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Alumni & Friends

Because of Brown

For Scott Westerfield ’79 and Ed Miskevich ’79, Brown wasn't just where it all began: it’s where it was all made possible.
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After years serving as a resource for Brown students, Deb Mills-Scofield ’82 shares her views on why mentoring is both important and mutually beneficial, how alumni can help students and new graduates, and the common traits she finds in Brunonians.
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Amidst the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), alumni and friends have stepped forward to meet our students' immediate needs. But we know that economic hardships will continue to increase in the months to come. Here's how you can help.
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From celebrating Match Day virtually to jumping in to serve during a global health crisis, how students and the wider Brown medical community are responding to the pandemic.
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Pediatric neuro-oncologist Stephen Gilheeney ’95 MMSc’97 MD’99 works with children and families affected by brain and spinal cord tumors. Although COVID-19 has changed the way he practices, he credits his experience at Brown—both as an undergraduate and in the Warren Alpert Medical School—with helping him become an exceptional physician.
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Alumni & Friends

Brown’s faculty puts its expertise to work

Several faculty members across disciplines have shifted their research and community engagement efforts to focus specifically on COVID-19. Through their expertise and collaboration, they're providing a guide for addressing both the immediate and future effects of this global health and economic crisis.
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By 2040, approximately one in five people in the U.S. will be 65 years old or older. As Americans are increasingly dealing with age-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s, Brown researchers are trying to understand why aging occurs in an attempt to meet the country’s growing health care needs.
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Alumni & Friends

Living longer. Living better.

Can we live longer without major health challenges? Based on the research happening at Brown’s Center on the Biology of Aging, the prognosis is good.
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Alumni & Friends

Opening doors for physicians of the future

By recruiting and supporting more aspiring physicians from underrepresented groups, like Krissia Rivera Perla ’15 MD’21, the Warren Alpert Medical School is increasing diversity at Brown and shaping the future of effective patient care.
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In this episode of Women’s Voices Amplified, neurologist Teena Shetty ’95 MD’00 shares her thoughts on the human element in medicine, the importance of female mentorship, and how Brown helped shape her worldview.
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As envisioned, a new two-building, 130,000-square-foot residence hall will strengthen the residential experience for third- and fourth-year students and reduce the demand for off-campus rentals.
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Physician and educator Rex Chiu ’89 MD’94 reflects on the ways a Brown education fosters a spirit of exploration and collaboration that stays with alumni long after graduation.
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Alumni & Friends

The making of a public health professional

Growing up in a low-income area, Francisco Marquez MPH’20 saw firsthand the effects of health care inequity. Thanks to a fellowship, he's able to fully focus on research and community work to improve health outcomes for disadvantaged communities.
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Alumni & Friends

In service to those who serve

How one small community is making a big impact in the lives of Brown’s military-affiliated students.
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Alumni & Friends

Open Curriculum: "Becoming a more thoughtful leader"

American Studies concentrator turned entrepreneur Michelle Frea ’14 shares her thoughts on the beauty of a Brown education and its inherent lessons in leadership, discipline, and responsibility.
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Alumni & Friends

Open Curriculum: “We craved greater authenticity”

The 1960s was marked by pivotal moments in Brown’s history: from Vietnam War protests to an emerging idea that would come to be called the “New Curriculum.” While back on College Hill for his 50th Reunion, Richard Crocker ’69, P’02 AM’18 reflected on the roots of the Open Curriculum and its impact on the University, higher education and beyond.
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Alumni & Friends

Brain Power: Boosting Alzheimer’s research at Brown

Recent hires, game-changing grants, and collaboration are helping to position Brown’s Carney Institute for Brain Science as a global leader in Alzheimer’s research and treatment.
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Alumni & Friends

Meg Wolitzer ’81 on the importance of fiction

This latest episode of Brown Blasts: Women's Voices Amplified features a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Meg Wolitzer that ranges from falling under the spell of a book, to why listening matters, and what she learned from working with Nora Ephron.
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Alumni & Friends

The rise of digital health

As a practicing emergency physician, Dr. Megan Ranney MPH’10 RES’08 believes that the emergency department is where you can change a patient’s health care trajectory. And technology is her tool of choice.
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After a life-changing NICU experience, new mom and aviation tech Tiara Young ’23 set her sights on a career in neonatology. Now she has found her new path—and a supportive veteran network—at Brown.
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At Brown’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, President Christina H. Paxson announced plans for increased financial aid for student veterans, need-blind and test-optional admission policies and new partnerships to increase the number of veterans at Brown.
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Today, the Open Curriculum is the foundation of a Brown education. But when it was initially adopted in 1969, it was a radical approach to teaching and learning. It was innovative. It was student-centered. It was redefining higher education.
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Alumni & Friends

Lois Lowry ’58 on the power of noticing

This latest episode of Brown Blasts: Women's Voices Amplified features an interview with the award-winning author of more than 40 books, including The Giver, about her creative process, her advice for writers, her new book, and more.
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Alumni & Friends

Following a code

By coming to Brown to embrace new challenges — like combining computer science with humanities studies through the Open Curriculum — Turkish student Melis Gökalp ’21 is on a path to improve the lives of those in her home country.
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Alumni & Friends

Gifted a new life through education

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess ’00 grew up amidst the violence of the Bosnian War. Here, she talks about that harrowing time, the impact a Brown scholarship made in her life, and the difference she plans to make in the lives of future students who have experienced violence.
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Alumni & Friends

Homefield advantage

Thanks to an accelerated construction timeline and the continuing support of donors, Brown's lacrosse and soccer teams will soon have a facility that rivals the best in the northeast.
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Alumni & Friends

A quest to demystify human behavior

Through the power of an Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award, Eric Ingram ’21 is embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime research opportunity to uncover new insights that could help people with anxiety disorders.
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Offering courses, programs and support to students at every stage of the entrepreneurial process, the Nelson Center has become a nexus for entrepreneurship at Brown in just three years since launch.
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News from Brown

Highlighting Brown’s distinction in the arts

The University is advancing its reputation for excellence in the arts by forming new partnerships with artists and scholars and making major new investments in programming and facilities.
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Alumni & Friends

One gift, 30 scholars...and counting

Librarian and first-generation alumna Leonilda Gervasi, Class of 1921, left Brown a modest gift through her estate. Since then, there have been more than 30 Gervasi Scholars — and this number continues to grow. Learn more about the transformative power of planned giving.
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