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GSC Calls for Commencement Speakers

The Graduate Student Council invites students who intend to complete their programs in May 2016 to apply to be the Commencement Speaker at the PhD Convocation or the Master's Convocation, both to be held on May 29.  Interested students can apply up until midnight on Sunday, February 28th . For more information, see the GSC website 

Dinner-Seminar Focuses on Modern Middle East

The February 25 Academy in Context dinner-seminar features Beshara Doumani, the Director of Middle East Studies at Brown. His talk is entitled, "Torn Asunder: Displacement in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern Middle East." Graduate students and postdocs are invited to register to attend. He will discuss how the Middle East state system came to be, how massive displacements are reshaping not only that geographic area, but Europe and global politics. Learn more and register to attend.

18 PhD Students Take Theatrical Cues to Communicate

Don't polish your research talk here, and don't think too much. And definitely don't miss a chance to learn from experts in other fields – such as acting. The space was Trinity Repertory Theater, in downtown Providence, and those were some of the lessons reported by the 18 doctoral students participating in the inaugural Effective Performance workshop series, which will be repeated this semester.

Kessel and Duncan to Join Graduate School

The Graduate School successfully concluded two searches, with Shayna Kessel to serve as associate dean for master's education, effective February 1, and Marlina Duncan, as associate dean of diversity initiatives, effective March 1.  

Linking Two Labs a Learning Opportunity for PhD Student

Aaron Held:

Timing is everything. When doctoral student Aaron Held came to Brown University in 2012, the opportunities he’s enjoying today had only just begun to take shape. But more than three years into his work, he’s become the vital linchpin between two labs in a diverse collaboration dedicated to disarming a horrible disease. That has given him several chances to learn new techniques and new biology.

Open Graduate Education: Design Your Academic Journey

From Open Curriculum to Open Graduate Education, Ioana Jucan '11 AM '15 has explored performance studies, philosophy, and modern culture and media at multiple levels at Brown University. The Romanian-born student transferred to Brown for undergraduate studies, stayed on for doctoral studies in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and entered the first cohort of the Open Graduate Education (OGE) program, which is accepting applications for its fifth cohort on February 12, 2016.

Tiniest Chameleons Deliver Powerful Tongue-Lashings

A new study by postdoctoral research associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Christopher Anderson, reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature’s best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species. Chameleons are known for sticking their tongues out at the world fast and far, but the true extent of this awesome capability had been largely overlooked.