This page will be regularly updated as more information is available. Last updated - March 29, 2020

Per Brown University's latest COVID-19 update, the department will remain closed through May 1 and all members will continue to work remotely. All faculty and staff can be reached via email. For a full list of faculty and staff contacts visit the following pages: Faculty - Staff

Virtual events will be updated as they become available at the following webpage

Brown Statement on Bias and Hate

 

Emergency Resources

Department of Public Safety

(401) 863-4111

If you have an emergency that needs immediate attention.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)    

(401) 863-4111

Physical evaluations, hospital transports, medical emergencies

Sexual Assault Response Line

(401) 863-6000

Immediate support in conjunction with DPS, EMS and CAPS (confidential)

Helping a Student in Distress

 

For a full list of student support resources

Graduate Student Resources

(Physics Department Contact - Mary Ellen Woycik)

Student Support Services

(401) 863-3145 (business hours)

(401) 863-3322 (evening & weekend)

For all students, graduate and undergraduate. For academic and personal emergencies during business hours contact number (401) 863-3145. For emergencies on evenings and weekends contact the Administrator on Call (AOC) (401) 863-3322 

COVID-19 FAQs for Graduate Students

[email protected]

Frequently asked questions for Graduate Students about COVID-19. 

International Student Information

(401) 863-2427 

[email protected]

OISSS Email Communications

Spring 2020 Academic Policies 

 

Academic policies for the College and Graduate School (applicable only during the Spring 2020 semester) designed to support the active participation of both instructors and students during the transition to remote instruction, and to underscore the need for flexibility and understanding

Advising 

PhD Students - Antal Jevicki

ScM Students - Vesna Mitrovic

For PhD student advising contact Prof. Antal Jevicki. 

For ScM student advising contact Prof. Vesna Mitrovic. 

Undergraduate Student Resources

(Physics Department Contact - Wendy Zhu)

Student Support Services

(401) 863-3145 (business hours)

(401) 863-3322 (evening & weekend)

For all students, graduate and undergraduate. For academic and personal emergencies during business hours contact number (401) 863-3145. For emergencies on evenings and weekends contact the Administrator on Call (AOC) (401) 863-3322 

Advising 

Ian Dell'antonio

Jim Valles

For advising questions please reach out to concentration advisors Jim Valles and Ian Dell'antonio.

Dean of the College 

401-863-9800

ACADEMIC DEANS VIRTUAL APPOINTMENT SCHEDULE 
March 16 - 27, 2020 Choose an Appointment slot for virtual advising HERE*

All Dean of the College Contacts

Spring 2020 Academic Policies 

 

Academic policies for the College and Graduate School (applicable only during the Spring 2020 semester) designed to support the active participation of both instructors and students during the transition to remote instruction, and to underscore the need for flexibility and understanding

Student Services & Facilities Information

Sheridan Center

(401) 863-1219

The Sheridan Center is open, with staff working remotely. The Writing Center is holding appointments online, and an appointment can be requested by clicking the “Request a Writing Appointment” button on the center’s Writing Consultations webpage.

Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS)

(401) 863-9588

SEAS remains on hand to assist community members via email, phone and video conferencing. Hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (EST).

Mail Services (69 Brown St.)

(401) 863-2900

Effective March 18, Mail Services will be operating Monday through Friday with limited hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. until further notice. 

Office of International Student and Scholar Services 

(401) 863-2427

OISSS will begin working with students remotely, effective March 18. Appointments can be scheduled and rescheduled through methods outlined on their website, and can be conducted by phone, Zoom or email. 

Global Brown Center for International Students 

(401) 863-6397

The GBC office and lounge are closed but the GBC staff will continue to remotely support students — both those remaining on campus and those who have departed. Communication is available via email and Zoom, as well as by phone Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). 

Undocumented, First-Generation College and Low-Income Student Center

[email protected]

Center staff remain available to offer support, advising and guidance to U-FLi students remotely. Students can reach out directly to Program Director Julio Reyes ’12 at [email protected] and Student Success Program Coordinator Renata Mauriz ’17 at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

LGBTQ Center

(401) 863-3062

[email protected]

The LGBTQ Center staff remain available to offer support, advising and guidance remotely, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). Students can reach out directly to Director Kelly Garrett at [email protected] and Assistant Director Caitlin O’Neill at [email protected] to set up an appointment. 

Brown Center for Students of Color 

(401) 863-1184

[email protected]

Staff at the BCSC remain available to offer support, advising and guidance remotely to all students of color at the University, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). BCSC’s message of care and support can be found here

The Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender 

(401) 863-2189

[email protected]

Gail Cohee, director of the Sarah Doyle Center and associate dean of the College, and Felicia Salinas-Moniz MA’06 PhD’13, senior assistant director of the Sarah Doyle Center, remain available to provide support and guidance remotely by email or by video meeting. Students can reach out via email at [email protected] and [email protected]

Libraries

Covid Updates

University library buildings are currently closed, though some services are being offered virtually. 

Fitness Centers

 

Closed until further notice.

Brown Bookstore

(401) 863 3168​

Closed until further notice. The online store will continue to operate for the time being.

Health & Wellness Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

(401) 863-3476

Services remain available Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, though all contact with CAPS providers has moved to phone and email.  

Health Services

Medical Appointments 

(401) 863-3953
24/7 Nursing Advice 

(401) 863-1330

Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Call first - no walkins (except for pharmacy needs). Please check the website as the hours are subject to change. 

BWell Health Promotion

(401) 863-2794

BWell remains in operation and available to all students — both on- and off-campus. BWell Health Educators and BWell SHARE Advocates will continue all appointments remotely. For more information about how to schedule an appointment.

Mindfulness Center 

(401) 863-9100

Upcoming programs

Faculty & Staff Resources

University Human Resources 401-863-3175 For regular updates on COVID related information from UHR.
Faculty Staff Assistance Program Website

Available Services

  • Emotional Wellbeing: Six free and confidential face-to-face or telephonic counseling sessions with a licensed counselor to address situational issues such as grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and family stress. Phone support available 24/7 for psychological or psychiatric emergencies.

  • Family and Caregiving: Resources on adoption assistance, local childcare options, elder care providers and facilities, and pet boarding.

  • Daily Living: Free 30-minute telephonic consultations with legal and/or financial professionals regarding child support, debt consolidation, and estate planning.

  • Health and Wellness: Basic health and wellness resources to assist with guiding in areas such as nutrition, weight management, and smoking cessation.

  • Talkspace - Text Message Therapy: Everyone has times when life is overwhelming. That’s where the advice, support and resources from an expert can help. In partnership with Talkspace, texting with a therapist can be easy and give you private space to work through your challenges.

Wellness 401-863-3175 Updated regularly with online programs.
Back Up Care 877-BH-CARES (242-2737)

Brown University offers eligible employees access to back-up care for children, adults, or themselves when there is a temporary breakdown in normal care arrangements. The back-up care program provides 24/7 access to qualified specialists, at a low cost to employees, for both planned and unplanned care needs.

UHR Resources & Tips  

Tips & Best Practices for Working Remotely

Resources for Parents 

Consult the FAQs for staff and managers for common questions​.

Department Chair & Staff Contacts

Prof. Gang Xiao

Department Chair

401 863 2644  /  Email For general department inquiries and questions.

Idalina Alarcon

Senior Communications Coordinator

401 863 1490  /  Email

For questions regarding communications, social media and event (virtual) promotion.

Elizabeth Barlow
Financial Administrator  

401 863 2649  /  Email

Grants and financials.

Peter Bilderback
Senior Program Coordinator

401 863 2585  /  Email

 

Kathy Brobisky
Executive Assistant to the Chair

401 863 3575  /  Email

For questions regarding Prof. Xiao's schedule, information about post docs and classes.

Barbara Cole
Administrative Coordinator

401 863 6422  /  Email

For questions regarding reimbursements, and pcard purchases.

Gregory Godino
Senior IT Support Consultant

401 863 9204  /  Email

For tech questions and help digital services. 

Robert Horton
Manager, Astronomy Labs/Ladd Observatory

401 863 2769  /  Email

For questions regarding Ladd observatory. 

Dean Hudek
Laboratory Physicist

401 863 2062  /  Email

For questions and help with lab related resources. 

Jean Miller
Grants and Operations Specialist

401 863 3832  /  Email

For purchase orders and student payroll questions. 

Mary Ann Rotondo
Administrative/Conference Coordinator

401 863 1473  /  Email

For questions regarding HET seminars and conferences.

Ken Silva
Laboratory Manager

401 863 3061  /  Email

 

Michael Umbricht
Observatory Curator

401 863 1495  /  Email

For questions regarding Ladd observatory. 

Douglas Wilkie
Department Manager

401 863 3574  /  Email

For general department inquiries and questions. 

Mary Ellen Woycik
Student Affairs and Programs Manager

401 863 1434  /  Email

For graduate student related information and questions. 

Wendy Zhu
Administrative Coordinator/Undergraduate Affairs  

401 863 7729  /  Email

For undergraduate student related information and questions. 

Graduate Student Resources Faculty & Staff Resources
Undergraduate Student Resources Technology Resources
Student Services & Facilities Information Department Chair & Staff Contacts
Health & Wellness Resources