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Samoan obesity epidemic starts at birth

Check-up at the well baby clinic, American Samoa:

Postdoctoral researcher Nicola Hawley is part of a team to study the increasing prevalence of obesity in American Samoa. The results recently published in the journal Pediatric Obesity may not be confined to Polynesian populations, said the authors. American Samoa’s prevalence of obesity in infancy may be the harbinger of a slower-moving trend in the same direction in developed nations.

A Better Way to Culture Central Nervous Cells

A more dependable scaffold for neural cell culture:

Kwang-Min Kim's research on a protein associated with neuron damage in people with Alzheimer’s disease suggests a better method of growing neurons outside the body that might then be implanted to treat people with neurodegenerative diseases. Kim is a biomedical engineering graduate student and lead author the study, which will soon be published in the journal Biomaterials.

Aging Cells Lose Their Grip on DNA Rogues

A younger cell’s game:

Graduate students Steven Criscione and Edward Peckham and postdoctoral researcher Marco De Cecco are working alongside others at Brown to discover how parasitic strands of genetic material called transposable elements attack chromosomes and how cells lose the ability as they age to defend against these attacks. De Cecco is the lead author of a study a with professor John Sedivy of the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry.

Hertzberg to Lead Pawtucket Foundation

Aaron Hertzberg, a student in the Taubman Center’s Master of Public Affairs program, has been named executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for downtown, riverfront, and transportation improvements for the city of Pawtucket.

Brown Executive Scholars 2013

Seven doctoral and three master's students will explore university administration as part of the third cohort of the Brown Executive Scholars Training program. The 12-week program helps to prepare doctoral and advanced master's students for administrative careers.

DNA Prefers to Dive Head First Into Nanopores

A preference for diving head first :

Graduate student Mirna Mihovilivic observed single molecules of DNA being drawn through nanopores by electrical current and figured out why they most often travel head first. The research, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, looks at the dynamics of how DNA molecules are captured by solid-state nanopores, tiny holes that soon may help sequence DNA at lightning speed.

Summer Research Awards - Now Accepting Applications

The Joukowsky Summer Research Award Program application period is now open. This grant provides additional funding for scholarly activities outside of Brown during the months of June, July, and August. Students conducting research or traveling for other academic purposes during the summer months may be eligible for this award. More information and application.

Student Research on HIV Disclosure Rates in Ethiopia

Ayalu Reda, a graduate student in sociology, is the lead author on a paper recently published in AIDS Care about HIV disclosure rates in Ethiopia, where more than 1.2 million people are thought to be HIV-positive. Reda's research reveals that many HIV-positive patients do not disclose their status to their spouse, siblings, or sometimes to anyone and often travel far distances to receive treatment.

Kreinik onstage at Trinity Rep

Barrie Kreinik, an M.F.A. student in the Brown/Trinity program, is one of two actors starring in Trinity Repertory Company’s current production, The How and the Why, which runs through Dec. 30, 2012. Kreinik plays Rachel, a woman in her twenties who both bonds and spars with her mentor, Zelda, played by Anne Scurria, over the personal and professional consequences of their opposing views on the theory of evolution. Trinity describes the play as a “funny, gripping new play ...