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2014

Diving into data

July 17, 2014: Jane Furey ’15 use survey data to better understand sanitation and water access in sub-Saharan Africa.

Researchers discover boron “buckyball”

July 9, 2014: Researchers from Brown, Shanxi University and Tsinghua University in China show that a cluster of 40 boron atoms forms a hollow molecular cage similar to a carbon buckyball. It’s the first experimental evidence that a boron cage structure — previously only a matter of speculation — does indeed exist.

Venture for America returns to train future entrepreneurs

July 9, 2014: Venture for America has returned to campus for its third five-week summer training camp. The nonprofit’s class of 105 fellows will participate in lectures and exercises meant to prepare them for two-year fellowships.

Recipe for a BRYTE Summer

July 8, 2014: Now in its fourth summer, the BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment) Summer Camp provides an academic enrichment camp for refugee youth in Providence.

Virtual crowds produce real behavior insights

July 8, 2014: William Warren’s research group is advancing virtual reality technology in the service of studying the science of the swarm: how patterns of crowd movement emerge from individual behaviors. He describes the work in a conference keynote in Vancouver.

R.I. lead law effective, often ignored

July 7, 2014: Only one in five properties in Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, and Woonsocket that are covered by Rhode Island’s lead hazard mitigation law were in compliance with the statute more than four years after it took effect, according to a study by a local team of academic, government, and nonprofit researchers.

President Paxson at Aspen Ideas Festival

July 3, 2014: President Christina Paxson participates in the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Stem cell type resists chemo drug

July 2, 2014: In lab tests, Brown researchers from several disciplines show that adipose-derived stem cells, which can generate bone tissue, appear resistant to the toxicity of the chemotherapy drug methotrexate, which degrades bone in patients such as kids suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

The contemplative studies concentration

June 30, 2014: The College Curriculum Council approves contemplative studies as a concentration, turning the 10-year-old Contemplative Studies Initiative into a full-fledged degree option for students and making it the first college major of its kind in North America.

RISD/Brown/Erfurt team unveils unique fabric solar house

June 27, 2014: A student team from RISD, Brown, and the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, now in France, unpack and reassemble the solar house they built in Providence.

Costs of War: $4.4 trillion, 350,000 lives

June 26, 2014: The Costs of War project at Brown's Watson Institute for International Studies releases updated figures for the human and financial costs of the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

Emergence of bacterial vortex explained

June 23, 2014: Researchers at Brown and the University Cambridge explain the bi-directional vortex formed spontaneously by bacteria in a drop of water.

Stem pipeline problems to aid STEM diversity

June 18, 2014: A new analysis of disappointing results in the pipeline’s output leads two Brown biologists to suggest measures to help the flow overcome an apparent gravity.

First-graders flood campus

June 13, 2014 On a soggy Friday, 55 first-graders from the Paul Cuffee School in Providence flood campus for activities that supported their classroom work studying multiple intelligences.

Brown honors 20 Providence scholars

June 5, 2014: Brown is helping 20 Providence high school graduates pursue college plans with grants from its Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence. The students were honored at the home of President Christina Paxson during an event attended by school administrators, elected officials, the students, and their families and friends. All have plans to attend two- or four-year institutions of higher learning in September.

Agreement signed with Naval War College

June 6, 2014: Brown and the U.S. Naval War College signed an agreement to promote collaborative research and teaching between the two institutions that will address challenges to international security.

Corporation Accepts $25M Gift for Graduate Fellowships

May 27, 2014: At its regular Commencement Weekend meeting Friday morning, May 23, 2014, the Corporation of Brown University formally accepted gifts to the University totaling more than $46.6 million. The largest of those gifts — $25 million from anonymous donors — will underwrite 25 named fellowships, allowing the University to provide enhanced support for more of its highly accomplished doctoral candidates.

Corporation announces site for engineering building

May 24, 2014: At its regular Commencement Weekend meeting on Friday, May 23, 2014, the Corporation of Brown University approved building sites for the School of Engineering and the Division of Applied Mathematics

New environmental institute to launch

April 14, 2014: The Board of Fellows has approved creation of an Institute for the Study of Environment and Society (ISES) in the coming academic year. Environmental questions range in scale from molecular to planetary and demand research collaboration from many disciplines. The new center will draw on Brown’s strengths in environmental teaching and research to address those questions in a holistic way.