<p>Men Are Red, Women Are Green, Brown Researcher Finds</p>

<p>Michael J. Tarr, professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown University, has discovered a difference in skin tone associated with gender. His paper, “Gender Recognition of Human Faces Using Color,” is to be published online this week in the journal <em>Psychological Science. </em>It may have have wide implications for research and industry.</p>

<p>NSF Awards Brown Researchers $2.6 Million for Computer Vision in Archaeology</p>

<p>The National Science Foundation has awarded $2.6 million to a Brown University archaeologist and a team of engineers to develop innovative techniques for archaeological excavation, reconstruction, and interpretation using computer vision and pattern recognition. The project is focused at the site of Apollonia-Arsuf, Israel.</p>

<p>Brown Chemist Finds Gene That Enables Gray Mold to Kill Plant Cells</p>

<p>Brown University chemist David Cane and international colleagues have identified the genetic sequence behind gray mold's killer arsenal. In an <em>ACS Chemical Biology</em> paper, the scientists report that deletion of a single, mastermind gene from gray mold's DNA shuts down its ability to produce toxins that kill cells in more than 200 species of garden and ornamental plants.</p>

<p>Brown Political Scientist Urges Historic Lessons for Obama’s Health Care Reform</p>

<p>As President-elect Barack Obama sets out to change the nation's health care system, an article co-authored by Brown University political scientist James Morone calls on him to seriously consider lessons from Lyndon Johnson’s historic enactment of Medicare and Medicaid. The article is published in this week’s <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p>

<p>Household Exposure to Toxic Chemicals Lurks Unrecognized, Researchers Find</p>

<p>Many women are surprised to learn the extent of personal, in-home contamination caused by exposure to everyday consumer products, according to a team of researchers including Brown University sociologist Phil Brown and 2008 Ph.D. recipient Rebecca Gasior Altman. The study, published in the <em>Journal of Health and Social Behavior,</em> is one of the first accounts of participants’ responses to learning personal exposure data, research critical to environmental science and public health.</p>

<p>How Do Bacteria Swim? Brown Physicists Explain</p>

<p>Brown University physicists have completed the most detailed study of the swimming patterns of a microbe, showing for the first time how its movement is affected by drag and a phenomenon called Brownian motion. The <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2008/11/17/0807305105.abstract?sid=16d90e2b-3074-450e-834d-2b69e7e88673">findings appear online</a> this week in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>.</p>

<p>Brown and Banco Santander to Launch International Advanced Research Institutes</p>

<p>Brown University and Banco Santander will inaugurate an annual series of Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, bringing together a rising generation of scholars from emerging markets and the global South, beginning in June 2009. (See also <a href="/pressreleases/2008/11/santander">Spanish-language release</a> from Banco Santander.)</p>

<p>Brown Hosts Exhibitions of Jewish Comic Book Art </p>

<p>Two exhibitions exploring Jewish themes in comics and the ways that Jews shaped this popular American art form are on display at Brown University's John Hay Library and the John Nicholas Brown Center Carriage House Gallery.</p>
The Economic Crisis: November 4, 2008

<p>Brown Announces Campuswide Measures To Address Economic Crisis</p>

<p>In remarks at the monthly faculty meeting today and in an e-mailed message to the campus community, Brown President Ruth J. Simmons announced measures the University will take to protect academic excellence and positive momentum in the face of potential dislocations created by the ongoing economic crisis. The text of the President’s message follows here.<br /> (See also: <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Administration/President/letters/2008-2009/2008-financial.html">President’s October Message</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>|</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://financialaid.brown.edu/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=314">Provost’s Memo on Outstanding Balances)</a></p>
Focus on Africa

<p>Lecture and Reading with Kenyan Writer Ngügï wa Thiong’o</p>

<p>Considered one of Africa’s most accomplished and prominent novelists, Ngügï wa Thiong’o will visit Brown University for a public conversation with George Lamming on “Politics and the Novel” and a reading from <em>Wizard of the Crow,</em> his most recent novel.</p>

<p>Debunking Myths: Brown Releases New England Latino Survey Results</p>

<p>Brown University will release new data on the political attitudes, values, and behaviors of Latinos in Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. The data was collected as part of the Latino National Survey, a national poll documenting patterns and trends about the political and social attitudes of Latino residents, the nation’s largest, fastest growing, and increasingly diverse ethnic-racial segment of the population.</p>

Brown Scientists Create Program To Calculate Body Shape

Computer scientists at Brown University have created a computer program that for the first time can accurately estimate the human body's shape from digital images or video. Brown has filed two provisional patents covering the technology, which may be used in the fashion, film, video gaming and sports medicine industries, as well as forensics.
Nov. 7 through Dec. 21

<p>Elizabeth King Exhibition at the Bell Gallery</p>

<p><em>Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye,</em> opening Nov. 7, 2008, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, presents 65 sculptures, film animations, installations, drawings and photographs by artist Elizabeth King. An opening reception and artist’s lecture will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at List Art Center. The exhibition and opening event are free and open to the public.</p>

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