Diller Scofidio + Renfro to Design New Creative Arts Center

The Corporation of Brown University selected the internationally renowned architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new Creative Arts Center. The proposed 35,000 square foot building, housing a recital hall, multimedia lab, and recording studio, is slated for completion in 2010.

David Kennedy Named Vice President for International Affairs

At its regular October meeting, the Corporation of Brown University approved the appointment of David Kennedy, a 1976 graduate of Brown and currently the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, as vice president for international affairs. Kennedy will lead the University’s ongoing efforts to expand and enhance its international programs and institutional relationships. He will begin his duties at Brown in January 2008.
Meeting of the Brown Corporation

Brown Corporation Meets, Approves New Projects

The Corporation of Brown University has appointed David Kennedy as the University’s first vice president for international affairs. Brown’s governing body also reviewed University leadership reports, faculty hiring, international education, and the state of undergraduate education. The Corporation formally accepted gifts, approved professorships, and received the first allocation to The Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence.
Taubman Center for Public Policy Survey

Providence Residents Favor Living Wage, Higher Minimum Wage

A new survey conducted by the Taubman Center for Public Policy finds that Providence residents favor a “living wage” and an increase in the minimum wage. The survey was undertaken in conjunction with the eighth annual Thomas J. Anton/Frederick Lippitt Urban Affairs Conference on “The Living Wage,” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007, at Brown.

Professor-at-Large Richard Holbrooke to Discuss ‘The World Crisis’

Brown University Professor-at-Large Richard C. Holbrooke ’62 will deliver a lecture titled “The World Crisis” on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, at 4:30 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching. He will sign copies of his new book, To End a War, beginning at 3:45 p.m. in the lobby. The event is part of The Directors Lectures Series on Contemporary International Affairs sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies.
Initiatives on the Environment

Brown Commits Additional Resources to Help Environment

The Sidney E. Frank Foundation has made a gift of $200,000 to support environmental initiatives underway at Brown University. The gift, combined with an allocation of $150,000 from the Office of the President, will be used for a proactive community outreach and awareness program that was recommended by the Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC).

Four Brown Faculty Inducted as AAAS Fellows

Engineers Alan Needleman and Arto Nurmikko, physicist J. Michael Kosterlitz, and ecologist Jerry M. Melillo have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a distinction of excellence in science, scholarship, business, public affairs and the arts. Needleman, Nurmikko and Kosterlitz are professors at Brown; Melillo is a researcher at the Marine Biological Laboratory who holds a joint appointment at Brown through the Brown-MBL Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences.
Advancing Public Health

Brown University, Women & Infants Join National Children’s Study

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Brown University a $14.1 million contract to join the National Children’s Study, a landmark research project aimed at improving children’s health. Brown will partner with Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and others to enroll 1,000 Providence County children in the study and follow them from before birth until age 21 to examine the effects of environmental influences on their health and well-being. (See also statements of support from the Congressional delegation.)

Brown Researchers Make Major Signal Transduction Discovery

How cells sense and respond to chemical messages – a process known as signal transduction – is a fundamental force in biology, controlling key processes such as cell growth and immune response. Now researchers from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital report a significant discovery in the field of signal transduction that could provide a new target for drugs that fight cancer, HIV and diseases. Results are published in Cell.
Brown and Latin America

Cardoso and Lagos Headline ‘Year of Focus on Latin America’

Brown University Professors-at-Large Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, and Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile, will deliver the inaugural Lecture on Globalization and Inequality, sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007. The event is a focal point in a year of University lectures, exhibitions, events, and film series with a focus on Latin American issues.
Eye-Grabbing Science Graphics

Brown Bat Flight Team Wins NSF/Science Visualization Award

A multidisciplinary team of Brown faculty and students has won a first-place award in the International Science and Technology Visualization Challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science, the journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Their winning entry, on the balletic flight of bats, appears in Science.
Clinton Global Initiative

Brown, Princeton to Enhance Partnership with Dillard University

At the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York City, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons announced that Brown and Princeton University would extend and enhance their post-Katrina partnership with Dillard University in New Orleans.

23 Faculty Appointed to Endowed and Named Professorships

Brown University has appointed 23 current faculty members to endowed and named professorships, including three new Royce Professors in Teaching Excellence. The appointments are part the University’s ongoing commitment to recruit and retain the highest-caliber faculty for Brown, a key goal under the Plan for Academic Enrichment.

Extraterrestrial Impact Likely Source of Sudden Ice Age Extinctions

What killed the wooly mammoths? An international team of scientists, including Peter Schultz of Brown University, suggests that a comet or meteorite exploded over the planet roughly 12,900 years ago, causing the abrupt climate changes that led to the extinction of the wooly mammoth and other giant prehistoric beasts. Their theory is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Ethnicity and Identity

Study: Children of Immigrants Form Ethnic Identity at Early Age

Brown University researchers have published the one of the first longitudinal studies demonstrating that children of first-generation immigrants develop their ethnic identity at an earlier age than previous research has shown. Additionally, a child’s positive sense of ethnic identity is associated with the desire to socialize with children of various racial and ethnic backgrounds. The research is published in The International Journal of Behavioral Development.