Single nanomaterial yields many laser colors

Engineers at Brown University and QD Vision Inc. have created nanoscale single crystals that can produce the red, green, or blue laser light needed in digital displays. The size determines color, but all the pyramid-shaped quantum dots are made the same way of the same elements. In experiments, light amplification required much less power than previous attempts at the technology. The team’s prototypes are the first lasers of their kind.
Commencement overview

Brown’s 244th Commencement set for May 27

A media guide to the University’s three-day weekend follows here, with links to additional news releases about:
    Total degree count for Sunday: 2,443
    The Baccalaureate service Saturday Afternoon
    The Warren Alpert Medical School ceremony
    The Graduate School ceremony
    The Class of 2012 student orators
    Eight honorary doctorates
    Features on five doctoral dissertations

Students and staff: ‘We love you, Ruth’

The Brown community gathered on the College Green to celebrate the 11-year tenure of President Simmons. Student dance group Body & Sole kicked off the program with a flash mob, followed by performances by Spoken Word and members of the Intergalactic Community of A Cappella. Staff presented a memory book and photos to President Simmons, who gave some impromptu remarks thanking everyone for their contributions during her time at Brown.
The 244th Commencement

Simmons to speak at 2012 Baccalaureate

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will deliver the 2012 Baccalaureate address at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, 2012, in the First Baptist Meeting House. Simmons, the University’s 18th president, will conclude her term as president at the end of the current academic year and will be presiding at her 11th and final Commencement.
Watson Institute for International Studies

Cybersecurity and International Relations

Experts on cybersecurity and its role in world politics will come together for a “Cybersecurity and International Relations” conference on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Department of Computer Science, the conference will include opening remarks by Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons and U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin.
Brown Plus One

Trinity College Dublin joins Brown Plus One

Brown University has partnered with Trinity College Dublin as part of the Brown Plus One program for students interested in international study. Jane Ohlmeyer, vice provost for global relations at Trinity College, visited Brown to sign a partnership agreement on April 25, 2012. Trinity College is the third international partner in the Brown Plus One initiative.
Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Chris Matthews Ogden Lecture is postponed

Chris Matthews, host of Hardball who was to have delivered a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture this evening (May 1, 2012), has been called away on assignment. The lecture will be rescheduled.
The 244th Commencement

Orators to talk of next steps for Brown grads

Tara Prendergast of Crawford, Colo., and Leor Shtull-Leber of Ann Arbor, Mich., have been selected as senior orators, a traditional highlight of Brown’s Commencement Weekend. They were chosen from more than 240 nominations by a group of faculty, deans and graduating seniors.

Did bone ease acid for early land crawlers?

In a new paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists propose that the bony structures in the skin of many early four-legged creatures might have been there to relieve acid buildup in bodily fluids. Analysis of their anatomy suggests that as they ventured out of water, the animals would have had trouble getting rid of enough CO2 to prevent acid buildup.
2012 Doctoral Theses

Julie Hunter and the beat of a different drum

Cultural taboos have long kept Ghanaian women away from drumming. But two significant political movements began to break down those barriers in the last 60 years, bringing women into the musical fold. It is that shift — and its political, social, and cultural implications — that Julie Hunter studied to earn her Ph.D. this spring.