November/December 2014
Features
Singular Finds: The 2014 BAM Holiday Gift Guide
gifts_leadthb2.jpg Tired of the holiday retail madness? Sick of jumping from website to website in search of the out-of-the-ordinary perfect gift? Look no further. Our annual gift guide comes to the rescue with a tempting assortment of products from the creative hands and minds of Brown alumni.
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Don't Hold Back
PaxsonConvo_thb.jpg In their Opening Convocation speeches, the president and the provost gave advice to new students.
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Better Late Than Never
PoVmotherhood_thb.jpg Betsy Boyd ’95 tends to be a master procrastinator. Did she put off having kids too long?
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Higher Learning
robinson_thb.jpg Marilynne Robinson ’66 says that at Brown she discovered the importance of ideas and the lifelong habit of thought.
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Party Line
phone_vignet_thb.jpg Did Alexander Graham Bell steal some of these two Brown professors' ideas when he invented the telephone? 
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It's Okay Not to Know
maahika_thb.jpg Maahika Srinivasan ’15 tells this year's nervous first-years to stop blabbering and to start listening.
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From the President
prez_hayes_thb.jpg President Paxson reviews improvements to Brown's sports programs and promises even more.
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Pigskin Party
classes_nightfootball_thb.jpg More than 10,000 alumni and students watched the Bears take on Harvard on the night of September 27.
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Fighting Ebola
sprecher-in-ER_thb.jpg Armand Sprecher ’89, of Doctors Without Borders, has been fighting Ebola in Africa for more than ten years.
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The Educator
broman_thb.jpg Forrest Broman ’61 went to Haiti after the 2010 Haitian earthquake to rebuild schools. He had no idea what he was getting into.
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Financing a Dream
west_posner_thb.jpg Mollie West ’09 and Andy Posner ’09 AM are combating poverty a few hundred dollars at a time.
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Big Data Man
blei_thb.jpg Computer scientist David Blei ’97 thinks the algorithms for those annoying ads following you around online may also do some good.
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Alumni Recognition Awards
alumni_awards_thb.jpg Hill Harper ’88 headlined this year's Brown Alumni Association salute to outstanding graduates.
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Superwoman at Rest
thompson_thb.jpg A farewell to beloved dean and adviser Marjorie Thompson '74, '79 PhD who died of cancer in September.
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Recommended Reading
Lila is a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction.
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