Public Health

Brown Study Finds Link Between Depression and Household Mold

A groundbreaking public health study, led by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa, has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression. Results are published in the American Journal of Public Health.
The American Council of Learned Societies

Brown Faculty and Grad Student Honored with ACLS Fellowships

Four members of the Brown University faculty and one graduate student have been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, a nonprofit organization advancing studies in the humanities and social sciences. Their projects range from an analysis of the cinematic close-up to an examination of the spatial transformation of post-apartheid South Africa.
Get Out Those 3-D Glasses

Mammoth 3-D Martian Images Featured in Innovative Exhibit

Giant images of Mars – viewed through 3-D glasses – take center stage in a new exhibit at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium. The exhibition runs from Sept. 12 to Oct. 28, 2007, and is sponsored by the Brown/NASA Planetary Data Center and the NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium, both based at Brown University. The exhibit will be the only U.S. museum showing of these riveting Red Planet images. Grab your glasses!
K.J. Zülch Prize

Brown Scientist John P. Donoghue Wins Major Neuroscience Award

John P. Donoghue, director of the Brain Science Program at Brown University, will receive the 2007 K.J. Zülch Prize for pioneering BrainGate, the mind-to-movement device that allows people with paralysis to control assistive devices using thoughts alone. The Gertrud Reemtsma Foundation – a science foundation administered by the Max Planck Society – bestows the Zülch Prize, Germany’s highest honor for basic neurological research.
Campus and Community News

With a Brown I.D., Ride RIPTA for Free

Soon, current faculty, students and staff at Brown will be able to swipe their University-issued identity cards and ride RIPTA for free, anytime, anywhere in the state. The new U-PASS program goes into effect Sept. 1, 2007. Brown University hopes to benefit employees and the community by reducing energy consumption, traffic and parking congestion on College Hill and statewide.
President Ruth J. Simmons

Address at Touro Synagogue on President Washington’s Letter

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons delivered the keynote address at the 60th Annual Reading of the George Washington Letter at the nation’s oldest synagogue, Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at 1 p.m. The full text of the President’s address follows here.

Department of Public Safety Seeks National Reaccreditation

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on campus Aug. 18, 2007, to examine all aspects of the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. Brown’s DPS is the only accredited Rhode Island campus police department and was the first Ivy League police service to receive this honor. A public hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20.

Brown President Ruth J. Simmons to Speak at Touro Synagogue

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will deliver the keynote address at the 60th Annual Reading of the George Washington Letter at the nation’s oldest synagogue, Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, at 1 p.m.
Innovation and Excellence

Brown Professor Named One of World’s Top Innovators

Anna Lysyanskaya assistant professor of computer science at Brown University, has been named to Technology Review’s Prestigious TR35 List of Young Innovators. The TR35 for 2007 will be honored at Technology Review’s Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.
September 8 through October 21

Yumi Kori Creates Architectural Installation Jukai for Bell Gallery

The David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University presents Jukai, a site-specific architectural environment by Japanese artist Yumi Kori, from Saturday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007. Concurrently, Selections from the Permanent Collection will be on view in the List Art Center Lobby. The exhibitions and an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, are free and open to the public.
Brain Science

Next-Generation Neurotechnology Possible With NIH Grant

Brown University, with research partners at Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. and the Cleveland Functional Electrical Stimulation Center, will develop new brain implants that record or stimulate neural activity – and help improve the lives of people with paralysis, epilepsy and other central nervous system injuries and disorders. The work is made possible with a $6.5-million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Researchers Learn Why Immune System’s Watch Dogs Howl

A class of proteins known as toll-like receptors are the guard dogs of the immune system, sniffing out bacteria or viruses then rousing the rest of the immune system for attack. Because of their ability to activate the body’s defenses, toll-like receptors are a darling of drug developers. New research led by Brown University immunologist Wen-Ming Chu, M.D., identifies what protein alerts toll-like receptor 9, one of the most powerful guard dogs in the pack.

Brown and RISD Announce Dual Degree Program

Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) announce the establishment of a dual-degree program, a five-year program that offers students the opportunity to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from Brown and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree from RISD. The program will enable students to explore the integration of a wide range of disciplines by combining the rigorous degree requirements of both institutions.
Seventh Global e-Government Study

South Korea Continues to Lead World in Global e-Government

Brown University’s seventh annual analysis of international e-government finds that many nations are improving services and providing information for users. The United States ranks fourth, behind South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Eighth U.S. e-Government Study

Delaware and Michigan Are Best States for American e-Government

Brown University’s eighth annual analysis of U.S. e-government finds Delaware and Michigan leading all states in effective governmental use of Web-based technology. ‘’ and the Department of Agriculture lead federal offices.