Brown University School of Engineering

News from October, 2013

Nov. 1-4 at MIT

iGEM team heads for World Jamboree

With a medal-winning performance at the North American regional synthetic biology competition in Toronto earlier this month, a team of students at Brown and Stanford universities is headed to the World Championship Jamboree of the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) competition at MIT Nov. 1-4, 2013.

$1-million B.R.A.I.N. Prize

BrainGate team wins $1M prize in Israel

For the betterment of humanity:
For their work to develop a brain-computer interface that could help restore independence for people with severe paralysis, Brown University’s BrainGate team has won the $1-million Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize. Israeli President Shimon Peres presented the prize in Tel Aviv Oct. 15, 2013.

Language acquisition and the child brain

Brain anatomy and language in young children

Language acquisition and the child brain:
Language ability is usually located in the left side of the brain. Researchers studying brain development in young children who were acquiring language expected to see increasing levels of myelin, a nerve fiber insulator, on the left side. They didn't: The larger myelin structure was already there. Their study underscores the importance of environment in language development.

IMNI Director

Professor Nitin Padture Named Director of IMNI

Professor Nitin Padture:

Brown University School of Engineering Professor Nitin Padture has been named director of the Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI), effective January 1, 2014. He succeeds Professor Robert Hurt, who served as director since the founding of IMNI in 2007.

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