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 & Saatchi S.
Ecology

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>

<p>Glaciers Reveal Martian Climate Has Been Recently Active</p>

<p><span class="Apple-style-span">Brown University researchers have found compelling evidence of thick, recurring glaciers on Mars, a discovery that suggests that the Red Planet’s climate was much more dynamic than previously believed – and could change again. Results are published on the cover of <em>Geology</em> magazine.</span></p>

<p>Brown Funds Students’ Community Carbon Reduction Projects</p>

<p>Brown University will fund four student-initiated projects in Providence aimed at promoting environmental sustainability. The projects will be financed with a grant from the Sidney E. Frank Foundation and the Office of the President at Brown. They range from installing high-efficiency lighting to partnering with Providence homeowners to install programmable thermostats and weatherize homes.</p>
Critical Oral History

<p>Virtual reality: Vietnam if Kennedy had lived</p>

<p>Had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated, would the Vietnam War have happened at all? “Virtual JFK,” a new documentary film and book by James Blight, Janet Lang and Koji Masutani of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, explores what could have been. Their film has its international premiere on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Toronto's prestigious Hot Docs film festival.</p>
International Writers Project

<div>“Under the Tongue”: African Writers Converge at Brown</div>

<p>The International Writers Project at Brown University presents <span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-style: italic">Under the Tongue: A Festival of Literature from Africa</span>, on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16, 2008. This series of readings and discussions will feature award-winning African novelists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Nuruddin Farah (Somalia), and IWP fellow Chenjerai Hove (Zimbabwe); poet Jack Mapanje (Malawi); and playwrights Pierre Mumbere Mujomba (Congo) and Charles Mulekwa (Uganda). All events are free and open to the public.</p>

<p>Bolivian President Evo Morales to Deliver Ogden Lecture</p>

<p>Bolivian President Evo Morales will deliver a Stephen A. Ogden ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs on April 22, 2008, at 4 p.m. in Sayles Hall. Morales is the first indigenous head of state in Bolivia’s history. His talk comes as part of a University-wide focus on Latin American issues.</p>

Network News Legend Tom Brokaw to Speak, Sign Books

Author and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will speak on Monday, April 21, 2008 at 6 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 101. The lecture, sponsored by the Office of the President, is free and open to the public. At 5 p.m., prior to the lecture, Brokaw will sign copies of his books Boom! and The Greatest Generation in Sayles Hall.

Two Brown Faculty Receive 2008 Guggenheim Fellowships

<div>Brown faculty members Deborah Cohen and Forrest Gander have received Guggenheim Fellowships for 2008. They are among 190 scholars and artists selected from more than 2,600 applicants for this honor.<br /></div>
Brown Graduate School

Mellon Foundation Grant to Fund Dissertation Workshops

The Brown University Graduate School has received a $571,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue a program that supports graduate students during the writing of their dissertations.

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