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Two PhD Students Win Teaching Awards

Angela S. Allan, a doctoral student in English, and Michael Powers, a doctoral student in German Studies, are receiving 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The annual Graduate School prize recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student or students. Peter M. Weber, the Dean of the Graduate School, will present the awards and honoraria at the University Awards ceremony on May 5, 2014.

The Graduate Council selects a recipient or two, after reviewing nominations from academic programs.

Handlin is an ACLS Dissertation Fellow

Emily Handlin, a doctoral candidate in Department of the History of Art and Architecture, has been named a 2013-14 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art by the American Council of Learned Societies. This year, the ACLS awarded 10 fellowships to advanced graduate students pursuing “promising and ambitious Ph.D. research in the study of object- and image-based American art history.” The fellowships are awarded to graduate students at any stage of Ph.D. dissertation research or writing for scholarship on a topic in the history of the visual arts of the United States.

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.