Brown Scientists Create Program To Calculate Body Shape

Computer scientists at Brown University have created a computer program that for the first time can accurately estimate the human body's shape from digital images or video. Brown has filed two provisional patents covering the technology, which may be used in the fashion, film, video gaming and sports medicine industries, as well as forensics.
Nov. 7 through Dec. 21

<p>Elizabeth King Exhibition at the Bell Gallery</p>

<p><em>Elizabeth King: The Sizes of Things in the Mind’s Eye,</em> opening Nov. 7, 2008, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, presents 65 sculptures, film animations, installations, drawings and photographs by artist Elizabeth King. An opening reception and artist’s lecture will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008, at List Art Center. The exhibition and opening event are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Endorsement Effects: Are Voters Influenced by Newspaper Picks?</p>

<p>More than 150 newspapers across the country have already endorsed Sen. JohnMcCain or Sen. Barack Obama for president, with more to come in the remaining days before the election. Do these endorsements really matter? In a new paper, economist Brian Knight investigates the effect of endorsements on voter decision making and finds that they are, in fact, influential.</p>
Meeting of the Corporation

<p>Corporation Adds $100 Million to Financial Aid Fund-Raising Goal</p>

<p>On Friday evening, Oct. 17, 2008, the Corporation of Brown University celebrated the launch of a new effort to raise an additional $100 million for financial aid, bringing the total financial aid goal to $400 million for the current Campaign for Academic Enrichment.</p>

<p>Brown Scientist Finds Coastal Dead Zones May Benefit Some Species</p>

<p>A Brown ecologist has found that coastal “dead zones” may not be so dead after all. In a paper published this month in the journal <em>Ecology</em>, Andrew Altieri has found that the commercially valuable quahog clam thrives in hypoxic waters in Narragansett Bay – partly because the clam’s predators flee the low-oxygen areas.</p>

Brown University to Rededicate Pembroke Hall on Oct. 17

<p>Pembroke Hall, the first building erected for the Women’s College at Brown University, will be rededicated during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008. After a recently completed $9-million renovation, the historic building will house the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. Public tours are available on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.</p>

<p>National Children’s Study Expands to Bristol County, Mass.</p>

<p>The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded Brown University a $12-million contract to expand its participation in the National Children’s Study. Brown will partner with Women &amp; Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and others to enroll 1,000 families from Bristol County, Mass., in the study and follow them from before birth to age 21 to identify genetic and environmental factors that contribute to health disorders and conditions of childhood and adulthood. The researchers were awarded a $14.1-million contract for work in Providence County in October 2007.</p>
Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture

<p>Dominican Republic President Fernandez to Speak Friday, Sept. 26</p>

<p>Leonel Fernandez, president of the Dominican Republic, will visit Brown University on Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, to deliver a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs.&nbsp;Fernandez&nbsp;will speak at 2 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching.</p>
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="">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>