Category: Science and Technology
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students catch computer science bug with 3D gamesAug. 2, 2013
Encounters, a family of immersive, residential programs for teens, brought 400 high school students to campus this summer. One of the newest draws is a 3D Game Design program taught by Tim Hickey, a computer science professor, who hopes it will help create a more diverse generation of computer scientists.
- Eve Marder: At the intersection of wisdom and technologyAug. 1, 2013
- Hugh Huxley, pioneering experimentalist, dies at 89 July 29, 2013
Professor emeritus Hugh Huxley, a biologist who conducted pioneering research on muscle structure and function, died July 25. Huxley came to Brandeis in 1987 as professor of biology and director of the Rosenstiel Basic Medical Sciences Research Center. He retired from the faculty in 1997.
- Blazeman's 'War on ALS' comes to BrandeisJuly 22, 2013
Thanks to a gift from the Blazeman Foundation for ALS, Mugdha Deshpande has been named the Blazeman Postdoctoral Fellow for ALS Research and is utilizing a novel research approach developed in Assistant Biology Professor Avital Rodal’s laboratory to search for a cure to the neurodegenerative disease.
- Youth summit explores the world of medicine July 18, 2013
The inaugural Global Youth Summit on the Future of Medicine gathered a diverse group of nearly 175 teenagers mulling careers in medicine and healthcare. Over nine days, the delegates received a behind-the-scenes, hands-on education, attending talks by renowned doctors and scholars and visiting medical schools and hospitals in the Boston area.
- Protecting the body in good times and badJuly 16, 2013
Assistant Professor Michael T. Marr had a mystery on his hands: Why do cells continue to produce some proteins while shutting down production of others when the body is trying to conserve resources? What he discovered could impact our understanding of cancer and other threats to the body.
- Paradis' research could impact seizure treatmentJune 27, 2013
Assistant Professor of Biology Suzanne Paradis started with a simple question: How are GABAergic synapses built? Now she and her team have applied for a patent and are continuing research that could have implications for millions of people who suffer from epilepsy.
- Innovation sprouts with annual grant competitionJune 19, 2013
Five teams of young Brandeis scientists and programmers will receive a total of $50,000 to fund the research and development of products ranging from compounds that can target cancer cells to a mobile app that helps avoid lines. It's all part of the third annual Brandeis Virtual Incubator Sprout Grant Program.
- Computer modeling technique goes viralJune 18, 2013
Sophisticated computational models and advances in graphical processing units are helping scientists understand the complex interplay between genomic data, virus structure and the formation of the virus’ outer “shell” — critical for replication.
- Brandeis inventor patents anti-cholesterol formulaJune 13, 2013
Senior Brandeis research scientist Daniel Perlman ’68 has discovered a way to make phytosterol molecules from plants dispersible in beverages and foods that are consumed by humans, potentially opening the way to dramatic reductions in human cholesterol levels.
- Rodal explores ‘eye candy’ with Pew grantJune 13, 2013
Assistant Professor of Biology Avital Rodal has been named a Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences. Rodal, who has been on faculty since 2010, studies neuronal systems and neurodegenerative diseases.
- Eve Marder wins 2013 Gruber Neuroscience PrizeJune 10, 2013
Eve Marder ’69, a pioneering researcher who has dedicated her career to understanding the nervous system’s basic functions, received the award for 'the best neuroscience being done anywhere' for her studies of a network of some 30 large neurons found in the gut of lobsters and crabs — a small yet elegant window into humans’ unfathomably rich nervous system.
- Rosbash, Hall and Young awarded Shaw PrizeMay 30, 2013
Foundation cites the positive and profound impact of research into circadian rhythms by Brandeis biology professors Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall and their colleague Michael Young of Rockefeller University. The $1 million prize will be awarded in Hong Kong in September.
- Schuster Institute fellow launches new book on 'The Business of Baby'May 8, 2013
- National Academy elects neuroscientist Turrigiano April 30, 2013
Gina Turrigiano, a professor of biology whose pioneering research studies how neurons and circuits change during learning and development, was elected Tuesday to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the nation’s most prestigious scientific society.
- Brandeis-Israel research collaborations announcedApril 29, 2013
Five faculty projects have won funding for the second year of the Bronfman Brandeis-Israel Research Collaboration, which was set up to encourage projects of scholarly merit between Brandeis faculty and faculty at Israeli universities.
- Professors discuss import of Dead Sea ScrollsApril 25, 2013
Professor of Biblical Studies Marc Brettler told the audience in Rapaporte Treasure Hall that the scrolls are 'missing links' that have opened the way to learning about the Second Temple and early Christian periods. Others spoke of the importance of scientific techniques for studying antiquity.
- Birren, Marder comment on neuroplasticity discoveryApril 25, 2013
In the current issue of the journal, Science, Susan J. Birren, Professor of Biology and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Eve Marder, Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience and head of the Division of Sciences, co-author an invited commentary on a discovery suggesting that changes in the mixture of neurotransmitters released by neurons (nerve cells) can induce changes in behaviors.
- Dead Sea Scrolls come alive at Brandeis April 23April 18, 2013
Students and other members of the Brandeis community are invited to sample food from the era and learn about the scrolls, their political and social context and the science of artifacts from the ancient world. 5 p.m. Tuesday in Rapaporte Treasure Hall.
- Gabbay Award goes to optogenetics researchersApril 18, 2013
Three scientists will be honored for their contributions to the discovery and applications of optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control the brain’s activity by genetically engineering neurons to fire in response to light.
- Paul Anastas, father of green chemistry, says world on an unsustainable courseApril 10, 2013
- Marder '69 joins Obama neuroscience 'brain trust'April 5, 2013
When President Obama unveiled his $100 million brain research initiative April 2, Brandeis neuroscientist Eve Marder was in the East Room audience as one of 14 all-star scientists charged with defining the project and its goals.
- Rohleder receives early career award from American Psychosomatic SocietyApril 5, 2013
- Dinosaur Annex concert unites music and scienceApril 4, 2013
- Back to the future for a distinguished scientistMarch 29, 2013
An emeritus professor of biology, David DeRosier has been working as a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscientist Gina Turrigiano’s lab. This job bookends DeRosier’s first postdoc in the famous Cambridge, England, lab where many fundamental biological discoveries were made.
- Frustration sparks invention to keep wipers from freezing to windshieldMarch 28, 2013
- Christine Thomas to receive Strage AwardMarch 28, 2013
The award lecture and ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Gerstenzang 123 on the Brandeis campus. Thomas’ lecture is entitled '21st Century Alchemy: Design of bimetallic systems to access novel synthetic transformations.'
- David Waltz mentees create memorial fellowshipMarch 20, 2013
Xiru Zhang, Jordan Pollack and others who were nurtured, inspired and befriended by the late computer science professor honor him on the anniversary of his passing with creation of a fellowship to broaden the participation of women and minorities in the field of artificial intelligence.
- UCLA’s Gordon Fain wins Pepose Award from BrandeisMarch 11, 2013
- Brandeis scientists support new peer-edited journalFeb. 20, 2013
Getting published in research journals can be a long, arduous process, one for which scientists have felt that they had no alternative — until now. eLife, which recently launched online, is a joint initiative of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Welcome Trust. It is the first 'open access' journal that engages editors who are working scientists with the research scientists throughout the entire editorial process.
- Honoring trio of high-achieving alumniFeb. 19, 2013
Brandeis President Fred Lawrence will present the Alumni Achievement Award to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer ’68, renowned music manager and record producer Jon Landau ’68 and pioneering mathematics professor Bonnie Berger ’83 at a ceremony on June 8 during reunion weekend.
- Undergrad’s research image makes cover of journal Feb. 7, 2013
Valerie Marchenko ’13 is pretty happy to have the image she created of quasar 3C345 chosen for the cover of this month’s Astronomical Journal. Her proficiency in Astronomical Image Processing System software enables her to take data from 27 antennas in New Mexico, which are separated over a 25-mile diameter, to work like one single 25-mile diameter telescope.
- Rosbash, Hall and Young receive Wiley PrizeJan. 31, 2013
Discovery of the molecular mechanisms governing circadian rhythms have landed Michael Rosbash, Jeffrey Hall and Michael Young this year's Wiley Prize. Their research could lead to the development of drugs to treat sleep disorders, physical and mental illness, and even jet lag.
- MS program helps people understand genetic factsJan. 27, 2013
Who is at risk of developing life-altering diseases, and how can they process the results if the future looks threatening? Genetic counselors analyze inheritance patterns and risk for recurrence, discuss options, and provide counseling to families.
- Associate Professor Tun on cognitive deficits, hearing lossJan. 23, 2013
- Professor Art Wingfield on hearing loss and dementiaJan. 21, 2013
- The pilot and autopilot within our mind-brain connectionJan. 10, 2013
Have you ever driven to work so deep in thought that you arrive safely yet can’t recall the drive itself, but can recall planning your day? Professor John Lisman explores conscious and unconscious systems, habit and non-habit systems in the mind-brain connection, which allow us the ability to multitask. This research, Lisman says, will lead to a better understanding of what we are as human beings.
- New courses: Memory, music and digital humanitiesJan. 10, 2013
Memory Architecture, African American Military History and Introduction to Digital Humanities are among the 57 new courses being offered at Brandeis this spring. Professors Talinn Grigor, Chad Williams and John Unsworth offered some thoughts on their upcoming classes.
- X-ray-emitting jet is discovered in distant quasarJan. 2, 2013
The discovery of a new X-ray-emitting jet is the result of a collaboration that includes Teddy Cheung Ph.D. ’04, Professor of Astrophysics John Wardle, Doug Gobeille Ph.D. ’10 and four other scientists. The jet is produced by a supermassive black hole at the center of a quasar known as GB 1428+4217, located 12.4 billion light years from Earth.
- Impact of caring for adult child with disability studiedDec. 14, 2012
Caring for an adult child with developmental disabilities or mental illness increased the chances that an aging parent would develop disabilities of their own, according to findings of a new study led by Dr. Subharati Ghosh, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Her study was recently published in the journal Psychiatric Services.
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