Bootstrap is part of White House computer science education initiative

The creators of Bootstrap, a program developed by faculty at Brown University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will support a new White House initiative to enhance access to computer science education. They will train 300 additional educators to teach computer science.

Ambassador Chas Freeman to deliver three-part diplomacy lecture series

Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr., a senior fellow at the Watson Institute and a former U.S. diplomat, will deliver a three-part lecture series on American diplomacy, as part of the Watson Institute’s Chong Wook Lee and Vartan Gregorian Distinguished Lecture Series. Lectures will take place Feb. 4, 11, and 18, and are free and open to the public.

Boston Modern Orchestra Project comes to Brown

Boston Modern Orchestra Project will visit Brown twice this semester for a residency that will include a public performance featuring faculty works, a lecture by its conductor, Gil Rose, and reading and recording sessions with Brown composition students.

Douglas, Sharansky interleave personal, political aspects of identity

For more than an hour on stage in the Salomon Center Thursday evening, movie star Michael Douglas and Israeli leader and former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky traded thoughts about their Jewish identities and some of the challenges to Israel’s identity on the world stage. The event packed the house, but also drew demonstrators against Israeli policies and actions regarding the Palestinian people.

Brown has two inaugural Schwarzman scholars

Noah Elbot, class of 2014, and Max Song, class of 2016, were among 111 candidates named as inaugural Schwarzman scholars. Schwarzman scholars receive a fully funded scholarship at Schwarzman College on the campus of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Linking two labs a learning opportunity for Ph.D. student

Aaron Held’s research merges and draws on the expertise of two of the labs in Brown’s broad effort to combat ALS. That role has given him several opportunities to learn novel skills and new science during graduate school.

Five-lab team launches novel attack on ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis — ALS — can arise from aberrant genes. A group of five Brown University professors proposes that a cure may also come from aberrant genes — genetic mutations that suppress ALS. A new research grant supports their comprehensive investigation of ALS in flies, worms, mice and human cells.
Honors and awards

Morgan, Tripathi named AIMBE fellows

For their accomplishments in biotechnology, professors Jeffrey Morgan and Anubhav Tripathi have been elected fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.

Social ethicist and scholar Jonathan L. Walton to deliver MLK Jr. Lecture

Jonathan L. Walton, a noted social ethicist, scholar of American religions, and professor at Harvard University, will deliver the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Walton will speak about "Love, Power and Empathy in an iLife Era." His presentation is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium.

Ruth Simmons’ presidential portrait installed in Sayles Hall

A portrait of Ruth J. Simmons, Brown’s 18th president, has been completed and hung in Sayles Hall. The painting, by renowned portraitist Steven Polson, joins the University’s collection of 317 portraits of presidents, chancellors, deans, faculty, and benefactors commissioned throughout Brown's 250-year history. Thirty-five of those portraits currently hang in Sayles Hall.

Support is growing for laws that permit physician aid-in-dying

The idea of legalizing physician assistance in the planned death of terminally ill patients is rapidly gaining political traction across the United States, write Eli Adashi and Ryan Clodfelter in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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