Category: Science and Technology

  • DNA's Wild West: Bounty hunters, outlaws vie for control of your genesNov. 17, 2014

    In two recent papers, professor Nelson Lau explored a biological system that hunts down and silences genetic parasites that may contribute to human infertility and other conditions.

  • Society for Neuroscience honors Eve Marder ’69 and Timothy O’LearyNov. 11, 2014

    Eve Marder ’69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, and Timothy O’Leary, a postdoctoral fellow in the Marder lab, will be honored this weekend at Neuroscience2014, the Society for Neuroscience’s annual conference.

  • Wandering the Earth and stars with Isaac Steinberg ’15 Nov. 10, 2014

    Isaac Steinberg is an avid traveler, amateur astronomer and editor-in-chief of Wander: Brandeis Abroad, the student magazine supported by the Office of Study Abroad. For International Education Week, Nov. 9-14, Wander is presenting a student photo exhibit in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium.

  • Brandeis IBS announces creation of Hassenfeld Family Innovation CenterNov. 6, 2014

    Brandeis International Business School has received a $2.5 million gift to establish the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center, which will to support faculty research while catalyzing innovation on campus.

  • Ebola in West Africa: The outbreak's impact and a look to the futureNov. 6, 2014

    Public health physician and adjunct professor Theo J.C. Lippeveld and director of the PhD Program at the Heller School and Chief Economist of the Global Health Bureau for USAID Allyala K. Nandakumar talked about Ebola in West Africa last week.

  • Improving with age: Regions of the brain strengthen over timeOct. 31, 2014

    New techniques in cognitive neuroscience are revealing regions of the brain that improve with age, reports assistant professor of psychology Angela Gutchess in the current issue of Science. BrandeisNow spoke with Gutchess about aging and how it changes our brains.

  • Brandeis to NASA: Developing tech to boldly go where no tech has gone beforeOct. 29, 2014

    Valerie Scott ’05, an inorganic chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, designs small technologies for space and planetary exploration.

  • Gabbay Award honors researchers who developed groundbreaking genomic tool Oct. 20, 2014

    Three researchers who developed a revolutionary tool that can target and modify specific genes in living cells will be presented with the 17th Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine on Oct. 27 at Brandeis.

  • Pioneering geneticist Frederick Alt ’71 wins 44th Rosenstiel Award Oct. 15, 2014

    Geneticist Frederick Alt ’71 will be awarded the 44th Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Biomedical Science by Brandeis University for his pioneering research exploring the mechanisms of genomic instability and its implications for the immune system and cancer cells.

  • White House neuroscience initiative funds researchOct. 7, 2014

    Professors Sacha Nelson and John Lisman ’66 were among the first researchers to receive funds from the National Institutes of Health under President Barack Obama’s BRAIN Initiative.

  • Study: Dengue fever vastly underreported in IndiaOct. 7, 2014

    The annual number of dengue fever cases in India is 282 times higher than officially reported, and the disease inflicts an economic burden on the country of at least US$1.11 billion each year in medical and other expenses.

  • What happens when good genes get lost?Sept. 30, 2014

    Sometimes, an important gene gets embedded in junk DNA by mistake and scientists have long wondered how those genes get activated. Now, Brandeis University researchers may have solved that mystery. Read how on ReAction: The Brandeis University Science and Research Blog

  • Obesity and stress pack a double hit for healthSept. 22, 2014

    If you’re overweight, you may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, according to a new study by Brandeis University.

  • New science and research blog brings Brandeis science out of the labSept. 16, 2014

    ReAction is a new science and research blog being launched today by the Office of Communications. Featuring videos, stories and photography, along with guest posts from students, faculty and alumni, ReAction is the place to learn about what’s hot — and cool — in Brandeis research.

  • 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, 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.

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