May/June 2017
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Discovering Who You Are

seniors_MJ17.jpg If our futures are built on our pasts, the few years undergraduates spend at Brown are often the foundation on which their lives will be constructed, one job, one break, one dream, one setback at a time. Most undergraduates discover the intellectual passion that will shape the rest of their lives during this brief, intense time.

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My Mother the Radical

Andreas_thx.jpg International relations professor Peter Andreas spent his childhood with his mother as she chased revolution in South America.

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Riding the Wind

windfarm_waves_thx.jpg Last winter, Deepwater Wind, headed by CEO Jeff Grybowski ’93, generated North America’s first electricity from offshore wind.

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David Cameron Visits Campus

DavidCameron_thx.jpg When you come right down to it, the former prime minister asserts, "fake news" started with Josiah Carberry.

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Coding for Change

Sophie_thx.jpg Sophie Houseer ’19 is helping girls harness the power of programming in some unusual ways.

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From the President
Buk_Paxson_thx.jpg Nancy L. Buc ’65 is one reason a May conference on campus celebrated 125 years of women at Brown.
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Take Me!
convo_thb.jpg Applications are up. Admission rate is down. So who did get into Brown this year? We break down the numbers.
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Cultural Anthropologist

senior_LEHI_thb1.jpg Providence native Lehidy Frias ’17 never dreamed of going to Brown. Now she's on track to become an anthropology professor.

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Clean Sheets

Elms_thx.jpg Remember waiting for a free washer and dryer in your dorm's laundry room? Now there's an app for that.

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The Activist

senior_MYAC_thb1.jpg To Myacah Sampson ’17, who is black and Navajo, economic inequality is inseparable from racism.

 

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Mr. President

senior_VIET_thb1.jpg Undergraduate Council of Students president Viet Nguyen ’17 wants to increase access to higher education.

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The Visualizer

senior_DANI_thb1.jpg Daniel Kunin ’17 designed a popular website that teaches math through interactive visualizations.

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The Education MC

senior_AUST_thb1.jpg Austin Martin’17 grew up listening to hip-hop. Now he's using it to enhance the vocabulary of minority students.

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Building an American Home

JenniferSCheng_thx.jpg Jennifer Cheng ’05 writes poems about the wholeness and holeness of an immigrant home.

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Twain Revisited

RobertCoover_thx.jpg What ever happened to Huck Finn? He's back, thanks to the fertile imagination of Robert Coover.

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The Survivor

senior_TORI_thb1.jpg After gymnast Tori Kinamon’17 picked up a flesh-eating bacteria, she published a study showing that athletes are especially at risk. 

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What Success Looks Like

PoV_35thReunion_thx.jpg A reunion volunteer realizes that choosing class reunion speakers is a lot harder than it looks.

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The Advocate

senior_RANA_thb1.jpg Once on campus, undocumented Brazilian immigrant Renata Mauriz ’17 has revived Brown's Immigrant Rights Coalition.

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The Problem-Solver

senior_NEFE_thb1.jpg Computer scientist Nifemi Madarikan ’17 has used his experience to advocate for more diversity in science and technology.

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Freedom of Religion

ERUV_thx.jpg It's now easier for observant Jews to move around campus on the sabbath while observing Jewish law.

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Smart Characters
PeterJacobson_thx.jpg The Americans actor Peter Jacobson ’97 is a self-confessed short, balding Jewish guy who takes on juicy roles.
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The Face of Syria

Syrian_refugees_thx.jpg Syrians living in Rhode Island came to campus to talk to students about their lives and their culture.

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The Last Waltz

CatieCurtis_thx.jpg After almost 30 years of performing her songs, singer-songwriter Catie Curtis ’87 embarks on her final tour.

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Women of NASA
NasaLego_thx.jpg Maia Weinstock ’99 brings together space travel and women from STEM fields in a new set of LEGOs.
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Write Every Day
MBaumer_thx.jpg A farewell to Mark Baumer '11 MFA, who died last December while walking barefoot across the country.
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Loving Hate Relationships

BrendanAlper_thx.jpg Brendan Alper ’09 invents Hater, a dating app that matches people based on the things they hate.

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Old Building, New Name

WilsonHall_thx.jpg Thanks to a $24 million gift from the Friedman Family Foundation, Wilson Hall will join the 21st century as Friedman Hall.

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Mead in Brooklyn

Enlightenment_barrels_thx.jpg Raphael Lyon ’98 founded New York City's first "meadery," which offers an ancient honey wine that's becoming a hipster favorite.

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At Home
alancumming_thx.jpg Photographer Tom Atwood ’94 offers memorable, and often slightly funny, contemplative portraits of LGBTQ people.
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A Higher Calling

Cumberbatch_thx.jpg In Austin, Texas, Ashton Cumberbatch ’79 has combined activism and religion to create a life of service

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Coconut Balls for Sale

GailHawaiiShop_thx.jpg Homesickness for Honolulu prompted Gail Stringer ’88 to open the Hawaii General Store—in Seattle.

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