Inaugural Peter Green Lecture

Former Iraqi Minister Ali Allawi to Speak on Modern Middle East

Ali A. Allawi, former senior minister in the post-Saddam government of Iraq and author of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace, will deliver the inaugural Peter Green Lecture on the Modern Middle East. His talk, titled “The Iraq Crisis and the Future Middle East Order,” will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at 5 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. Allawi will sign copies of his book at 4 p.m. in the lobby
Defending Food

Best-Selling Author Michael Pollan to Speak at Brown

Writer Michael Pollan will discuss his new best seller, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, in a Feb. 21, 2008, lecture at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The Committee on Science and Technology Studies is sponsoring Pollan’s talk, which is free and open to the public.
Brown and the Environment

Brown Organizes Conference on Green Technology Opportunities

Brown University’s Forum for Enterprise is the host of a conference to showcase the latest in “green” technology at the Rhode Island Convention Center on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008. The conference brings together the region’s top business leaders to address cutting edge topics in this emerging field, from environmentally friendly building to “green ventures” in business.
2008 AAAS Annual Meeting

Brown at AAAS: Science and Religion to Science and Resilience

Brown University faculty will present at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest scientific gathering in the world, on topics ranging from global health to global warming. AAAS attracts thousands of researchers, policy-makers and journalists. AAAS will be held in Boston Feb. 14-18, 2008.
Taubman Center for Public Policy Survey

Clinton Holds Slim Lead Over Obama for R.I. Presidential Primary

Researchers at Brown University have found, in a statewide survey of 739 registered Rhode Island voters conducted Feb. 9-10, 2008, that Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a slim lead over Sen. Barack Obama among likely voters in the Rhode Island Democratic primary. The survey also gauges public opinion of national and state leaders, finds opposition to raising the state’s general income or sales taxes and finds support for two-year time limits on welfare.
The John Carter Brown Library

Exhibition Marks 400th Anniversary of Champlain in the New World

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University presents the first of a series of international exhibitions celebrating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Samuel de Champlain. On view in Providence through Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, Hostile Intimacy: A Century and a Half of Conflict between New France and New England will also travel to Boston and Quebec this year. It is free and open to the public.
Building Brown

Schwartz/Silver Architects to Design Robert Campus Center

The Boston-based firm Schwartz/Silver Architects has been selected to design Brown’s new Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center in Faunce House. The center will reinvigorate the building, which opened in 1904, with new areas for students to gather, study, eat, and socialize, and will include improved office and meeting spaces. The project is currently scheduled for completion in 2010.
Janus Forum Lecture Series

John Bolton and Richard Holbrooke to Discuss U.S. Role in the U.N.

Former U.S. ambassadors to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke and John Bolton will discuss the role of the United States within the United Nations on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at 3 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The event is part of the Janus Forum Lecture Series, sponsored by Brown’s Political Theory Project. It is free and open to the public.

Brown Joins Alliance to Increase Robotics Education and Research

Brown University has joined the Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance supported by the National Science Foundation, in an effort to boost the number of African-American students pursuing computer science and robotics.
Global Accessibility

Brown University Creates Scholarship Fund for Students from Africa

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons and businessman Idan Ofer have announced the establishment of a new, multimillion-dollar scholarship fund designed to educate undergraduate students from Africa and to encourage them to return to their home countries after graduation. Ofer has pledged more than $5 million to establish the Advancing Africa Scholarship Fund.
Campus Sustainability

Brown University Commits to Carbon Reduction

Brown University has announced an aggressive plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The initiative is part of a broader plan to lessen the environmental impact of the University’s physical plant and promote environmental awareness on campus.

Health Insurance Co-Payments Deter Mammography Use

A new Brown University study shows that even small health insurance co-payments have a big effect on mammography rates. Rates for receiving these critical breast cancer screening exams were 8 percent lower in plans requiring co-payments compared with plans with full health insurance coverage. Researchers at Brown’s Alpert Medical School and Harvard Medical School publish their results in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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