The 240th Commencement

<p>Dave Eggers Will Deliver Baccalaureate Address on May 24</p>

<p>Best-selling author and independent publisher Dave Eggers will deliver the baccalaureate address to Brown University’s graduating seniors on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in America. Eggers, who received an honorary degree from Brown in 2005, has been described as “J.D. Salinger, Ken Kesey and Jack Kerouac rolled into one.”</p>
The 240th Commencement

<p>Brown University to Confer Seven Honorary Degrees May 25</p>

<p>Brown University will confer seven honorary degrees during its 240th Commencement exercises Sunday, May 25, 2008. The recipients are author Edwidge Danticat; dancer and choreographer Judith Jamison; corporate finance attorney and University trustee Matthew J. Mallow; actor and filmmaker Robert Redford; engineer and educator Shih Choon Fong; literary agent and University fellow Wendy J. Strothman; and planetary geophysicist Maria T. Zuber.</p>
Commencement/Reunion Overview

<p>Brown to Hold 240th Commencement Sunday, May 25, 2008</p>

<p>Chief Marshal Martha Sharp Joukowsky, a 1958 alumna, will lead more than 6,000 people down College Hill during Brown University’s 240th Commencement, which takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2008. The Commencement procession is one of the nation’s largest and most colorful academic pageants and caps Brown’s Commencement/Reunion Weekend.</p>
Human Resources Appointment

Karen Davis Named Vice President for Human Resources at Brown

Karen Davis, a human resources executive with over 20 years of experience in higher education, has been named vice president for human resources at Brown University. She will take up her new post in early July.

Johanna Schmitt Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences has elected Johanna Schmitt, the Stephen T. Olney Professor of Natural History at Brown University, to become a member of the society of distinguished scholars. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer. Schmitt, whose biological research integrates plant evolutionary ecology, physiological ecology, and ecological genomics, is the first female scientist at Brown to be elected into the Academy.
Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture

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<div>Award-winning director and producer Davis Guggenheim ’86 will deliver the eighth annual Casey Shearer Memorial Lecture at Brown University on Monday, May 5, 2008. His talk, titled “Can Movies Be an Agent for Social Change?,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. It is free and open to the public.</div><div></div>

Brown Opens Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation

Brown University hosts a three-day forum May 5 to 7, 2008 to highlight the opening of its Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation. The IMNI aims to design products, processes and therapies involving molecular science and nanotechnology, the scientific toolboxes of the 21st Century.

The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation

The Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation (IMNI) is devoted to the study of matter at the molecular and nanoscale level. This research could be appled to a wide variety of products and services, ranging from sunscreen to improved drug delivery to solar cells.

<p>ESPN’s Chris Berman Lectures at Brown</p>

<p>Chris Berman, ’77, ‘P08, ‘P09 returns to Brown University on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 to deliver a lecture titled "WBRU to ESPN: What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been." The talk starts at 4 p.m. in Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101 and is free and open to the public.</p>
Brown Is Green

Brown Students Hold Environmental Sustainability Conference

Students at Brown University have organized a two-day conference to promote environmental sustainability. The conference brings together a wide range of environmental leaders, including Clinton Global Initiative Chairman Ira Magaziner, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Adam Werbach, CEO of Saatchi &amp; Saatchi S.

Brown Scientists Say Biodiversity Is Crucial to Ecosystem Productivity

In the first experiment in a natural environment, Brown University scientists have shown that greater plant diversity significantly enhances an ecosystem’s productivity. The finding, published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</em>, underscores the importance of biodiversity to an ecosystem’s value, such as capturing the global warming gas carbon dioxide.
Biology of Aging

Eliminating Germline Lengthens Fly Lifespan, Brown Study Shows

Brown University biologists have found that eliminating germline stem cells, the cells that make eggs and sperm, lengthens the life of fruit flies and alters the insects' insulin production. These findings suggest a provocative general principle at work: Molecular signals from the reproductive system affect aging and metabolism in animals – and possibly in humans. The work also proposes a new mechanism of how this control may occur. Results are published in the <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.</em>
John Carter Brown Library

<p>Celebrating <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">A Voyage Long and Strange</span></p>

<p>Bestselling author and Brown University alumnus Tony Horwitz returns to Brown to talk about his newest book, <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World. </span>Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. at the John Carter Brown Library, where Horwitz finished the manuscript as a Visiting Fellow last year.</p>