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Graduate School Applications Rise

Applications to Brown’s Graduate School increased 2.3%, with an uptick in the percentage from international students. The Graduate School has received 9,243 applications to doctoral and master’s programs, compared with 9,036 in the year-earlier period. These are preliminary figures, as some master’s programs are still accepting applications.

PhD Students Broaden Goals Via Open Graduate Education

“I want the freedom to pursue my own idea,” says Yun Xu, a doctoral student in Pathobiology who was named one of 11 new Open Graduate Education participants. “I want to continue to have that freedom after my graduate studies. That’s why I am also pursuing entrepreneurship studies.”

Study Proposes New Ovarian Cancer Targets

Jennifer Ribeiro:

Proteins called TAFs were once thought to be generic cogs in the machinery of gene expression, but in a new study Brown University scientists, including Pathobiology doctoral student Jennifer Ribeiro, propose that they may be important suspects in the progression of ovarian cancer that should not continue to be overlooked.

Graduate International Colloquia Grant

Graduate International Colloquia grants provide an opportunity for students to invite scholars to campus for discussion on a topic of relevance to their study from an international perspective. Up to $5,000 will be awarded for successful proposals. Applications are due April 21, 2014. Learn more and apply.

‘Melbourne Shuffle’ Secures Cloud Data

Dance Steps:

Encryption might not be enough for all that data stored in the cloud. An analysis of usage patterns — which files are accessed and when — can give away secrets as well. Olga Ohrimenko, who recently defended her dissertation at Brown, and other computer scientists here have developed an algorithm to sweep away those digital footprints. It’s a complicated series of dance-like moves they call the Melbourne Shuffle.  The aim is to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers.

A Global Map of Jupiter’s Biggest Moon

An amazing time:

Scientists, including Brown University geologists and students, have completed the first global geological map of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon and the largest in the solar system. The work, led by Geoffrey Collins, a Ph.D. graduate of Brown now a professor at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, took years to complete.

MFA Students Present The Skin of our Teeth

The Skin of our Teeth opens February 27 and runs through March 9 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. The show is directed by Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student, Taibi Magar. The comedic-drama is set in a time continuum spanning 5,000 years, through the depression, an ice age and a war with the Antrobus family: Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus and their perfect children, Gladys and Henry; and a melodramatic house-maid, Sabina.