Human rights advocate Kenneth Roth to deliver Ogden Lecture

Kenneth T. Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch and a 1977 Brown graduate, will deliver the 89th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Sense of invalidation uniquely risky for troubled teens

A study of 99 teens hospitalized out of concern about suicide risk found that a high perception of family invalidation – or lack of acceptance – predicted future suicide events among boys, and peer invalidation predicted future self harm, such as cutting, among the teens in general.

‘A polite remembrance is not enough’

President Christina Paxson addressed more than 300 University guests who had assembled on the Front Green for the dedication of the Slavery Memorial. The memorial’s prominent location helps remind the University community of its obligation to set a higher standard, to commit fully to the act of remembrance. The text of the President’s remarks follows here.
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.

Hypertension risk rises closer to major roadways

In a newly published analysis, the risk of high blood pressure among 5,400 post-menopausal women was higher the closer they lived to a major roadway. The result, which accounts for a wide variety of possible confounding factors, adds to concerns that traffic exposure may present public health risks.
Questions for Jim Kellner

Measuring the height of the world’s forests

If we know the height of the world’s forests, then we can estimate how much carbon they store. That will improve our understanding of how forests interact with the atmosphere and their role in mitigating climate change. To make those measurements, a collaboration including Brown University ecologist Jim Kellner is putting a sophisticated laser scanner on the International Space Station in 2019.

Origin of Moon’s ‘ocean of storms’ revealed

New analysis, using data from NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, has determined that the large dark patch on the western edge of the Moon’s near side is not an impact crater after all.

Brown endowment returned 16.1% in FY14

Brown University’s endowment posted an annual return of 16.1 percent for the 2014 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2014. The endowment value stood at $3.2 billion, its all-time high.