Young Latino Children Show Strong Classroom Skills

In a special section of the journal <em>Developmental Psychology,</em> co-edited by Cynthia Garcia Coll, professor of education at Brown University, various studies report that young Latino children are engaged in classroom tasks and socially competent, but their early gains often wane by middle school.
John von Neumann Distinguished Lectures

Symposium Spotlights New Paradigms in Genomics, Celebrates AIDS-fighting Drug at 25 Years

Samuel Broder, the former director of the National Cancer Institute who presided over the successful testing of the AIDS-fighting drug AZT, will speak on the AIDS pandemic and how AZT changed public attitudes toward the disease. Broder will be among 17 distinguished scientists visiting Brown May 3–7, 2010, for a symposium on advances in genomics, honoring the legacy of physicist and computer pioneer John von Neumann.
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Year of India

World Music Star Zakir Hussain In Concert

Legendary percussionist Zakir Hussain will perform at Brown University on Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, The College Green. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The performance is part of Brown's Year of India.

Complex Brain Functions Help Adapt to New Situations and Stimuli

New research by David Badre, assistant professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University, and colleagues at the University of California–Berkeley suggests that the frontal cortex may have a larger role in decision-making in unfamiliar situations. Their paper appears in the current edition of <em>Neuron.</em>
The 242nd Commencement

Nelson Mandela To Receive Honorary Degree in Absentia, One of Eight Candidates

Brown will confer honorary degrees on Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela and seven other distinguished candidates during its 242nd Commencement exercises, Sunday, May 30, 2010. The eight candidates include actor <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Freeman">Morgan Freeman</a>, computer scientist <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Liskov">Barbara Liskov</a>, human rights leader <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Mandela">Nelson Mandela</a>, author <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Parsipur">Shahrnush Parsipur</a>, civic leader <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Richards">Cecile Richards</a>, reporter <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Rohde">David Rohde</a>, historian <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Thapar">Romila Thapar</a>, and historian <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2010/04/hd#Wood">Gordon S. Wood</a>. The <em>charge d’affaires</em> at the Embassy of South Africa in Washington will be present to accept the degree on Mandela’s behalf.
news advisory

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

As part of a periodic reaccreditation process, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will gather information and public comment about Brown University’s Department of Public Safety. The team has scheduled a public meeting and will receive comments by telephone on Monday, May 3, 2010.
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Groundbreaking Celebration Marks New Era for Alpert Medical School

Elected officials and other guests joined Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons and Edward J. Wing, M.D., dean of medicine and biological sciences, for the groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for the Warren Alpert Medical School’s new home in the Providence Jewelry District. The groundbreaking took place at noon Monday, April 26, 2010, at 222 Richmond St.
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Media Advisory: Groundbreaking

Alpert Medical School to Start Work on New Home

Elected officials and other guests will join Brown President Ruth J. Simmons and Edward J. Wing, M.D., dean of medicine and biological sciences, in a celebration to mark the start of construction for the Alpert Medical School’s new home in the Jewelry District. The ceremony begins at noon Monday, April 26, 2010, at 222 Richmond St. in Providence.
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Lee Lecture on Slavery and Justice

Douglas Blackmon on ‘Grappling With Our Racial History in the Age of Obama’

The inaugural Debra L. Lee Lecture on Slavery and Justice will feature Douglas Blackmon, author of <em>Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II,</em> on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 4&#160;p.m., in Sayles Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Artist Ann Hamilton to attend opening of installation in Pembroke Hall

Ann Hamilton, internationally known for her large-scale installations, will attend a reception at the opening of her work, “ground,” a carpet that graphically represents speaking and listening, on the third floor of Pembroke Hall, 172 Meeting St., on Wednesday, April 21 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
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Clinical Study Shows Patients Gain Limb Movement Years After Stroke

A VA-funded study at four VA medical centers has found that intensive therapy with specially trained personnel and newly created robotic aids can help stroke patients regain limb movement more than a year after a stroke occurs. Results of the study, led at the Providence VA Medical Center by Albert Lo, assistant professor of neurology at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, are published online in the <em>New England Journal of Medicine.</em>
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Brown, Marine Biological Laboratory Announce Expanded Partnership

Brown University and the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have announced an expanded partnership to generate joint research opportunities, strengthen graduate education, and enrich academic offerings. A $2-million gift from Charles and Phyllis Rosenthal has endowed a directorship for the project; four more MBL scientists will hold joint faculty appointments at Brown.
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Peter Weber Named Dean of the Graduate School

Peter Weber, professor of chemistry and chair of the department, has been named dean of the Graduate School at Brown University. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2010. Weber is an internationally recognized scholar in chemistry who has helped lead Brown’s initiatives in energy research.

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