Schedule of Events

2015 Schedule of Events

Below is a tentative schedule of events for Reunion 2015. Please check back for updates. Some weekend events will require tickets and are noted with a $ symbol on the schedule of events. Tickets will be available for pick-up at registration.

Friday, May 22

Noon — 9 p.m.


Stop by for refreshments and to pick up your Reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events.

Noon — 6 p.m.

Medical School Info Table

The Medical School building will be open for self-guided tours. Stop by for a look and to pick up information about the Medical School.

6:30 — 9 p.m.

Weekend Opening Celebration

Join the Medical School for this cornerstone event. We'll welcome Reunion classes, congratulate the MD Class of 2015 with a gift from the Brown Medical Alumni Association, and honor outstanding members of the Medical School community. Families welcome. $

9 p.m. — 1 a.m.

Campus Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Main Green, where graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff swing the night away under the stars. A giant dance floor, hundreds of lanterns, and the sounds of Duke Bellaire and his Orchestra make this a must-see Reunion tradition. $

Saturday, May 23

9 a.m. — 3 p.m.


Registration continues at the Hope Club until 3 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and pick up your reunion gift, event tickets, and a schedule of events. Registration will re-open at the Providence Biltmore at 6:30 p.m.

9 a.m.

The Ruth B. Sauber Distinguished Medical Alumni Lecture

Translating a trillion points of data into therapies, diagnostics, and new insights into disease
Atul Butte, PhD ’91 MMS’95 MD’95
Director, Institute for Computational Health Sciences and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco
There is an urgent need to translate genome-era discoveries into clinical utility, but the difficulties in making bench-to-bedside translations have been well described. The nascent field of translational bioinformatics may help. Dr. Butte's lab at Stanford builds and applies tools that convert trillions points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data—measured by researchers and clinicians over the past decade and now commonly termed “big data”—into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease. Dr. Butte, a bioinformatician and pediatric endocrinologist, will highlight how publicly-available molecular measurements to find new uses for drugs including drug repositioning for inflammatory bowel disease, discovering new treatable inflammatory mechanisms of disease in type 2 diabetes, and how the next generation of biotech companies might even start in your garage.

9:45 - 11 a.m.

MD Community Coffee Break


11 a.m.

The Charles O. Cooke, MD, Distinguished Visiting Lectureship

Scott Haltzman ’82 MD’85
Expert on marriage and committed relationships, Author, and Staff Psychiatrist in Adult Outpatient Medical Services, The David Lawrence Center

Noon — 3 p.m.

Alumni Field Day

Catch up with friends under the Medical School tent at what promises to be another fantastic Field Day event! The afternoon will include a hometown Rhode Island picnic, soccer and rugby clinics, Bruno Activities Zone for kids of all ages, musical performance by Dave Binder, a magician, and lots more. All activities are complimentary; for lunch, bring your own or buy tickets for the picnic. A cash bar (beer, sangria, and soda) will be available to all.$

3:30 p.m.

The Frank and Joan Rothman Lecture

Jennifer Doudna, PhD
Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

6:30 p.m.

Registration Continues

The last chance to pick up any registration materials and your reunion gift.

6:30 p.m.

Reunion Class Dinner

Enjoy good food and good friends at this annual dinner with MD alumni and their families. Children are welcome and invited to participate in age-appropriate activities. It’s a guaranteed good time for all at a historic Providence location. $

Sunday, May 24

10:30 a.m.

Commencement Procession and Ceremony

A walk down memory lane …literally! Memories of your own Commencement will not be far from your mind as you watch the MD Class of 2015 march to their ceremony at the First Unitarian Church. Better yet, join in! Alumni are welcome to march* and attend the ceremony. The procession will step off promptly at 10:45 am and we don’t want anyone to miss it!

*Academic regalia is required.

11:15 a.m.

Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Awarding of Degrees

The Medical School Ceremony will begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. and doors will open at 10:15 a.m. for general seating. Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, will preside. Immediately following the Medical School ceremony, a post-graduation reception for Medical School faculty, graduates, and their families will be held at the Hope Club, across the street from the First Unitarian Church.