Researchers Learn Why Immune System’s Watch Dogs Howl

A class of proteins known as toll-like receptors are the guard dogs of the immune system, sniffing out bacteria or viruses then rousing the rest of the immune system for attack. Because of their ability to activate the body’s defenses, toll-like receptors are a darling of drug developers. New research led by Brown University immunologist Wen-Ming Chu, M.D., identifies what protein alerts toll-like receptor 9, one of the most powerful guard dogs in the pack.

Brown and RISD Announce Dual Degree Program

Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announce the establishment of a dual-degree program, a five-year program that offers students the opportunity to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from RISD. The program will enable students to explore the integration of a wide range of disciplines by combining the rigorous degree requirements of both institutions.
Seventh Global e-Government Study

South Korea Continues to Lead World in Global e-Government

Brown University’s seventh annual analysis of international e-government finds that many nations are improving services and providing information for users. The United States ranks fourth, behind South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Eighth U.S. e-Government Study

Delaware and Michigan Are Best States for American e-Government

Brown University’s eighth annual analysis of U.S. e-government finds Delaware and Michigan leading all states in effective governmental use of Web-based technology. ‘USA.gov’ and the Department of Agriculture lead federal offices.

Donors and Dollars Set New Fund-Raising Records in FY 2007

Brown University announced a series of fund-raising results that set new records in numerous categories. Contributions to the Brown Annual Fund, Brown University Sports Foundation, and Brown Medical School Annual Fund, all reached historic highs. The Campaign for Academic Enrichment exceeded the $1-billion mark as it climbs within reach of the $1.4-billion goal, the largest in Brown’s history.
Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine

VA Ushers in New Era for Prostheses for Amputees

The first powered ankle-foot prosthesis, which propels users forward for walking, was demonstrated this morning at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Garth Stewart, an Iraq War veteran and amputee, showed off the invention created by MIT Media Lab Professor Hugh Herr and his team as part of a collaborative research initiative that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cancer Epidemiology

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma On The Rise, VA/Brown Research Shows

A rare skin cancer is becoming increasingly common in the United States, according to new research from the Providence VA Medical Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The overall incidence of the cancer, known as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, is higher among blacks and increases substantially with age. It was also more common among men than women. Results appear in Archives of Dermatology.
Plasmonics

On a Wire or in a Fiber, a Wave is a Wave

Around the world, students learn about the wave nature of light through the interference patterns of “Young’s double-slit experiment,” first performed more than 200 years ago and still considered among the most beautiful physics experiments. Using an analogous experiment, researchers at Brown and Stanford have shown that a simple analytical model can describe the wave nature of surface plasmon polaritons. Their work suggests that plasmonic devices cannot easily circumvent the limitations of electromagnetic waves.
Idea exchange

Brown and Paris VI Launch Collaborative Degree Programs in Math

Following on a long history of informal collaboration and exchange, the math departments at Brown University and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) are launching a formal academic affiliation. The new collaborative program will immerse graduate students in a different scientific culture as they travel from their home institution to complete three semesters of their graduate work at the host institution. Both institutions will be recognized on students’ diplomas.
Media Advisory

Iraq War Veteran To Present New Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis

The first prosthetic to provide propulsion for walking will be demonstrated by an Iraq War veteran and amputee at a media event to be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July, 23, 2007, at the Providence VA Medical Center. The prototype ankle-foot was created under a collaborative research initiative that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brown Technology Partnerships

What’s In Your Microcapsule? Tattoo Ink – and More

Brown University and Freedom-2, a New York City company developing inks to make safe, durable but removable tattoos, have reached a licensing agreement that gives Freedom-2 the rights to use the microencapsulation process perfected in the laboratory of Edith Mathiowitz for the purposes of making tattoo ink. But Mathiowitz’s technique for coating particles in polymers has plenty of uses outside the tattoo parlor.
Slavery and Justice

Brown Creates Commission to Commemorate History of R.I. Slavery

A 10-member Commission to Commemorate the History of Slavery in Rhode Island established by Brown University in cooperation with the City of Providence and State of Rhode Island, is charged with developing ideas for how best to acknowledge the University and community’s historical relationship to slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.

New agreement nurtures and sustains Brown’s relationship with city

On Thursday, June 5, 2003, Mayor David Cicilline and the presidents of Brown University, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, and the Rhode Island School of Design announced an unprecedented financial agreement that will provide Providence with nearly $50 million in voluntary contributions over 20 years. The text of President Ruth J. Simmons’s announcement to the campus community follows here.

Ruth J. Simmons named 18th president of Brown University

Ruth J. Simmons, currently president of Smith College, has been named 18th president of Brown University. Her appointment was approved unanimously by the Corporation of Brown University during a special session at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000). Simmons will begin her duties July 1, 2001.

Lamphere Consent Decree is vacated; Brown cited as a national leader

Chief Judge Francis J. Boyle of the U.S. District Court in Providence has granted a petition to terminate the Lamphere Consent Decree. The University and members of a class representing all current and future female professors at Brown had jointly petitioned the court to terminate the decree, which had governed faculty hiring and promotion at Brown for 14 years.

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