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Horace Mann Medalist Announced

Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, is the 2012-13 Horace Mann Medalist.

Given annually at Commencement, the Horace Mann Medal honors a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.

Dr. King, who received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 1984, is a highly respected scholar of early Christianity, known nationally and internationally.

Advance in Tuberous Sclerosis Brain Science

Timing is everything:

By manipulating the timing of disease-causing mutations in the brains of developing mice, Brown University researchers, including neuroscience graduate student Elizabeth Normand, have found that early genetic deletions in the thalamus may play an important role in course and severity of the developmental disease tuberous sclerosis complex. Findings appear in the journal Neuron.

Doctoral Students Win Excellence in Teaching Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that two graduate students are receiving the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching: Anna F. Bialek, a doctoral student in Religious Studies, and Jason M. Scimeca, a doctoral student in Cognitive Science.

Graduate School Awards $3.8 Million in Sixth-Year Support

The Graduate School has committed $3.8 million in Dissertation Completion Support (DCP) funding, including tuition, for doctoral students for 2013-2014. Excluding tuition, the support totaled $1.1 million.  Departmental-offered funding puts overall DCP support near $4 million, tuition inclusive, for the period.  All 69 doctoral students are receiving DCP support, with 55 receiving the full amount requested.

Bissel Awarded Fulbright Grant

Elliston Perot Bissel, a third-year doctoral student, has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for individually designed study/research projects for one academic year at a university outside the United States. Bissel will use his grant for study at the University of Vienna. Bissel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in classical languages and literature.

Second Brown Doctoral Student Wins Rome Prize

Ruth W. Lo, a doctoral student in the History of Art and Architecture program, has won a Rome Prize for her research, Feeding Rome: Food, Architecture, and Urbanism of City Markets, 1907-1943. Lo, along with fellow Brown doctoral student Jessica Nowlin, will have the opportunity to spend two years studying in Rome, Italy.

Above Other Awards: The Pride of Publication

One elusive honor :

Dedicated, passionate and energetic, M.D./Ph.D. student Angel Byrd has earned many accolades and research opportunities. But she only recently won a young scientist’s most coveted prize: publication as lead author of a paper highly esteemed by her colleagues. Well on her way to fulfilling her dreams both in research and medicine, Brown University M.D./Ph.D. student Angel Byrd nevertheless had recently begun to define herself by what was missing, said her adviser, Dr. Jonathan Reichner, associate professor of surgery (research). She still wasn’t a published author.

Joukowsky Institute PhD Student Wins Rome Prize

Jessica Nowlin, doctoral student in the Archaeology and the Ancient World program at the Joukowsky Institute has won a Rome Prize for her research on Reorienting Orientalization: Local Consumption and Value Construction in Central Italy between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Sea. Nowlin, along with fellow Brown doctoral student Ruth W.

PRIME Students Make Business Plan Competition Semifinals

Five teams from the Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (PRIME) master’s degree program were named semifinalists at the 2013 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. In total, 77 emerging entrepreneurs applied to the competition, and 15 were selected as semifinalists, including seven in the entrepreneur track and eight in the student track. Seven of the eight semifinalists in the student track were from Brown, including the five teams from PRIME.