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Math Model Helps Show How Zebrafish Get Their Stripes

A mathematical model developed by Brown University researchers, including doctoral student in Applied Mathematics Alexandria Volkening, is shedding new light on how zebrafish get their iconic stripes. The model helps to demonstrate how two dynamic processes—the movement of pigment cells across the skin, and the birth and death of cells as the fish grows—combine to keep zebrafish stripes in line.

PhD Students Build on Bowen's Sigma-2 Discovery

Combatting cancer:

Brown University biologist Wayne Bowen didn’t know 25 years ago what would become of his discovery of the sigma-2 receptor, which may have substantial roles in cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. But at a national meeting in Chicago last month, it was clear his work had spawned a fertile and vibrant field. Doctoral students Cheri Liu and Hilary Nicholson attended with Bowen and presented research they conducted in the Bowen lab.

Wright Wins Fulbright-Hays Award

Andrea Wright, a third-year doctoral Anthropology student, has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. This award provides funding for doctoral students to conduct research outside of the U.S. for 6-12 months. Wright will be using her Fulbright to travel to Bangalore and Imphal, India for a year. She’ll be researching the processes that drive Manipuri women’s migration to Bangalore and the transformations they undergo as migrants, beauty therapy trainees, and laborers.

Holiday Food Drive, Nov. 2-20

Our eighth annual Holiday Food Drive benefits the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We are collecting food from November 2-20, 2015. Please drop off needed canned goods, especially proteins, in the Food Bank boxes at the Graduate School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health, Population Studies & Training Center, the Arnold Lab or the GSC Lounge.

Grad Student Study Center Gets Green Light

The Corporation's Budget & Finance Committee approved design and construction of a $2 million graduate student study center in the Rockefeller Library. The approval came during its fall meeting, October 22-24, and is in recognition of gifts received in support of strategic capital priorities.  

Master Words: Round 1 Gift, Round 2 Video Cue

Peter Martin, a Brown-Trinity Rep acting student, is the first winner of a free Brown sweatshirt in the Graduate School's Master Words video series.  This social media project features the words and aspirations of master’s students seeking expertise at Brown. See Peter's video on the word mastery. Next up: Videos about creativity are due Oct. 27.  Learn more and watch the videos.