If CD8 T cells take on one virus, they’ll fight others too

: CD8 T cells are known for becoming attuned to fight a specific pathogen (“adaptive immunity”), but a new study shows that in that process they also become first-responders that can fend off a variety of other invaders (“innate immunity”). The findings suggest that innate immunity changes with the body’s experience and that the T cells are more versatile than thought.
The evolutionary imbalance hypothesis

Invasive species: Darwin had it right

Based on insights first articulated by Charles Darwin, professors at Brown University and Syracuse University have developed and tested the “evolutionary imbalance hypothesis” to help predict species invasiveness in ecosystems. The results suggest the importance of accounting for the evolutionary histories of the donor and recipient regions in invasions.

Dennery to lead pediatrics at Lifespan, Brown

Dr. Phyllis Dennery, a specialist in neonatal care and research, will lead pediatrics at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the Lifespan health system and in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She arrives from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia next April.
Actions of the Corporation

Brown Corporation accepts $121 million in new gifts

At its regular October meeting the governing body of Brown University formally accepted gifts totaling more than $121 million in support of financial aid, internships, and academic priorities. The Brown Corporation also engaged new trustees and established endowed chairs.
Extinct enigmas

These roos were made for walking, study suggests

Based on a rigorous comparative analysis of kangaroo anatomy, researchers posit that the ancient family of sthenurine kangaroos that lived until 30,000 years ago likely preferred walking to hopping.

The Bell Gallery presents SHE

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents SHE: Picturing women at the turn of the 21st century, a selection of contemporary representations of women, on view in the Bell Gallery Saturday, Oct. 25, to Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, and at the Cohen Gallery in the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for Creative Arts Saturday, Oct. 25, to Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.
U.S. Centers for AIDS Research

Brown to host national HIV scientific symposium Nov. 6

Speakers representing the nation’s 19 Centers for AIDS Research will come to Brown University Nov. 6 to present their original research on the biology, medicine, and public health of the epidemic. The daylong National Science Symposium begins at 8 a.m. in Sayles Hall.
Questions for Richard Gray

How can charter schools be improved?

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform recently issued a report on charter schools that recommends changes to state charter legislation and charter authorizer standards. Those changes would reduce student inequities and improve transparency and accountability for the communities served. Richard Gray, director of community organizing and engagement at the Annenberg Institute, spoke with Courtney Coelho about the report and its ramifications. The report and additional comments are available on the Annenberg website.
Media Advisory

Ruth J. Simmons to deliver lecture for CSSJ opening

Brown University President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons will speak at the opening of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. Titled “Confronting Historic Wrongs: A University’s Dilemma,” the lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium. A reception and dedication of the Center will follow at 94 Waterman St.

Study models ways to cut Mexico’s HIV rates

A new study projects that increasing condom use or antiretroviral therapy for Mexico City’s male sex workers would produce a significant advance against the HIV epidemic by reducing the rate of infections among the sex workers’ partners.