The 246th Academic Year

<p>Johanna Schmitt to Deliver Opening Convocation Address Sept. 9</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will officially open the 246th academic year at Opening Convocation, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. Johanna Schmitt, director of Brown’s Environmental Change Initiative, will deliver the keynote address to the 2,234 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students beginning their studies at Brown. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on The College Green.</p>

<p>Brown Economists Measure GDP Growth from Outer Space</p>

<p>Measurements of economic growth often fall short for developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, and are rarely calculated at all for cities throughout the world. In a new working paper, three Brown University economists suggest a way to improve GDP estimates for such areas by using images of nighttime lights as seen from outer space.</p>
The future of Women's Health

<p>NIH Conference, Hosted in Providence, Will Develop Agenda for Women’s Health Research</p>

<p><em>Moving into the Future: New Dimensions and Strategies for Women’s Health Research for the NIH,</em> a conference and workshop in Providence Sept. 21-23, 2009, is jointly sponsored by The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women &amp; Infants Hospital. Clinicians and members of the public may attend and offer testimony.</p>

<p>Gilad Barnea Receives $1.3M EUREKA Grant</p>

<p>Gilad Barnea, assistant professor of neuroscience, has been awarded a $1.3-million grant by the National Institutes of Health, given to a select group of researchers who pursue “high-risk, high-reward” research. He will try to develop a method that could help scientists produce more targeted treatments for a number of diseases without side effects.</p>

<p>Matthew Gutmann Named VP for International Affairs</p>

<p>Matthew Gutmann, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University, has been named vice president for international affairs. Gutmann will begin his new duties Sept. 1, 2009, succeeding David Kennedy.</p>

<p>Researchers Pinpoint Neural Nanoblockers in Carbon Nanotubes</p>

<p>A team of Brown University scientists has pinpointed why carbon nanotubes tend to block a critical signaling pathway in neurons. It’s not the tubes, the team finds, but the metal catalysts used to form the tubes. The discovery means carbon nanotubes without metal catalysts may be useful in treating human neurological disorders. Results appear in <em>Biomaterials</em>.</p>
After the human genome project

<p>Scientists Take Early Steps Toward Mapping Epigenetic Variability</p>

<p>The study of eipigenetic variability in cells and tissues could someday help diagnose diseases more precisely and provide more targeted treatments for chronic ailments. Details, summarized by Brown University researchers and others, are published online in the latest edition of <em>PLoS Genetics.</em></p>

<p>Fungus Found in Humans Shown To Be Nimble in Mating Game</p>

<p>Brown University researchers have determined that <em>Candida albicans,</em> a human fungal pathogen, pursues both same-sex and the more conventional opposite-sex mating. The <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v460/n7257/full/nature08252.html">findings are published</a> in the August 2009 edition of the journal<em> Nature.</em></p>

<p>VA Renews Funding for Limb-Loss Research in Providence</p>

<p>The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded more than $7 million to the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine, renewing funding for another five years. The center is a collaborative effort between the Providence VA Medical Center, Brown University, and others.</p>

<p>Carbon Nanoparticles Toxic to Adult Fruit Flies But Benign to Young</p>

<p>Researchers at Brown University have discovered that certain types of carbon nanoparticles can be environmentally toxic to adult fruit flies, although they were found to be benign when added to food for larvae. The findings, <a href="http://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/es901079z">published online</a> in <em>Environmental Science &amp; Technology</em>, may further reveal the environmental and health dangers of carbon nanoparticles.</p>
August 29 through November 1

<p>Bell Gallery Shows Kirsten Hassenfeld Sculptures</p>

<p>The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents <em>Kirsten Hassenfeld: Recent Sculpture</em>, an exhibition of large-scale ornate paper sculptures, from Saturday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009.</p>

<p>Gene variations can be barometer of behavior, choices</p>

<p>Michael Frank, of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, has determined that variations of three different genes in the brain can predict whether individuals will make certain choices. His work,&nbsp; in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Arizona, will be published in the August 2009 edition of <em>Nature Neuroscience.</em></p>

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