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The endowment provided $171 million to the University’s operating budget in Fiscal Year 2020, with contributions supporting student financial aid, faculty research and strategic priorities in an uncertain financial environment.
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University secures settlement in Cohen v. Brown that sets a 2024 end date to agreement that has hindered competitive varsity athletics for women and men at Brown, while agreeing to return two women’s teams to varsity status.
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With nearly 2,800 new students launching their Brown academic careers this year, President Christina H. Paxson and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Andre Willis urged them to learn from the past and embrace change to help define the “new normal.”
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Hailing from a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds, the scholars join the Brown community this year to guide student-centered learning and engage in high-impact research.
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Brown professor wins prestigious Fulbright award

Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Assistant Provost for Sustainability Stephen Porder will study and teach in Paris next year as a De Tocqueville Distinguished Chair.
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To mitigate the pandemic’s impact, the University will allow undergraduates back for two terms in a three-term model, reduce the density of students in campus housing, offer instruction in person and remotely, and implement extensive testing, tracing and public health measures.
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Wind turbines in Texas, now up and running, are part of a plan that will enable the University to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, offsetting 100% of campus electricity use with renewable energy sources.
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Brown will reinstate the varsity status of its men’s track and field and cross country teams; the move does not alter other decisions to reduce the number of varsity sports as part of the Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative.
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The approved $1.3 billion base budget includes $347 million for student aid and support, and will serve as a foundation for revised budget forecasts to contend with the full impact of COVID-19 on Brown’s financial position.
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A research team has predicted the presence of “topologically protected” electromagnetic waves that propagate on the surface of plasmas, which may help in designing new plasma systems like fusion reactors.
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The world’s largest student-run film festival, held each year on the Brown campus, will transition to a fully digital, weeklong event featuring film screenings, new media exhibitions and a digital speaker series.
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