Meeting of the Corporation

Corporation Sets Budget and Tuition, Expands Financial Aid in ‘Difficult Economic Environment’

The Corporation of Brown University has approved a consolidated operating budget of $786.6 million for the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 3.9 percent over the current year, but $30 million less than original projections. The total charge for undergraduate tuition and fees will rise 4.5 percent to $51,360. Undergraduate, graduate and medical student financial aid budgets will rise 6.5 percent, 14.4 percent, and 16.3 percent respectively. The budget incorporates recommendations for an internal restructuring developed through a campuswide organizational review process.
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Brown Physicist Discovers Odd, Fluctuating Magnetic Waves

Brown University physicist Vesna Mitrovic and colleagues at Brown and in France have discovered magnetic waves that fluctuate when exposed to certain conditions in a superconducting material. The discovery may help scientists understand more fully the relationship between magnetism and superconductivity at the quantum level. Results are published in <em>Physical Review Letters</em>.
Taubman Center Public Opinion Survey

Survey: R.I. Voters Not Confident Leaders Can Get State on Right Track

Rhode Island voters have minimal confidence that elected state leaders will make decisions to put the state on the right track, according to a recent public opinion survey done at Brown University. The state’s economy is “not so good” or “poor” by 94 percent of respondents; 93 percent described the national economy in the same terms. The survey of 605 registered Rhode Island voters was conducted Feb. 9–12, 2010.
Expert Commentary

Brown Faculty Are Involved in the Large Hadron Collider

Brown University faculty will be working at the Large Hadron Collider when the world’s largest particle accelerator stages new physics experiments this year. The following faculty can discuss anticipated discoveries from the LHC experiments and the performance of one particular detector, the Compact Muon Solenoid.
Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

Infosys Founder N.R. Narayana Murthy to Deliver Ogden Lecture on Global Economics

N.R. Narayana Murthy, a leading figure in global business and corporate social responsibility, will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Monday, March 1, 2010, at 5:30 p.m. in MacMillan Hall, Starr Auditorium. His talk, titled “Global Economic Future and the Role of Indian IT,” is free and open to the public.

Stimulus Funding for Brown University Research Surpasses $33M

Through the end of January 2010, Brown faculty members have been awarded $33.3 million in federal research funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). That stimulus funding is in addition to an average of $135 million in research funding attracted annually from government and private sources.
Long-Term Care in America

<p>Study: End-of-Life Care Must Reflect Patient Wishes and Values</p>

<p>An analysis of more than a quarter-million hospital admissions of nursing home residents indicates that the decision to use feeding tubes is more a matter of hospital practice than patient preference. Findings of that study by Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University and her colleagues appear in the Feb. 10, 2010, issue of <em>JAMA.</em></p>

<p>Brown Biologist Solves Mystery of Tropical Grasses’ Origin</p>

<p>Brown University biologist Erika Edwards and a colleague have found that rainfall, not temperature, was the primary trigger for the evolutionary beginnings of C4 tropical grasses. Their results are published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>.</p>
Year of India

<p>Salman Rushdie to Speak at Brown</p>

<p>World-renowned author Salman Rushdie will speak at Brown University at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, DeCiccio Family Auditorium. His address, “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World,” is open to the public without charge.</p>

<p>Brown Joins Select Group to Promote Sustainability on University Campuses</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons today signed the Sustainable Campus Charter at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The charter commits the signatory universities to campuswide principles and measurable goals for sustainable development, construction, and operations. Brown joins a select group of higher-education institutions worldwide as a signatory to the charter.</p>
Sources on Haiti

Brown Faculty Sources on the Ongoing Crisis in Haiti

Faculty members are available to comment on the ongoing post-earthquake environment in Haiti. Many have volunteered their time caring for the sick and wounded. Others are geological experts and can discuss the nature of the earthquake and the likelihood of others in the region.
Health care reform

<p>Increased Co-payments for Doctor Visits Boost Health Care Costs for Seniors</p>

<p>Brown University researchers led by Dr. Amal Trivedi found that higher co-payments encouraged senior citizens to reduce their doctor visits, but they became sicker and required more expensive hospital care. Details are in the Jan. 28, 2010, edition of <em>The New England Journal of Medicine.</em></p>