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Astrophysicist Brian G. Keating ‘95 Sc.M., ’00 Ph.D. Selected for Horace Mann Medal

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The 2022 Horace Mann Medal is awarded to Brian G. Keating, the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. The Medal is awarded at Commencement to a Brown University Graduate School alum who has made significant contributions in their field. Join us on Saturday, May 28 at 12:30 pm at 85 Waterman Street for his forum presentation, Think Like Galileo Galilei: How to Remain Relevant for Half a Millennium.

Thomas A. Lewis named Interim Dean of Graduate School

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Professor of Religious Studies Thomas A. Lewis, known to most as Tal, has been appointed the Interim Dean of Brown’s Graduate School, effective July 1, 2022. He currently serves as the Co-Deputy Dean and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Graduate School, and will serve as Interim Dean for academic year 2022-23.

Lewis will succeed Andrew Campbell, who will return to the faculty after completing his current term as Dean in June. In this role, Tal will be responsible for advancing the excellence of Brown's graduate programs, increasing support for our graduate students, and strengthening the broader structure for graduate education across the University.

Andrew Campbell to step down as Graduate School dean, return to Brown faculty

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Andrew G. Campbell, the 15th dean of the Graduate School of Brown University, will step down after six years of leadership effective June 30, 2022, to return to research and teaching as a professor of medical science at Brown.

Campbell’s six-year tenure as dean has included record enrollment growth and a marked increase in diversity among Brown graduate students. He has been responsible for engaging and supporting more than 2,600 students enrolled in doctoral and master’s programs in more than 40 departments, centers and institutes, including the Division of Biology and Medicine, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health and the School of Professional Studies. Read more.

Community Announcement on Assistant Director of Graduate Academic Diversity Position

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The Graduate School is pleased to announce the appointment of Maija Hallsmith as the inaugural Assistant Director of Academic Diversity for the Graduate School. In this role she will be responsible for developing and building on work with graduate programs, faculty and students that advances recruitment, student academic success, and retention to promote increased diversity in all of Brown’s graduate programs. Read more.

For physics Ph.D. student, exploring the unknown universe and mentoring the next generation

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In speaking with Farrah Simpson, the excitement in her voice when the conversation turns to physics — and mentoring young students who might pursue the science she loves — is unmistakable.

“I love being able to have a positive impact on other people’s lives,” said Simpson, a Ph.D. student at Brown University. “I was always curious growing up. I remember I would always ask random questions that my physics teacher wasn’t able to answer, and I’d go off and try to figure it out myself.”

Simpson, who is from Jamaica, enrolled at Brown in 2018 after earning a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University. Last fall, Fermilab — the U.S. Department of Energy’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory — named her as one of two students in the nation appointed as 2022 Graduate Scholars to work at the lab’s Large Hadron Collider Physics Center. Read more.

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