News Advisory

<p>Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Launch Tuesday</p>

<p>The Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will formally open its headquarters at One Davol Square on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Gov. Donald L. Carcieri, Mayor David N. Cicilline, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, and others will officiate at the opening.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Brown University to Confer Nearly 2,000 Degrees Sunday, May 24, 2009</p>

<p>Chief Marshal Elizabeth Z. Chace, a 1959 alumna, will lead the Brown University Commencement procession — at least 6,000 people — down College Hill on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The procession, one of the nation's largest and most colorful academic pageants, caps the University’s three day Commencement/Reunion Weekend.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Brown to Confer Seven Honorary Degrees Sunday, May 24, 2009</p>

<p>During the University’s 241st Commencement exercises Sunday, May 24, 2009, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will confer seven honorary degrees: Richard C. Barker, trustee <em>emeritus</em>; Mary Elmendorf, anthropologist; Jerry Fishman, engineer and businessman; Jessie Gruman, health advocate; Jim Yong Kim, president-elect of Dartmouth College; David Saltzman, humanitarian; and Fareed Zakaria, author and columnist.<br /> <em><a href="/pressreleases/2009/05/aretha">Update May 19, 2009</a>:</em> Recording artist Aretha Franklin, who was to receive an honorary degree, will be unable to attend.</p>
The 241st Commencement

<p>Fareed Zakaria to Deliver 2009 Baccalaureate Address</p>

<p>Fareed Zakaria, writer and international relations commentator, will deliver the 2009 baccalaureate address Saturday, May 23, to members of the Brown University Class of 2009. Zakaria’s address, to be presented in the Meeting House of the First Baptist Church in America, will be simulcast to The College Green.</p>

<p>Brown Anthropologist Examines Stigma of Infertility in Nigeria</p>

<p>New research by a Brown University anthropologist investigates the cultural context and consequences of infertility within two high-fertility populations in Nigeria. The findings, published this month in<em> Social Science &amp; Medicine</em>, suggest that motherhood defines a woman’s treatment in her community, thus, childless women are disadvantaged both economically and in terms of one's identity and self-respect.</p>

<p>Ivy Film Festival Hosts Student Filmmakers and Stars</p>

<p>The Ivy Film Festival — the largest student-run film festival in North America — will be held at Brown University from Tuesday, April 21, through Sunday, April 26, 2009, showcasing 32 student films and featuring advance screenings of four feature films. The keynote event will be a panel discussion with actor Jack Nicholson, producer Robert Evans, and Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. All events are open to the public.</p>
Slowing the Strands

<p>Brown Researchers Create Novel Technique to Sequence Human Genome</p>

<p>Physicists at Brown University have developed a novel procedure to map a person’s genome. They report in the journal <em>Nanotechnology</em> the first experiment to move a DNA chain through a nanopore using magnets. The approach is promising because it allows multiple segments of a DNA strand to be read simultaneously and accurately.</p>
International Writers Project

<p>There Will Still Be Light: Literary Festival Celebrates Art and Culture of Burma</p>

<p>The International Writers Project (IWP) at Brown University presents <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">There Will Still Be Light: A Freedom to Write Literary Festival</span>, from Monday, April 20, through Thursday, April 23, 2009. The series of readings and discussions celebrating freedom of expression and the culture of Burmese author Ma Thida, Brown’s current IWP fellow,&nbsp;will feature writers Amitav Ghosh, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Karen Connelly, Nay Win Myint, and others. All events are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Hispanics Appear To Face Poorer Quality Nursing Home Care</p>

<p>A new Brown University study of nursing home care found that homes serving mostly Hispanic residents provided poorer quality care compared to facilities whose patients were mostly white. Details were published recently in the <em>Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.</em></p>