<p>Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to explore the virtually untouched ruins of El Zotz, an ancient Maya kingdom in Guatemala.</p>
<p>An international research project led by Brown University evolutionary biologist Casey Dunn traces new roots and shoots in the animal tree of life. The study uses new genomics tools to answer old questions about animal evolution – and offers up a few surprises among the branches. Results are published in Nature.</p>
<p>Brown and the University of Cape Town have entered into a five-year partnership that will improve and deliver business education to entrepreneurs in Africa, particularly to women. The partnership is part of a larger international initiative led by Goldman Sachs to increase the number of underserved women receiving a business and management education.</p>
The health effects of one strain of schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease common in developing countries, are seven to 46 times greater than previously estimated, according to new Brown University research. The study findings, which appear in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, may have major implications for global health policy.
<p>High school students in seven states will bring their opinions on global issues from the classroom to the State House. These visits to elected officials and civic leaders are part of the 10th annual Capitol Forum on America’s Future, an initiative of the Choices Program at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies.</p>
Brown University applied mathematicians have found a new way to sift through mountains of data and draw reliable inferences from it – a Holy Grail in science and technology. Their pioneering work, the development of a new class of statistical estimators, could lead to better methods for analyzing the large data sets that are increasingly common in fields from biology to business. Results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
<p>Brown University will test its new emergency warning siren system on Thursday Feb. 28, 2008, between noon and 1 p.m. Three transmitters located on top of University buildings will be activated, resulting in a loud warning sound and voice messages. The system is intended to alert the community in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The sirens will be tested twice a year to ensure the system remains operational and to keep community members familiar with the alarm tone.</p>
<p>Brown’s undergraduate tuition and fees for 2008-09 will rise 3.9 percent to $47,740. The Corporation has also authorized a higher endowment payout for fiscal 2009 to sustain momentum for the University’s continuing investments in academic enrichment.</p>
<p>The Corporation of Brown University has endorsed a set of “Phase II” recommendations that extend the University’s strategic Plan for Academic Enrichment. The Corporation also approved the proposed budget for fiscal 2009, set tuition and fees, and formally accepted a number of significant gifts.</p>
<p>The Corporation of Brown University has approved a new financial aid policy that eliminates loans for students whose family incomes are less than $100,000, reduces loans for all students who receive financial aid and no longer requires a parental contribution from most families with incomes of up to $60,000.</p>
<p><span class="red"><strong>CANCELLATION NOTICE</strong></span><br />
Bolivian President Evo Morales has had to cancel his visit to New
England. The Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International
Affairs, originally announced in the following news release on Feb. 13,
has been canceled.</p>
<p>The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women is celebrating Women’s History Month 2008 with an exhibit highlighting the historical achievements of Brown and Rhode Island women. Disturbances: An Exhibit of Select Materials from the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives is on view at the John Hay Library from Friday, March 14, through Wednesday, April 9, 2008. It is free and open to the public.</p>
Rena Wing, a leading weight loss expert from Brown University and The Miriam Hospital, makes the case that big changes in diet and exercise are needed to prevent and treat obesity. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston, Wing will present new data showing that men and women who maintain a normal weight have made major changes in diet and exercise. In addition to her Feb. 17, 2008, symposium, Wing will attend a press briefing on childhood obesity and nutrition.
Brown University marine conservation expert Heather Leslie explains resilience science, a leading movement in ecology, and how it can produce more effective ocean protection policies. Leslie will speak at a Feb. 17, 2008, symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston and will attend a Feb. 14, 2008, press briefing to discuss the next wave in ocean protection.
Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller says the best way to communicate evolution in a religious America is to acknowledge that there is indeed a “design” in living things. Miller says scientists should embrace the concept of “design” in a way that supports evolutionary theory. Miller makes his provocative argument at a Feb. 17, 2008, symposium during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Boston.