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Neighborhood revitalization motivated exercise

Birmingham, Ala.

A community revitalization effort in a struggling neighborhood of Birmingham, Ala., succeeded in promoting healthy physical activity. A new study also documents the basis of that change in the hopes and concerns of the neighborhood’s residents.

Hassett appointed next ICERM director

Brendan Hassett will become the next director of Brown University’s Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), one of eight institutes for mathematics across the country funded by the National Science Foundation. Hassett, formerly of Rice University, will begin serving as director in July 2016.

Graham named VP for academic finance and administration

Lindsay Graham, the chief administrative and financial officer for the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University, will join the provost’s office as vice president for academic finance and administration. He begins his new duties Aug. 1, 2015.

Thoughts on seeing images of Pluto

James W. Head III

Exploring the New World was a task of centuries. The photos of Pluto that arrived Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from the New Horizons spacecraft meant that space probes had visited all the planets of our Solar System. It took about 50 years. “Imagine what the next 50 years have in store,” writes planetary scientist Jim Head.

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