<p>Climate helped drive Vikings from Greenland</p>

<p>Greenland's early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from lakes near the Norse settlement in western Greenland also shows how climate affected the Dorset and Saqqaq cultures. Results appear in <em>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.</em></p>
The 2011 Orations

<p>Jacob Combs: <br /><em>What I Learned from the Big Bad Woolf</em></p>

<p>Jacob Combs grew up in Los Angeles in a close, diverse, multifaith family. With passions in literature, theater, and music, he has worked in the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, served as a Meiklejohn peer adviser, and is on the board of Brownbrokers, a group that produces original student-written musicals. He hopes to be a composer and lyricist for theater. The text of his oration, delivered at Commencement exercises on the College Green Sunday, May 29, 2011, follows here. (See also the <a href="http://news.brown.edu/features/2011/05/trinh">oration delivered by Elyse VyVy Trinh</a>)</p>
The 2011 Orations

<p>Elyse VyVy Trinh: <br /><em>An Education in Altruism</em></p>

<p>The daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Elyse VyVy Trinh says her Brown experience helped her understand her personal history and roots more than she ever imagined. She is a human biology concentrator who has focused her coursework on culture, gender, history, and race. She will continue her studies at the Warren Alpert Medical School hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics or pediatric oncology. The text of her oration, delivered at Commencement exercises on the College Green Sunday, May 29, 2011, follows here. (See also the <a href="http://news.brown.edu/features/2011/05/combs">oration delivered by Jacob Combs</a>)</p>
The 243rd Commencement

<p>Faculty awards Rosenberger Medal to President Simmons</p>

<p>The faculty of Brown University has awarded the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal to President Ruth J. Simmons. The Rosenberger Medal, established in 1919 and presented for the first time in 1925, is the highest honor the Brown faculty can bestow.</p>
The 243rd Commencement

<p>Brown confers 10 honorary doctorates</p>

<p>Brown conferred honorary degrees on 10 distinguished candidates during its 243rd Commencement exercises, Sunday, May 29, 2011. The honorands included Olympian <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Crowley">Katie King Crowley</a>, online editor <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Huffington">Arianna Huffington</a>, columnist <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Kristof">Nicholas D. Kristof</a>, mathematician <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Mumford">David B. Mumford</a>, actor <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Nicholson">Jack Nicholson</a>, playwright <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Nottage">Lynn Ida Nottage</a>, physicist <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Randall">Lisa Randall</a>, human rights activist <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Roth">Kenneth Roth</a>, astronaut <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Scott">David R. Scott</a>, and poet and editor Zhenkai Zhao (<a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/04/hdcitations#Zhao">Bei Dao</a>). Texts of the citations follow here.</p>
Meeting of the Corporation

<p>Brown Corporation elects one fellow, seven trustees</p>

<p>At its business meeting Friday morning, May 27, 2011, the Corporation of Brown University elected one member to the Board of Fellows and seven to the Board of Trustees. It also reappointed its treasurer and secretary to new three-year terms and formally accepted a number of gifts totaling more than $18.5 million.</p>

<p>Kevin McLaughlin named dean of the faculty at Brown</p>

<p>Kevin McLaughlin, the Nicholas Brown Professor of Oratory and Belles Lettres and professor of English, comparative literature, and German studies, has been named dean of the faculty at Brown University. He will begin his duties on July 1, 2011, succeeding Rajiv Vohra.</p>
The 243rd Commencement

<p>Brown to confer 2,334 degrees Sunday, May 29</p>

<p>Brown University will confer 2,334 degrees, including 10 honorary doctorates, during its 243rd Commencement exercises Sunday, May 29, 2011. Lists of degree recipients will be available in the printed Commencement program and is <a href="http://brown.edu/web/commencement/2011/documents/Brown_Commencement_program_2011.pdf">available online</a>.</p>

<p>Scientists detect Earth-equivalent amount of water in the moon</p>

<p>The moon has much more water than previously thought, a scientific team including Brown University has discovered. First-time measurements of lunar melt inclusions show that some parts of the lunar mantle have as much water as the Earth’s upper mantle. The results may change the prevailing theory about the Moon’s origin as well as shed new light on the origin of water at the lunar poles. Results appear in <em>Science Express</em>.</p>

<p>A unique summer job leads to a major find</p>

<p>A freshman seminar on volcanoes was not his first choice, but it started Thomas Weinreich on a journey that would involve Apollo 17 lunar samples, a major research discovery, and status as second author on a paper in <em>Science.</em> (See also the <a href="http://news.brown.edu/pressreleases/2011/05/moonwater">news release on the moon water discovery</a>.)</p>

<p>PetWatch provides reliable information for owners of exotic pets</p>

<p>People who keep exotic pets need to know more than what to feed them. Are the animals wild-caught or captive-bred? Can they become vectors for exotic diseases? Are they endangered or likely to pose unusual problems? Three Brown students are developing reliable information sheets on pets from spiders to constricting snakes.</p>
The 243rd Commencement

<p>A strong showing at Graduate School Convocation</p>

<p>Brown University’s Graduate School is expected to award more than 635 degrees at its Commencement Convocation Sunday, May 29, 2011, on Lincoln Field. The total for graduate degrees awarded this year will be almost 60 percent larger than a decade ago.</p>