<p>Chris Berman, ’77, ‘P08, ‘P09 returns to Brown University on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 to deliver a lecture titled "WBRU to ESPN: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been." The talk starts at 4 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101 and is free and open to the public.</p>
<p>Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public.</p>
Students at Brown University have organized a two-day conference to promote environmental sustainability. The conference brings together a wide range of environmental leaders, including Clinton Global Initiative Chairman Ira Magaziner, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Adam Werbach, CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi S.
In the first experiment in a natural environment, Brown University scientists have shown that greater plant diversity significantly enhances an ecosystem’s productivity. The finding, published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>, underscores the importance of biodiversity to an ecosystem’s value, such as capturing the global warming gas carbon dioxide.
Brown University biologists have found that eliminating germline stem cells, the cells that make eggs and sperm, lengthens the life of fruit flies and alters the insects' insulin production. These findings suggest a provocative general principle at work: Molecular signals from the reproductive system affect aging and metabolism in animals – and possibly in humans. The work also proposes a new mechanism of how this control may occur. Results are published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.</em>
<p>Bestselling author and Brown University alumnus Tony Horwitz returns to Brown to talk about his newest book, <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. </span>Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the John Carter Brown Library, where Horwitz finished the manuscript as a Visiting Fellow last year.</p>
<p><span class="Apple-style-span">Brown University researchers have found compelling evidence of thick, recurring glaciers on Mars, a discovery that suggests that the Red Planet’s climate was much more dynamic than previously believed – and could change again. Results are published on the cover of <em>Geology</em> magazine.</span></p>
<p>Brown University will fund four student-initiated projects in Providence aimed at promoting environmental sustainability. The projects will be financed with a grant from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and the Office of the President at Brown. They range from installing high-efficiency lighting to partnering with Providence homeowners to install programmable thermostats and weatherize homes.</p>
<p>Had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated, would the Vietnam War have happened at all? “Virtual JFK,” a new documentary film and book by James Blight, Janet Lang and Koji Masutani of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, explores what could have been. Their film has its international premiere on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Toronto's prestigious Hot Docs film festival.</p>
<p>The International Writers Project at Brown University presents <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">Under the Tongue: A Festival of Literature from Africa</span>, on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, 2008. This series of readings and discussions will feature award-winning African novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), and IWP fellow Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe); poet Jack Mapanje (Malawi); and playwrights Pierre Mumbere Mujomba (Congo) and Charles Mulekwa (Uganda). All events are free and open to the public.</p>
<p>Bolivian President Evo Morales will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on April 22, 2008, at 4 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Morales is the first indigenous head of state in Bolivia’s history. His talk comes as part of a University-wide focus on Latin American issues.</p>
Author and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will speak on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of the President, is free and open to the public. At 5 p.m., prior to the lecture, Brokaw will sign copies of his books Boom! and The Greatest Generation in Sayles Hall.
<div>Brown faculty members Deborah Cohen and Forrest Gander have received Guggenheim Fellowships for 2008. They are among 190 scholars and artists selected from more than 2,600 applicants for this honor.<br /></div>