Saturday, October 14, 2006

The first permanent female President of Brown University.

Since 2001, Brown's current and 18th president is Ruth J. Simmons, the first African American president, and second female president, of an Ivy League institution, as well as the first permanent female president of Brown.

Two days before I took up the assignment of researching about the American billionaire George Lindemann and his contribution in the Art and Education field. Adhering to my principle of sharing, here I am passing it on to you.

A news item entitled George Lindemann Sr. Scholarship that caught my attention made me look up for the historic Brown University and Ruth J.Williams.

A few facts:
Brown University located in Providence, Rhode Island was founded in 1764.
It is the third-oldest institution of higher education in New England and the seventh-oldest in the United States.
It is a member of the Ivy League.
People associated with the University are known as Brunonians.

Several firsts:
Brown was the first college in the nation to accept students of all religious affiliations.
Brown has the only undergraduate Egyptology department in the United States.
Until recently, it has the only History of Mathematics department in the world.
Brown was also one of the first institutions to emphasize computer science.

From the link to the news item, I came to know that a Brown trustee has gifted $20 million to support the University’s Center for Computational Molecular Biology.

Now coming to the relevance to George Lindemann, Osvaldo Sala has been appointed the Sloan Lindemann and George Lindemann Jr. Distinguished Professor in Environmental Studies.

Incidentally Osvaldo Sala is the leading authority on biodiversity and global change.
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