<p>Brown Papers Reveal Widespread, Hardworking Water on Ancient Mars</p>

<p>Papers by Brown University scientists show that water on ancient Mars was pervasive and was working hard, changing the minerals below ground and on the surface. The paper in <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature07097.html"><em>Nature</em></a> by planetary geologist John Mustard lends the first in-depth look at the various terrains in which water-bearing minerals were present. A companion paper in <a href="http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v1/n6/full/ngeo207.html"><em>Nature Geoscience</em></a> by graduate student Bethany Ehlmann shows a clay-rich delta that may store past life.</p>
The Port Huron Project

<p>Artist Restages Radical Protest Speeches of the 1960s and ’70s</p>

<p>Public art and activism collide this summer, as Brown University artist Mark Tribe stages reenactments of Vietnam-era protest speeches on the sites where they were originally delivered roughly four decades ago. The speeches, part of a national public art initiative called <em>The Port Huron Project</em>, will be held in Los Angeles, Oakland, and New York City.</p>

Brown-Led Team Finds Evidence of Water in Moon’s Interior

A Brown-led research team has for the first time found evidence of water deep within the Moon. In a paper published in the July 10 issue of the journal <em>Nature</em>, the researchers believe the water was contained in lunar magmas ejected more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery strongly suggests that water has been a part of the Moon since its early existence – and perhaps since it was first created.
100th Ph.D.

<p>Leadership Alliance Marks Milestone in Creating Minority Leaders for Academia</p>

<p>More than 100 minority scholars have earned doctoral degrees thanks to the Leadership Alliance, a national consortium based at Brown University that identifies and nurtures minority students to become the next generation of academic leaders. To mark the 100th Ph.D. milestone, the Alliance will hold a symposium July 25-27, 2008, at the Hartford Marriott Downtown and the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn.</p>
Edible Engineering

<p>Fast Food? Brown Students Make and Race Edible Cars</p>

<p>Brown University engineering students have organized the campus’s first Edible Car Competition, in which teams build and race vehicles made out of food – with materials ranging from bagels to butternut squash.</p>

Volcanic Activity Shaped Mercury After All

A research team led by Brown University planetary geologist James Head has determined that volcanism played a central role in forming Mercury’s surface. The evidence of volcanic activity lends important insights into Mercury’s geologic history and appears in a special section describing the MESSENGER mission’s recent flyby of Mercury in the <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/321/5885/69">July 4 issue of <em>Science</em></a>.