Brandeis Art Exchange initiative

The MakerLab and Brandeis Arts Engagement recently launched the Brandeis Art Exchange, where students can use and donate items for creative projects, contained in a small structure outside of the Usdan Student Center. The structure is modeled after the Little Free Library program, which is an initiative originating from the Little Free Library nonprofit organization […]

New course offerings for spring 2023 semester

Brandeis faculty and staff shared information about courses offered for the first time during the spring 2023 semester with The Brandeis Hoot.  The English department has the largest number of new courses this coming semester. As professor of American Literature John Burt describes it, “The English department practically reinvents itself every year … We teach […]

Transportation updates following Boston/Cambridge shuttle accident

Brandeis administration is currently in the process of determining future transportation service options for students. These decisions are being informed by a transportation study from early in the summer as well as the ongoing investigation of the Boston/Cambridge shuttle crash.  Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Andrea Dine announced via email that the Boston/Cambridge shuttle […]

Supportive community initiatives follow shuttle accident

Editor’s Note: This article may be emotionally challenging to read as it concerns a recent Boston/Cambridge shuttle crash. While this article’s primary focus is the response of the community, reader discretion is advised.  The Brandeis community experienced a shocking tragedy when the Joseph’s Transportation Boston/Cambridge shuttle carrying 27 students crashed on a routine route down […]

Remembering Vanessa Mark

Editor’s Note: This article concerns Vanessa Mark, a student who recently passed away, and therefore may be emotionally challenging for some readers.  Twenty-five-year-old undergraduate student Vanessa Mark tragically passed away during the fatal Boston/Cambridge shuttle accident on Saturday, Nov. 15. Mark was on leave from Brandeis at the time, but was residing in Waltham. In […]

Brandeis students respond to antisemitic hate speech

In response to recent antisemitic rhetoric in pop culture such as commentary from rapper Kanye West, now known as “Ye,” Brandeis students responded in an interview with CBS Local News Boston. The interviewees were Meshulum Ungar ’24, Maya Stiefel ’24, Michael Schwartz ’23 and Oona Wood ’23. The panel addressed questions regarding the persistence of […]

South Asian Students Association presents Mela

The Brandeis South Asian Students Association (SASA) recently hosted their 25th annual cultural show Mela, featuring speeches, dancing, singing, food and more to celebrate South Asian culture. The theme for this year was Yatra, a Malayalam word that means journey. SASA described their goals for this show, saying, “Our hope is that this theme beautifully […]

Univ. admin speak on construction of Science 2A complex

Ginelle Lang, Director of Campus Planning, and Carol Fierke, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, spoke to The Brandeis Hoot regarding the construction and plans for the new science complex. New details about the science complex project—known as Science 2A—were announced in October 2022.  “The addition of Phase 2A to the science complex […]

Brandeis professor comments on the politics of crime in ABC News

ABC News recently published a news report covering political discourse on violence and crime in the U.S. and how crime is affecting voting during the midterm elections. The article focuses on increased criminal activity in Toledo, Ohio and features expert commentary from Brandeis Adjunct Associate Professor of History Leah Wright Rigeur.  The article cites the […]

Carol Anderson receives 2022 Gittler Prize

Brandeis University recently hosted the 2022 Gittler Prize award ceremony at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management for this year’s recipient Carol Anderson. The award ceremony consisted of a public lecture given by Anderson regarding the consequences of racist rhetoric in American politics and the biases from which they originate.    The Joseph […]

Period Activists at ’Deis host Open Mic Night

The Brandeis Period Activists at ’Deis (PAD) club recently hosted their annual open mic night where members of the Brandeis community were able to listen to and share stories regarding menstruation. PAD president Kyla Speizer ’23 and the PAD team shared their thoughts on the event and their club’s mission in an interview with The […]

Comfortable illusions: How our brains mislead us

Over the course of the academic year, Brandeis faculty from diverse disciplines convene to share their perspectives on broad issues with the Brandeis student community during events called Critical Conversations. This year’s first Critical Conversation, “Comfortable Illusions: How Our Brains Mislead Us,” recently took place and featured themes regarding biological perception, social behavior and nationalistic […]

The Caterpillar Lab comes to Brandeis University

The Caterpillar Lab, an educational non-profit organization that bolsters public support for nature, came to Brandeis to showcase the biodiversity, adaptations and beauty of caterpillars. Expert naturalists set up the caterpillar displays on Fellows Garden and answered questions from Brandeis community members regarding the large range of caterpillar species indigenous to North America as well […]

Brandeis celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) recently announced their recognition and support for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Brandeis in an email to the Brandeis community. This national observance starts on Sept. 15 and proceeds till Oct. 15. During this time period, the Brandeis Latinx Student Organization (BLSO) and individual student performers showcase […]

Brandeis History of Ideas panel: can individuals make history?

The Brandeis History of Ideas Program held a panel discussion with the focal question of “Can individuals make history?” featuring faculty and student speakers. Director of the History of Ideas Program David S. Katz moderated the event. The panel aimed to dissect the role of individualism in history-making from multiple angles by sharing the perspectives […]

Brandeis adopts sustainable campus maintenance practices

The Brandeis Sustainability Committee recently adopted new initiatives targeted at conducting campus maintenance in more sustainable ways and collecting data to make informed decisions regarding future infrastructure changes. These efforts are part of Brandeis’ intermittent years of climate action. The 2022 to 2023 academic year is Brandeis’ fourth year of climate action, with previous efforts […]

Student Union elections

The Student Union is currently hosting its fall elections; there are 24 open positions for the Senate, three Judiciary seats available and two Allocations Board seats open. Voting will be held on Sept. 14.    For this round of elections, students could run for the Class of 2026 Senator position, Class of 2025 Senator Position […]

Jill Greenlee awarded 2022 Lerman-Neubauer Prize

Associate Professor of Politics Jill Greenlee was awarded the 2022 Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. This award commends faculty members who provide exceptional support to students and positively impact student lives in the capacity of a mentor. In addition to the title, the prize awards faculty members with $5,000 and is presented […]

SciFest 2022 celebrates undergraduate research

The Brandeis community recently celebrated SciFest, an annual poster gallery that features the culmination of undergraduate research in the sciences. This year’s 11th annual SciFest was held on Aug 11th and showcased 116 different undergraduate scientific projects from numerous scientific fields.  Student presenters described their experience conducting research and participating in SciFest with The Brandeis […]

2022 Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine

Jan Steyaert was selected as the 2022 Jacob and Louise Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine winner for his pioneering work in biochemistry.  The Gabbay Award recognizes research that adds value to the field of biomedical science. Specifically, the Gabbay Award targets research that has a distinct application from its basic science roots. Recipients of […]