Emergency Preparedness

Brown to Test Emergency Warning Siren System

Brown University will test its new emergency warning siren system on Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, between noon and 1 p.m. Three transmitters located on top of University buildings will be activated, resulting in a loud warning sound and voice messages. The system is intended to alert the community in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The sirens will be tested twice a year to ensure the system remains operational and to keep community members familiar with the alarm tone.
Meeting of the Corporation

Brown Approves Budget and Sets Tuition; Endowment Draw Grows

Brown’s undergraduate tuition and fees for 2008-09 will rise 3.9 percent to $47,740. The Corporation has also authorized a higher endowment payout for fiscal 2009 to sustain momentum for the University’s continuing investments in academic enrichment.
Actions of the Corporation

Corporation Endorses Phase II of Plan for Academic Enrichment

The Corporation of Brown University has endorsed a set of “Phase II” recommendations that extend the University’s strategic Plan for Academic Enrichment. The Corporation also approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2009, set tuition and fees, and formally accepted a number of significant gifts.
Meeting of the Corporation

Brown Announces New, Expanded Financial Aid Policy

The Corporation of Brown University has approved a new financial aid policy that eliminates loans for students whose family incomes are less than $100,000, reduces loans for all students who receive financial aid and no longer requires a parental contribution from most families with incomes of up to $60,000.
Brown and Latin America

Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Ogden Lecture at Brown

Bolivian President Evo Morales has had to cancel his visit to New England. The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs, originally announced in the following news release on Feb. 13, has been canceled.
March 14 to April 9

Pembroke Center Exhibition Celebrates Women’s History Month

The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women is celebrating Women’s History Month 2008 with an exhibit highlighting the historical achievements of Brown and Rhode Island women. Disturbances: An Exhibit of Select Materials from the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives is on view at the John Hay Library from Friday, March 14, through Wednesday, April 9, 2008. It is free and open to the public.
2008 AAAS Annual Meeting

Large Changes Needed To Address Global Obesity Epidemic

Rena Wing, a leading weight loss expert from Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, makes the case that big changes in diet and exercise are needed to prevent and treat obesity. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston, Wing will present new data showing that men and women who maintain a normal weight have made major changes in diet and exercise. In addition to her Feb. 17, 2008, symposium, Wing will attend a press briefing on childhood obesity and nutrition.
2008 AAAS Annual Meeting

Brown Expert Connects Resilience Science and Marine Conservation

Brown University marine conservation expert Heather Leslie explains resilience science, a leading movement in ecology, and how it can produce more effective ocean protection policies. Leslie will speak at a Feb. 17, 2008, symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston and will attend a Feb. 14, 2008, press briefing to discuss the next wave in ocean protection.
2008 AAAS Annual Meeting

There is “Design” in Nature, Brown Biologist Argues at AAAS

Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller says the best way to communicate evolution in a religious America is to acknowledge that there is indeed a “design” in living things. Miller says scientists should embrace the concept of “design” in a way that supports evolutionary theory. Miller makes his provocative argument at a Feb. 17, 2008, symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston.
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.