Category: Science and Technology
- How much do you know about evolution? Jan. 21, 2016
On the first day of class, Brandeis biology professor James Morris gives his students a pop quiz on evolution. The questions are simple, the answers are not. See how well you'd do on Professor Morris' quiz.
- DNA dumpster divingJan. 12, 2016
What others see as junk in our genome, biologist Nelson Lau views as diamonds in the rough. He's pursuing a transformation of how we think about the human genome.
- BIMA, Genesis programs receive grant to support development of teacher training and curriculaJan. 7, 2016
The Covenant Foundation has given Brandeis a $20,000 grant aimed at supporting new Jewish teaching initiatives for one year
- A year in pictures: A photographic retrospective of 2015Dec. 31, 2015
From record snowfall to the naming of a new president, it was a busy and notable year at Brandeis. Take a few minutes to enjoy a photographic retrospective of the year that was on campus.
- Coffee flour offers a potentially healthier way of enjoying javaDec. 11, 2015
Research shows that coffee is good for you. What if there was a way to make it even better?
- Peering inside the brains of football playersDec. 9, 2015
Madeline Engeler ’16 began researching concussions after she suffered a blow to her head while playing volleyball. What she found sheds new light on brain injuries suffered by athletes.
- Rosenstiel Award given to biologist Yoshinori OhsumiDec. 3, 2015
Yoshinori Ohsumi, a world expert on autophagy, an adaptive mechanism of cells where they rid themselves of certain parts, will be honored with the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research this April.
- Innovation Showcase celebrates discovery, entrepreneurial spiritNov. 9, 2015
Nearly 200 Brandeis students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as area business leaders, participated in the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center’s first-ever Brandeis Innovation Showcase on Nov. 3.
- Video game industry critic Anita Sarkeesian talks tropes at BrandeisNov. 4, 2015
The founder of Feminist Frequency outlined some of the ways women are objectified in video games during a talk at Wasserman Cinematheque.
- Brandeis biologist Eve Marder '69: My life as a scientistNov. 2, 2015
Eve Marder ’69, the Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield Professor of Neuroscience, explains what drew her to science in a lengthy profile story in The Scientist.
- Koloski-Ostrow to be honored nationally for contributions to archaeological educationNov. 2, 2015
Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow, chair of the department of classical studies at Brandeis and co-director of the graduate MA program in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.
- Brandeis-Hampton partnership to promote diversity in the sciencesOct. 27, 2015
The new initiative, funded by the National Science Foundation, will encourage more opportunities for under-represented candidates in research science fields.
- How many senses do humans really have?Oct. 21, 2015
In a paper published in Current Biology, Don Katz reports research findings that further underscores the interdependence of smell and taste.
- Stephen Quake, pioneering bioengineer, to receive Gabbay AwardOct. 20, 2015
Stanford University's Stephen Quake, a world-renowned expert in microfluidics, will be honored with the Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine at Brandeis today, Oct. 20.
- New faculty bring wide array of expertise to labs, classroomsOct. 14, 2015
Brandeis welcomed a robust group of scholars to campus this fall, one of the largest group of tenure-eligible faculty appointments in recent years.
- 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.
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