Alexandra Macfarlane

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Proposed executive master’s program would diversify revenue streams

March 22, 2012 0 comments

Faculty members are either undecided or in support of a proposal to implement an executive master’s program in public health by fall 2012, according to multiple faculty members. They will vote on the proposal at the April 3 faculty meeting, said Peter Shank, chair of the Faculty Executive Committee and professor of medical science.

Arts & Culture

Alum’s novel revives Homer’s Patroclus

March 22, 2012 0 comments

With poise, articulation and dramatic passion, Madeline Miller ’00 MA ’01 read from her breakout novel, “The Song of Achilles,” Monday night at an event presented by the Brown Bookstore.

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Salary gap persists across divisions

March 21, 2012 0 comments

Despite increases in faculty salaries across the University in recent years, there is still a salary gap between faculty in divisions such as humanities and those in other disciplines like engineering and economics, according to data from the Dean of the Faculty website.

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In final State of U., Simmons holds open dialogue

March 16, 2012 0 comments

When President Ruth Simmons chose to major in French, her former colleagues expressed anger and disbelief that she was not concentrating in something dealing with pressing issues of race. “I don’t know why I had the stubbornness to pursue what I did,” Simmons told an audience of more than 600 at her final State of Brown address Thursday. Simmons displayed the tenacity that has often surfaced during her 11-year tenure, adopting a different format for her yearly address by taking questions from the audience for most of its duration.

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Faculty meeting focuses on new leadership and city issues

March 7, 2012 0 comments

  President Ruth Simmons and faculty members expressed their gratitude at Tuesday’s faculty meeting to members of the search committees that selected Christina Paxson as the University’s 19th president.  Faculty members heard reports about the state of negotiations with Providence and remarks from the recently hiredombudsperson Ruth Rosenberg. They also discussed the academic calendar and plans to implement executive masters programs.

Arts & Culture

Despite rain, students bust out best outfits Friday night

February 27, 2012 0 comments

Amid fashion, photos and flavorful desserts, Sported@Brown, the website offshoot of Fashion@Brown, made its Internet debut last Friday night. As a “documentation of Brown street style,” the website features images and profiles of students around campus, said Eve Blazo ’12, a co-creator and creative director for Sported@Brown. 

Initiative to hire new humanities faculty

February 14, 2012 0 comments

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty described the next phase of the Humanities Initiative in a report released yesterday. The initiative was launched in 2010 to promote teaching and research across humanities departments. This next phase will include a different method of nominating professors for the available teaching slots and will use an endowed fund to promote interdepartmental collaboration, said Kevin McLaughlin P ’12, dean of the faculty. 

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Job board failure causes stress

February 13, 2012 0 comments

  Students have been unable to access the Center for Careers and Life After Brown Student Job and Internship Board since Thursday afternoon and could not apply for jobs or schedule interviews on the site over the weekend — a critical weekend for juniors applying to summer internships.

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Faculty votes to support U. dealings with city

February 8, 2012 0 comments

  Faculty members voted unanimously at yesterday’s faculty meeting to support President Ruth Simmons’ actions in dealing with the city’s demands for additional payments.

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Tenure review case number drops by half

February 3, 2012 0 comments

The number of tenure cases up for review this year fell sharply as revisions to the tenure review process came into effect this semester. Last year, there were 23 cases up for review, but this year there are only seven or eight, wrote Dean of the Faculty Kevin McLaughlin P’12 in an email to The Herald. Previously, the University had averaged about 15 cases per year over the last five years, according to data from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty.