Digital Initiatives

The Garibaldi Panorama: Brown to Digitize 19th-Century Relic

Brown University Library and the Department of Italian Studies are collaborating to bring one of the finest surviving examples of panoramic art, the Garibaldi Panorama, back to the public eye. Measuring 273 feet long, the double-sided watercolor is one of the longest paintings in the world and all of it will soon be available online to scholars and students.
Biology of Aging

Key to Longer Life (in Flies) Lies in Just 14 Brain Cells

Fruit flies live significantly longer when the activity of the protein p53 is reduced in just 14 insulin-producing cells in their brains, new Brown University research shows. The results put scientists one step closer to understanding caloric restriction, a biochemical process proven to slow aging. Results appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

McCaffrey to Address ‘After Iraq: How the World has Changed’

Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey will deliver the 77th Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. His lecture, titled “After Iraq: How the World has Changed,” begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching. It is free and open to the public.
Biomedical Engineering

Brown Scientists Take the Petri Dish to New Dimensions

Brown University biomedical engineers have created a new method for growing cells in three dimensions rather than the traditional two. This 3-D Petri dish allows cells to self-assemble, creating cell clusters that can be transplanted in the body or used to test drugs in the lab. This simple new technique is part of a growing body of research that shows that 3-D culture techniques can create cells that behave more like cells in the body.
Biomedical Engineering

Bone-Growing Nanomaterial Could Improve Orthopaedic Implants

Bone-forming cells grow faster and produce more calcium on anodized titanium covered in carbon nanotubes compared with plain anodized titanium and the non-anodized version currently used in orthopaedic implants, new Brown University research shows. The work, published in Nanotechnology, uncovers a new material that can be used to make more successful implants. The research also shows tantalizing promise for an all-new device: a “smart” implant that can sense and report on bone growth.
Sweet Smell of The Good Earth

Brown Chemists Explain the Origin of Soil-Scented Geosmin

Brown University chemists have figured out precisely how the warm, slightly metallic scent of freshly turned soil is made. In Nature Chemical Biology, the team describes how geosmin, the organic compound responsible for the scent, is produced by an unusual bifunctional enzyme.
Media Advisory

Brown and RISD Presidents To Formalize Dual Degree Program

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) President Roger Mandle will sign a memorandum of understanding, formalizing the Brown-RISD dual degree program. The ceremony, including remarks from each president, begins at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, in the University Club, 219 Benefit St. in Providence.
New Brown-Led Study of U.S. Cities

Blacks Likelier Than Whites To Live in Poor-Quality Nursing Homes

New research led by Vincent Mor at Brown University shows that blacks are more likely than whites to live in poor-quality nursing homes in cities across the United States. The research, published in the September/October issue of Health Affairs, is the first to document the relationship between racial segregation and quality disparities in U.S. nursing homes.
Taubman Center for Public Policy

R.I. Survey: Clinton Leads Obama in Democratic Presidential Field

A statewide survey of 571 registered Rhode Island voters conducted Sept. 8-9, 2007, shows Sen. Hillary Clinton with a significant lead over Sen. Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination. The survey also finds a drop in the approval rating of Gov. Don Carcieri and a decline – to 31 percent from 50 percent in January – in the number of voters who believe the state is headed in the right direction.

Brown Launches First-of-its-Kind Program in Barcelona

The Consortium for Advanced Studies in Barcelona, a collaborative initiative involving Brown, University of Chicago, Northwestern, Cornell, Harvard and Princeton, begins its inaugural year September 2007. As the first fully integrated higher education program in Barcelona, students will enroll directly in regular university classes at three distinguished Spanish universities.
September 8 through October 5

Recent Works by Walter Feldman on Display at Rockefeller Library

Celebrating the accomplishments of artist, scholar, and teacher Walter Feldman, Brown University’s John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library will host a special exhibition of Feldman’s work, including paintings, collages, sculptures and books. Recent Works by Walter Feldman runs from Saturday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. It is free and open to the public.
2007 Opening Convocation Address

Arnold Weinstein: “Reading Proust, Tracking Bears, at Brown”

Arnold Weinstein, the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University, delivered the Opening Convocation Address at the start of Brown University’s 244th academic year. He spoke at noon Wednesday, Sept.5, 2007, on The College Green. The text of that address follows here.

Life sciences departments welcome 10 new faculty for 2007-08

Ten new members of the regular faculty are beginning work in the life sciences at Brown this fall: David Badre in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences; Karl T. Kelsey, Crystal Linkletter, Bess H. Marcus and Hernando Ombao in Community Health; Erika J. Edwards, Heather Leslie and Dov F. Sax in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Judith Bender in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry; Elena Oancea in Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology. Two other faculty members began at Brown last January: Gilad Barnea in Neuroscience and Carmen Marsit in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. See also new faculty in arts and humanities, social sciences and physical sciences.

Physical sciences welcome seven new faculty for 2007-08

Seven new members of the regular faculty are beginning work in the physical sciences at Brown this fall: Angus Kingon in Engineering; Bo Dong and Hongjie Dong in Applied Mathematics; Sarah Delaney in Chemistry; Gregor Hirth in Geological Sciences; Richard Kenyon and Alex Kontorovich in Mathematics. See also new faculty in arts and humanities, social sciences and life sciences.

Social science departments welcome 12 new faculty for 2007-08

Twelve new members of the regular faculty are beginning work in the social sciences at Brown during this academic year: Francoise Hamlin in Africana Studies; Samuel Zipp in American Civilization and Urban Studies; Paja Faudree in Anthropology; Hsin-I Tseng in East Asian Studies; Kenneth Chay, Geoffroy de Clippel, Kfir Eliaz and Marilda Sotomayor in Economics; Deborah Rivas-Drake and Tracy Steffes in Education; and Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Mark Suchman in Sociology. See also new faculty in arts and humanities, life sciences and physical sciences.