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Review Indicates Cardio Exercise Benefits

Exercise examined:

Everyone knows that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but much remains unknown about how the benefits arise, and what to expect in different people who exercise to improve their health. To gain a more precise understanding of how exercise improves health and whom it helps most, researchers, including Epidemiology doctoral student Xiaochen Lin, analyzed the results of 160 randomized clinical trials with nearly 7,500 participants.

Questions for James Budarz: ‘Molecular Movie' Captures Ultrafast Chemical Reaction

A team of researchers, including PhD student James Budarz, has captured the dynamics of how a ring-shaped molecule opens and unfurls in an ultra-high speed “molecular movie.” This is the first time a chemical reaction has been imaged at the molecular level with such short time scales. The research, conducted with Peter M. Weber, Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the Graduate School, could serve as a basis for understanding similar reactions involved in a wide variety of chemical processes.

Young-Paulhill Named Simmons Scholar

Jasamine Young-Paulhill, an incoming graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2015 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Lost Museum Wins Two More National Awards

A tribute to what may have been:

The Lost Museum exhibition at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage has received two awards from the The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The exhibit was curated by recent graduate students from Brown and RISD, including Lily Benedict '14 AM, Elizabeth Crawford '15 AM, Kathrinne Duffy '15 AM, Sophia LaCava-Bohanan '15 AM, Jessica Palinski '15 AM, Rebecca Soules '15 AM, and Jamie Topper '14 AM and three RISD students.

Using Minecraft to Unboggle the Robot Mind

A human can make intuitive choices about what actions to take in order to achieve a goal. Robots have a far more difficult time choosing from of a universe of possible actions. Researchers at Brown, including David Abel, a doctoral student student in Computer Science, are developing an algorithm that can learn that skill from a video game environment.

Martian glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

Spectral signals:

Brown University researchers, including Kevin Cannon, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

The Q + A: Mateus Baptista, Commencement Speaker

Mateus Baptista, a fifth-year Master’s student in the Urban Education Policy program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 24.

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 2014. He came to Brown from New Jersey.

The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about his academic journey and his talk, Intellectual Responsibility: A Culture of Critique.