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Researchers Discover Boron “Buckyball”

The discovery of buckyballs — soccer-ball-shaped molecules of carbon — helped usher in the nanotechnology era. Now, Lai-Sheng Wang’s research group, including Chemistry doctoral students Wei-Li Li and Zachary Piazza, and colleagues from China have shown that boron, carbon’s neighbor on the periodic table, can form a cage-like molecule similar to the buckyball. Until now, such a boron structure had only been a theoretical speculation. The researchers dubbed their newfound nanostructure “borospherene.”

Virtual Crowds Produce Real Behavior Insights

Cognitive scientists in the Virtual Environment Navigation lab – including doctoral students Kevin Rio and Greg Dachner -- are advancing a frontier of behavioral research and technology. 

Corporation Accepts $25M Gift for Graduate Fellowships

At its regular Commencement Weekend business meeting Friday morning, May 23, 2014, the Corporation of Brown University formally accepted gifts to the University totaling more than $46.6 million. The largest of those gifts — $25 million from anonymous donors — will underwrite 25 named fellowships, allowing the University to provide enhanced support for more of its highly accomplished doctoral candidates.

Versatile PhD Now Offers STEM Feature

All current discussion, panels, forums and archives are now available for Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM disciplines in Versatile PhD. Versatile PhD is a web-based community that highlights career paths and provides peer and professional support for advanced graduate students and PhDs interested in nonacademic careers. Learn more.

Math Teaching Advocate Honored

John H. Ewing, President of Math for America, is the 2013-14 Horace Mann Medalist. Given annually by Brown’s Graduate School at Commencement, the medal honors an alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.

The Q + A: Sherri Eldin, Commencement Speaker

Sherri Eldin, a Master of Fine Arts student in the Brown/Trinity Rep acting program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 25. Her talk is titled: "Are We There Yet? The Road to Identity."

Faudree Honored With Mentoring Award

Paja Faudree, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, will receive the 2014 Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. She will be honored at the University Awards Ceremony on May 5, 2014.

Created by the Graduate Council in 2010, the award recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students. Any Brown faculty member who has served as graduate advisor, trainer, or dissertation chair, unofficial or official mentor is eligible for nomination.

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.