The 241st Commencement

<p>Fareed Zakaria to Deliver 2009 Baccalaureate Address</p>

<p>Fareed Zakaria, writer and international relations commentator, will deliver the 2009 baccalaureate address Saturday, May 23, to members of the Brown University Class of 2009. Zakaria’s address, to be presented in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America, will be simulcast to The College Green.</p>

<p>Brown Anthropologist Examines Stigma of Infertility in Nigeria</p>

<p>New research by a Brown University anthropologist investigates the cultural context and consequences of infertility within two high-fertility populations in Nigeria. The findings, published this month in<em> Social Science &amp; Medicine</em>, suggest that motherhood defines a woman’s treatment in her community, thus, childless women are disadvantaged both economically and in terms of one's identity and self-respect.</p>

<p>Ivy Film Festival Hosts Student Filmmakers and Stars</p>

<p>The Ivy Film Festival — the largest student-run film festival in North America — will be held at Brown University from Tuesday, April 21, through Sunday, April 26, 2009, showcasing 32 student films and featuring advance screenings of four feature films. The keynote event will be a panel discussion with actor Jack Nicholson, producer Robert Evans, and Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. All events are open to the public.</p>
Slowing the Strands

<p>Brown Researchers Create Novel Technique to Sequence Human Genome</p>

<p>Physicists at Brown University have developed a novel procedure to map a person’s genome. They report in the journal <em>Nanotechnology</em> the first experiment to move a DNA chain through a nanopore using magnets. The approach is promising because it allows multiple segments of a DNA strand to be read simultaneously and accurately.</p>
International Writers Project

<p>There Will Still Be Light: Literary Festival Celebrates Art and Culture of Burma</p>

<p>The International Writers Project (IWP) at Brown University presents <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">There Will Still Be Light: A Freedom to Write Literary Festival</span>, from Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23, 2009. The series of readings and discussions celebrating freedom of expression and the culture of Burmese author Ma Thida, Brown’s current IWP fellow,&nbsp;will feature writers Amitav Ghosh, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Karen Connelly, Nay Win Myint, and others. All events are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Hispanics Appear To Face Poorer Quality Nursing Home Care</p>

<p>A new Brown University study of nursing home care found that homes serving mostly Hispanic residents provided poorer quality care compared to facilities whose patients were mostly white. Details were published recently in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.</em></p>

<p>Two Missing Students Reported Safe</p>

<p>Two undergraduate students who were traveling together during spring break had not returned to campus four days after classes resumed. University officials announced Thursday night that the students have been found and are safe.</p>

<p>Nicotine May Have More Profound Impact Than Previously Thought</p>

<p>Brown University researchers have identified 55 proteins that interact with a receptor in mice known previously to bind with nicotine. The findings, detailed in an April 3 article in the <em>Journal of Proteome Research,</em> could have broad implications for future treatments for nicotine addiction, the search for new drug targets and treatments for diseases such as schizophrenia.</p>
The Modern Middle East

<p>Sami Zubaida to Lecture on Religion, Community, and Class in Iraq</p>

<p>The Peter Green Lectures on the Modern Middle East presents Sami Zubaida, professor <em>emeritus</em> of politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, London. His talk, titled "Religion, Community, and Class in Iraqi Politics and Society," begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 4 p.m. in List Art Center, Room 120. It is free and open to the public. </p>
Global Health and Human Rights

<p>Jim Yong Kim to Explore Global Health and Human Rights at Annual Barnes Lecture</p>

<p>Jim Yong Kim, a physician, medical anthropologist, internationally known expert on tuberculosis, and recently appointed president of Dartmouth College, delivers the Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Barnes Jr. Lecture in Public Health on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. The free lecture begins at&nbsp; 4 p.m. in Andrews Hall and is open to the public.</p>