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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.

President Paxson Speaks at Academy in Context

Christina H. Paxson speaks with graduate students at the Academy in Context dinner-seminar on April 11.  Her talk, "Public Policy Responses to HIV in Africa,"  stimulated discussion at the Graduate School event.  The series is for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and fosters conversation on ethical issues across disciplines. 

21% of U.S. Elderly Take High-Risk Medicines

Perilous pills:

More than one in five seniors with Medicare Advantage plans received a prescription for a potentially harmful “high-risk medication” in 2009, according to an analysis by Brown University public health researchers. The study was led by Danya Qato, a pharmacist and doctoral candidate in health services research. The questionable prescriptions were significantly more common in the Southeast United States, as well as among women and people living in relatively poor areas.

Two PhD Students to Sample Faculty Life at a College

Alexandra King and Niki Clements will teach at Wheaton College in 2013-14, through the Graduate School’s partnership with the Norton, Massachusetts, college.  As Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows, the doctoral students will exercise the teaching skills modeled and cultivated at the University while experiencing faculty life at a liberal arts college.

CO2 Could Produce Valuable Chemical Cheaply

A possible use for excess carbon:

Graduate student in chemistry, Dong Jin, is one of several researchers at Brown and Yale to demonstrate a new “enabling technology” that could use excess carbon dioxide to produce acrylate, a valuable commodity chemical involved in the manufacture of everything from polyester cloth to disposable diapers. Chemical companies churn out billions of tons of acrylate each year, usually by heating propylene, a compound derived from crude oil.

Watson Institute Graduate Fellows Program

The Watson Institute is accepting applications for the Watson Graduate Fellows Program, a pilot initiative that will continue in 2013-14. Graduate students from all disciplines (beyond their first year) doing policy relevant work in fields related to international studies are eligible. The Institute will provide office space and research funds for the year ($2,000).

Yang to Lead China Science Foundation

Wei Yang, Ph.D. '85  in Engineering and recipient of a Brown honorary degree last May, has been named president of China’s National Natural Sciences Foundation, the nation’s top science agency. He takes the helm of an organization that last year allocated $2.8 billion to fund scientific activity.