Brown University Rothman Commencement Forum

Joan and Frank Rothman

Brown's President Vartan Gregorian established the Frank and Joan Rothman Commencement Forum to honor Frank Rothman when he retired as Provost of Brown University. The topics alternate between molecular biology (Frank Rothman forum speakers) and how individuals contribute to managing their health (Joan Rothman forum speakers).

 


  Frank Rothman Speakers

  Joan Rothman Speakers


1996
H. Robert Horvitz Ph.D.*,
Professor of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Biology and Life."
1997
Barbara A. DeBuono, M.D., M.P.H,,
New York State Commissioner of Health
"Do Republicans Wear Seat Belts? Finding Common Ground in Politics and Public Health."
1998
Alexander Rich, M.D.
Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"What Is Happening with Genes?"
1999
Jane Brody, M.S., Doctor of Humanities (hon.)
Personal health columnist, The New York Times
"Taking Charge of Your Health."
2001
Jonathan Beckwith, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Research Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School
"DNA as Destiny: Debunking the Myth"
2002
Mark Williams, M.D.
Ward K. Ensminge Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
"The Truth About Aging"
2003
Joan Steitz, Ph.D.
Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine
"Lupus and Snurps: Uncovering an Extra Step in the Central Dogma"
2004
Leo M. Cooney, M.D.
Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Chief of Geriatrics, Yale University School of Medicine
"Fulfillment in Later Life - Adapting to Changes with Aging "
2005
Elizabeth Blackburn, Ph.D.*
Morris Herzstein Professor of Biology and Physiology, University of California at San Francisco
"Telomeres and Telomerase in Human Health and Disease"
2006
Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"Mood Disorders and Artistic Creativity"
2007
David Botstein, Ph.D.
Anthony B. Evnin Professor of Genomics, Director of the Lewis-Sigler Institute of Integrative Genomics, Princeton University
"How the Genome and the Computer Have Changed the Biomedical Sciences"
2008
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.,
Director, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research and the Division of Geriatrics;
Philip Gruppuso, M.D.,
Associate Dean for Medical Education
Vincent Mor, Ph.D. Chair,
Department of Community Health;
and Terrie Wetle, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy, Brown University
"Enhancing Care for Older Adults through Educational Interventions"
2009
David C. Page, M.D.
Director of the Whitehead Institute, Professor of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Rethinking the Rotting Y Chromosome"
2010
Terrie Wetle, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy;
David Bowen,
former Staff Director for Health of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions;
Cecile Richards,
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"From Policy to Practice: What Health Care Reform Means for You"
2011
Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.
Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
"How Bacteria Talk To Each Other"
2012
Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
"How Technology Can Facilitate Successful Aging"
2013
Craig Mello, Ph.D.*
Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
"A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Inheritance and Immortality"
 

* Nobel Prize Recipient