Balance and immunity

<p>‘Natural Killer’ Cells Keep Immune System in Balance</p>

<p>Researchers from Brown University and McGill University have discovered that the natural killer, or NK cells, help prevent T&nbsp;cells from over-responding when a virus hits. This balance helps prevent T&nbsp;cells, which ordinarily serve the immune system, from causing harm. Details are in the September issue of <em>The Journal of Experimental Medicine.</em></p>

<p>Brown Launches Year of India Initiative</p>

<p>Brown University presents The Year of India — an exciting lineup of public lectures, art exhibits, academic conferences, media, and other explorations of India’s dramatic rise on the global stage.</p>

<p>$5.2 Million from NIH Will Fund Genotyping in Samoa</p>

<p>The National Institutes of Health will fund a new five-year project headed by Stephen McGarvey, professor of community health and anthropology. McGarvey will lead efforts to conduct detailed genotyping of Samoan adults in order to document genetic variation and see whether it can be connected to propensities toward obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.</p>

<p>Vice President of Liberia to Speak at Brown Sunday, Sept. 27</p>

<p>Joseph Nyuma Boakai, vice president of Liberia, will speak at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, in Salomon Hall on the campus of Brown University. Boakai’s address, “Capacity Building for Liberia’s Future,” is free and open to the public.</p>

Brown Scientists Announce Finding of Water on the Moon

Brown University scientists have made a major discovery: The moon has distinct signatures of water. The discovery came from a paper published in <em>Science</em> detailing findings from the Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3), a NASA instrument aboard the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-1. Carle Pieters, professor of geological sciences at Brown, is the principal investigator of the M3 instrument and the lead author of the <em>Science</em> paper.
Federal Stimulus funds

<p>Brown Obtains State-of-the-Art Instruments, New CAVE</p>

<p>Brown University has obtained two state-of-the-art instruments that will fundamentally widen its scope of research activities. The University will also receive funding for a new CAVE, the three-dimensional, interactive space used by researchers across disciplines. The latest awards bring Brown’s total of federal stimulus money for research to roughly $20 million.</p>

<p>Research Team Finds First Evolutionary Branching for Bilateral Animals</p>

<p>In the most computationally intensive phylogenetic analysis to date, an international research team led by Brown University has found the first evolutionary branching for bilateral animals. The researchers determined that the flatworm group <em>Acoelomorpha</em> is a product of the deepest split within the bilateral creatures — multicelled organisms that, like humans, have symmetrical body forms. Results appear online in <em>Proceedings of the Royal Society B.</em></p>
Jefferson science fellow

<p>Brown Professor to Advise State Department on Cyber Affairs</p>

<p>John Savage, professor of computer science at Brown University, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow. Savage will advise the State Department on cyber affairs. The posting in Washington lasts one year. Savage is the first person from Brown to be selected and is also the first computer scientist to serve as a fellow.</p>
September 17, 2009

<p>Information for the Brown Community Regarding Influenza A (H1N1)</p>

<p>As expected, health officials at Brown University are beginning to see students reporting influenza-like illness. As part of the state H1N1 surveillance network, the University submits one case per day for laboratory testing. Of the 10 cases tested to date, three have been confirmed as H1N1 influenza. The University sent the following message to the campus community today.</p>
Inmates and Drug Addiction

<p>Study: Prisons Lack Heroin Addiction Treatment Despite Proven Benefits</p>

<p>Research from Brown University, the Miriam Hospital and their affiliated Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights has determined that just more than half of all federal and state prison systems offer viable heroin treatments. Details are published online in the journal <em>Drug and Alcohol Dependence.</em></p>
The 246th Academic Year

<p>Johanna Schmitt to Deliver Opening Convocation Address Sept. 9</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will officially open the 246th academic year at Opening Convocation, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. Johanna Schmitt, director of Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative, will deliver the keynote address to the 2,234 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students beginning their studies at Brown. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on The College Green.</p>

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