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Meeting of the Brown Corporation
$20M Gift Will Support Center for Computational Molecular Biology
The Corporation of Brown University has formally accepted a gift that will provide five new professorships for the Center for Computational Molecular Biology. The Corporation also established new named professorships and accepted other gifts in support of the Plan for Academic Enrichment.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Corporation of Brown University formally accepted a $20-million gift in support of its new Center for Computational Molecular Biology (CCMB). The gift, made by a Brown trustee, will help build the CCMB in a dramatic way. Sixteen million dollars of the gift will be used to endow and support five professorships in academic departments that are directly involved in activities of the center:
The remaining $4 million will support graduate and undergraduate research and teaching programs in computational molecular biology.
“By endowing professorships in five different academic departments, this generous and visionary gift highlights the University’s unique strength in developing multidisciplinary programs,” said Brown President Ruth J. Simmons. “Computational molecular biology is a young and rapidly developing field in which Brown University will play a significant national role.”
The sequencing of genomes for humans and other species has offered scientists a flood of new biological information. Brown established the CCMB to support research that will take the data-processing tools of mathematics, statistics and computer science and apply them to key questions about human development, aging and evolution. Research will also shed light on the causes of, and treatments for, diseases such as cancer and diabetes.
“The genomes offer enormous promise for science and society, and this very generous gift will help us meet that promise,” said Chip Lawrence, professor of applied mathematics, who came to Brown last fall as the CCMB’s first director. “The gift also highlights Brown’s clear commitment to computational molecular biology, a level of commitment few universities have made.”
In addition to the five professorships endowed through the $20-million gift to the CCMB, the Corporation formally accepted gifts to establish the following endowed positions:
Appointments to Named and Endowed Chairs
University policy requires formal acceptance by the Corporation of all gifts to the University of $1 million or more. The Corporation formally received: