Focus the Nation

Sheldon Whitehouse to Deliver Speech on Global Climate Change

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) will address the issue of global climate change in a speech to the Brown University community on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008, at noon. The speech will serve as a launch for the University’s participation in Focus the Nation, a national event organized to create a dialogue on global warming solutions.

Angela Davis to Deliver Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture

Social activist and educator Angela Davis will deliver Brown University’s 12th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at 4 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. Her talk, titled “Recognizing Racism in the Era ofNeo-Liberalism,” is free and open to the public.
January 26 through March 5

Cut Folded Dyed & Glued: Abstract Sculpture at the Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery will present Cut Folded Dyed & Glued, an exhibition of paper and Mylar sculptures by artists Imi Hwangbo and Jae Ko, from Saturday, Jan. 26, through Wednesday, March 5, 2008. An opening reception will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition and opening event are free and open to the public.
NASA’s MESSENGER Mission

Brown Planetary Geologists Lend Expertise to Mercury Mission

When NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft makes its historic flyby of Mercury on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008, Brown University students, led by planetary geologist James Head, will be part of the action. At mission headquarters and at Brown, these planetary experts will help analyze images from Mercury, the smallest and densest planet in the solar system. Head leads the MESSENGER mission’s geology group, overseeing analysis of Mercury’s volcanic features and dating rocks on the planet’s cratered surface.

Voter I.D. Requirements Reduce Political Participation, Study Finds

A new report released by Brown University shows that requiring voters to present identification at the polls leads to lower levels of political participation. The research also suggests that voter I.D. policies discourage legal immigrants from becoming citizens. The authors conclude that voter I.D. requirements have a significant political impact – particularly on the Hispanic vote.
Excellence in Elder Care

Brown Named Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University has been designated a Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine and Training by the John A. Hartford Foundation. The designation is accompanied by a major new grant for Rhode Island Hospital. The Hartford Centers of Excellence program is a $38-million initiative to help medical schools train geriatrics faculty, which are in critically short supply. By training teachers, the foundation aims to better prepare medical students to care for the growing “silver tsunami” of older Americans.
HIV/AIDS Prevention

Brown Researchers Create First-Ever HIV Rapid Test Video

Researchers at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University have created a first-ever educational video on rapid HIV testing. The video – available for free online – is aimed at increasing testing rates and slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS, one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history.

Anthropologist Awarded Fulbright to Study Masculinity in Mexico

Matthew Gutmann, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded a 2007-08 Fulbright fellowship to document and analyze perceptions and opinions in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca regarding democracy, the armed forces, and masculinity. The program also brings three international scholars to Brown this year: Alfredo Edmundo Huespe of Argentina, Nam Gyun Kim of Korea, and Qing Liu of China.
December 11, 2007, through May 30, 2008

Treasures on Display in From A.A. to Zouave: Collections at Brown

From A.A. to Zouave: Collections at Brown, an exhibition featuring more than 150 materials from Brown University’s libraries, museums, and galleries, is on view from Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, through Friday, May 30, 2008, in the Annmary Brown Memorial, 21 Brown St. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Alpert Medical School

Adashi to Step Down as Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences

Eli Y. Adashi, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, has announced his intention to step down at the end of the current academic year. Following a possible sabbatic leave, Adashi may return to full time teaching and research.
Presidential Primaries

Early Voters Hold Most Power in Primaries, Say Brown Economists

As voters in Iowa and New Hampshire prepare to head to the polls for the 2008 presidential primary season, new research by two Brown University economists shows just how much power these early voters hold. In a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper, Brian Knight and Nathan Schiff demonstrate that early voters have up to 20 times the influence of voters in later states when it comes to candidate selection.

Seed Funding Supports Brown’s Internationalization Effort

Six seed fund grants totaling $85,000 have been awarded to Brown faculty to support diverse and unique international collaborations. This seed funding furthers the University’s effort to stimulate research and education on a global scale. It is the first funding of this kind at Brown.

Museum Loan Network Finds New Home at Brown University

The Museum Loan Network, an innovative program facilitating collection sharing among museums and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration with communities, will relocate to Brown University after 12 years at MIT. At Brown, the network will be based at the John Nicholas Brown Center’s Public Humanities Program, where it will continue its work fostering partnerships among cultural organizations and launch new programs to connect museums with the next generation of museum professionals.
World AIDS Day

AIDS Activist and Former U.N. Official To Speak at Symposium

International AIDS activist Stephen Lewis will take part in a World AIDS Day symposium at Brown University on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Room 117 in Starr Auditorium at MacMillan Hall. The public event is free, but space is limited.

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