The year in stories — 2019

As the Brown community bids farewell to 2019 and ushers in a new decade, here are 21 highlights from Brown’s most noteworthy and best-loved stories from the last year.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Calendar year 2019 marked a busy and fulfilling year at Brown, as students, faculty and staff advanced and celebrated programs and initiatives that make Brown truly distinctive in its approach to addressing the world’s most vexing challenges through research, teaching and innovation.

During the year, Brown celebrated the 50th anniversary of its innovative, student-centered Open Curriculum, reached the midpoint of its 10-year Building on Distinction strategic plan and honored the five-year anniversary of the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice.

The University implemented new initiatives, including the elimination of the Graduate Record Examination requirement for admission to 24 Ph.D. programs, to make a Brown education more accessible. And for the third year in a row, Brown topped the list of institutions that have produced the most Fulbright Scholarship winners.

With high-impact research findings and major new grants to push the boundaries of discovery even further, scholars at Brown continued to produce cutting-edge work in everything from brain science and public health to engineering, economics and the digital humanities.

As 2019 comes to a close, here in reverse chronological order are 21 of Brown’s most noteworthy and well-read stories of the year.

2019: The Year in Stories