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The year in stories

As 2016 comes to a close, here are 19 highlights among Brown’s most well-read and noteworthy stories from the last year.
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Science and Technology

Are Uber drivers entrepreneurs?

A case study created by Brown undergraduates as part of an entrepreneurship class investigates the entrepreneurial aspects of the ridesharing platform’s driver model.
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Brown marine biologist Jon Witman and students have spent much of 2016 in the Galápagos Islands, continuing years of chronicling the complex and dramatic ecological changes wrought by the increasingly volatile El Niño – La Niña cycle.
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The piRNA pathway was thought to be most active in the reproductive organs of animals, but researchers have discovered in the common fruit fly that the pathway also operates in a non-reproductive body tissue, playing a vital role in maintaining health and lifespan.
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Research by Brown University political scientist shows that citizens who distrust government institutions may disregard government-mandated disease-control measures, with negative implications for public health.
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Envisioning a new home for the School of Professional Studies, the University signed a letter of intent to lease 50,000 square feet over 15 years as part of a major development project by Wexford Science & Technology in Providence’s Jewelry District.
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A famine that afflicted China between 1959 and 1961 is associated with an increased hyperglycemia risk not only among people who were born then, but also among the children they had a generation later.
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The newly minted program, modeled on the Rhodes Scholarship, provides funding for graduate study at Tsinghua University in Beijing with the goal of promoting a broader understanding of China’s global role.
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A week before heading to Sweden to receive the Nobel Prize, Brown physicist and 2016 Nobel Laureate Michael Kosterlitz will meet President Obama and participate in a discussion at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
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A senior concentrating in archaeology and a Class of 2016 graduate studying puppetry in Indonesia are among the 2017 recipients of the prestigious academic awards, which allow for post-graduate study in the United Kingdom.
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An analysis of diet quality among more than 38,000 U.S. children shows that nutrition for the nation’s kids has been getting steadily better in recent years, but what they eat is still far from ideal and disparities persist by income, race and receipt of government food assistance.
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Statement signed by more than 100 presidents cites the positive impact of students in the U.S. via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and calls on leaders from other sectors to join universities in advocating the continuation and expansion of the program.
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A new study finds that on average, the risk of chronic pain after a car accident was no greater among people given NSAIDs than among people given opioids, but those with opioids were more likely to remain on medication longer.
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Students engaged in a large march and rally on campus Nov. 16, one of several around the country, to express concern for students whom they see as marginalized after a divisive election season.
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A crowd near the flagpole on the College Green processed to the tune of bagpipes and patriotic salutes as Brown’s annual ceremony to honor service members stepped off on Friday, Nov. 11.
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In a pair of tents on the grounds of a health center in a tiny town, Dr. Adam Levine is managing a cholera treatment unit where the staff still sees 10 to 15 new cases a day, more than a month after Hurricane Matthew.
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With support from a Class of 1971 graduate and his wife, the department will pursue improvements in support of its scholarship on Jewish history, literature, language, politics and religions.
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