Hispanics Appear To Face Poorer Quality Nursing Home Care

A new Brown University study of nursing home care found that homes serving mostly Hispanic residents provided poorer quality care compared to facilities whose patients were mostly white. Details were published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.

Two Missing Students Reported Safe

Two undergraduate students who were traveling together during spring break had not returned to campus four days after classes resumed. University officials announced Thursday night that the students have been found and are safe.

Nicotine May Have More Profound Impact Than Previously Thought

Brown University researchers have identified 55 proteins that interact with a receptor in mice known previously to bind with nicotine. The findings, detailed in an April 3 article in the Journal of Proteome Research, could have broad implications for future treatments for nicotine addiction, the search for new drug targets and treatments for diseases such as schizophrenia.
The Modern Middle East

Sami Zubaida to Lecture on Religion, Community, and Class in Iraq

The Peter Green Lectures on the Modern Middle East presents Sami Zubaida, professor emeritus of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, London. His talk, titled "Religion, Community, and Class in Iraqi Politics and Society," begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 4 p.m. in List Art Center, Room 120. It is free and open to the public.
Global Health and Human Rights

Jim Yong Kim to Explore Global Health and Human Rights at Annual Barnes Lecture

Jim Yong Kim, a physician, medical anthropologist, internationally known expert on tuberculosis, and recently appointed president of Dartmouth College, delivers the Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The free lecture begins at  4 p.m. in Andrews Hall and is open to the public.

Brown-Led Team Offers First Look at How Bats Land

A Brown University-led research team has documented for the first time how bats land. The results are surprising: Not all bats land the same way. The findings, which appear in the Journal of Experimental Biology, could offer new insights into how the second-largest order of mammals evolved.
Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture

Sports Economist Andrew Zimbalist to Speak on Title IX

Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist, will deliver the ninth annual Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture at Brown University on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. His talk, titled “Equal Play: Title IX and Public Policy,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, De Ciccio Family Auditorium.

Brown Chemists Create More Efficient Palladium Fuel Cell Catalysts

Two Brown University chemists have overcome a challenge to fuel cell reactions using palladium catalysts. The scientists produced palladium nanoparticles with about 40 percent greater active surface area than commercially available palladium particles, and the nanoparticles remain intact four times longer. Results appear in the online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Slavery and Justice

Commission Recommends a Memorial to Acknowledge Slave Trade Ties

The Commission on Memorials, established by Brown University in cooperation with the City of Providence and State of Rhode Island, has released its report containing a set of six recommendations on how to acknowledge the University and community’s historical relationship to slavery.

Wag the Robot? Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Human Gestures

Brown University researchers have demonstrated how a robot can follow human gestures in a variety of environments — indoors and outside — without having to adjust for variations in lighting. The achievement is an important step forward in the quest to build fully autonomous robots as partners for human endeavors. Results will be presented at the Human-Robot Interaction conference March 11-13, 2009, in San Diego.

Twin Nanoparticle Shown Effective at Targeting, Killing Breast Cancer Cells

Brown University chemists have developed a novel way to treat a class of breast cancer cells. The team has created a twin nanoparticle that specifically targets the Her-2 tumor cell and unloads a cancer-fighting drug directly into it. The result: Greater success at eliminating the cancer while minimizing an anti-cancer drug’s side effects. Findings are published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.