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A ‘Clear’ Choice for Clearing 3-D Cell Cultures

Biomedical engineering doctoral student Molly Boutin was recently published in the journal Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods for her novel comparison of chemical treatments that make tissues see-through and thus easier to see all the cells and connections throughout a culture. She worked alongside her adviser, Diane Hoffman-Kim, associate professor of medical science in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology to test the treatments. 

CareerLAB Fall Graduate Programs

This fall, the CareerLAB and Sheridan Center will offer numerous workshops for graduate students, including a PhD job search series for both Academic and Non-Academic employment, split by discipline, as well as a Master's job search series. The CareerLAB always offers individual advising sessions, to set one up, email To see a full listing of events, visit the CareerLab calendar. 

Convocation 2014

Graduate students prepared to walk through the Van Wickle Gates, a rite of Convocation. On the Main Green, President Christina Paxson proclaimed the opening of the academic year and welcomed all students – especially new students – to campus.  Brown’s new Provost, Vicki Leigh Colvin, offered the keynote address, "Fresh Eyes."

Graduate Student Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation featured welcomes from President Christina Paxson and Provost Vicki Leigh Colvin on Friday, August 29. The Graduate School's incoming class of 678 new students includes 283 pursuing doctoral degrees and 395 entering master's programs. Orientation included dean's briefings for master's and Ph.D. students, a resource fair, cookout lunch and peer-led discussions organized by the Graduate Student Council on student life at Brown.

Register for Teaching and Careers Workshop

A free October 3 workshop is available to Brown PhD students who may be interested in careers at teaching-intensive institutions. The workshop is hosted by Brown and its partners in a New England consortium. Session topics range from Teaching-Research Balance to Culturally Inclusive Pedagogy. Learn more and register.

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.