A Move to Providence

Brown To Close Haffenreffer Museum’s Bristol Facility

Citing fire code and environmental issues, Brown University has announced plans to close the Bristol facility of its Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology on Aug. 30, 2008. The University intends to move the Haffenreffer collections closer to its main campus and is seeking a suitable location in or near Providence.

Brown Researchers Create Mercury-Absorbent Container Linings for Broken CFLs

Brown University researchers have discovered a nanomaterial that can absorb the mercury emitted from a broken compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The researchers, led by Robert Hurt, professor of engineering, and engineering student Natalie Johnson, have created a mercury-absorbent container lining that can be used commercially. The packaging invention, for which Brown has applied for federal patents, would relieve a major concern with CFL use and comes as CFL sales are projected to skyrocket.

Can Cream Prevent Skin Cancer?

Martin Weinstock, M.D., has received a $10-million grant from the Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program to determine whether an easily available skin cream can prevent skin cancer. Weinstock is a dermatologist at the Providence VA Medical Center and professor of dermatology and community health at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Trying to Quit? Your Genes May Know How

Clusters of genetic variants can be linked to the success of two common treatments for smoking cessation, according to a study published in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. The research team included Raymond Niaura, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown, and Sean David of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown.

Kiraç Foundation supports closer ties for Brown, Bogaziçi University

A recent gift from the Suna and Inan Kiraç Foundation, accepted by the Corporation of Brown University on May 25, 2008, has established two funds that will initiate an international collaboration program between Brown and Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. New joint research programs and other scholarly exchanges will lead to closer ties between Brown and Bogaziçi in molecular biology and brain science.

Brown researchers work toward ending cartilage loss

Brown University nanotechnology engineer Thomas Webster has published a first-ever study that shows how a surface of carbon nanotubes combined with electrical pulses could help regenerate cartilage naturally in the body.
Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

Extended family’s behavior points to risk for post-collegiate alcoholism, Brown study says

Researchers at Brown University’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies have published the first known study linking the risk of drinking problems after college with similar problems in a student's extended family, not just parents or fathers. The study was published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
David Winton Bell Gallery

Photographic self-portrait exhibition Self and Others to open at Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Self and Others, an exhibition of photographic self-portraits, from Saturday, June 7, through Sunday, July 6, 2008. The gallery, in the List Art Center, 64 College St., will hold an opening reception for the artists on Friday, June 6, 2008, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
Frontiers of Healthcare

Brown to host conference on advances in neurotechnology

Leading scientists nationwide explain the latest advances in neurotechnology, the emerging field in which technology such as implants, probes and electrical stimulators repair damage to the central nervous system in humans. The panel discussion is held as part of the Frontiers of Healthcare Conference, organized by Brown University and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI). It will be held Monday, June 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching.

Brown Chemists Create Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles

A team led by a Brown University chemist has created the smallest iron oxide nanoparticles to date for cancer detection by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The magnetic nanoparticles operate like tiny guided missiles, seeking and attaching themselves to malignant tumor cells. Once they bind, the particles emit stronger signals that MRI scans can detect.
2008 Student Orations

Olivia Olsen:
“Translating Borders”

Olivia Olsen of Geneva, Switzerland, delivered the second of two senior orations to the graduating class at the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday May 25th, 2008, on The College Green. The full text of Olsen’s address follows here.
2008 Student Orations

Amina DeSelle Massey:
“When We Are Well”

Amina Massey of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, delivered the first of two senior orations to the 2008 graduating class at the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday May 25th, 2008, on The College Green. The text of Massey’s address follows here.

Brown Corporation approves academic changes

At its regular Commencement Weekend business meeting Friday, May 23, 2008, the Corporation of Brown University approved changes in academic programs and policies; established new endowed chairs; received a number of gifts to the University; elected two new fellows and four new trustees; elected a new treasurer and secretary; and authorized the sale of the former Old Stone Bank building.
The 240th Commencement

Brown to Award 2,211 Degrees During Commencement

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, presiding at the University’s 240th Commencement exercises Sunday, May 25, 2008, will confer 2,211 degrees, from bachelor’s to honorary doctorates.