<p>Cell-Building Discovery Could Reduce Need for Some Animal Research</p>

<p>Brown University biomedical engineers, using a 3-D Petri dish they invented, have successfully built complex-shaped microtissues by assembling small building blocks of living cell clusters. <a href="http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/121450453/PDFSTART">The finding</a>, to be published in the March 1 edition of <em>Biotechnology and Bioengineering,</em> helps advance the field of tissue engineering and could reduce the need for some animal research.</p>
President Ruth J. Simmons

<p>Message on the State of the University’s Budget in the Current Financial Crisis</p>

<p>In a message e-mailed to the University community this evening, Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons described the effects of the global financial crisis on the University and outlined measures Brown will take and may consider. The text of the president’s message follows here.&nbsp; (See also President Simmons’ <a href="/pressreleases/2008/11/economy">Message of November 4, 2008</a>)</p>

<p>Scientists Unlock Possible Aging Secret in Genetically Altered Fruit Fly</p>

<p>Brown University researchers Stephen Helfand, Nicola Neretti, and others, have identified a cellular mechanism in mutated “Indy” fruit flies that appears to reduce significantly the production of free radicals, which are blamed for contributing to the aging process. The research builds on Helfand’s earlier work.</p>
Faces and Race

<p>A New Tool to Blunt Racial Bias</p>

<p>Researchers from Brown University and University of Victoria have determined that racial bias can be reduced by teaching people to differentiate facial features better in individuals of a different race. The findings are part of a new study published Jan. 21, 2009, in <em>PLoS ONE,</em> the online, peer-reviewed journal from the Public Library of Science.</p>
Punishment by Hot Sauce

<p>“Warrior Gene” Predicts Aggressive Behavior After Provocation</p>

<p>People with the so-called “warrior gene” exhibit higher levels of behavioral aggression in response to provocation, according to new research co-authored by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott. In the experiment, subjects penalized opponents by administering varying amounts of hot sauce. The findings are published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.</em></p>

<p>Brown Researchers Work Out Structure of TIGAR, a Possible Cancer Flag</p>

<p>Brown University researchers Hua Li and Gerwald Jogl have determined the three-dimensional structure of TIGAR, an enzyme whose presence in the body can warn doctors that cancer may follow. Details will be published Jan. 16, 2009, in <em>The Journal of Biological Chemistry</em>.</p>
Environmental Change Initiative

<p>New Genetic Model Predicts Plant Flowering in Different Environments</p>

<p>A Brown University-led team has created a model that precisely charts the genetic and environmental signals that guide the life cycle of a scientifically important plant species. The model could help scientists better understand how plants will respond&nbsp; to climate change. The paper is published in the online edition of <em>Science</em>.</p>

<p>With Mental Health Insurance, Price Matters</p>

<p>Brown University professors Amal Trivedi and Vincent Mor have discovered that more patients with mental illness will seek follow-up care after a hospitalization if their co-payments for mental health care are as affordable as for their primary care.</p>

<p>Brown Physics Professor Wins Prestigious White House Award</p>

<p>Anastasia Volovich, the Richard and Edna Salomon Assistant Professor of Physics, has been named a winner of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. She and other young scientists nationwide were honored at a White House ceremony Dec. 19, 2008.</p>