Category: Science and Technology

  • Brandeis physicists unlock secrets of the 2-D world and edge closer to artificial cellsSept. 12, 2014

    Physicist Zvonimir Dogic's research into active nematic vesicles and the world of two-dimensional physics was recently featured in two of science’s most respected journals, Science and Nature.

  • Web conferencing service brings new opportunitiesSept. 9, 2014

    Blue Jeans web conferencing has connected the Brandeis community with a congressman in Washington and musicians in the Peruvian Andes.

  • Food for the future: A vision for New England farming and food productionAug. 29, 2014

    Brian Donahue, professor of environmental studies, and colleagues from across New England have published a perspective on the future of the region’s food needs.

  • How To Spend All That Ice-Bucket Money? Multiple ALS Research Leads Heat UpAug. 22, 2014
  • Beyond the Ice Bucket: Brandeis scientists work to understand ALSAug. 21, 2014

    Professors Suzanne Paradis and Avi Rodal are unraveling the molecular mechanics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

  • Waltham High School students get hands-on experience in the labAug. 14, 2014

    Vivekanand Vimal, PhD '16, launched a program that brings local students to campus to work on research projects.

  • Decoding sleep, mapping quasars: A day in the life of undergraduate scientistsAug. 4, 2014

    Every summer, the labs at Brandeis hum with activity as dozens of undergrads work closely with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on research projects.

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

    Nearly 100 colleagues, former students and friends gathered on campus to celebrate long-time professor Arthur Wingfield's storied career.

  • Alums, founders of YouVisit.com, serve as inspiration for studentsJuly 23, 2014

    Endri Tolka '03 and Taher Baderkhan '03 spoke with students about starting their company and showed off what they have in development — college tours with Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets.

  • Small steps and giant leapsJuly 17, 2014

    Brandeis' 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.

  • High school students look at the Future of MedicineJuly 11, 2014

    Brandeis' Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine provides the country's top high school students with behind-the-scenes insight into the health care field.

  • 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
  • Brandeis launches MS in eLearning design, technologyJune 5, 2014

    Brandeis has established a new master of science degree in online instructional design and technology in response to the growing national need for professionals highly skilled in the development of digital learning resources.

  • 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.

  • Brandeisians earn Fulbrights, Goldwater, Gates CambridgeMay 13, 2014

    Nine current students and recent graduates of Brandeis have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Most will continue their studies overseas, including in England, Honduras, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Sweden, Tajikistan, and Thailand.

  • 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.

  • Science Posse goes to WashingtonApril 1, 2014

    Brandeis President Frederick M. Lawrence, Vice Provost Irv Epstein and several current and former Brandeis students met with members of President Obama’s administration in Washington on March 31 to talk about Brandeis’ Science Posse program.

  • Musicians rock at audiovisual integration April 1, 2014

    Avi Aizenman ’13 asks, are musicians better at connecting sound and sight than non-musicians? She presented her thesis at the 2013 meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, and is now submitting her findings to a scientific journal. If the paper gets accepted, it will be her third published paper in two years.

  • 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.

  • Congresswoman Clark visits Brandeis to learn about science education initiatives, meet with studentsMarch 21, 2014

    Massachusetts Congresswoman Katherine Clark was at Brandeis to learn more about its science education initiatives, meet with students, faculty and senior administrators, and to tour campus, including the Rose Art Museum.

  • 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.

  • More programs added to Justice Brandeis Semester March 10, 2014

    Students welcome the opportunity to do a deep dive into a topic, combining traditional classroom studies with a mix of field work and community-engaged learning.

  • Renowned vision scientist to receive Pepose AwardMarch 7, 2014

    Richard Masland to be recognized with the Jay Pepose ’75 Award in Vision Sciences for his pioneering studies of the retina, which may translate into a better understanding and treatment of glaucoma and inherited retinal disorders.

  • The epistemology of scientific crackpotteryMarch 4, 2014

    Professor Chris Miller talks to BrandeisNow about his favorite subject besides ion channels: scientific crackpots. Miller dishes on science's most egregious con artists, charlatans and crooks — and how to spot their tricks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 supports White House education initiativeJan. 17, 2014

    Brandeis and nine other colleges and universities pledged to provide $70 million in merit-based scholarships over the next five years to 500 undergraduate urban students focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Professor Eve Marder named to the Institute of Medicine of the National AcademiesOct. 21, 2013

    Eve Marder ’69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, was elected to the the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IOM), the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, Oct. 1.

  • Charney makes it all add up Oct. 21, 2013

    Professor Ruth Charney has long been an advocate for women in math and earlier this year was elected president of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), an organization that empowers, connects and supports women in the field.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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