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Photos from Brown Alumni & Friends's post 01/07/2024

We've been patiently waiting for the first snow of the season at Brown—and it's finally here! ❄️

Brown students, recent alumni earn prestigious scholarships 01/03/2024

Seven current students and have been selected as Marshall, Schwarzman, and Voyager scholars.

The prestigious awards will give them the opportunity to further their impact on the world through international study.

"It takes conviction for a student to pursue their dreams and courage to even apply," says Assistant Dean of the College for Fellowships Joel Simundich. "I hope all students at Brown see in their peers recognized here that same conviction and courage in themselves.”

Brown students, recent alumni earn prestigious scholarships Two undergraduates, one graduate student and four recent graduates were named among this year’s classes of Marshall, Schwarzman and Voyager scholars.


Happy New Year, Brunonians!

+ Tag a fellow alum to send your best wishes for 2024 ⤵️ 🐻✨


As 2023 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on some of our favorite memories of the year:

▪️ A record-breaking number of alums returned to College Hill this year for Reunion Weekend and the fifth Black Alumni Reunion.

▪️ The University achieved a major step toward increased access and affordability after exceeding its ambitious $120 million fundraising goal for The Brown Promise initiative.

▪️ In 2023, we celebrated the grand opening of The Lindemann Performing Arts Center and the newly renovated Churchill House, among other campus updates.

▪️ Five new trustees — Eldridge H. Gilbert III ’05, Shanelle C. Haile AM'19 PhD'23, Christine A. Leahy '86, Amra Sabic-El-Rayess PhD '00, and Gladys Xiques '94 — were elected by the Brown Corporation.

◾ Brown launched the Center for Career Exploration to build on its vast network of campus advisers, alumni, parents, and family members who support students in exploring potential careers.

+ Take a trip down memory lane with us for other top moments of 2023:


in 1903, astronomers from Brown's historic Ladd Observatory captured multiple exposure images of the moon using a 3-inch Clark lens.

+ Learn about the history of the Victorian-era observatory: (📸: Archives of the Ladd Observatory, Brown University Library)


A father-daughter duo who share a passion for science recently traveled back in time to recreate a special family photo.

In an old photo, Robert L. D’Ordine PhD'95 cradles a young Alexandra M. D’Ordine PhD'23 on the day of his graduation in doctoral regalia. Almost three decades later for Alexandra's graduation, the pair recreated the photo—this time with Alexandra in doctoral regalia.

For Robert, who was a first-generation college student at Brown, this was a full circle moment that didn't just start with him.

"Alexandra’s graduation provides evidence that an education opens minds and changes lives, generationally," he adds. "Her accomplishments are the manifestation of the dream of her great grandmother, who so wished to learn and be educated at a time when it was not widely acceptable for women to pursue such endeavors."

+ Read the full story: (📸: Brown Alumni Magazine)


Deck the halls with dazzling lamp posts
Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la 🎶 🎶

Campus is aglow with the spirit of the holiday season! ✨


Today is officially the first day of winter!

As we await snowy weather on campus, here's a snapshot of Bronze Bruno after the first major snowfall of 2017. 🐻❄️

Quahogging in Class with ENVS 0717 12/20/2023

Learning can happen anywhere, including the bay.

Thanks to the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, URI Coastal Resources Center, and Rhode Island Sea Grant, undergraduates enrolled in the course "Ocean Resilience: Ecology, Management, and Politics" got a unique opportunity to participate in quahogging alongside veteran shellfisherman Jody King. By working in the field, participants gained insights into the management and harvest of the quahog population, which has played a vital role in the state's history and economy.

: What was the most interesting learning experience you had at Brown?

Quahogging in Class with ENVS 0717 Students deepened their knowledge of course topics by working in the field and hearing from an experienced quahogger.


A lot has happened at Watson this year! From the largest-ever cohort of military fellows to a decade of the China Initiative and the arrival of new leaders – join us as we count down the top 10 News from Watson stories! 📰

Beginning the countdown with #10 | Fall 2023 study groups bring an impressive array of practitioners to Watson

During the fall semester, Malika Saada Saar ’92, a renowned human rights lawyer, and former U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin were appointed as Watson senior fellows, guiding student study groups.

Read the full story:

2024 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Dr. Tom Catena - 12/16/2023

Next month, Dr. Tom Catena '86, a former All-American Brown Bears football player, will be presented with the 2024 NCAA Theodore Roosevelt Award, which honors distinguished members of national reputation and outstanding accomplishment for their societal contributions.

Though Catena was a mechanical engineering concentrator at Brown, the internationally recognized humanitarian was inspired to pursue purpose-driven work that incorporated his passion for science and helping underserved people.

"[Brown] exposed me to a lot of different ways of thinking," says Catena, whose medical mission service includes 15 years in Sudan's war-ravaged Nuba Mountains. "It kind of opened all these possibilities. I started thinking maybe I shouldn't follow a standard path."

2024 Theodore Roosevelt Award: Dr. Tom Catena - Dr. Tom Catena, a former All-American football player and mechanical engineering major at Brown, developed a sense of service in his collegiate years. It wasn't until he was driving home from his aunt's funeral shortly after he graduated in 1986, however, that he realized his call to help others wou...

A Few of Our Favorite Things 12/15/2023

'Tis the season for Brown Alumni Magazine's annual gift guide—created by and for .

A Few of Our Favorite Things The best holiday giving ideas from Brown alums


With just a few more days of finals to go, we're relishing quiet moments like this on the main green.

: Where did you go on campus when you needed to recharge or take some time to yourself? 🧘🌳


A major feature of artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT is the ability to recognize patterns.

But what happens if the technology is incapable of mimicking the human ability to forget?

+ Tune into the latest episode of the Brown University Cogut Institute for the Humanities' Meeting Street podcast to learn how the humanities may help assess the limitations of these large language models:

Desai receives $1.2M from Gates Foundation 12/14/2023

Desai receives $1.2M from Gates Foundation Dean Tejal A. Desai (left) biomedical engineering graduate student Audrey McCarthy and senior research associate Marwa Sallam in Brown Engineering Research Center laboratory.

‘Family for four years:’ Brown welcomes first cohort of Kessler Scholars 12/12/2023

This fall, Brown officially launched the Kessler Scholars Program.

Managed by the U-FLi Center at Brown University, the program provides coordinated academic, financial, and personal support for first-generation and low-income students through all four years of their undergraduate education.

“I’ve made so many friends and valuable connections that I will cherish even past college," says Kessler Scholar Johan Beltre '27, who moved from the Dominican Republic to the United States five years ago. "They’re like family.”

‘Family for four years:’ Brown welcomes first cohort of Kessler Scholars Building on its support for first-generation and low-income students, Brown launched the Kessler Scholars Program this fall to expand resources, advising and community support throughout students’ undergraduate education.

Timeline photos 12/12/2023

Ladd Observatory, as seen in the 1914 Brun Mael (yearbook of the women’s college in Brown University, which came to be known as Pembroke College).

News and Events 12/12/2023

News and Events Learn more about what's going on at IBES — from innovative new research and inspiring student endeavors to community gatherings around environmental issues, and more.

Photos from Brown Alumni & Friends's post 12/11/2023

It’s officially Reading Period at Brown!

Whether you used this time to write your senior thesis, review class materials, or study for finals with your classmates, it’s likely you found yourself in one of these campus libraries:

1️⃣ The Sciences Library (affectionately nicknamed the "SciLi"), which stands at a whopping 15 stories high

2️⃣ The John Hay Library, home to the University’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, and the University Archives

3️⃣ The John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library (a.k.a. “The Rock”), which serves as the primary teaching and research library for the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts

: What was your favorite library or study spot on campus when you were a student? 📚


Three who are transforming eldercare have made the 2024 list in healthcare.

Evan Jackson ‘22, Robbie Felton ‘22, and Alexander Rothberg ‘22 were recognized for their innovative healthcare analytics platform Intus Care.

Born out of Brown's Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, where the trio turned their ideas into a bona fide business, Intus Care synthesizes data to improve care and reduce hospitalizations for vulnerable seniors.

📸: Peter Goldberg

Photos from The Swearer Center at Brown University's post 12/07/2023

Dubbed the “Queen of the Forest Canopy,” Nalini Nadkarni '76 ScD'14 hon. has advanced the science of forest ecosystems through her novel canopy access techniques, which allow researchers to study plants, animals, and microbes that live in the tropical and temperate rainforest treetops in Costa Rica and Washington State.

Recently, the pioneering ecologist was named a National Geographic Explorer at Large by the National Geographic Society—the highest distinction within the global organization.

“I’m thrilled to weave my threads of discovery about trees and forest canopies into the tapestry of life that the National Geographic has helped describe and celebrate for over a century,” said Nadkarni. “Their unique set of resources serves as a loom to integrate the multiple values of nature – ecological, aesthetic, social, and spiritual – which our increasingly fragmented world so greatly needs.”

📖 Read more:

📸 Photo courtesy of the National Geographic Society

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It’s ! Can you guess which beloved Brown University building offers this view of campus? 💭📍

Here’s a hint to jog your memory: Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style with over 130 picturesque wooden windows, it was once home to Brown's first gymnasium.

This AI-powered system could revolutionize human-to-robot communication 12/05/2023

Brown is leading the way in human-to-robot communication.

Researchers at the University's innovative Humans to Robots Lab have unveiled a new AI-based system designed to help robots comprehend more complex human instructions.

“In the future, this has applications for mobile robots moving through our cities, whether a drone, a self-driving car, or a ground vehicle delivering packages,” says Stefanie Tellex, computer science professor and senior author of the lab’s new study on the technology.

This AI-powered system could revolutionize human-to-robot communication Explore a breakthrough AI system redefining human-robot communication, enabling seamless understanding of complex instructions.

Photos from Brown Alumni & Friends's post 12/01/2023

No matter how far you travel from College Hill, there are plenty of ways to stay connected to Brown and other in communities around the world through regional alumni clubs.

Here are a few snapshots of some of the gatherings that have taken place over the past couple of months 📸 ⤵️

💃 Brown Club of Singapore - Ivy Ball
🎓 Brown Club of DC -"Navigating Life After Brown" discussion with Seema Nanda ’92, Jessica Zhu ’20, and Sophie Xu ’21
♻️ Brown Club of LA - Coastal Cleanup Day on the Ballona Creek Bike Path
🛰️ Brown Club of India - "Engineering our Future" talk with Tejal Desai ’94
⛰️ Brown Club of Austin - St. Edward's Greenbelt Hike
🧠 Brown Club of Chicago - "Giving the Gift of Time and Knowledge" event featuring VP of Alumni Relations Zack Langway ’09

+ Want to learn about upcoming educational opportunities, networking events, or celebrations? Find a Brown alumni club in your area:

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