As 2016 comes to a close, here are 19 highlights among Brown’s most well-read and noteworthy stories from the last year.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Calendar year 2016 marked another busy and fulfilling year at Brown. Through study, research, engaged scholarship, advocacy and hard work, the University's students, faculty and staff pursued passions ranging from interdisciplinary entrepreneurism to Shakespeare in Spanish to tiny chameleons (with extra long tongues). The year also witnessed a number of Brown milestones, including a Nobel Prize win for professor of physics J. Michael Kosterlitz, the culmination of Thomas Tisch's nine-year term as chancellor, a trip to the NCAA Final Four for the Bears lacrosse team and the launch of the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center, the first of its kind in the nation. Here, in chronological order, are 19 highlights among Brown’s most well-read and noteworthy stories from 2016.

Tiniest chameleons deliver most powerful tongue-lashings

A new study reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature’s best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species. Read more >>

Brown releases final action plan to create a diverse and inclusive campus

Brown has finalized a plan to create a more diverse and inclusive academic community that is sensitive and responsive to issues of discrimination, inequality and structural racism. Read more >>

Brown University to open First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center

Following a steady stream of student-driven efforts in recent years to boost support for those who are first in their families to attend college, a dedicated first-gen center will open in the Sciences Library this summer. Read more >>

¡Shakespeare para todos! Providence’s modern-day middle schoolers tackle the Bard

As part of the First Folio exhibit at Brown University, graduate and undergraduate students join forces with middle-school kids to explore ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in English and Spanish. Read more >>

Asleep somewhere new, one brain hemisphere keeps watch

Have trouble sleeping on your first night in a new place? A new study explains what’s going on in the brain during that “first-night effect.” Read More >>

Student’s senior thesis becomes Gates Foundation-funded project

Wilson Cusack, a senior computer science concentrator, developed a text-message-based trading platform that helps connect farmers and buyers. With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he’ll pilot the project in the West African nation of Ghana. Read More >>

After season for the ages, men’s lacrosse team heads to the NCAA Championship Final Four

The team persevered in last weekend’s quarterfinal matchup with Navy, despite the absence of standout player Dylan Molloy. Read More >>

As his term culminates, Chancellor Tisch honored with celebration, portrait unveiling

During a Commencement and Reunion Week celebration, peers and colleagues honored the 1976 Brown graduate and Corporation leader with reflections on his leadership. Read More >>

Asteroid that formed Moon’s Imbrium Basin may have been protoplanet-sized

The research, published in Nature, has implications for our understanding of the early solar system. Read More >>

An Olympic effort, from Brown to Brazil

Senior swimmer Sovijja Pou heads to Rio to represent Cambodia in the 100-meter freestyle — just one among a number of goals inspired by his heritage. Read More >>

Brown and RISD create a laboratory for innovative live arts projects

With a think-tank approach and a cohort of students from the visual and performing arts, Brown/RISD CoLAB, a new summer institute, gives students the tools and freedom to experiment with new forms of theatre and performance. Read More >>

13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine

Brown University’s Stephen Houston and a team of leading researchers in anthropology and Maya archeology methodically verify the authenticity of the oldest known manuscript in ancient America. Read More >>

Brown launches new Data Science Initiative

The initiative, which includes a new master’s program, will bolster research that integrates data in new scholarly contexts and prepare students to be leaders in a data-enabled society. Read More >>

$27 million gift to expand Brown’s effort to decipher disease, improve health

A new gift from The Warren Alpert Foundation will allow the University to substantially expand and enhance its M.D./Ph.D. program and endow a professorship in the Brown Institute for Translational Science. Read More >>

Neuroscience researchers restore leg movement in primates

The research is a step toward the development of a system that might help in rehabilitating people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Read More >>

Brown president joins fellow university presidents in urging DACA’s continuation

Statement signed by more than 100 presidents cites the positive impact of students in the U.S. via the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and calls on leaders from other sectors to join universities in advocating the continuation of the program. Read More >>

In true entrepreneurial spirit, Brown’s new center is up and running

In its first semester in operation, the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship is building on the University’s tradition of entrepreneurship and making it an essential part of the Brown experience. Read More >>

Twelve-year-old Rhode Islander commits to Brown lacrosse team

While many kids can only dream of landing a spot on a top-ranked college sports team, middle-schooler Nicholas Cioe made his wish a reality with the help of the nonprofit Team Impact. Read More >>

Celebration in Stockholm: Kosterlitz receives Nobel Prize

Brown physicist Michael Kosterlitz stood on the most revered stage in all of science to receive his medal for the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read More >>