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Guide to Commencement 2017: Brown’s 249th Commencement Set for Sunday, May 28

President Christina Paxson will preside over the University’s 249th Commencement on Sunday, May 28, on the College Green. Brown Commencements have been major events for University guests and Providence residents since the 18th century — many events and exhibitions on Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28, are open to the public. A summary of the weekend’s main events follows, and additional information and updates are available on the 2017 Commencement website. This year, for the first time, graduates and attendees can download a smartphone app with complete information on how to navigate campus during a weekend packed with events.

Brown Students, Recent Graduates Earn 37 Fulbright Scholarships

The prestigious award offers young scholars the opportunity to teach, study and pursue research internationally. Six graduate students, twenty seniors from Brown University's Class of 2017, and 11 recent alumni have landed coveted Fulbright student scholarships to conduct research or teach abroad. Last year, Brown produced the most Fulbright winners in the United States, and the University has consistently ranked in the top 10 of Fulbright's top-producing schools. Gradute students selected include: Omar Alcover (Guatemala), Fiorie Berhane (Italy), Benjamin Bradlow (Brazil), Sara Hefny (Italy), Peter Levins (Croatia), and Emily Monty (Spain).

Student Research: Ancient Mars Impacts Created Tornado-Like Winds That Scoured Surface

Plumes of vapor generated by ancient impacts on Mars created tornado-like winds possibly swirling at more than 500 miles per hour, which explain mysterious streaks seen near large impact craters on the Martian surface.

Using geological observation, laboratory impact experiments and computer modeling of impact processes, Brown University geologist Peter Schultz and doctoral candidate Stephanie Quintana, have offered a new explanation for how those streaks were formed. The researchers show that tornado-like wind vortices — generated by crater-forming impacts and swirling at 500 miles per hour or more — scoured the surface and blasted away dust and small rocks to expose the blockier surfaces beneath.

Graduate School Honors Econometrician

Guido W. Imbens is the 2017 recipient of the Horace Mann Medal. Imbens is an influential econometrician who teaches at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. The honor is bestowed annually to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field.
He will be honored at Commencement on May 28, 2017.

Student Research: Copays Don’t Reduce Use of Medicare Home Health Care, Study Shows

In hopes of reducing Medicare spending, policymakers have proposed to charge seniors a copay for home-based care, figuring that senior citizens will use it less if it isn’t free. However, a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine by lead author Qijuan “Emily” Li, a public health doctoral student and others, casts doubt on that premise.

Sandstede Honored for Advising, Mentoring

Björn Sandstede received the 2016-17 Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. At the May 1 Awards Ceremony, Dean Andrew G. Campbell saluted Sandstede, Professor of Applied Mathematics and Chair of the Division of Applied Mathematics, for fostering both a supportive culture within the division and networks within the discipline. The award honors a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students.

GSC Honors Two Staff Members

Dr. Shontay Delalue and Robyn S. Schroeder '16 PhD are receiving Graduate Student Council awards for staff members who make a difference for graduate students.