Following last Thursday’s snowy morning and the heavy wind and rain of March 2, the third nor’easter to hit Waltham in fewer than two weeks arrived today, causing an all day closure of the University.
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For scholar Golnar Nikpour, the idea of prison — especially in Iran’s Pahlavi era, 1925 to 1979 — is so much greater than criminal punishment; Iranian prison, she argued in a seminar on Wednesday, has historically been an educational institution.
HOPE AS DISCIPLINE: Vanita Gupta, the 2018 Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, examined hope in her lecture.
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS: Scholar Golnar Nikpour discussed the role prisons have historically played in Iranian society.
COFFEEHOUSE: The Music and Dance Band played during the Student Union discussion at Cholmondeley's on Thursday night.
Telling the story of an unlikely partnership between two underdog businesspeople, Laurie Kahn’s “Tupperware!” brought viewers back to an unknown moment in the 1950s. Kahn, a Women’s Studies Research Center resident scholar, screened the film at the WSRC on Tuesday and led a Q&A afterwards.
Ysin-Yu Chen spoke to the Brandeis Physics Department on Thursday about the discovery of gravitational waves and the future of gravitational research. Chen, who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and began postdoctoral work at Harvard University this past fall, is a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory.
As high school and college students across the country prepare for walk-out protests on March 14, Waltham High School leaders are encouraging students to protest without leaving school grounds. In a March 9 letter sent home to students’ parents, Principal Gregory DeMeo explained the school’s alternative to the planned protest: a short meeting in the gym during the scheduled walk-out, according to a March 9 Wicked Local article.
At the beginning of the year, the Club Support Committee aided the renewal of the Brandeis Basketball Club, which had previously dissolved when its senior leadership graduated last spring. With the club now up for chartering, the Senate debated whether or not the club violated the University’s policy on inclusivity.
Despite recent improvements, certain challenges remain in the effort to fulfill the agreements negotiated after Ford Hall 2015, Chief Diversity Officer Mark Brimhall-Vargas explained in an interview with the Justice.
On Christmas Day 1948, scientist Thomas H. Jukes checked the results of an experiment with chicken feed — he noticed that chicks who were fed small amounts of antibiotics gained more weight than those who were not. Jukes was one of a number of scientists conducting experiments to find an inexpensive feed for livestock to compensate for the market losses following WWII, and he thought he had stumbled upon a possible solution. According to journalist and Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism fellow Maryn McKenna, Jukes’ discovery caused a massive upheaval in the system of raising livestock as well as “a profound human health threat that would sweep the world.”
Participation in peaceful protest and any resulting disciplinary action will not affect applicants’ chances of admission to Brandeis, the University announced on its social media accounts on Feb. 23.
THE PRU: Elihu Rubin connected the architecture of insurance company headquarters to the development of the urban city.
This week, renowned linguistics professor and researcher Kim Potowski came to Brandeis to discuss the myths that surround the American variation of the Spanish language. Potowski is a professor of linguistics at the University of Illinois, Chicago and has conducted research on a wide variety of topics, such as Spanish in the U.S., language change between generations and language diversity in America. Due to her thought-provoking research and its relevance to many of the programs offered at Brandeis, the Latin American and Latino Studies program, the Romance Studies department, the Linguistics program and the Dean of Arts and Sciences worked in tandem to invite Potowski to speak about her research.
Taking his audience back in time to a fascinating period of urban redevelopment, Elihu Rubin told the story of the Prudential Center, a Boston landmark which offers insight into the birth of its modern post-industrial city. Rubin gave his talk on Thursday night, Feb. 15.
Waltham civil leader Joseph Burgoyne III passed away suddenly at the age of 62 on Feb. 16, according to a Feb. 21 Boston Globe article. The third-generation Waltham businessman was laid to rest at Grove Hill Cemetery in Waltham on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Physicist Phil Nelson gave a lecture about the history and promise of Fluorescent Resonant Energy Transfer on Tuesday evening in the Abelson-Bass-Yalem physics building. The talk, titled, “The Physics, Biology, and Technology of Resonant Energy Transfer,” explored the discovery of FRET, in the early 20th century and examined how it is being used to improve the technology of tomorrow.
Social media presence and outreach is an important skill in the application and hiring process, said Marissa Pick ’07 in a webinar about “personal branding” that took place on Wednesday as a part of Hiatt Career Center’s ongoing “Marketing Week.”