandeis University has partnered with the Museum of Science, Boston on the installation, “Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,” a special exhibition that brings fragments of the scrolls and other artifacts from ancient Israel to the public eye. Tens of thousands of visitors from the Boston area and beyond have viewed the exhibition so far, and more are expected before it closes Oct 20.

  • Rare editions of Shakespeare's work in Archives and Special CollectionsOct. 11, 2013
  • Discovered manuscript shows Marcuse’s evolutionOct. 9, 2013

    The recent unearthing of a draft of a classic text, 'One-Dimensional Man,' by former Brandeis politics professor Herbert Marcuse promises to spark the kind of heated debate among academics, students and fellow thinkers for which Marcuse, a Marxist, was legendary and, in some quarters (even at Brandeis), notorious.

  • Scientists celebrate Nobel for Higgs discoveryOct. 8, 2013

    The Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for their theory on how elementary particles obtain mass, known as the Higgs field theory, but thousands of scientists worldwide were involved in the experimental discovery of the Higgs boson — including several right here at Brandeis.

  • New journal explores signs across cultures, disciplinesOct. 8, 2013

    Richard Parmentier, professor of anthropology and director of the graduate program in global studies, is the editor of a new journal, Signs and Society. It is funded by Hankuk University and published by the journals division of the University of Chicago Press. Parmentier recruited Brandeis English professor John Plotz and anthropologist Javier Urcid to join the Board of Editors.

  • Drowsy Drosophila shed light on sleep and hungerOct. 8, 2013

    Sleep, hunger and metabolism are closely related, but scientists are still struggling to understand how they interact. Now, Brandeis University researchers have discovered a molecular function in fruit flies that may provide insight into the complicated relationship between sleep and food.

  • Documents from Dead Sea Scrolls era show diversity of women’s rolesOct. 7, 2013

    Ancient documents written around the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls paint a lively picture of the positions of power and influence held by some Jewish and Christian women. So says Professor Bernadette J. Brooten, who skillfully wove together evidence from inscriptions, papyri and other sources to show that women in traditional cultures often held very nontraditional roles, in a lecture she presented on Oct. 2 at the Museum of Science.

  • The spliceosome: more than meets the eye Sept. 30, 2013

    Researchers from Brandeis University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have teamed up to unravel a major component in understanding the process of RNA splicing.

  • Brandeis scientists visit Capitol HillSept. 24, 2013

    Brandeis researchers recently met with a number of senators, including Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, to share their research and its implications for human health. Topics of discussion included Brandeis’ impact on local business and the value of research in the economy at local, state and national levels.

  • Wild and weird world of fluoride channels Sept. 18, 2013

    In a paper published in August in the journal eLife, professor of biochemistry Christopher Miller reports microorganisms have evolved an unusual fluoride-specific ion channel to export toxic fluoride from the cell. The research may have implications for the treatment of bacterial diseases such as tuberculosis.

  • Discuss and celebrate the Dead Sea ScrollsSept. 11, 2013

    On Oct. 20, the Museum of Science exhibition, 'Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times,' co-sponsored by Brandeis University, will close. Between now and then, Brandeis will host several events to discuss and celebrate the mystery, impact and importance of these ancient scrolls, discovered decades ago in a cave overlooking the Dead Sea.

  • Life Decisions: Articles of Faith?Sept. 10, 2013

    PhD candidates Emily Sigalow, Michelle Shain and Meredith Bergey found that faith influences some traditionally secular decisions, such as choosing where to live or work, among Christians and other faith-based communities. They focused on four questions: How do religious principles influence career choice, marriage, place of residence, and number of offspring.

  • Brandeis-Israel Research Initiative starts strongSept. 9, 2013

    Israeli neuroscientists recently visited Brandeis University to present research and develop projects as part of the Henry J. Leir Brandeis-Israel Research Initiative, which underwrites collaborations between Israeli and Brandeis neuroscientists and funds postdoctoral appointments for Israelis at Brandeis.

  • Physicist Bulbul Chakraborty is finding equilibriumAug. 21, 2013

    Theoretical physicist Bulbul Chakraborty, who became the first woman to join the Brandeis physics faculty in 1989, says the last five years of her research have been the most exciting and fulfilling, but the road here has been filled with twists and turns: moving from India, raising a family and simultaneously navigating and excelling in a male-dominated field have been part of the journey.

  • Initiative to foster partnerships between Brandeis and Israeli scientistsAug. 19, 2013
  • David DeRosier, electron microscopy pioneer, honored Aug. 19, 2013

    David DeRosier, an emeritus professor of biology, pioneered the use of electron microscopy to make fundamental discoveries about cellular structures and is currently developing a new, super-resolution cryogenic light microscope. He was recently awarded the Microscopy Society of America Distinguished Scientist Award, the society’s highest honor.

  • Hanley Center, Brandeis partner for physician trainingAug. 15, 2013

    The Daniel Hanley Center for Health Leadership in Portland, Maine, and the Heller School for Social Policy and Management have partnered to create an advanced education program with the goal of building a statewide network of physician leaders in Maine.

  • Eapen named HHMI international research fellowAug. 14, 2013

    Vinay Eapen is one of 42 international predoctoral students selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to receive fellowships that will support their graduate studies at U.S. universities. Eapen, who comes from India, is studying DNA damage response and autophagy in the Haber Lab.

  • The temperature tastes just right to insectsAug. 7, 2013

    Call it the Goldilocks Principle — animals can survive and reproduce only if the temperature is just right. A team of Brandeis University scientists has discovered a previously unknown molecular temperature sensor in fruit flies belonging to a protein family responsible for sensing tastes and smells.

  • Eve Marder: At the intersection of wisdom and technologyAug. 1, 2013
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