Brown–Vernadsky collaboration

Head honored for international space science collaboration

The planetary science collaboration between Brown University and Russia’s V.I. Vernadsky Institute has grown over more than four decades, surmounting Cold War hostilities and geographic distance to build an astonishing record of scientific discoveries about the solar system. Participants gathered recently in Moscow to celebrate those contributions and Brown University’s 250th anniversary celebration.
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New Taubman poll results today at noon

Brown University will release the results today of two new public opinion surveys conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy. A news release summarizing survey results will be posted at 12 p.m.
Taubman Center for Public Policy

Taubman Center releases statewide and city polls

Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions has conducted two new public opinion surveys on the upcoming statewide and Providence mayoral races. Respondents were also asked about the state of the economy and government approval ratings.

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.

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.
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Watson Institute to host faculty discussion in Chicago

Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies will host a panel discussion featuring research that addresses contemporary world challenges on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, at the University Club of Chicago. Watson Insitute director Richard Locke will moderate the discussion with Brown faculty. The Chicago visit is part of Brown’s 250th anniversary celebration.
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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.

The Bell Gallery presents <em>SHE</em>

The David Winton Bell Gallery presents <em>SHE: Picturing women at the turn of the 21st century</em>, 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.
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.
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 <a href="">are available on the Annenberg website</a>.

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.

Warren Simmons to step down as Annenberg director

After 16 years as executive director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Warren Simmons will step down on June 30, 2015, at the end of the current academic year. Simmons will continue his work on national school reform efforts and will remain affiliated with the Annenberg Institute as a senior fellow.