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>

<p>Brown-Assisted Trial Finds New Colorectal Screening Procedure Is Accurate and Less Invasive</p>

<p>A major clinical trial for colorectal screening finds that more patients stand to benefit from a comprehensive, less invasive method to accurately detect colorectal cancer and precancerous polyps. The Brown Center for Statistical Sciences helped design the trial, then monitored it and conducted the data analysis The results are published in this week’s issue of the <em>New England Journal of Medicine</em>.</p>
International Writers Project

<p>Burmese Writer and Physician Ma Thida Begins IWP Fellowship</p>

<p>The Burmese fiction writer and physician Ma Thida, the 2008-09 International Writers Project fellow at Brown University, arrived this month for a year-long residency. She will present the first reading of her work on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCormack Family Theater.</p>

<p>Brown-led Research Team Proposes New Link to Tropical African Climate</p>

<p>A Brown-led research team has proposed a new link to rainfall and temperature patterns in southeast Africa. Examining data from African lake core sediments covering the past 60,000 years, the researchers <a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1160485">report in this week’s <em>Science Express</em></a> (the online version of <em>Science</em>) that the region’s climate does not march in lockstep with a circulatory system known as the Intertropical Convergence Zone, as previously believed. The finding could help scientists understand how tropical Africa will respond to global warming.</p>
Focus on Africa

<p>Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to Receive Honorary Degree</p>

<p>Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will speak at Brown University and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. Her talk, a conversation with Brown President Ruth J. Simmons, will begin at 2 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Tickets, free of charge, will be required for admission.<br /><strong>Update:</strong> As of Friday afternoon, Sept. 12, all tickets have been distributed. Tickets are not required for the video simulcast in the Salomon Center.</p>
Taubman Center for Public Policy

<p>R.I. Survey: Obama Leads McCain by 20 Percent</p>

<p>Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. John McCain by 20 percentage points in the U.S. presidential race, according to a new Brown University survey of registered Rhode Island voters. The survey also found that nearly 80 percent of respondents believe both the nation and the state are heading on the wrong track. The poll was conducted August 18-20, 2008.</p>
245th Opening Convocation

<p>Glenn Loury to Address New Students on Sept. 3</p>

<p>Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons will officially open the 245th academic year at Opening Convocation, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008. Glenn Loury, distinguished economist and social critic, will deliver the keynote address to the 2,186 undergraduate, graduate, and medical students beginning their studies at Brown. The ceremony begins at noon on The College Green.</p>
Global Health

<p>Sen. Reed, Mayor Cicilline to Help Brown Celebrate Fogarty Center’s 40th</p>

<p>Sen. Jack Reed, Providence Mayor David Cicilline, and Roger Glass, M.D., director of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, will visit Brown Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. They will mark the Fogarty Center's 40th anniversary and announce a new Fogarty research award for Brown. Reed, Cicilline, Glass, and officials from Brown will be available at noon Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Maddock Alumni Center.</p>
September 6 to October 19, 2008

<p>Soviet Political Art at Bell Gallery and John Hay Library</p>

<p>The David Winton Bell Gallery and the Brown University Library present <em>Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons</em>, from Saturday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. The exhibition, featuring dozens of posters, cartoons, photomontages, and postcards drawn from a private collection, will be on view at the Bell Gallery and the John Hay Library. An opening reception will be held at both venues on Friday, Sept. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Both exhibitions and the opening events are free and open to the public.</p>
No Child Left Behind

<p>Confidence in Public Schools and NCLB is Declining, Survey Finds</p>

<p>Public confidence in America’s public schools and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) declined in 2008 according to findings from a new survey co-authored by Martin West, assistant professor of education at Brown University. The research also shows that most respondents believe Democrats are most likely to fix the nation's education problems.</p>
Women, Work, and Wage

<p>Changes in Work Force, not Pay, Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap</p>

<p>Are working women treated more fairly in today’s labor market than they were 30 years ago? Absolutely not, according to groundbreaking new research by Brown University economist Yona Rubinstein and Casey Mulligan of the University of Chicago. Disputing decades of economic literature, the economists show that the apparent narrowing of the wage gap between working men and women is actually due to the type of women who are now working — not how much they’re being paid. The findings are published in <em>The Quarterly Journal of Economics.</em></p>

<p>Brown Papers Reveal Widespread, Hardworking Water on Ancient Mars</p>

<p>Papers by Brown University scientists show that water on ancient Mars was pervasive and was working hard, changing the minerals below ground and on the surface. The paper in <a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature07097.html"><em>Nature</em></a> by planetary geologist John Mustard lends the first in-depth look at the various terrains in which water-bearing minerals were present. A companion paper in <a href="http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/v1/n6/full/ngeo207.html"><em>Nature Geoscience</em></a> by graduate student Bethany Ehlmann shows a clay-rich delta that may store past life.</p>
The Port Huron Project

<p>Artist Restages Radical Protest Speeches of the 1960s and ’70s</p>

<p>Public art and activism collide this summer, as Brown University artist Mark Tribe stages reenactments of Vietnam-era protest speeches on the sites where they were originally delivered roughly four decades ago. The speeches, part of a national public art initiative called <em>The Port Huron Project</em>, will be held in Los Angeles, Oakland, and New York City.</p>

Brown-Led Team Finds Evidence of Water in Moon’s Interior

A Brown-led research team has for the first time found evidence of water deep within the Moon. In a paper published in the July 10 issue of the journal <em>Nature</em>, the researchers believe the water was contained in lunar magmas ejected more than 3 billion years ago. The discovery strongly suggests that water has been a part of the Moon since its early existence – and perhaps since it was first created.
100th Ph.D.

<p>Leadership Alliance Marks Milestone in Creating Minority Leaders for Academia</p>

<p>More than 100 minority scholars have earned doctoral degrees thanks to the Leadership Alliance, a national consortium based at Brown University that identifies and nurtures minority students to become the next generation of academic leaders. To mark the 100th Ph.D. milestone, the Alliance will hold a symposium July 25-27, 2008, at the Hartford Marriott Downtown and the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn.</p>