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mello_lead_2.jpgResearch by 2006 Nobel Laureate Craig Mello 82 has given scientists a way to turn genes easily on and off.


As one of last falls Nobel Prize winners, Craig Mello has received a level of wealth, publicity, and acclaim seldom granted to a scientist who spends his days observing a microscopic worm.

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Trashy Reads
84.30520.finally_thumb.jpgPulp comics were puerile, debauchedand addictive.
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Is This Thing On?
32.30520.bloggers_thumb.jpgSome bloggers are making enough money to hire staffs to quit their day jobs and blog full-time.
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The View from the O.R.

38.30520.coppola_thumb.jpg War is always with us, and as long as men and women are wounded in battle, doctors will try to save their lives.

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Brain Power

64.30520.profile.schulz_thumb.jpgMona Lisa Schulz '82
She has an MD and a PhD, but the skill she relies on most is intuition.

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The Giveaway Pile
19.30520.pov_thumb.jpgYou live, you die, your stuff goes out to the curb.
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Pucked Off

73.30520.profile.ostrander_thumb.jpgMeredith Ostrander '02
Her team just won the National Womens Hockey League championship. Now, why isnt she famous?

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Iraqi Life Online
52.30520.a+c.baghdad.2_thumb.jpgMichael DiBenedetto 03 is using the Web to broadcast documentaries about three college students in Baghdad.
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Baseball
19.30520.sport.dietz_thumb.jpgThe baseball team won its first-ever Ivy championship in early May after it beat Lou Gehrig Division winner Penn.
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Critic's Corner
50.30520.a+c.simon_thumb.jpgTaryn Simon 97 photographs things the rest of us will never get to see.
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The Electronic Trader
80.30520.macklin_thumb.jpgGordon Macklin 50
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The Boy Dean
76.30520.farewell.wessell_thumb.jpgNils Y. Wessell 35 AM
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Matchmaking Unlikely Bedfellows

68.30520.profile.symons_thumb.jpgJeremy Symons '92
The campaign to stop global warming brings together tree-huggers, hunters, and evangelists.

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Women's Water Polo
Womens water polo labors in the shadows of the seasons more popular sports, which is too bad.
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Men's Tennis and Men's Golf
By March 9 of the 2007 spring season, the mens tennis team was 112 and appeared primed to capture its third straight Ivy title. But the Bears hit stiff league competition and dropped its first four conference matches to fall out of the running for the title.
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Lacrosse
Mens lacrosse had a bounce-back season in its first year under head coach Lars Tiffany 90. After going 211 last season, the Bears started the season on a roll. After losing in overtime to the always tough University of Maryland Baltimore County the men reeled off four straight wins.
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Track and Field
The mens track team has had many great individual performances all season long. Paul Rosiak 07 ranks first in the Ivy League in the javelin with a top throw of 222 feet, eight inches, an astounding twenty-two inches more that his nearest competitor.
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Softball, Rowing, and Crew

While the baseball team thrived, the softball team struggled. Under the tutelage of first-year head coach DeeDee Enabenter-Omidiji, Brown lost eighteen heartbreaking games by three runs or fewer.

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Equestrian
21.30520.sport.keefe_thumb.jpgAfter starting its regular season on September 30, the equestrian team competed all year with the goal of reaching nationals for the first time since 2004.
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Women's Tennis
20.30520.sport.pautler_thumb.jpgAfter losing its first three Ivy matches, the womens tennis team won the next four.
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Peaceable Giant
18.30520.elms.wenzhong_thumb.jpgChinas ambassador rattles a saber and preaches harmony.
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Data Points
17.30520.elms.bloggers_thumb.jpgToday, South Africa has one of the worlds highest rates of HIV infection, with an estimated 5.5 million people living with the disease.
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Test Positive for Breast Cancer?
15.30520.elms.cancer_thumb.jpgA new study finds that an MRI should be your next step.
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Forget the War on Terror
17.30520.elms.santorum_thumb.jpgRick Santorum calls it like he sees it: a war on Islamic fascists.
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It's in the Air
16.30520.elms.rock1_thumb.jpgThe Green goes wild for Spring Weekend.
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Moderator of the Trustees
14.30520.tisch_thumb.jpgTom Tisch ’76 describes his goals as the University’s new chancellor.
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How to Live
13.30520.elms.simmons_thumb.jpgPresident Simmons argues for more support for the humanities.
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Exam Time
12.30520.elms.education_thumb.jpgPushing forty, the New Curriculum gets a checkup.
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Fresh Ink
Check out the new books published by Brown alumni.
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The Haggadah and Gays
The Passover Haggadah provides an interesting context for the comments of Phillip N. Jacobs 79 on gay synagogues and gay people (Mailroom, March/April).  He writes: [H]omosexuals, like all people, are G-ds creations, and as such we must treat them with kindness.  However ... it must be clear that their behavior is ... not to be condoned.
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Table Talk
48.30520.a+c.pool1_thumb.jpgA self-described accidental hustler, Heather Byer 90 tells how she wrote an equally accidental memoir.
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Teaching Doctors
While we can welcome A Major Milestone (Under the Elms, March/April) in the form of a $100 million gift to the medical school, one can only hope that Brown will begin to prepare new doctors for the fact that, while were spending twice as much per capita as any other nation, the World Health Organization has ranked us No. 37 in the effectiveness of our health-care non-system.
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Martha's Woes
53.30520.stewart_thumb.jpgWhy did prosecutors go after Martha Stewart so fiercely?
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Life Lessons
In response to Fitting In by Amy Ramos 87 (Alumni POV, March/April): As a low-income student accepted in a need-blind period when Brown was increasing the ratio of public- to private-school students, Ms. Ramos points out a number of very real differences in the environment. In a sense, we lucky ones gained a greater education at Brown than most.
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TV's Arbiters of Taste
51.30520.a+c.topdesign_thumb.jpgJonathan Adler 88 and Margaret Russell 80 play the bad cops on Bravos Top Design.
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Rods Per Hogshead
I have learned to be suspicious of measurements given in unfamiliar terms. (In a Simpsons episode, Grandpa boasts of his cars fuel economy as so many rods per hogshead.)  Sometimes even using familiar terms, such as feet and seconds, can be confusing.  Your article on bats (To Build a Better Batmobile, Elms, March/April) breathlessly refers to their speed as up to forty-nine feet per second.
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Whirlwind
The article about Professor Dietrich Neumann and Ed Huff and their experiments with panoramas (The Virtual Magic Carpet, Under the Elms, March/April) was fascinating, especially for someone like me who loved Neumanns classes.
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Owners' Rights
I want to thank Lawrence Goodman for his nice article about me and my organization, Citizens for Pets in Condos Inc. (Getting Her Fur Up, The Classes, March/April). I have a few corrections to make.  Unfortunately, the article did not include my full name, so classmates who did not see Waldner might not recognize me after so many years, even though my first name is unusual.
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Promises to Keep
50.30520.a+c.cells_thumb.jpgA science writer tries to penetrate the hype surrounding stem-cell research.
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Apologist Nutterguff
I attended the Nonie Darwish lecture (Rain Date, Under the Elms, March/April) and was both surprised and disappointed when the Q&A session deteriorated into apologist nutterguff. Professor John Tomasi, whose job as moderator admittedly was not an easy one, reminded me once again that political correctness seems to have replaced serious education at our institutions of higher learning.
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The Zen of Pool
49.30520.a+c.pool.2_thumb.jpgNine years ago Heather Byer began shooting competitive pool around New York City. Her memoir, Sweet, is the story of how she lost herself to the game.
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Valuing Life

In her letter to the editor (Mailroom, March/April), Alice Lemos 81 PhD condemns politicians such as Lincoln Chafee 75 for championing abortion on demand and having a cavalier attitude towards the sanctity of life. Senator Chafee voted against authorizing the president to attack Iraq.

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Charles Nichols
I was saddened to read of the death of Professor Charles Nichols (March/April). I was a senior the year he came to Brown. Although he was recruited to head the Afro-American Studies program, he also taught, within the English department, a course on Jewish literature of the Holocaust and postWorld War II era, which I took. We read Elie Wiesel, Jerzy Kosinski, Saul Bellow, and others.
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Lamp Posts
I disagree strongly with the claim that a 15-watt fluorescent bulb equals the quality and strength of light given by a sixty-watt incandescent bulb. I tried replacing the seventy-five-watt incandescent bulb in a walk-in closet with the stated compact fluorescent equivalent. It was as if the power had suddenly been usurped by a surge from some unseen appliance.
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The Sweetest Memories
In 1960, I was stationed briefly at Fort Dix during basketball season, and one January night I managed, still in uniform, to slip up in time for the tip-off at nearby Princeton. Stan Ward, a remarkable, wonderful guy, was the coach. Mike Cingiser 62 was playing, and I grabbed a seat behind the Brown bench.
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