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Our faculty make an impact — in the classroom and in the field. As intellectual pioneers and engaged scholars, faculty in every discipline garner top awards and recognition for inspiring outstanding work.

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A new book by Brandeis anthropologist Anita Hannig reveals how medical aid-in-dying can restore dignity and a sense of control to those facing terminal illness.

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The sonnenrad is a well-known Nazi and neo-Nazi symbol that has been seen in other white supremacist attacks. Understanding the sonnenrad’s spiritual roots can provide a better grasp of the implications of its use and its importance to members of the far right.

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Research scientist Vivekanand Vimal, GSAS PhD’17, demonstrates the movement of the Multi-Axis Rotation System chair, which tests people’s balancing skills and spatial orientation.


Fully including children in immigrant families and Hispanic children in this key anti-poverty program is critical.

Lizabeth Hedstrom

Brandeis University chemical biologist Lizbeth Hedstrom received one of nine Director’s Transformative Research Awards this year from the National Institutes of Health under its High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program. The 5-year, $3.5 mil grant will support the development of new methods for drug design relying on targeted protein degradation. This emerging strategy has several potential therapeutic advantages over traditional approaches, including the development of more potent, longer acting, drugs.

The rational design of ‘degraders’ has focused almost exclusively on degradation induced when the target protein is modified with ubiquitin. In contrast, Hedstrom will be developing ubiquitin-independent strategies.

Faculty Spotlight

Michael Rosbash and Jeffrey Hall in Stockholm

On October 2, 2017, Michael Rosbash, the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology, and Jeffrey Hall, professor emeritus of biology, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms, the inner biological clock that regulates almost all life on the planet.

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