January/February 2017
Front Page
The Explosion of Student Debt

lead_thb.jpg A legacy of higher education today is an unprecedented $1.3 trillion of student debt—which comes just as colleges and unversities are admitting more students than ever who are the first in their families to go to college. For 10 years, Lauren Asher ’87 has been a leader in trying to fix this system. To her, who can afford college is one of the most pressing social issues of our time.

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1001 Black Men

1001_thb.jpg Ajuan Mance ’88 highlights the diversity within African American masculinity in her pop-art portraits.

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After the Voting
Walkout1_thb.jpg Students reacted strongly on campus to the November election, protesting and posting demands. A few even voted for Trump.
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Message on a Bottle
Bronner_thb.jpg An eccentric who called himself Dr. Bronner put his soapbox on a bottle. His grandson Mike Bronner ’97 is taking it international.
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Spinning Tales

Naomi-Novik_greenery_thb.jpg Fantasy novelist Naomi Novik ’95 ends her nine-volume Teneraire series, a favorite of Stephen King.

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China Stands Ready
PoVChina_thb.jpg A Cornell professor of trade policy argues that pulling back from the global economy could inflict damage on our own.
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Different at Home

deep_run_still_thb.jpg The documentary Deep Run asks: can a rural, religious southern town accept a young trans man?

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The Adventurer

Turk_thb.jpg At 65, Jon Turk ’67 completed what National Geographic called "the last great unattempted polar expedition."

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From the President
Flags_thb.jpg Post-election student protests prompted a lesson about flags and veterans. President Paxson addresses student concerns.
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Sports Roundup
Etzel_thb.jpg How did the football team do? Which teams stood out during the fall sports season? Hint: one competes in a swimming pool.
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Lessons from Slavery
Simmons-at-podium_thb.jpg Ten years after the slavery and justice committee, Ruth Simmons returns to assess the movement she helped launch.
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A Place to Pray
MSA_Finally_thb.jpg Despite a threatening letter to a local mosque, Muslim students continue to gather and practice their faith.
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December Graduates
Mid-Year-Grads_thb.jpg Richard Flores ’17 is one of 60 mid-year graduates, whose degree paths tend to be “nontraditional, like Brown”
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Political Icon

LarryTye_thb.jpg Biographer Larry Tye ’76 takes a fresh look at the oft-dissected life of Robert Kennedy and finds jarring contradictions.

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Getting Results

Medical_School_Gift_thb.jpg The Warren Alpert Foundation just gave the medical school $27 million. Here's what the school plans to do with it.

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Road Warrior

Al_Jackson_thb.jpg A product of the Brown-Tougaloo partnership, biologist Al Jackson now crisscrosses the country doing stand-up.

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Feeding the Hungry

MariaK_thb.jpg In seven years, Maria Kasparian ’05 has fed 4 million malnourished children—all thanks to her company in her native Rhode Island.

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Doctor’s Orders
AndyLazris_thb.jpg A physician who's treated thousands of senior citizens has ideas about how Medicare could encourage better medicine.
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Spinal Tap

Leg_Movement_in_Primates_thb.jpg Brown scientists helped develop a wireless brain-spinal cord interface that could one day let injured patients walk again.

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Life After Obamacare?
Affordable_Care_Future_thb.jpg With the Affordable Care Act under threat, ten faculty experts analyze what its repeal might mean for health care.
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True Grit

3GenStartup1_thb.jpg A new documentary follows the entrepreneurial dreams of six millenials from Venture for America.

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Medical Highlights
Diet_Quality_thb.jpg Which is better: opioids or ibuprofen? This is only one of the questions Brown health researchers are tryng to answer.
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Mixing and Matching

Elitzer_thb.jpg David Elitzer ’17 and Evan Silver ’16, Brown's 2017 Marshall Scholars, will be funded to study in Great Britain.

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O, Say, Can You See?

BDH_cheerleaders_thb.jpg Forty-four years ago, sitting during the national anthem was common for many African Americans.

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The Three E’s

ChristopherChatmon_thb.jpg Christopher Chatmon ’95 has developed a program that's become a model for teaching low-achieving black kids in public schools.

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Jewish Food Redux
AlpernYoskowitz_thb.jpg Jeffrey Yoskowitz ’07 shows you how to cook brisket, kugel, and latkes in our age of nonfat blandness.
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Michelle Wants Girls to Learn
MichelleObama_thb.jpg Tony Gerber ’86 directs a documentary about Michelle Obama's efforts to allow girls all over the world to go to school.
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How We Move

movementanimation_thb.jpg Scientists peering deeply into how people and animals move are creating groundbreaking animations.

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Border Lands
FatmaBucak_thb.jpg Photos and videos from an artist born on the border between Syria and Turkey are on display at the Bell Gallery through Feb. 5.
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Teaching Toughness
MensLacrosse_thb.jpg Twelve-year-old recruit Nicholas Cioe has signed a letter of intent to play men's lacrosse at Brown.
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Fresh Ink
FreshInk_thb.jpg A debut collection of lively, intimate essays, a first novel about the Wright brothers' younger sister, and a look at GMOs
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