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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A gift of pride and potential

With their gift, Marco Martinez ’84 and his husband Tom Styer are paying it forward for the future of LGBTQ students at Brown.
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Drawing outside the lines

With support from the Brown Medical Annual Fund, students like Christopher Demas ’21 are exploring their interests and pursuing innovative ideas outside the classroom.
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Open space, open conversations

The Watson Institute continues to grow its footprint on campus as well as its intellectual community with its newest addition—Stephen Robert ’62 Hall.
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A promise that’s paid off

In its inaugural year, The Brown Promise has already made a lasting impact on admissions, socioeconomic diversity, and the future of financial aid.
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Beyond the stacks: A distinctive collection

The John Carter Brown Library wants its extraordinary collections on the history of the colonial Americas to be accessible to the world—and more scholars at Brown.
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Action Figure

Oncologist Wafik El-Deiry knows a lot about translating basic research into patient care. He just wants to do it faster.
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Decoding Autism

Professor Eric Morrow and his team of researchers are using genetics to speed up the diagnosis and treatment of autism in children—and to provide hope to families.
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Powerful lessons from expanded Fellows Program

The Writing Fellows Program has been a tremendous peer-to-peer resource for Brown students and faculty since 1982. With the addition of Problem-Solving Fellows, the impact is expanding into STEM departments and beyond.
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Scholars / Athletes / Leaders

Achieving milestones is not unusual for Brown Athletics, which recently passed the $100 million mark in campaign fundraising and prides itself on developing lifelong leaders.
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Keeping computer science at the forefront

A newly established professorship honors the 50 year legacy of Professor Savage and launches an effort to further elevate one of Brown's premier programs.
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News from Brown

Highlighting Brown’s distinction in brain science

Brown researchers are building understanding of the brain, restoring movement for patients with paralysis, unlocking the secrets of devastating diseases and devising new treatments to address brain-related disorders.
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Highlighting Brown’s distinction in economics

With an increased focus on unearthing novel data sources for analysis, Brown’s economics scholars are bringing new insights to complex problems and teaching the next generation of researchers and policymakers to do the same.
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