Department of Public Safety Seeks National Reaccreditation

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on campus Aug. 18, 2007, to examine all aspects of the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. Brown’s DPS is the only accredited Rhode Island campus police department and was the first Ivy League police service to receive this honor. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Brown President Ruth J. Simmons to Speak at Touro Synagogue

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will deliver the keynote address at the 60th Annual Reading of the George Washington Letter at the nation’s oldest synagogue, Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at 1 p.m.
Innovation and Excellence

Brown Professor Named One of World’s Top Innovators

Anna Lysyanskaya assistant professor of computer science at Brown University, has been named to Technology Review’s Prestigious TR35 List of Young Innovators. The TR35 for 2007 will be honored at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.
September 8 through October 21

Yumi Kori Creates Architectural Installation Jukai for Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Jukai, a site-specific architectural environment by Japanese artist Yumi Kori, from Saturday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. Concurrently, Selections from the Permanent Collection will be on view in the List Art Center Lobby. The exhibitions and an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, are free and open to the public.
Brain Science

Next-Generation Neurotechnology Possible With NIH Grant

Brown University, with research partners at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center, will develop new brain implants that record or stimulate neural activity – and help improve the lives of people with paralysis, epilepsy and other central nervous system injuries and disorders. The work is made possible with a $6.5-million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Researchers Learn Why Immune System’s Watch Dogs Howl

A class of proteins known as toll-like receptors are the guard dogs of the immune system, sniffing out bacteria or viruses then rousing the rest of the immune system for attack. Because of their ability to activate the body’s defenses, toll-like receptors are a darling of drug developers. New research led by Brown University immunologist Wen-Ming Chu, M.D., identifies what protein alerts toll-like receptor 9, one of the most powerful guard dogs in the pack.

Brown and RISD Announce Dual Degree Program

Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announce the establishment of a dual-degree program, a five-year program that offers students the opportunity to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from RISD. The program will enable students to explore the integration of a wide range of disciplines by combining the rigorous degree requirements of both institutions.
Seventh Global e-Government Study

South Korea Continues to Lead World in Global e-Government

Brown University’s seventh annual analysis of international e-government finds that many nations are improving services and providing information for users. The United States ranks fourth, behind South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Eighth U.S. e-Government Study

Delaware and Michigan Are Best States for American e-Government

Brown University’s eighth annual analysis of U.S. e-government finds Delaware and Michigan leading all states in effective governmental use of Web-based technology. ‘’ and the Department of Agriculture lead federal offices.

Donors and Dollars Set New Fund-Raising Records in FY 2007

Brown University announced a series of fund-raising results that set new records in numerous categories. Contributions to the Brown Annual Fund, Brown University Sports Foundation, and Brown Medical School Annual Fund, all reached historic highs. The Campaign for Academic Enrichment exceeded the $1-billion mark as it climbs within reach of the $1.4-billion goal, the largest in Brown’s history.
Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine

VA Ushers in New Era for Prostheses for Amputees

The first powered ankle-foot prosthesis, which propels users forward for walking, was demonstrated this morning at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Garth Stewart, an Iraq War veteran and amputee, showed off the invention created by MIT Media Lab Professor Hugh Herr and his team as part of a collaborative research initiative that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Cancer Epidemiology

Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma On The Rise, VA/Brown Research Shows

A rare skin cancer is becoming increasingly common in the United States, according to new research from the Providence VA Medical Center and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The overall incidence of the cancer, known as cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, is higher among blacks and increases substantially with age. It was also more common among men than women. Results appear in Archives of Dermatology.

On a Wire or in a Fiber, a Wave is a Wave

Around the world, students learn about the wave nature of light through the interference patterns of “Young’s double-slit experiment,” first performed more than 200 years ago and still considered among the most beautiful physics experiments. Using an analogous experiment, researchers at Brown and Stanford have shown that a simple analytical model can describe the wave nature of surface plasmon polaritons. Their work suggests that plasmonic devices cannot easily circumvent the limitations of electromagnetic waves.
Idea exchange

Brown and Paris VI Launch Collaborative Degree Programs in Math

Following on a long history of informal collaboration and exchange, the math departments at Brown University and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) are launching a formal academic affiliation. The new collaborative program will immerse graduate students in a different scientific culture as they travel from their home institution to complete three semesters of their graduate work at the host institution. Both institutions will be recognized on students’ diplomas.
Media Advisory

Iraq War Veteran To Present New Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis

The first prosthetic to provide propulsion for walking will be demonstrated by an Iraq War veteran and amputee at a media event to be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, July, 23, 2007, at the Providence VA Medical Center. The prototype ankle-foot was created under a collaborative research initiative that includes the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.