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Spring 2014
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Letter from the Dean
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 productive summer.

Edward J. Wing, MD
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences
Letter from the Editor
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
 
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