250th Anniversary Forums
Saturday, May 23, 2015
This year, as we commemorate Brown's 250th anniversary, we present a wide range of academic and topical colloquia led by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests. Come explore the breadth of knowledge and experience in the Brown community, and help celebrate Brown's many triumphs in education, research, and service.
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Translating a Trillion Points of Data into Therapies, Diagnostics, and New Insights into Disease
The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture
Atul Butte ’91, ’95 MMS, ’95 MD, director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences; professor, pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
Methods for rapid translation of genome-era discoveries into clinical solutions are urgently needed. But scientists’ quests to move genetic medicine from the lab bench to the medical clinic are frequently slowed by roadblocks. Dr. Atul Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, discusses how the nascent field of translational biology can help researchers bridge this gap. Dr. Butte’s lab builds and applies tools that convert trillions of points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data – measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data” – into new insights into disease, as well as cutting-edge diagnostics and therapeutics. In this forum Dr. Butte will highlight opportunities to use publicly available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs, and explain how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.
Smith Buonanno, Room 106, 95 Cushing Street
Sponsored by the Brown Medical Alumni Association
Tenure, She Wrote: Women in the Academy
Moderator: Nancy L. Buc ’65, ’94 LLD, trustee emerita, Corporation of Brown University; former chair, Pembroke Center Associates Council
Panelists: Sangeeta N. Bhatia ’90, biomedical engineer; professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Louise Lamphere, distinguished professor of anthropology emerita, University of New Mexico; honorary degree recipient • Mary Renda ’81, associate professor, history, Mount Holyoke College • Judith Sims-Knight ’65, Chancellor Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations.
50 Years of Great Science in Barus and Holley
Leon Cooper, director, Institute for Brain and Neural Systems; Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Science • Rod Clifton, University Professor emeritus; research professor, engineering • Meenakshi Narain, professor, physics
Barus & Holley was dedicated in June of 1965. Over the past 50 years, it has been a home to great science and notable research accomplishments. Legendary professors, including Nobel Prize winners and National Academy members, have called it home for decades. Hear about the advances and changes in physics and engineering research over the past 50 years.
Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101, 190 Thayer Street
Sponsored by the University Library
Drawing on the distinct talents of the Brown University School of Public Health, Alpert Medical School, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Women & Infants Hospital, we seek to make Rhode Island the healthiest place in the world for children. This forum will highlight how knowledge of genetics, environmental exposures, and social experiences set the stage for health and development throughout the early life course.
The Genome Engineering Revolution: Birth of a Technology
The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture
Jennifer Doudna, professor, biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology, University of California, Berkeley; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Dr. Jennifer Doudna is co-inventor of a revolutionary tool that can cut and splice DNA, called CRISPR-Cas9. Scientists are calling this powerful new technology for editing genes the “holy grail” of genetic engineering and a breakthrough in the fight against genetic disease. National Public Radio proclaimed Dr. Doudna a “rock star in the science world” and her work has been honored with numerous awards – most recently the 2014 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences from the National Institutes of Health and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Learn about this groundbreaking discovery and its wide-ranging implications for the future of biology and medicine.
Building for Environmental Research & Teaching, Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman St.
Sponsored by the Division of Biology and Medicine