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February 14, 2011

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Associated Press   11 February 2012
Corporation approves 2013 budget, sets tuition, increases financial aid
At its regular February meeting, the Corporation approved a 3.2-percent increase in the University’s consolidated operating budget for the 2013 fiscal year. The budget includes $90.1 million for undergraduate scholarships. It also allows Brown to expand its research programs, continue the growth of the School of Engineering, and increase financial support for graduate and medical students. Total tuition and fees will rise 3.5 percent. The financial aid budget will reach an all-time high.

WRNI   13 February 2012
Martin Puryear to design slavery memorial
At its February meeting, the Corporation selected acclaimed American artist Martin Puryear to create a slavery memorial on the University campus. The memorial is conceived as a site for discussion, education, and contemplation and will be placed on the Front Campus, between Hope College and Carrie Tower, and near University Hall.

The Telegraph (U.K.)   14 February 2012
Study finds stroke and pollution link
A study by Gregory Wellenius, assistant professor of epidemiology, finds that the chance of having a stroke on days of moderate pollution is 34 percent higher than on good days. Wellenius investigated the medical records of 1,705 women with an average age of 71 living in Boston for the study. The risk of stroke among study participants rose between 12 and 24 hours after the pollution level was increased.   13 February 2012
A conversation with a bully
Marie Myung-Ok Lee, visiting lecturer in race and ethnicity, writes an essay about the experience of confronting her seventh-grade bully about her racist taunting. She notes that it was writing that helped her get past the painful experience: “Writing nonfiction helped me figure out the world, fiction allowed me to revisit these memories, examine them as an outside observer, and to alchemize them into art, something I was proud to own. My earliest novels were young adult and middle grade novels ... perhaps they were a message-in-a-bottle to the next generation of kids: You are not alone.”

NPR   11 February 2012
Birth control debate spans party lines
A new birth control coverage policy proposed by President Obama caused an uproar among both Republicans and Democrats. Wendy Schiller says the issue may affect who controls the Senate next year: "I mean, there’s no question the Catholics remain a stalwart of the Democrats, particularly in some very key states and districts in the country," she says. "So I think this was an issue that Democrats firmly believed had to be addressed as quickly as possible." Schiller also appeared on NOW with Alex Wagner about this topic.

USA Today   13 February 2012
Movement now occupying classrooms too
The Occupy Movement is having an influence on University course catalogs around the country, spurring new offerings and changing the focus of older ones. Derek Seidman, visiting assistant professor of history, created a seminar titled “The Occupy Movement in Historical Context” after an Occupy teach-in at the University in October attracted about 600 people.

New Scientist   13 February 2012
Energy boost could determine Higgs’ existence
Teams of scientists are currently working with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN to determine whether an elusive subatomic particle known as the Higgs boson actually exists. Recently, the LHC’s management decided to boost the energy of collisions to get a better chance of flushing the Higgs out into the open. Greg Landsberg, professor of physics, who is involved with the research, says that if the particle exists, this energy boost should improve the probability of actually seeing it.   12 February 2012
Look to Lincoln for equal opportunity lesson
Alex Gourevitch, postdoctoral research associate at the University’s Political Theory Project, co-authors this essay about how a lesson in achieving equal opportunity can be learned from Abraham Lincoln. He points out that while Thomas Jefferson’s theory of meritocracy has been widely accepted, it “puts the cart before the horse,” focusing too much on the means to social mobility, rather than examining the kind of social opportunities that are important in the first place.

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