<p>Brown and Banco Santander to Launch International Advanced Research Institutes</p>

<p>Brown University and Banco Santander will inaugurate an annual series of Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, bringing together a rising generation of scholars from emerging markets and the global South, beginning in June 2009. (See also <a href="/pressreleases/2008/11/santander">Spanish-language release</a> from Banco Santander.)</p>

<p>Brown Hosts Exhibitions of Jewish Comic Book Art </p>

<p>Two exhibitions exploring Jewish themes in comics and the ways that Jews shaped this popular American art form are on display at Brown University's John Hay Library and the John Nicholas Brown Center Carriage House Gallery.</p>
The Economic Crisis: November 4, 2008

<p>Brown Announces Campuswide Measures To Address Economic Crisis</p>

<p>In remarks at the monthly faculty meeting today and in an e-mailed message to the campus community, Brown President Ruth J. Simmons announced measures the University will take to protect academic excellence and positive momentum in the face of potential dislocations created by the ongoing economic crisis. The text of the President’s message follows here.<br /> (See also: <a href="http://www.brown.edu/Administration/President/letters/2008-2009/2008-financial.html">President’s October Message</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>|</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://financialaid.brown.edu/Cmx_Content.aspx?cpId=314">Provost’s Memo on Outstanding Balances)</a></p>
Focus on Africa

<p>Lecture and Reading with Kenyan Writer Ngügï wa Thiong’o</p>

<p>Considered one of Africa’s most accomplished and prominent novelists, Ngügï wa Thiong’o will visit Brown University for a public conversation with George Lamming on “Politics and the Novel” and a reading from <em>Wizard of the Crow,</em> his most recent novel.</p>

<p>Debunking Myths: Brown Releases New England Latino Survey Results</p>

<p>Brown University will release new data on the political attitudes, values, and behaviors of Latinos in Rhode Island on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008. The data was collected as part of the Latino National Survey, a national poll documenting patterns and trends about the political and social attitudes of Latino residents, the nation’s largest, fastest growing, and increasingly diverse ethnic-racial segment of the population.</p>

Brown Scientists Create Program To Calculate Body Shape

Computer scientists at Brown University have created a computer program that for the first time can accurately estimate the human body's shape from digital images or video. Brown has filed two provisional patents covering the technology, which may be used in the fashion, film, video gaming and sports medicine industries, as well as forensics.
Nov. 7 through Dec. 21

<p>Elizabeth King Exhibition at the Bell Gallery</p>

<p><em>Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye,</em> opening Nov. 7, 2008, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, presents 65 sculptures, film animations, installations, drawings and photographs by artist Elizabeth King. An opening reception and artist’s lecture will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at List Art Center. The exhibition and opening event are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Endorsement Effects: Are Voters Influenced by Newspaper Picks?</p>

<p>More than 150 newspapers across the country have already endorsed Sen. JohnMcCain or Sen. Barack Obama for president, with more to come in the remaining days before the election. Do these endorsements really matter? In a new paper, economist Brian Knight investigates the effect of endorsements on voter decision making and finds that they are, in fact, influential.</p>
Meeting of the Corporation

<p>Corporation Adds $100 Million to Financial Aid Fund-Raising Goal</p>

<p>On Friday evening, Oct. 17, 2008, the Corporation of Brown University celebrated the launch of a new effort to raise an additional $100 million for financial aid, bringing the total financial aid goal to $400 million for the current Campaign for Academic Enrichment.</p>

<p>Brown Scientist Finds Coastal Dead Zones May Benefit Some Species</p>

<p>A Brown ecologist has found that coastal “dead zones” may not be so dead after all. In a paper published this month in the journal <em>Ecology</em>, Andrew Altieri has found that the commercially valuable quahog clam thrives in hypoxic waters in Narragansett Bay – partly because the clam’s predators flee the low-oxygen areas.</p>

Brown University to Rededicate Pembroke Hall on Oct. 17

<p>Pembroke Hall, the first building erected for the Women’s College at Brown University, will be rededicated during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. After a recently completed $9-million renovation, the historic building will house the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Public tours are available on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.</p>

<p>National Children’s Study Expands to Bristol County, Mass.</p>

<p>The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Brown University a $12-million contract to expand its participation in the National Children’s Study. Brown will partner with Women &amp; Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and others to enroll 1,000 families from Bristol County, Mass., in the study and follow them from before birth to age 21 to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disorders and conditions of childhood and adulthood. The researchers were awarded a $14.1-million contract for work in Providence County in October 2007.</p>
Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

<p>Dominican Republic President Fernandez to Speak Friday, Sept. 26</p>

<p>Leonel Fernandez, president of the Dominican Republic, will visit Brown University on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, to deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs.&nbsp;Fernandez&nbsp;will speak at 2 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching.</p>
Taubman Center for Public Policy

<p>Obama’s Lead Slips Among R.I. Voters</p>

<p>A new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain by 13 percentage points in the U.S. presidential race — down 7 points from last month. The poll was conducted Sept. 15-16, 2008.</p>