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Prof. Wright followed winding path to psychology and Brandeis

This year marks Professor Ellen J. Wright’s seventh year as a professor at Brandeis University. She serves as assistant professor of psychology at Brandeis University, with an expertise in areas such as clinical psychology, depression, gender, development and emotional regulation. Wright, in an interview with The Hoot, discussed her life journey and her fields of […]


UDRs advise students and advocate within departments

Since the fall of 1998, Brandeis’ Undergraduate Departmental Representatives have served as intermediaries between undergraduate students and the department faculty members. They act as the voices of the students to the Undergraduate Advising Heads, relaying news back and forth between the two groups. Bright, enthusiastic and well versed in their respective majors, these juniors and […]


Smiling, swimming and saving lives

Edan Zitelny, a sophomore majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, had the chance this summer to intern as a research assistant for pediatric oncologist, Dr. Ken Onel. The Hoot caught up with Edan to talk about how he was presented with such an opportunity and also to discuss what compelled him to become involved […]


Student leader Romero ’17 hones skills over summer

Of the limitless summer opportunities available to college students throughout the country, Christian Romero ’17 decided to spend his time honing his ability to lead within Brandeis’ own Student Events group. Romero first became involved with Student Events spring semester of the 2013-14 year, in the position of a social department coordinator. In this position […]


Match Corps

Among the many postgraduate education programs available to Brandeis students is Match Corps, a highly selective, one-year urban education fellowship program in Boston. Once selected, Match Corps members, most of whom are recent graduates, act as tutors for children in either a middle school in Jamaica Plains, or a high school in Lawrence. Match Corps […]


Brandeis grad takes terrorist groups to court

Manny Halberstam ’10 recently took part in an internship at Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center, an institution dedicated to combating terrorist threats through legal action. Collaborating alongside legal professionals in Tel Aviv, Israel, Halberstam directly worked on cases for private citizens harmed by the actions of terrorist groups. Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner is the director of the […]


Neurobiology professor pushes the limits of the unconscious mind

Imagine a person who drives to work or school on a daily basis: The person takes the same turns, stops at the same stoplights, passes by the same gas stations and restaurants and arrives at the same place at the same time every day. This routine can become so ingrained in memory that by the […]


New Triathlon Club hits the ground running, swimming, cycling

As this semester starts, the newly-recognized triathlon club is also picking up steam on campus. Triathlon started last September and—recognized by the Student Union in October—is gaining more prominence on campus. “The main reason for starting the club was simply that a few other students and I had been swimming independently and we wanted a […]


Mandel continues work to invest in humanities and Jewish education

PALM BEACH, Fla. – Overlooking the palm trees and Atlantic Ocean through the spacious glass walls of his living room, Morton Mandel, 91, speaks sharply on business strategy, values, university politics and family life. Mandel, who cofounded Premier Industrial Corporation and invested $900 with his brothers in 1940, merging it more than five decades later […]


With 2016 midyear class, looking at merits of the program

As the midyear class of 2016 is welcomed to Brandeis, the option of enrolling as a midyear student is expanding across the country. According to the College Parents of America Association, universities see midyear students as an opportunity to stabilize their student population throughout the year. As students go abroad, transfer and drop out, midyears […]