Modern Physics Is Critical to Global Warming Research

In a March 11, 2008, presentation at the American Physical Society meeting in New Orleans, Brown University physicist Brad Marston makes the case that statistical physics can provide a better understanding of global weather patterns – information critical for more accurately predicting climate change.
Broken Pipeline?

Report: Stagnant NIH Budgets May Derail Promising Researchers

Brown University and six other academic research institutions today released a report that concludes that five years of flat funding for the National Institutes of Health puts a generation of science at risk. The report, released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., also warns about the consequences of continued lack of action on the nation’s biomedical budget.
Joukowsky Institute

Houston Receives NEH Grant for Guatemala Dig

Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the virtually untouched ruins of El Zotz, an ancient Maya kingdom in Guatemala.
Evolutionary Biology

Brown-Led Study Rearranges Some Branches on Animal Tree of Life

An international research project led by Brown University evolutionary biologist Casey Dunn traces new roots and shoots in the animal tree of life. The study uses new genomics tools to answer old questions about animal evolution – and offers up a few surprises among the branches. Results are published in Nature.
Global Entrepreneurship

Brown University and the University of Cape Town Partner To Promote Business Capacity in Africa

Brown and the University of Cape Town have entered into a five-year partnership that will improve and deliver business education to entrepreneurs in Africa, particularly to women. The partnership is part of a larger international initiative led by Goldman Sachs to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education.

Brown Study: Schistosomiasis More Debilitating Than Estimated

The health effects of one strain of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease common in developing countries, are seven to 46 times greater than previously estimated, according to new Brown University research. The study findings, which appear in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, may have major implications for global health policy.
Watson Institute for International Studies

High School Students Take Concerns to State Capitols

High school students in seven states will bring their opinions on global issues from the classroom to the State House. These visits to elected officials and civic leaders are part of the 10th annual Capitol Forum on America’s Future, an initiative of the Choices Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.
Center for Computational Molecular Biology

Brown Mathematicians Prove New Way To Build a Better Estimate

Brown University applied mathematicians have found a new way to sift through mountains of data and draw reliable inferences from it – a Holy Grail in science and technology. Their pioneering work, the development of a new class of statistical estimators, could lead to better methods for analyzing the large data sets that are increasingly common in fields from biology to business. Results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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.