Frontiers of Healthcare

Brown To Host Conference on Challenges of Health Care Reform

Regional and national experts will gather at Brown on Monday, June 8, 2009, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of health care reform and its implications for Rhode Island and the nation. The event is part of the annual Frontiers of Healthcare Conference, organized by Brown University and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).  The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Salomon Center for Teaching and is open to the public without charge.
Meeting of the Corporation

Brown Corporation Accepts $30-Million Gift for Undergraduate Financial Aid

The Corporation of Brown University formally accepted a gift of $30 million today, bringing the total raised for undergraduate financial aid through the Campaign for Academic Enrichment to $285 million. The Corporation also elected 12 new trustees and fellows and authorized the administration to proceed with capital projects for the Mind Brain Behavior program and the Alpert Medical School.

Brown Confers 2,157 Degrees at 241st Commencement

Brown University President Ruth J. Simmons, presiding at the University’s 241st Commencement exercises Sunday, May 24, 2009, conferred 2,157 degrees, from bachelor’s to honorary doctorates.
A milestone, not the finish line

‘Boldly Brown’ Campaign Crosses the $1.4-Billion Mark; Work Continues

Chancellor Thomas J. Tisch has informed members of the Corporation that “Boldly Brown: The Campaign for Academic Enrichment” has reached its overall goal of $1.4 billion. Campaign fund-raising efforts will continue through Dec. 31, 2010, to meet goals for individual priorities, including student financial aid and endowed faculty positions.
Meeting of the Brown Corporation

Corporation Elects New Trustees and Fellows, Including First Young Alumna Trustee

At its regular Commencement Weekend meeting Friday, May 22, 2009, the Corporation of Brown University elected three new fellows and nine new trustees. The University’s 54-member governing body also modified its rules to allow election of “young alumnus trustees” — recent Brown graduates who will serve three-year terms.
May 20, 2009

Information for the Brown Community Regarding Influenza A (H1N1)

The University has been notified by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) of one Brown student with a laboratory-confirmed case of H1N1 influenza. This individual is recovering well, and none of the individual’s close contacts is sick. RIDOH has indicated there is no need to adjust any plans for Commencement and Reunion events this weekend. University administrators sent the following e-mail communication to the campus community today.

Brown To Break Ground on Creative Arts Center

Brown University will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Creative Arts Center on Friday, May 22, 2009. The ceremony will be held at the building site, 154 Angell St., adjacent to the Brown Office Building, at 3:15 p.m.
Update and News Advisory

Aretha Franklin Unable to Attend 241st Commencement Sunday

Due to a family emergency that will keep her from traveling to Providence, recording artist Aretha Franklin will not be able to participate in Brown University’s 241st Commencement on Sunday.

Michael Kennedy Named Director of Watson Institute for International Studies

Michael D. Kennedy has been appointed director of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Currently director of the University of Michigan’s Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and its Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, Kennedy will begin his new duties at the Watson Institute in July 2009.

Computer Model Predicts Brain Tumor Growth and Evolution

Scientists from Brown University, the University of Texas and elsewhere have developed a computational computer model that tracks brain tumor growth virtually and can be matched to real tumors. The new computer model could lead to specific, targeted treatments for individualized therapy. Details are in the May 15 edition of the journal Cancer Research.
The 241st Commencement

Brown Graduate School of Confer Degrees and Awards on May 24

The Brown University Graduate School Commencement Ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2009, on Lincoln Field, with Dean Sheila Bonde presiding. Dhiraj Catoor, a doctoral candidate in engineering, will deliver the student address, titled “Scholarship Within and Beyond the Ivory Tower.” Several prestigious awards will also be presented.
The 241st Commencement

Brown Selects Two Seniors to Deliver Commencement Speeches

Noor Najeeb of Mequon, Wis., and Juliana Thorstenn of Garden City, N.Y., will deliver senior orations to their classmates at the University Commencement Ceremony Sunday, May 24, 2009, at 12:45 p.m. on The College Green. Najeeb's address is titled “Facing Fear” and Thorstenn’s address is titled “Singing.” The full texts of Najeeb’s “Facing Fear” and Thorstenn’s “Singing” are available online.