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The year in stories — 2020

It has been a calendar year that will long be remembered, in more ways than could have been imagined — as 2020 comes to a close, here are 23 highlights among Brown’s most noteworthy stories.
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Selected from a total of 5,540 applicants, the Class of 2025’s first members reflect the University’s ongoing commitment to making a Brown education more accessible to students from every socioeconomic background.
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After decades of narrowing gaps in health between infants born to the most and least advantaged American mothers, infant health inequality is increasing, portending a rise in health and social inequity that could last for decades.
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Science and Technology

NASA moves forward with water-seeking Moon mission

Two Brown University alumnae and a Brown professor will lead a small satellite mission to further investigate water on the surface of the Moon, which was first detected by Brown scientists in 2009.
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Mneera Abdullah Saud, a native of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who earned a bachelor's degree in computer science at Brown, will pursue graduate studies at Oxford through the world’s oldest international scholarship program.
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In the first-ever clinical trial of fourth-generation electronic cigarettes, researchers found that adults who switched to e-cigarettes had lower levels of a major carcinogen compared to smokers who continued using combustible cigarettes.
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With increasing COVID-19 cases in Rhode Island and nationally, and an uptick of positive cases on campus, Brown will move to online-only instruction for undergraduate and graduate students for the final six days of classes.
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Four Brown students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces shared their thoughts on how military service has given them a unique perspective in the classroom and in the community.
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The mineral olivine, thought to be a major component inside all planetary bodies, holds secrets about the early formation of the solar system, and a team of Brown University researchers has a new way to study it remotely.
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