Category: Science and Technology

  • 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.

  • 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.

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