Current Status Report - September 2011
Text in red denotes new activity since previous status report.

Provide high levels of support for those multi-disciplinary centers and initiatives that have proven most effective in raising the level of research and strengthening neighboring departments

Action Taken

  • Received faculty and Corporation approval for transformation of Brain Science Program into the Institute for Brain Science to more clearly convey to external and internal constituencies Brown’s broad and ambitious research agenda for the brain sciences
  • Provided support for large-scale interdisciplinary research grant submissions, such as Clinical and Translational Sciences Award and Math Institute
  • Established statewide working groups to steward inter-institutional public-private relationships to support large-scale collaborations and opportunities for federal and private dollars. (URI, MBL, Lifespan, CNE, AICU)
  • Received a $3M endowment grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation to expand Graduate School enrollment in the humanities and create new curricular programs
  • Received notification of a major grant from NSF to establish and operate a new Math Institute. This Institute is one of only 8 in the country established by the NSF as a way of bringing together scholars from around the world to work together on large problems of major importance
  • Had first Mellon Graduate Fellows and offered first Mellon supplemental courses
  • Received approval to combine Cognitive and Linguistics Sciences and Psychology to better organize and position research and training strengths
  • Awarded an NSF Major Instrumentation Award to refurbish the CAVE in the Center for Computation and Visualization
  • Awarded two National Children’s Studies grants by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – the largest long-term study of children’s health and development ever conducted in the United States that will follow children from birth to age 21
  • Launched the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), funded by the National Science Foundation.  ICERM is the eighth federally funded national mathematics research institute and the only one in New England.  Under the leadership of Director Jill Pipher, ICERM’s mission is to support and broaden the relationship between mathematics and computation
  • Hired new executive director and applications scientist for the Center for Computation and Visualization to take greater advantage of Brown’s special computational capacity

Action Needed

  • Continue to monitor through annual reporting process, APC review, and external reviews the effectiveness of centers and institutes in supporting academic excellence, providing new educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education, and advancing important research objectives
  • Pursue large-scale infrastructure grant opportunities and leverage statewide academic and research partnerships (Cyberinfrastructure, NIH, HEI, etc.)
  • Further develop research computation infrastructure (via the Center for Computation and Visualization) to support broader interdisciplinary initiatives such as visualization platforms and collaboration applications
  • Continue work with the Creative Arts Center to find areas of exploration between arts and sciences communities
  • Strengthen statewide working groups to pursue collaborative research opportunities in conjunction with IBM research and computing resources
  • Continue to expand the Center for Computation and Visualization to respond to the growing demand for high performance computing


  • Provost
  • Vice President for Research
  • Dean of the Faculty
  • Dean of the Graduate School

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