During breaks from eavesdropping on Iraqi insurgents’ phone calls for the National Security Agency (NSA), Karen McNeil read Arabic poetry. She was partial to erotic love poems by a contemporary Syrian writer and to a Palestinian author who focuses on the anguished plight of his people.
“There weren’t a lot of other people at the NSA like me,” she says. But it did suggest that McNeil would be perfect for her new job at Brown bridging the worlds of academia and the military.
Led by bagpiper Andrew Bower ’14, more than 100 people, including President Paxson, U.S. Senator Jack Reed, and alumni and student veterans, processed across the College Green on November 11. Behind Bower were former U.S. Navy petty officer Matthew Ricci ’15, University Chaplain Janet Cooper Nelson, and Reed, who praised such Veterans Day tributes as “an expression of the sacrifices and service and the debt we owe to veterans everywhere.”
Two members of the Class of 2013 were commissioned as second lieutenants in divisions of the United States Armed Forces in a ceremony on Saturday, May 25, in Rhode Island Hall. The ceremony, part of the 245th Commencement events, honored Marcos Aranda and Heejung Sarah Park, who were formally commissioned in the United States Army and United States Air Force, respectively, as participants in the Health Professions Scholarship Program.
Brown neuroscience and engineering professor John Donoghue spoke to an audience of about 100 people May 4 at a veterans breakfast convened annually by U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The senator invited Donoghue, who is also a researcher at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center to talk about the PVAMC's new Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, which he directs, and the latest research on BrainGate, an investigational brain-computer interface currently in clinical trials.