Meeting of the Corporation

Brown Corporation elects 11 new trustees

At its May meeting, the Corporation of Brown University elected 11 new trustees and officially accepted more than $25 million in new gifts to the University. The Corporation’s Board of Fellows approved the awarding of more than 2,400 degrees at the 247th Commencement Sunday, May 24, 2015.

Head wins GSA’s highest honor

James W. Head III will receive the Geological Society of America’s Penrose Medal in Baltimore this November. Head is the first planetary geologist to win the GSA’s highest honor.
The 247th Commencement

Brown to confer 2,530 degrees at Commencement Sunday

At its 247th Commencement Sunday, May 24, 2015, Brown University will confer a total of 2,530 degrees in all categories — undergraduate, graduate, medical, and honorary.

A statistical study of first-year college rape

A survey of more than 480 female freshmen students conducted in 2010 at a university in upstate New York found that 18.6 percent said they experienced at least one attempted or completed rape in the year after they started college. Results appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
Dissertation: Joshua Guilford

The New American Cinema

Joshua Guilford, who will receive a Ph.D. in modern culture and media, has written a dissertation on the “redemption of human interiority” in the work of a mid-20th century filmmaking subculture known as the New American Cinema.

Nunn marks hepatitis testing day at Nasdaq

On May 19, National Hepatitis Testing Day, Amy Nunn, assistant professor of medicine, joined industry and public experts on a panel hosted by the Nasdaq stock market on efforts to expand testing that links infected people to care.

Brown Provost Colvin to leave post, return to research and teaching

Brown University Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin will complete her service as provost July 1, 2015, and return to teaching and research. Colvin’s significant contributions include launching comprehensive academic planning and initiatives in data sciences, online learning, and entrepreneurship that have become important institutional priorities.

President accepts Sexual Assault Task Force recommendations

In a letter to all members of the Brown community today, President Christina Paxson announced that she is accepting the recommendations outlined by the Sexual Assault Task Force in the executive summary of its April 2015 report. Some recommendations have been implemented; planning for others is underway in the new Title IX program office.
Questions for Jim Head

From a satellite’s last moments: data on Mercury’s magnetic field

Heroic efforts by NASA flight engineers let the MESSENGER spacecraft collect important data on Mercury during its orbital decay. The crustal magnetic field, which could be measured only at low altitudes, suggests that magnetism generated by the Mercury's core dates to the very early history of the planet.
Dissertation: Corey Compton

Defeating drug resistance is all about the strategy

Scientists are locked in a perpetual race with deadly bacteria, struggling to come up with new drugs as bacteria evolve new defenses. Corey Compton has demonstrated that a strategy focused on how bacteria develop resistance can give drugs — new and old — a leg up.
The 247th Commencement

Brown to honor Fishman, van Dam for 50 years of faculty service

At an exhibition in the Cohen Gallery and at a special gathering of CS alumni, Brown University will honor Richard Fishman, professor of visual art, and Andries van Dam, professor of computer science for their 50th years of service on the Brown faculty.
Dissertation: Kaitlin Sidorsky

Women in politics: An expanded definition of political office

Kaitlin Sidorsky, who will receive her Ph.D. in political science, did the first national survey that included appointments to state boards and commissions as well as elected office. Many female respondents said appointed office lets them accomplish more without the overhead of fundraising, campaigning, and media presence.

Kumar wins Alexander von Humboldt Award

Sharvan Kumar, professor of engineering, who studies metallic materials for structural applications, has received an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation research award for 2015.

Brain science grants span campus, hospitals

With “New Frontiers” awards from the Brown Institute for Brain Science and the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, teams of brain science researchers at Brown and its affiliated hospitals will embark this summer on year-long studies of autism, epilepsy, pain, and stroke.
Dissertation: Samantha Rosenthal

Research that helps prevent suffering, online and off

Samantha Rosenthal, who will receive her Ph.D. at the 247th Commencement, came to a career in public health research out of a desire to reduce suffering. In work as diverse as revealing connections between Facebook and depression and tracking global disease outbreaks, she has increased the understanding needed to keep people out of harm’s way.