Schedule of Events

2015 Schedule of Events

Some weekend events will require tickets and are noted with a $ symbol on the schedule of events. Tickets will be available for pick-up at registration.

Friday, May 22

Noon — 9 p.m.

Registration/Check-In

Stop by for refreshments and to pick up your Reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events.
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street

Noon — 6 p.m.

Medical School Info Table

The Medical School building will be open for self-guided tours. Stop by for a look and to pick up information about the Medical School. Round-trip shuttle service will be available from the Van Wickle Gates to the Medical School from noon to 6:30 p.m.
Alpert Medical School, 222 Richmond Street

6:30 — 9 p.m.

Weekend Opening Celebration

Join the Medical School for this cornerstone event. We'll welcome Reunion classes, congratulate the MD Class of 2015 with a gift from the Brown Medical Alumni Association, and honor outstanding members of the Medical School community. Families welcome. $
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street

9 p.m. — 1 a.m.

Campus Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Main Green, where graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff swing the night away under the stars. A giant dance floor, hundreds of lanterns, and the sounds of Duke Bellaire and his Orchestra make this a must-see Reunion tradition. $
Main Green


Saturday, May 23

9 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Registration/Check-In

Registration continues at the Hope Club until 3 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and pick up your reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events. Registration will re-open at the Providence Biltmore at 6:30 p.m.
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street

9 a.m.

The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture

Translating a trillion points of data into therapies, diagnostics, and new insights into disease
Atul Butte, PhD ’91 MMS’95 MD’95
Director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
There is an urgent need to translate genome-era discoveries into clinical utility, but the difficulties in making bench-to-bedside translations have been well-described. The nascent field of translational bioinformatics may help. Dr. Butte's lab at Stanford 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 diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Dr. Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, will highlight how publicly available molecular measurements can be applied to find new uses for drugs and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.
Smith Buonanno 106

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Dean Stanley M. Aronson Memorial Celebration

For more than four decades, Stanley M. Aronson, MD, ADE’71 hon., DMS’07 hon., P’83 MD’87 was a pillar of service to Brown University and to health and medicine in Rhode Island. He touched thousands of lives and contributed significantly to Brown's development. Join us to honor the life and legacy of the Medical School's founding dean and a champion of medical education.
Winnick Chapel, Brown RISD Hillel, 80 Brown Street

11 a.m.

The Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship

The Magic Penny Effect: Finding Individual Happiness Through Your Relationships to Others
Scott Haltzman ’82 MD’85
Author, The Secrets of Happy Families, The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity, The Secrets of Happily Married Men, and The Secrets of Happily Married Women; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Florida State University; Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, St. Joseph's Hospital
Recall the song, "Love is Like a Magic Penny," in which we learn that we grow richer by giving away love. Research suggests that positive relationships with others are, indeed, powerful determinants for an individual's sense of well-being. Lifetime relationships, including marriage, are associated with higher happiness levels, as well as improved physical and mental health. Relational skills, such as empathic listening, can foster improved connections with others, and increase a sense of fulfillment for all parties.
Smith Buonanno 106

Noon — 3 p.m.

Alumni Field Day

Catch up with friends under the Medical School tent at what promises to be another fantastic Field Day event! The afternoon will include a hometown Rhode Island picnic, soccer and rugby clinics, Bruno Activities Zone for kids of all ages, musical performance by Dave Binder, a magician, and lots more. All activities are complimentary; for lunch, bring your own or buy tickets for the picnic. A cash bar (beer, sangria, and soda) will be available to all.$
Erickson Field

3:30 p.m.

The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture

The Genome Engineering Revolution: Birth of a Technology
Jennifer Doudna, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and 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. Dr. Doudna has been proclaimed a “rock star in the science world” by NPR, 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 the wide-ranging implications for the future of biology and medicine.
Carmichael Auditorium 130, Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (BERT), 85 Waterman Street

6:30 p.m.

Registration Continues

The last chance to pick up any registration materials and your reunion gift.
Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance Street

6:30 p.m.

Medical School Reunion Class Dinner

Enjoy good food and good friends at this annual dinner with MD alumni and their families in a historic Providence location. Children are welcome and invited to participate in age-appropriate activities. This year’s celebration will be dedicated to the late Ruth Sauber P’75, the Medical School’s first director of student affairs. $
Garden Room and Terrace, Providence Biltmore, 11 Dorrance Street


Sunday, May 24

10:30 a.m.

Commencement Procession and Ceremony

A walk down memory lane …literally! Memories of your own Commencement will not be far from your mind as you watch the MD Class of 2015 march to their ceremony at the First Unitarian Church. Better yet, join in! Alumni are welcome to march and attend the ceremony. The procession will step off promptly at 10:45 a.m. and we don’t want anyone to miss it!
Faunce House, Waterman Street

11:15 a.m.

Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Awarding of Degrees

The Medical School Ceremony will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. and doors will open at 10:15 a.m. for general seating. Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, will preside. Immediately following the Medical School ceremony, a post-graduation reception for Medical School faculty, graduates, and their families will be held at the Hope Club, across the street from the First Unitarian Church.
First Unitarian Church, Benefit and Benevolent Streets

11:15 a.m.

MD Alumni Coffee Break

For those who do not wish to attend the Ceremony, the Hope Club will be open for coffee and refreshments. Spend some time with your classmates, and reflect on a great Reunion weekend! Families are welcome.
Hope Club, 6 Benevolent Street