The Daily brief: August 24, 2011

Aug. 24, 2011, 6:55 p.m.

Board of Trustees | The University’s Board of Trustees elected two new members, Ronald B. Johnson ’80 and Victoria Browne Rogers ’83, to the board. They will begin their five year terms starting Oct. 10.

Personal Robots | Engineers in the research park are working on teaching robots how to flip pancakes, fetch a cold beer and more. The lab, called Willow Garage, is working on open system software that allows outside researchers to tweak the robots to their own needs.

Seizure Trigger | School of Medicine researchers have identified the brain circuit involved in the most common form of childhood epilepsy. In mice engineered to develop a similar condition, the animals lack a certain protein that dampens the electrical storm that typically occurs during these episodes.

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