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MFA Students Present The Skin of our Teeth

The Skin of our Teeth opens February 27 and runs through March 9 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. The show is directed by Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student, Taibi Magar. The comedic-drama is set in a time continuum spanning 5,000 years, through the depression, an ice age and a war with the Antrobus family: Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus and their perfect children, Gladys and Henry; and a melodramatic house-maid, Sabina.

Operario Named Dean of Master’s Education

Don Operario is the Graduate School’s first Associate Dean of Master’s Education. This new position is an early initiative of Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown, and responds to recommendations by two committees on master’s education.  Dr. Operario is Associate Professor of Public Health and Director of Graduate Studies in the master’s program in Behavioral and Social Sciences Intervention.

Student Research: Signaling Pathway for Sun on the Skin

Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology doctoral student Nicholas Bellono was published in an article with Elena Oancea, assistant professor of medical science and Neuroscience Julia Najera '13 Ph.D. on how the skin's response to the sun’s ultraviolet light is more than just a matter of tanning. Upon exposure, cells called melanocytes produce melanin to protect skin from damage.

Brown Executive Scholars 2014

Nine doctoral and two master's students will explore university administration as part of the fourth cohort of the Brown Executive Scholars Training program. The Graduate School’s 12-week program helps to prepare doctoral and advanced master's students for administrative careers.

New Boron Nanomaterial May be Possible

Unlocking the secrets of the B36 cluster:

Graphene, a sheet of carbon one atom thick, may soon have a new nanomaterial partner. In the lab and on supercomputers, chemists, including doctoral students in Chemistry, Wei-Li Li and Zachary Piazza have determined that a unique arrangement of 36 boron atoms in a flat disc with a hexagonal hole in the middle may be the preferred building blocks for “borophene.” Findings are reported in Nature Communications. Lai-Sheng Wang, professor of Chemistry led the experiments with Li and Piazza.

Image or reality? Leaf study needs photos and lab analysis

Every picture tells a story, but the story digital photos tell about how forests respond to climate change could be incomplete, according to new research. Xi Yang, a graduate student in Geology at Brown and MBL, and other scientists have shown that the peak in forest greenness as captured by digital pictures does not necessarily correspond to direct measures of peak chlorophyll content in leaves, which is an indicator of photosynthesis. The study, which focused on a forest on Martha’s Vineyard, has significant implications for how scientists use digital photos to study forest canopies.

Associate Dean to Advance Teacher Training

Vanessa Ryan is named Associate Dean, announced Peter M. Weber, Dean of the Graduate School. An Assistant Professor of English at Brown, Dr. Ryan began her appointment on January 1 and is focusing on graduate student teaching and pedagogy. Read more.

Cilia use different motors for different tasks

Cilia — short, hair-like fibers — are widely present in nature. Single-celled paramecia use one set of cilia for locomotion and another set to sweep nutrients into their oral grooves. Researchers at Brown, including Physics graduate student Il-yong Jung, have discovered that those two cilia sets operate at different speeds when the viscosity of the environment changes. That suggests different molecular motors driving them, which could help explain how cilia have come to be used for so many different tasks in nature.