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Questions for James Budarz: ‘Molecular Movie' Captures Ultrafast Chemical Reaction

A team of researchers, including doctoral chemistry student graduate student James Budarz and Dean of the Graduate School, Peter Weber, has captured the dynamics of how a ring-shaped molecule opens and unfurls in an ultra-high speed “molecular movie.” This is the first time a chemical reaction has been imaged at the molecular level with such short time scales. The research could serve as a basis for understanding similar reactions involved in a wide variety of chemical processes.

Young-Paulhill Named Simmons Scholar

Jasamine Young-Paulhill, an incoming graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2015 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Lost Museum Wins Two More National Awards

A tribute to what may have been:

The Lost Museum exhibition at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage has received two awards from the The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). The exhibit was curated by recent graduate students from Brown and RISD, including Lily Benedict '14 AM, Elizabeth Crawford '15 AM, Kathrinne Duffy '15 AM, Sophia LaCava-Bohanan '15 AM, Jessica Palinski '15 AM, Rebecca Soules '15 AM, and Jamie Topper '14 AM and three RISD students.

Using Minecraft to Unboggle the Robot Mind

A human can make intuitive choices about what actions to take in order to achieve a goal. Robots have a far more difficult time choosing from of a universe of possible actions. Researchers at Brown, including David Abel, a doctoral student student in Computer Science, are developing an algorithm that can learn that skill from a video game environment.

Martian glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

Spectral signals:

Brown University researchers, including Kevin Cannon, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

The Q + A: Mateus Baptista, Commencement Speaker

Mateus Baptista, a fifth-year Master’s student in the Urban Education Policy program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 24.

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 2014. He came to Brown from New Jersey.

The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about his academic journey and his talk, Intellectual Responsibility: A Culture of Critique.

Graduate School Awards Three New Master’s Prizes

Three students will receive the Graduate School’s new Master's prizes, with Elizabeth Kinnard of the School of Public Health to be recognized for academic accomplishment;  Christopher Godfrey of the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Leadership program for professional excellence; and Amelia Grabowski of Public Humanities for engaged citizenship and community service. The new awards recognize the accomplishments of a growing segment of the student population and will be conferred at the Graduate School’s May 24 Commencement Convocation.