The Corporation of Brown University, the University’s governing body, established the Brown University School of Engineering, elected three new fellows and six new trustees, and accepted gifts totaling $15.5 million at its regular spring meeting Friday, May 28, 2010.
Alumni, parents, and members of the Brown Corporation will join senior University leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Wendell R. Erickson ’19 Athletic Complex, Hope Street at Cushing.
Chemists at Brown University have come up with a promising advance in fuel-cell technology. The team has demonstrated that a nanoparticle with a palladium core and an iron-platinum shell outperforms commercially available pure-platinum catalysts and lasts longer. The finding, reported in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, could move fuel cells a step closer to reality.
New research at Brown University challenges the notion that invasive species can't coexist with native animals. The researchers studied the Asian shore crab, which has proliferated along the Atlantic shore. In a paper in <em>Ecology,</em> the team explains why the crab has been successful in its new home without hurting native species.
In a campuswide e-mail message this morning, President Ruth J. Simmons informed the Brown community of the death of Tam Ngoc Tran, a graduate student in American Civilization. The accident also claimed the life of a graduate student from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. A second Brown graduate student was treated and released from the hospital.
Geologists led by Brown University have documented that Lake Tanganyika in east Africa has experienced unprecedented warming in the last century. Using core samples obtained from the lakebed, the team determined the lake is currently the warmest it has been in the last 1,500 years. The warming likely is affecting the valuable fish stocks upon which millions of people depend. Results appear in <em>Nature Geoscience.</em>
Brown University’s Commencement is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most colorful academic pageants. A media guide to Brown University’s three-day Commencement-Reunion Weekend follows here. See also:<br />
<a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/05/stats">Statistics: Brown to confer 2,259 degrees</a><br />
<a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/05/baccalaureate">Baccalaureate: David Rohde to speak</a><br />
<a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd">Honors: Brown to confer eight honorary degrees</a><br />
<a href="http://www.brown.edu/web/commencement/2010/documents/commencement_program_2010.pdf">2010 Commencement program downloads</a> (pdf)
David S. Rohde, a 1990 Brown University graduate and a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for <em>The New York Times,</em> will deliver the 2010 Baccalaureate address at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in the First Baptist Meeting House.
U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will give a lecture titled “On The Importance of Student Activism Today” Monday, May 10, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Family Auditorium.
“The Quiet Power of U.S. Trade Relations With Haiti” will be the subject of a talk by former Haitian Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis on Friday, May 7, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. at the John Carter Brown Library. The library also will announce the online archive of rare Haitian books. The event is free and open to the public.
In a special section of the journal <em>Developmental Psychology,</em> co-edited by Cynthia Garcia Coll, professor of education at Brown University, various studies report that young Latino children are engaged in classroom tasks and socially competent, but their early gains often wane by middle school.
Steven King, currently director of the Brown University Sports Foundation, has been named senior vice president for University advancement. He will begin his duties July 1, 2010, succeeding Ronald D. Vanden Dorpel.
Samuel Broder, the former director of the National Cancer Institute who presided over the successful testing of the AIDS-fighting drug AZT, will speak on the AIDS pandemic and how AZT changed public attitudes toward the disease. Broder will be among 17 distinguished scientists visiting Brown May 3–7, 2010, for a symposium on advances in genomics, honoring the legacy of physicist and computer pioneer John von Neumann.
Legendary percussionist Zakir Hussain will perform at Brown University on Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, The College Green. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The performance is part of Brown's Year of India.
New research by David Badre, assistant professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University, and colleagues at the University of California–Berkeley suggests that the frontal cortex may have a larger role in decision-making in unfamiliar situations. Their paper appears in the current edition of <em>Neuron.</em>