Category: Science and Technology

  • Brandeis students digging up Concord’s hidden historySept. 29, 2015

    Professors offer their students a chance to get down and dirty at an archaeological dig site that seeks to uncover clues about a farm’s former inhabitants, from Native Americans to German prisoners of war.

  • Studying abroad prepares students to be world citizensSept. 29, 2015

    At the Office of Study Abroad's annual fair, students had the opportunity to learn about various academic programs around the world that promise to further enrich their four years of college.

  • Pairs of galactic supermassive black holes more rare than estimatedSept. 25, 2015

    A study led by Brandeis researchers suggests that galactic supermassive black hole pairs, which may be a prime source of gravitational waves, are more rare than previously estimated. Predicted by Albert Einstein as part of his general theory of relativity, gravitational waves are considered the next great frontier in astrophysics.

  • Fischer renews campus sustainability effortsSept. 22, 2015

    Mary Fischer, the new manager for sustainability programs, will work with students, faculty, staff and administration to help Brandeis reduce carbon emissions and advance campus sustainability.

  • Researchers discover structure of fluoride-specific ion channelSept. 21, 2015

    Researchers at Brandeis and the University of Oxford have determined the structure of a fluoride-specific ion channel from the Bordetella pertussis bacteria called Bpe. The details provide important insight into how Bpe exports fluoride out of the cell. It also may suggest an approach to trap fluoride inside cavity-causing bacteria.

  • 3-D learning channels the senses in Brandeis classroomsSept. 16, 2015

    Brandeis professors from a wide array of academic disciplines — from the sciences, to the arts to the classical studies — are using 3-D printing technology to help their students learn in new and engaging ways.

  • Lynda offers campus online training resources Sept. 8, 2015

    Brandeis students, faculty and staff have free access to the website’s library of online classes and tutorials that cover a range of technical, creative and business topics.

  • Eve Marder '69 named American Physiological Society FellowSept. 1, 2015

    Eve Marder ‘69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, has been named one of the inaugural fellows of the American Physiological Society.

  • Catch of the day: Fishing for research data at the Museum of ScienceAug. 24, 2015

    Researchers from Brandeis recently used a computer game to collect data at the museum.

  • Noah Litwer '15 plants a seed at Prospect HillAug. 21, 2015

    With a Davis Projects for Peace grant, Litwer has started two community gardens at the affordable housing development.

  • SciFest showcases young scientists with bold ideasAug. 6, 2015

    Nearly one hundred undergraduate and high school students had the opportunity to do hands-on research and present their findings in front of their peers and Brandeis science faculty.

  • Harnessing the power of wasteAug. 4, 2015

    Lisa Dyson ’97 has a vision to convert carbon-rich waste — trash, wood and agricultural residue — into oils that can be used to manufacture plastics, polyesters, nylons and other products that are typically petroleum-based.

  • A global salute to Irving Epstein, a ‘founding father of chaos’July 21, 2015

    Scientists from around the world convened at Brandeis for IrvFest 2015, a day to celebrate Epstein and to share stories about working with him in his lab, as a collaborator or as a mentee.

  • SPROUT program distributes $50,000 in grants for innovative researchJuly 7, 2015

    The program attracted a group of applicants with a diverse range of lab-based innovations

  • New rooftop farm showcases Brandeis’ green thumbJuly 2, 2015

    Students have made the campus greener by revitalizing a former tired space on the science library's roof by installing a farm, which will offer fresh produce and environmental benefits.

  • Undergraduate researchers get career guidance in summer symposiumJuly 2, 2015

    Organized by the Brandeis Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the event brought students together with alumni, faculty and staff

  • Vivek Vimal’s rotating world June 18, 2015

    Vimal’s path to his doctorate has been indirect but quite informative.

  • Ready for a smashing success June 3, 2015

    Researchers at CERN began recording data from the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved on Earth, and began a new set of experiments that will shed light on a new realm of physics. We spoke with Gabriella Sciolla about the restart and the frontier of physics.

  • Leader-Scholar Communities bond over research projectsMay 7, 2015

    First-year students recently presented their findings – and recommendations – from their year-long projects that focused on addressing societal issues.

  • Researchers identify potential cause of schizophrenic symptomsMay 7, 2015

    Schizophrenia affects millions of people worldwide but the cause of its wide-ranging symptoms remains largely unknown. Brandeis researchers believe they have discovered an abnormality in the schizophrenic brain that could be responsible for many of the disease’s symptoms and could provide a drug target for therapeutic treatments.

  • New SPARK initiative ignites entrepreneurship across campusMay 5, 2015

    The first class of SPARK winners includes a social networking app, health-care initiatives and web-based educational tools. SPARK is designed to support projects that promote positive social, educational or financial impact on a broad range of issues.

  • Turrigiano named to new chairApril 28, 2015

    Professor Gina Turrigiano has been named the inaugural Joseph J. Levitan Chair in Visual Sciences for her research on how neural networks constantly “fine-tune” themselves even as they provide neuronal stability.

  • TripAdvisor CEO and co-founder visits BrandeisApril 23, 2015
  • Brandeis expands online course offerings with Learning Analytics graduate certificateApril 14, 2015

    Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies' fully-online graduate certificate program in Learning Analytics is for professionals with strong backgrounds in education, instructional design, or institutional research.

  • Donahue honored, awarded research and teaching grantApril 14, 2015
  • Isaac Krauss wins Strage AwardApril 14, 2015

    The Strage Award is presented annually to a distinguished junior faculty member who has made outstanding scientific contributions in the early stages of their independent research programs.

  • Discovery in Action: The Chakraborty LabApril 3, 2015

    Professor Bulbul Chakraborty and her team are developing the first theoretical framework to predict how assemblies of macroscopic objects — like sand, snow and grains — behave. The research has important implications for energy and agriculture, and for designing avalanche prevention systems.

  • Chill out! You control your stress response March 18, 2015

    Think midterms are stressful? Try being chased by a lion. In a new study, Brandeis researchers discovered that humans can, to some extent, control our genetic response to stress by moderating how we perceive it.

  • Teaching coding and confidenceMarch 11, 2015

    Girls Who Code is a new Brandeis club whose goal is to train and mentor young women in computer science to address the gender gap in STEM and information technology industries.

  • Young visionaries build life-improving creations with 3D printersMarch 10, 2015

    Students from numerous universities across the northeast flocked to Brandeis for a 24-hour, 3D printing competition.

  • Sparking ideas and sprouting solutionsMarch 3, 2015

    SPARK, a new initiative created by the Brandeis University Virtual Incubator Program, is offering $50,000 to help bring ideas and entrepreneurial ambitions to life. Preliminary proposals are due by Friday, March 6, 2015.

  • #TheDress effect: What you see isn't necessarily what's thereMarch 3, 2015

    Last week, a poorly lit picture of a dress sparked one of the fiercest debates in Internet history: Was it white and gold or blue and black? Now that the dust has settled, it’s time for a more important question: Why did people see the dress differently? ReAction asked biology professor Stephen Van Hooser to break down the science of the dress.

  • Shantanu Jadhav named Sloan Research FellowFeb. 25, 2015

    Assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience Shantanu Jadhav has won a prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship to explore memory and decision-making in mammalian brains.

  • Evolution may hold the key to rational drug designFeb. 20, 2015

    In the journal Science, Dorothee Kern outlines a new approach to studying cancer-causing proteins that may have a major impact on the development of rational drugs to fight cancer.

  • Coding something beautiful Feb. 19, 2015

    Joelle Robinson ’18 thrives on the creative process. For Robinson, it’s all about building something from nothing, and making it effective and affecting, whether it’s a computer program or a new play.

  • Jose Vargas ’15 brings astrophysics down to EarthFeb. 12, 2015

    In professor John Wardle's lab, Jose Vargas ’15 has seen further into the night sky than most people on Earth. After graduation, he will take his physics degree back to New York City and teach high school physics through Teach for America.

  • Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian takes on gamingFeb. 3, 2015

    The outspoken advocate for gender equality in gaming was scheduled to deliver the Martin Wiener Lecture in Computer Science on Feb. 9. It was postponed due to the weather.

  • Why all-nighters don’t workJan. 23, 2015

    Graduate students Paula Haynes and Bethany Christmann in the Griffith Lab are unraveling the connection between sleep and memory.

  • Ethan Stein '15 launches cyber security company, eyes changing the worldJan. 15, 2015

    CyberSecurityPlan, the recently started venture of Brandeis senior Ethan Stein, is set to offer companies and organizations a stronger and safer defense against cyber attacks.

  • Professor Emeritus Stanley Deser awarded Einstein MedalJan. 14, 2015

    In May, the Albert Einstein Society will honor Deser's career and his groundbreaking formulation that offered a new approach to General Relativity.

  • Big news for little ciliaJan. 7, 2015

    Professor Daniela Nicastro and postdoctoral fellow Jianfeng Lin have captured the highest-resolution images of human cilia ever, providing new understanding of cilia and cilia-related diseases.

  • The hunt for dark matterJan. 7, 2015

    In 2015, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will reboot after two years of upgrades, with double the energy of its first run. The Brandeis High Energy Physics Group will be in the thick of it, exploring the newly discovered Higgs boson and hunting for supersymmetry, dark matter and extra dimensions.

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