Meeting of the Corporation

Brown Corporation Restrains Tuition Increase, Approves 0.9% Budget Increase for FY10, Calls for Additional Reductions

The Corporation of Brown University has approved a consolidated operating budget of $758.7 million for the 2010 fiscal year, an increase of less than 1 percent over the fiscal 2009 budget. The total charge for undergraduate tuition and fees will rise 2.9 percent to $49,128 for the 2009-10 academic year, the lowest annual percentage increase since the early 1960s. The Corporation also authorized construction or architect selection for several projects and officially accepted a number of gifts to the University. (Also see President Simmons’ letter to the community.)
Taubman Center for Public Policy

Most Rhode Islanders Support Stimulus Plan, Concerned with State Economy

The $787-billion economic stimulus bill, set to be signed into law today by President Barack Obama, is favored by most Rhode Island voters, but most are concerned with the speed of its impact on the economy, according to a new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters. The poll was conducted Feb. 7-10, 2009.

Sociologist’s Documentary on Southside Providence Premieres on PBS

Southside: The Fall and Rise of an Inner-City Neighborhood, a feature-length documentary by Brown sociologist Hilary Silver, explores the transformation of the South Providence neighborhood. It airs for the first time Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at 7 p.m. on Channel 36.

Brown Expert Offers Guide to End-of-Life Care

Joan Teno, M.D., professor of community health and medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, has co-written a guide to help doctors place their patients in the best possible hospice care. Details on the guide will be published in the Feb. 11, 2009, edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Cell-Building Discovery Could Reduce Need for Some Animal Research

Brown University biomedical engineers, using a 3-D Petri dish they invented, have successfully built complex-shaped microtissues by assembling small building blocks of living cell clusters. The finding, to be published in the March 1 edition of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, helps advance the field of tissue engineering and could reduce the need for some animal research.

Scientists Unlock Possible Aging Secret in Genetically Altered Fruit Fly

Brown University researchers Stephen Helfand, Nicola Neretti, and others, have identified a cellular mechanism in mutated “Indy” fruit flies that appears to reduce significantly the production of free radicals, which are blamed for contributing to the aging process. The research builds on Helfand’s earlier work.
Faces and Race

A New Tool to Blunt Racial Bias

Researchers from Brown University and University of Victoria have determined that racial bias can be reduced by teaching people to differentiate facial features better in individuals of a different race. The findings are part of a new study published Jan. 21, 2009, in PLoS ONE, the online, peer-reviewed journal from the Public Library of Science.
January 24 through March 8

Knot: An Annabel Daou Installation at the Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Knot, a three-part solo exhibition by Annabel Daou, through Sunday, March 8, 2009. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Punishment by Hot Sauce

“Warrior Gene” Predicts Aggressive Behavior After Provocation

People with the so-called “warrior gene” exhibit higher levels of behavioral aggression in response to provocation, according to new research co-authored by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott. In the experiment, subjects penalized opponents by administering varying amounts of hot sauce. The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Brown Researchers Work Out Structure of TIGAR, a Possible Cancer Flag

Brown University researchers Hua Li and Gerwald Jogl have determined the three-dimensional structure of TIGAR, an enzyme whose presence in the body can warn doctors that cancer may follow. Details will be published Jan. 16, 2009, in The Journal of Biological Chemistry.