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.

Earth Science Women’s Network becomes nonprofit

Six women in the Earth sciences had an informal dinner in 2002. Twelve years later, the Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) that grew from that dinner has more than 2,000 members and is establishing itself as a nonprofit international organization for peer mentoring and advocacy.

Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall

The Brown University Orchestra will travel to New York City to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The orchestra will present a campus preview of that concert on Friday, Oct. 10, in Sayles Hall at 8 p.m.
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Brown to host Providence mayoral debate

Brown University’s A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions will host a debate among the candidates running for mayor of Providence on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at 7 p.m. The debate will take place in Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium, and will include Jorge Elorza, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, and Daniel Harrop.

IE Brown students return to campus

The current cohort of IE Brown Executive MBA (EMBA) students returns to campus this week to take classes and prepare for a visit to South Africa in January.

Working memory hinders learning in schizophrenia

Trouble with working memory makes a distinct contribution to the difficulty people with schizophrenia sometimes have in learning, according to a new study. The researchers employed a specially designed experiment and computational models to distinguish the roles of working memory and reinforcement learning.

Held over for second season: “I’m With the Band”

For the second year, Brown has partnered with two Providence performing arts organizations to offer free admission to students. “I’m With the Band” will provide Brown students with free tickets to performances at AS220’s 95 Empire and Trinity Repertory Company.

Ebola Teach-in Thursday, Oct 9

The current ebola epidemic in West Africa has biological but also social causes. Three faculty experts and an organizer from the global health NGO Partners in Health will speak Oct. 9, 2014, in Wilson Hall at 6 p.m. at a student-led teach-in.

A new way to extract bone-making cells from fat tissue

By sorting human fat tissue cells by their expression of a certain gene, Brown University scientists were able to retrieve a high yield of cells that showed an especially strong propensity to make bone tissue. With more refinement, the method could improve the ability of surgeons to speed bone healing.

Inaugural public humanities fellows named

Two community arts and humanities leaders and four faculty members are the inaugural class of public humanities fellows. They will receive research support and graduate student assistance for their projects, which they will present at a series of luncheon seminars during the year.

‘Something in the nature of an industrial artifact ’

Sculptor Martin Puryear spoke about his new work, about the difficulty of creating a memorial about a shameful historic practice, and about using art to do justice to historical truth. More than 300 guests who attended the dedication Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, rose to applaud when Puryear was introduced and rose again after he had spoken. His remarks follow here.
Questions for Russell Fiore

How Brown manages student-athlete concussions

When a head impact occurs in athletic competition, it triggers a process of assessment, evaluation, any necessary protective measures, and recovery to ensure a student-athlete’s safety. Russell Fiore, Brown’s head athletic trainer, described the process in a recent interview.

TRI-Lab hosts symposium on early childhood development

More than 200 scientists, policymakers, teachers, and child care professionals attended a recent TRI-Lab symposium aimed at improving the health, educational performance, and well-being of Rhode Island’s children.

‘A memorial is also about things to do’

B. Anthony Bogues, professor of Africana studies and inaugural director of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, addressed more than 300 University guests at the dedication of the Slavery Memorial. He spoke about efforts to grapple with the past and noted that the memorial also points to unfinished work. His text follows here.

Brown University dedicates its Slavery Memorial

More than 300 University guests joined President Christina Paxson, Prof. Anthony Bogues, and American sculptor Martin Puryear on the Front Green Saturday afternoon, Sept. 27, 2014, to dedicate the University’s new Slavery Memorial.