The 241st Commencement

Commencement Forums Cover Economy, Nanotechnology, Literature and More

Brown University’s Commencement Forums and Alumni Reunion Forums, a series of academic colloquia by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests, will begin on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Sessions range from economics and literature to nanotechnology and obesity. All forums are free and open to the public on a space-available basis.
Better Eating, Thanks To Postman

Personalized Nutritional Information Sent Through Mail Helps Improve Diets

Researchers led by Kim Gans, associate professor and co-director of the Institute for Community Health Promotion, have found that sending customized nutritional materials through the mail helped low-income ethnically diverse people eat more fruits and vegetables and improve their diets. Details are highlighted in The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.
News Advisory

The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence Announces First Grants

Brown University and Providence Public Schools will announce the first grants awarded from The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence on Tuesday, May 12, 2009, in the library at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, 455 Wickendon St., Providence, at 10 a.m. [NOTE: NEW LOCATION]
The 241st Commencement

Trailblazing AIDS Researcher to Receive Rosenberger Medal

Charles Carpenter, M.D., an international leader in AIDS research and training who has worked with HIV patients for nearly three decades, will receive the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal, the Brown faculty’s highest honor, during Brown University’s Commencement exercises Sunday, May 24, 2009.
The 241st Commencement

Alpert Medical School to Confer 90 Degrees for Class of 2009

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University celebrates its 35th graduating class with addresses by Jim Yong Kim, M.D., incoming president of Dartmouth College and a Brown University alumnus; Fred J. Schiffman, M.D., professor of medicine at Brown; and Jessica Chan, a member of the M.D. Class of 2009.

May 3, 2009

Information for the Brown Community Regarding Influenza A (H1N1)

Rhode Island has its first laboratory-confirmed case of H1N1 influenza, and three probable cases have been announced at Johnson and Wales University. There have been no confirmed or probable cases at Brown. State medical authorities say H1N1 influenza appears similar to seasonal influenza, relatively mild, and responsive to treatment when necessary. University administrators sent the following e-mail communication to the campus community today.

Weight Loss Competitions Produce Encouraging Results

A study of results from the Shape Up Rhode Island 2007 weight loss competition showed many people can successfully lose weight through such competitions at minimal cost. Details are in Obesity online, with a print version scheduled to be published in early May.

Report Shows U.S. Wildlife Trade Poorly Regulated

A research team including Brown University has found that the U.S. wildlife import system is broken. In a paper published in Science, the team reported that federal authorities failed to accurately list more than four in five species entering the country. The effect: A range of diseases is introduced into the United States, potentially decimating species, devastating ecosystems and threatening food supply chains and human health.
April 30, 2009

Information on Influenza A (H1N1) for the Brown Community

There have been no suspected or confirmed cases of influenza A (H1N1) at the University. The World Health Organization has increased the level of its influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5, however. University administrators sent the following e-mail communication to the campus community today.
The Future of Ideas

RI-CIE Launches in Providence as Resource for Entrepreneurs

The Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will formally open its headquarters at One Davol Square on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. RI-CIE is a cooperative effort among Providence, the state, Brown University, and business and economic development officials. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Mayor David N. Cicilline, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, and others will officiate at the opening. (See summary of comments.)
RI-CIE: A Community Center for Entrepreneurs

Comments from Rhode Island Leaders

RICIE — the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship — opened its doors Tuesday, April 28, 2009. A number of elected officials, business leaders, and representatives of higher education were on hand. A selection of their remarks follows here. (Return to news release.)
April 27, 2009

Information for the Brown Community Regarding Influenza A (H1N1)

In an e-mail to the campus community today, senior administrators at Brown University provided faculty, students and staff with information about swine flu and health measure they should take. The text of the e-mail, sent by Russell C. Carey, senior vice president for Corporation affairs and governance, and Margaret Klawunn, vice president for campus life and student services, follows here.

College Advising Corps Celebrates ‘Decision Day’ with College-bound Seniors

The College Advising Corps, a nationwide initiative aimed at increasing college enrollment and graduation among low-income high school and community college students, will celebrate “Decision Day” with nearly 400 Rhode Island public school students planning to pursue higher education on Friday, May 1, 2009.
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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Launch Tuesday

The Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will formally open its headquarters at One Davol Square on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Mayor David N. Cicilline, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, and others will officiate at the opening.

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