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Neuroscience Student Wins Award at SACNAS Conference

Eric James, doctoral candidate in Neuroscience won the best oral presentation award in neuroscience at the 2014 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Meeting in Los Angeles, CA in mid-October.

Library Service Extends to Ivy League

Current Brown students, faculty and staff will now have on-site library borrowing privileges at Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the University of Chicago, MIT, Johns Hopkins University, and Duke University. To borrow from one of the participating libraries, you will have to present your Brown ID. Learn more.

Update on Ebola Plans and Policies

Brown is restricting University-sponsored student, faculty, and staff travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia for any purpose other than to help contain and eliminate the Ebola outbreak, said University officers in an all-community email sent October 21. 

Other countries could be added if the situation changes. The email urges that non-essential personal travel to affected areas be avoided. 

Engineering PhD Student Wins Best Paper at SAMOS Conference

Dimitra Papagiannopoulou, a doctoral Engineering student, has won the Stamatis Vassiliadis Best Paper Award at the 2014 International Conference on Embedded Computer Systems: Architecture, MOdeling and Simulation (SAMOS XIV), held in Greece. Papagiannopoulou’s co-authors are Tali Moreshet, R. Iris Bahar, Andrea Morongiou, Luca Benini, and Maurice Herlihy. Read more.

Graduate Student Career Options Conference

On November 15, Brown graduate alumni from a variety of career fields will be on campus to speak with graduate students. The day will feature alumni career panels with master's and doctoral alums. Opportunities will be available to network with speakers during the networking lunch and closing reception. Learn more and register.

A New Way to Extract Bone-Making Cells from Fat Tissue

A colorful expression:

By sorting human fat tissue cells by their expression of a certain gene, Brown University scientists, including doctoral student in Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Hetal Marble, were able to retrieve a high yield of cells that showed an especially strong propensity to make bone tissue. With more refinement, the method could improve the ability of surgeons to speed bone healing.

Mentoring Graduate Students Performance, Lunch & Discussion

Join faculty and peers on Wednesday, November 19 from noon to 1:30 pm for Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students. This event will feature a catered lunch and the CLTR Players. This University of Michigan theater company will perform skits encouraged to spark dialogue on important issues in the academy. Register by October 31 to attend. Learn more & register.

BEST Program Now Accepting Applications

The Brown Executive Scholars Training (BEST) Program is designed to help prepare advanced master's students and doctoral candidates for careers in higher education administration. Up to ten students will be chosen to participate in this 12-week program. Participants will learn about university administration, create a career development plan, and complete an optional mini-practicum project. Applications are due November 14, 2014. More information.

Deans’ Faculty Fellows Program

Peter Weber, Dean of the Graduate School, and Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty, unveiled the Deans’ Faculty Fellows Program for 6th year PhD students. In a September 30 memo to graduate programs, the deans said the new fellowships will allow advanced graduate students to strengthen their teaching portfolios by developing their own courses in consultation with a faculty mentor.

The program will begin in AY15-16, and run for a three-year pilot phase, through AY17-18.