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Brown Provost Colvin to leave post, return to research and teaching


Brown University Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin will complete her service as provost July 1, 2015, and return to teaching and research. Colvin’s significant contributions include launching comprehensive academic planning and initiatives in data sciences, online learning, and entrepreneurship that have become important institutional priorities.

From a satellite’s last moments: data on Mercury’s magnetic field

Questions for Jim Head

Heroic efforts by NASA flight engineers let the MESSENGER spacecraft collect important data on Mercury during its orbital decay. The crustal magnetic field, which could be measured only at low altitudes, suggests that magnetism generated by the Mercury's core dates to the very early history of the planet.

The Q + A: Mateus Baptista, Commencement Speaker

Mateus Baptista, a fifth-year Master’s student in the Urban Education Policy program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 24.

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 2014. He came to Brown from New Jersey.

The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about his academic journey and his talk, Intellectual Responsibility: A Culture of Critique.

President accepts Sexual Assault Task Force recommendations


In a letter to all members of the Brown community today, President Christina Paxson announced that she is accepting the recommendations outlined by the Sexual Assault Task Force in the executive summary of its April 2015 report. Some recommendations have been implemented; planning for others is underway in the new Title IX program office.

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