Brown University Rothman Commencement Forum
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
H. Robert Horvitz Ph.D.*,
Professor of Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"Biology and Life."
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."
Alexander Rich, M.D.
Sedgwick Professor of Biophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"What Is Happening with Genes?"
Jane Brody, M.S., Doctor of Humanities (hon.)
Personal health columnist, The New York Times
"Taking Charge of Your Health."
Jonathan Beckwith, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Research Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School
"DNA as Destiny: Debunking the Myth"
Mark Williams, M.D.
Ward K. Ensminge Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine
"The Truth About Aging"
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"
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 "
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"
Kay Redfield Jamison, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
"Mood Disorders and Artistic Creativity"
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"
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"
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"
Terrie Wetle, Ph.D.,
Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy;
former Staff Director for Health of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions;
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
"From Policy to Practice: What Health Care Reform Means for You"
Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.
Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
"How Bacteria Talk To Each Other"
Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D.
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
"How Technology Can Facilitate Successful Aging"
Craig Mello, Ph.D.*
Distinguished Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School
"A Worm's Tale: Secrets of Inheritance and Immortality"
* Nobel Prize Recipient