Here are 21 of the year’s most noteworthy and best-loved stories from News from Brown.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Calendar year 2018 at Brown was marked by reflections on the past and the paving of pathways toward an even more impactful future. Perhaps nothing epitomized this more than Black Alumni Reunion, which marked 50 years since the 1968 Walkout, celebrated the legacy of alumni of color and considered the work ahead to make Brown a more fully diverse and inclusive community.

Throughout the year, Brown community members did what they do best — learning, researching, teaching, problem-solving and creating, all with an eye toward improving the world in innovative ways.

Brown researchers discovered ancient ruins buried in the Amazon jungle, and exposed ice deposits on the moon’s surface. They pioneered more effective opioid addiction treatments and identified powerful new antibiotics to fight superbugs. Students launched a satellite into space and celebrated the 40th anniversary of Brown EMS. And alumni stepped up to share the future Brown, propelling the Annual Fund to new heights and generously contributing some of the highest-impact gifts in University history.

With 2018 at its close, here in chronological order are 21 of Brown’s most noteworthy and well-read stories.

Sonia Sotomayor: Lessons on life and on law

In a February visit to Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court justice engaged with students on a wide range of topics, offering an up-close look at her life and career. Read more >>

Opioid addiction treatment behind bars reduced post-incarceration overdose deaths

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that treating people for opioid addiction in jails and prisons is a promising strategy to address high rates of overdose and opioid use disorder. Read more >>

$50 million gift to help translate research into cures for disease

A new gift from Brown University Chancellor Samuel M. Mencoff and Ann S. Mencoff will establish medical research funds and support top medical scholars. Read more >>

For second year running, Brown produces most Fulbright winners

Thirty-nine Brown students and recent graduates earned the prestigious U.S. State Department grant to teach or conduct research abroad. Read more >>

Brown to cover full tuition for acting and directing MFA students

The move will expand access to the University’s MFA programs with Trinity Rep, diversify the stories told on stage and encourage innovation and experimentation in art-making. Read More >>

Researchers identify new class of antibiotics to fight ‘superbugs’

Using computer simulations and laboratory experiments, a Brown-led team found a new class of antibiotics with the potential to treat infections that are increasingly resistant to traditional antibiotics. Read More >>

$100 million gift to Brown will name Carney Institute for Brain Science, advance discovery and cures

One of the single largest gifts in University history will drive research into brain and nerve disorders and establish one of the best-endowed brain institutes in the country. Read More >>

Jeb Bush offers perspective on immigration, education and civil discourse

In a lecture at Brown University, the former Florida governor argued for comprehensive immigration and education reform as key to economic mobility and made a plea for political discourse without disparagement. Read More >>

Brown’s student-staffed EMS team celebrates 40 years

Brown Emergency Medical Services launched as a student club in 1978 — 40 years later, it is a full-fledged, 24-7 emergency medical response service with student volunteers still comprising its core. Read More >>

Brown’s student satellite deployed from ISS into orbit

On Friday, July 13, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will deploy EQUiSat, a small satellite designed and built by Brown students, into orbit. Read More >>

25 years after launch, Leadership Alliance continues to diversify America’s research workforce

Each summer, this Brown-based coalition sends young scholars of color to conduct research at the top universities in the nation — opportunities that are changing the face of academia. Read More >>

Researchers discover exposed ice deposits on Moon’s surface

The deposits, found near the Moon’s north and south poles, could be a potential resource for future lunar exploration. Read More >>

Friedman Hall opens its doors, culminating renewal of an iconic building

Supported by a $24 million gift from the Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation, a renovation transformed the building's interior and made it fully accessible to individuals with disabilities. Read More >>

Newly renamed Page-Robinson Hall will honor Brown’s first black graduates

To celebrate the legacies of two pioneering black graduates, Brown University will rename its J. Walter Wilson Building in recognition of Inman Edward Page and Ethel Tremaine Robinson. Read More >>

Celebrating a rich and profound history of black legacy at Brown

Fifty years after the 1968 Black Student Walkout at Brown, more than 600 alumni and family members convened on campus to reflect on that milestone moment and engage in dialogue on Brown's progress toward diversity and inclusion. Read More >>

Lasers reveal a vast, sophisticated Maya civilization under the Guatemalan jungle

Brown anthropologist Stephen Houston is among a team of researchers whose work, published in Science, drastically alters the prevailing view of the scale and complexity of the Maya. Read More >>

New ‘Opportunity Atlas’ tracks economic mobility by neighborhood

Working with researchers from Harvard and the U.S. Census Bureau, Brown economics professor John Friedman created a tool that traces the roots of social and economic outcomes to childhood neighborhoods. Read More >>

$31.6 million gift will help fund performing arts center

The Diana Nelson and John Atwater Lobby will serve as a convening space in the University’s envisioned performing arts center, and additional funds from the couple will support the Brown Promise and Brown Annual Fund. Read More >>

For Mars 2020 rover mission, NASA selects landing site championed by Brown researchers

NASA announced that the Mars 2020 will look for signs of past life in Jezero crater, a spot that Brown researchers have been studying for more than a decade. Read More >>

Brown to launch expansion in computer science teaching, research

An expansion titled “CS with Impact” will grow Brown's computer science department significantly, bolstering teaching and research efforts as student enrollment skyrockets. Read More >>

Newly expanded Watson Institute opens the doors to Stephen Robert Hall

Slated to host its first classes this spring, the just-completed building is open to students and others for a series of study breaks in December. Read More >>