| Spring Ahead |
This spring has seen a number
of important developments
in the Division of Biology and
Medicine. Construction on
the new Alpert Medical School
home officially began on April 26
at a groundbreaking ceremony.
The target date for completion
is August 2011, in time for the
new entering class.
In a second important development, the Brown Corporation
and Lifespan are about to approve an amendment to our
current affiliation agreement. This initiates a closer
relationship with our principal teaching affiliate, and includes
a provision for direct support to the School from the hospital as well as coordinated, strategic joint
investments. We plan to create similar amendments with our other affiliates.
And finally, plans are under way for the Program in Public Healthís transformation into a School of
Public Health. The program has grown and matured to such a point that school designation can occur in
the foreseeable future. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities during this next year and to
continued growth of the Division.
This issue of Brown Medicine spotlights the pioneering work being done at Brown in the field of
conservation medicine, notable faculty and alumni, and the response of Alpert Medical School faculty
and students to the disaster in Haiti. Most important to our fourth-years is Match Day, in which our
students did spectacularly well. Not only are our students recognized as some of the best in the country,
but our residency programs are as well, for this June they will welcome outstanding medical graduates
from all over.
I wish returning alumni a memorable and joyous Reunion, and all our readers a peaceful and
Edward J. Wing, MD
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
| Ecological Indicators |
I like most animals, but Iím partial to
mammals. And not just the ones that
curl up in your lap. When I was 15, a
three-week trip studying megaptera
novaeangliae instilled in me an enduring
love of marine mammals in addition
to the terrestrial kind. If I had to choose
a pet, though, Iíd go for something
with eyelids, fur, and exactly four legs
before considering anything with scales.
(A friend of mine had an iguana that her
daughters professed to love, but it was
dead for weeks before anyone noticed,
and stiff as the branch it was clinging
to. That is not my idea of a pet.)
This amphibian-reptilian aversion places me safely outside the circle of
those who buy weird imported creatures as pets. As if it werenít enough to be
without any discernible appeal, many such creatures come with plenty of risk:
they harbor deadly bacteria on their rubbery skin, eat their frog cousins, or
slither off and upset entire ecosystems.
Thank goodness Kate Smith is paying attention. In this issue youíll read
about Smithís pioneering work in an emerging field known as conservation
medicine. Like so much at Brown, it brings together experts and students from
different disciplines who somehow manage to fathom the interconnectedness
of it all.
Sarah Baldwin-Beneich '87
Marine Mammal expedition, Cape Ann, 1980