Class of 2016

Nov, 2021
In the news

Janet Leung ’16 earned a Bronze medal in women’s softball with Team Canada in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Other Brown Bears competing included Hanna Barakat ’21 of Team Palestine in track and field; Jagger Stephens ’20 represented Guam in swimming; and Cicely Madden ’18, Alex Miklasevich ’19, and Anders Weiss ’15 competed for Team USA in rowing events.

Nov, 2021
The Reformers
Four young, left-leaning Brown alums, schooled in policy and willing to play the long game—but not too long—are working to make the Ocean State a better place for working-class people like them. Read More
Aug, 2021

Bee Vang published an op-ed on NBC News THINK about the recent spike in anti-Asian hate attacks and his experience as a child playing the lead role in Gran Torino, a film directed by Clint Eastwood that featured copious anti-Asian slurs. He has since been interviewed by Ana Cabrera on CNN Newsroom and given an interview on CBC and the University of Michigan. He also spoke at Harvard University and at the Commonwealth Club in California in which he was joined by CNN journalist Soledad O’Brien, physicist Michio Kaku, and former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. 


Aug, 2021
The New Fishwife
Can tinned seafood be sexy? Read More
Apr, 2021

Eleanor Walsh and Blake Wilcox ’16 were married on June 13 at Eleanor’s parents’ house in her hometown of Lancaster, Pa. The ceremony was very small, with fellow Brunonians Spencer Caplan ’15, Jenna Frerichs ’16, and Willa Tracy ’18, ’19 AM, included in the wedding party. A larger first anniversary celebration is planned for June 2022.

Blake Wilcox ’16 and Eleanor Walsh ’17
Oct, 2020
The Ethics Team
At Microsoft, Sharon Lo ’16 ponders how products can harm society Read More
Aug, 2020

Evan McManamy helps run a donation-based grocery delivery nonprofit in Providence. Contact Evan at

Aug, 2020
Buried Knowledge
“Undone science” refers to data that have been ignored while other research gets done. Partly in the name of racial justice, some Brown folks are working to bring that information to light. Read More
Jun, 2020
Minecraft campus
A digital version of Brown’s College Hill brings the community together during COVID-19 Read More
Jan, 2020

Patrick Cox married his Perkins sweetheart, Nicole Peterson, on Aug. 2, in Brooklyn, N.Y. They were delighted to have several classmates attend, including his brother, Alex Cox ’08, and Jimmy “Sprinkles” Besancon ’15 ScM, Brian Drake, Richard Mosesso, Mariana Munera ’16, Jane Park ’15, Lena Parker-Duncan, Elizabeth Ruben ’16 MD, Sylvia Tomayko-Peters, Andrea Wister, and Sabrina Yu ’15.

Photo of Patrick Cox ’14 and Nicole Peterson ’14 wedding
Sep, 2019

Nancy Holt writes: “At Brown I studied and received a bachelor of arts in biology. After Brown, I joined the Peace Corps and served for two years as an education volunteer in Nampula, Mozambique. I taught eighth and ninth grade chemistry. Since finishing my service last November, I have returned home to Woodstock, Maryland. I have been doing data entry work for a small minority owned business, while applying to graduate school. I am happy to say that I was accepted into the Masters of Education Program at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Additionally, I received a Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship through the National Science Foundation. This fall, I will be teaching eighth grade science at an elementary/middle school in Phoenix, Arizona. I’ll be part of a ten-student cohort, and we will teach at our schools during the day and take classes in the evenings. Our program will be completed in August 2020 and we will receive our master’s degrees along with Arizona state certification. After completing the program, Noyce Scholars are required to teach at a Title I school for two years.” Contact Nancy at (410) 979-3169;


Mar, 2019

Elina Pliakos writes: “I started medical school in Chicago. Since my sophomore year of college I had been working with Dr. Mylonakis, who is the chief of infectious disease at Rhode Island Hospital. I have co-authored several papers with him. Last year we published three cost-effectiveness studies on which I am first author. The last one got approved by the journal Chest; it discusses how using corticosteroids in addition to antibiotics for the treatment of pneumonia can result in significant savings for U.S. hospitals. The other two cover rapid diagnostics for sepsis and antimicrobial locks for infection prevention and were published in 2017 in Clinical Microbiology Reviews and Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Mar, 2019

Nate Wardwell married Jared Misner in November. Adam Katz officiated, while Joshua Linden and Timothy Parsons ’15 ScM were groomsmen. Also in attendance were Brook Achterhof ’15; Duane Barksdale ’17 Jeffrey Baum ’15; Natalie Diacovo; Drew Hansen ’15; Margaret Hanson; Dara Illowsky; Ryan Joudeh ’16, ’17 AM; Raghava Kamalesh; Russyan Mabeza ’15; Noah Prestwich; Derek Shay ’16; and Ben Simon ’11,’12 ScM.


Nate Wardwell ’14 wedding photo
Nov, 2018

Francesca Whitehead ’16 and Alex Wiener ’16 were part of a team that won second place at the 2018 Goldman Sachs Gives Analyst Impact Fund Competition, in which teams of analysts pitch nonprofits that they believe will use a Goldman Sachs grant most effectively. They secured a $75,000 grant for New Story, a Silicon Valley-based charity that combats homelessness with innovative building techniques like 3D-printed homes.

Nov, 2018

Joy Chua-Schwartz ’10 writes: “My husband, Corey Schwartz ’11, and I got married in Big Sur, California, in June, with a spectacular showing of Brown alums. Our wedding was officiated by Graham Rogers ’11, and among the wedding party were Cristina Botero ’10, Anne Francois-Poncet ’10, Jordana Fribourg ’10, and Thea Jacinto Ugarte (RISD ’10). Alumni in attendance included Alexis Anselin ’10, Sam Arnow ’13, Lena Gaviria ’12, George George ’10, Frannie Hannan ’10, Isabelle Lubin ’16, Max Lubin ’12, Melanie Masarin ’12, Cyrus Mojdehi ’13, Isabella Morton ’10, Isabel Lopez Polanco ’10, Marie Poyet ’10, Jillian Ressler ’10, Mohammad Saigol ’11, Danielle Sheridan ’10, Adriana Urruela ’10, and Sibel Yalman ’10. It was a spectacular day and we couldn’t be more grateful to Brown for being the place where we met.”

Jul, 2018

Claire Kim ’16 MAT and Bianca Camacho ’16 are getting married. Claire writes: “Shout out to BUDS and the Blue Room, where we met and worked together.”


May, 2018

Richard Bower writes: “My granddaughter Emily Maenner ’16 makes the fourth generation of Brown alums in the family. My brother Jim Bower ’60 still lives adjacent to the campus. My daughter Sally Maenner ’84 is an active interviewer for Brown in the Minneapolis area. Ever true.”

May, 2018

Emily Maenner (see Richard Bower ’56).

Apr, 2018

Mary Raho Julian writes: “The Brown Bear was well represented at the wedding of our daughter, Sarah J. Julian ’12, to Keith Duffy ’12. Not only were there many of their classmates at the event, but the classes of 2016 and 2020 also had representation with our sons, Peter Julian ’16 and Chris Julian ’20, and our good friend Heather Cady ’86. The bear showed up on Sarah and Keith’s cake topper, their monogram, their signature drink (el Osso), and in some of their floral décor. It was great seeing so many fellow Brunonians in celebration. Ever True!”

Apr, 2018
The Science of Silence
Meditation and mindfulness meet neuroscience in a young academic concentration. Read More
Apr, 2018
Miss America, Feminist
Brown’s first Miss America, Cara Mund ’16, talks swimsuits and empowerment. Read More

Class Notes from the January/February 2018 Issue

Emma Fisher (see Raphaela Lipinsky DeGette ’11). 

Class Notes from the January/February 2018 Issue

Christine Herrmann (see Conrad Herrmann ’82).

Mya Roberson was selected as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar.

Class Notes from the September/October 2017 Issue

Daniel Wilhite triple-concentrated in Latin American and Caribbean studies, urban studies, and history. He received a Fulbright in public health.

Class Notes from the July/August 2017 Issue

Nancy Holt (see Harry W. Holt ’84).

Class Notes from the May/June 2017 Issue

Bob Starzak ’75 MD (see ’70).

Class Notes from the November/December 2016 Issue

Abby Muller (see James L. Muller ’52).

Class Notes from the September/October 2016 Issue

Steven Wadden (see Thomas Wadden and Jan Linowitz ’75).

Class Notes from the May/June 2016 Issue

Nancy Holt (see Harry W. Holt Jr. ’84).

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