November/December 2016
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Holiday Gold

leadthumbND16.jpg Prospecting for presents? How about dresses for girls, tweed-and-leather shoulder bags, retro pocket watches, or soapstone pendants? Discover these and other creative gift ideas from alumni entrepreneurs in our 10th annual holiday gift guide. Enjoy some discounts offered only to BAM readers.

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Gravitational Pull

JM_suitandhelmet_thb.png When Jessica Meir ’99 was 5, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Now that’s come true and she's dreaming of getting to Mars.

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A Nobel for Brown Physics

Kosterlitz02_thb.png Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz shares the Nobel Prize in Physics for work in condensed-matter physics.

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Dispatches

AlissaRubin_01_thb.png As a journalist in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pulitzer winner Alissa Rubin ’80 went places "where nobody else had the guts to go.”

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Undocumented Students

Undocumented_thb.jpg When it comes to need-blind admissions, as of next fall Brown will treat undocumented applicants like everyone else.

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Once in a Lifetime
JillFurman_thb.png Producer Jill Furman ’90 saw the potential of Hamilton early and played a key role in getting it to Broadway.
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Will Grad Students Unionize?

Grad_Students_Unionize_thb.jpg A ruling by National Labor Relations Board says that some graduate students have the right to form a union. But will they?

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Recognition Awards

AlumniAwards_thb.jpg At September's alumni fall weekend, the Brown Alumni Association saluted outstanding graduates.

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Others Stop Looking
POV_thb.jpg When we encounter someone with a disabling impairment, what do we see? A wheelchair or a human being?
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Scrambling at Crosswalks

Seleta_Reynolds_thb.jpg In car-mad Los Angeles, Seleta Reynolds ’98 is trying to get people off the freeways and into other forms of public transportation.

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A Life In War

Nuba_thb.png Documentary filmmaker Ken Carlson ’86 follows classmate Tom Catena ’86 to his Mother of Mercy Hospital in war-torn Sudan.

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Guile, Bluff, and Brains
David_Margolis_thb.png David Margolis '61, who died in June, was a legend at the State Department, where he worked for a half-century.
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Cadet Bruno

ROTC_thb.jpg After reaching argreements with two Worcester colleges, Brown ROTC now includes the Navy, Air Force, and Marines.

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Safe Passage

Finally_thb.jpg A look at the World War II heroism of Martha Dickie Sharp ’26 and her husband, the guardian angels of European children.

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From the President
PresWelcome_thb.jpg Why is Brown so special? President Paxson thinks the answer begins in two pivotal moments in its history.
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Talk This Way

Thom_Jones_thb.png Brown/Trinity Rep voice and speech director Thom Jones is the guy Hollywood actors turn to for learning a Rhode Island accent.

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A Genius Grant
Lauren_Redniss_thb.png Lauren Redniss ’96 is a new MacArthur Fellow, recognized for the "exceptional creativity" of her "visual nonfiction."
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A Tale of Prohibitions
AnnaSolomon_thb.png In her novel Leaving Lucy Pear, Anna Solomon ’98 tells the story of an abandoned child in 1920s New England.
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On the Road Again
Evie_Ladin_thb.png New music from Rebecca Pronsky ’02 and Evie Laden ’91, and Mary Chapin Carpenter ’81 releases her evocative 14th album.
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Prick Up Your Ears

Noah_Kraft_thb.jpg Former movie producer Noah Kraft ’09 gave up Hollywood for the audio industry and now  makes an earbud with superpowers.

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Sports Highlights
NickLappin_thb.jpg Hockey standouts from Brown in the NHL; updates for football and men's and women's soccer.
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Perennial Activist

Bonifaz_thb.png As an agitator at Brown, John Bonifaz ’87 was put on probation. Now he’s trying to rid elections of big money.

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Sci-Fi
Ted_Chiang_thb.png The blockbuster science fiction movie Arrival is based on a short story from Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang ’89.
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Mind Reader
Ritaccio_thb.jpg Albany Medical College neurologist Anthony Ritaccio ’79 has developed software that knows what you’re thinking.
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Rio Diary
SailTeamUSA_thb.jpg Louisa Chafee ’14 competed in sailing at the Rio Summer Olympics, and dad Lincoln Chafee ’75 blogged a play-by-play.
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Newbies
convocation2016_thb.jpg President Paxson and Grad School dean Andrew Campbell gave students advice at Opening Convocation in September.
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What You Thought
GoldiesWorld_thb.jpg Readers weigh in on changes to the SciLi, football scholarships, the death of America's oldest person, and other BAM articles.
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Bruno Likes Ike
IKE_thb.jpg Back in 1956, it seemed that even the Brown Bear mascot was excited about re-electing Dwight D. Eisenhower.
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Fresh Ink
FreshInk.jpg A debut novel set in late-1970s, post-Franco Spain; a thriller set in Mexico; and a novel about a rape told in the voice of psychiatrist.
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