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NIH funds study of early life chemical exposures

With more than $1.5 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next four years, Brown University epidemiologist Joseph Braun will study how exposure to three common chemicals during pregnancy and childhood affects brain development and the thyroid.

Web app helps researchers explore cancer genetics

As gene sequencing has gotten faster and cheaper, clinicians and researchers are able to use genomic data to study, diagnose, and develop a course of treatment for a variety of individual cancers. MAGI, an open-source tool developed by Brown University researchers, lets users compare their data with enormous cancer genetics datasets.

Brown senior Manuel Contreras to speak at White House panel

Media Advisory: 1vyG at the White House

Manuel Contreras, a senior at Brown University, will take part in a White House “Beating the Odds” panel with First Lady Michelle Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and others on Thursday, July 23, at 11 a.m. Contreras is a leader of 1vyG, an organization that supports first-generation college students.

Neighborhood revitalization motivated exercise

Birmingham, Ala.

A community revitalization effort in a struggling neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala., succeeded in promoting healthy physical activity. A new study also documents the basis of that change in the hopes and concerns of the neighborhood’s residents.

Hassett appointed next ICERM director

Brendan Hassett will become the next director of Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), one of eight institutes for mathematics across the country funded by the National Science Foundation. Hassett, formerly of Rice University, will begin serving as director in July 2016.

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