Category: Science and Technology

  • 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.

  • Learning from past epidemics: What can smallpox tell us about Ebola?Dec. 2, 2014

    Leff Families Professor of History Michael Willrich discusses the parallels between the U.S.’s response to the smallpox epidemic at the turn of the 20th century and the current Ebola epidemic.

  • 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.

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