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A New Way to Extract Bone-Making Cells from Fat Tissue

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By sorting human fat tissue cells by their expression of a certain gene, Brown University scientists, including doctoral student in Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology, Hetal Marble, were able to retrieve a high yield of cells that showed an especially strong propensity to make bone tissue. With more refinement, the method could improve the ability of surgeons to speed bone healing.

Mentoring Graduate Students Performance, Lunch & Discussion

Join faculty and peers on Wednesday, November 19 from noon to 1:30 pm for Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students. This event will feature a catered lunch and the CLTR Players. This University of Michigan theater company will perform skits encouraged to spark dialogue on important issues in the academy. Register by October 31 to attend. Learn more & register.

BEST Program Now Accepting Applications

The Brown Executive Scholars Training (BEST) Program is designed to help prepare advanced master's students and doctoral candidates for careers in higher education administration. Up to ten students will be chosen to participate in this 12-week program. Participants will learn about university administration, create a career development plan, and complete an optional mini-practicum project. Applications are due November 14, 2014. More information.

Deans’ Faculty Fellows Program

Peter Weber, Dean of the Graduate School, and Kevin McLaughlin, Dean of the Faculty, unveiled the Deans’ Faculty Fellows Program for 6th year PhD students. In a September 30 memo to graduate programs, the deans said the new fellowships will allow advanced graduate students to strengthen their teaching portfolios by developing their own courses in consultation with a faculty mentor.

The program will begin in AY15-16, and run for a three-year pilot phase, through AY17-18.

Mandel, New Dean of the College, to Speak at Academy in Context

Maud S. Mandel, Professor of History and Judaic Studies and Dean of the College, is our speaker for the October 29 Academy in Context dinner-seminar. She will focus on the ethical and political choices confronting scholars working in the field of contemporary history. The series is for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees, and fosters discussion of ethical issues across disciplines. More information and registration.

Walton Named GS Title IX Coordinator

Associate Dean Brian Walton has been named Title IX Coordinator at the Graduate School. In this capacity, he is coordinating with the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Campus Life and Student Services. He will, upon appointment, work with a full-time Title IX program officer for the University. 

Google SVP Sridhar Ramaswamy PhD ‘95 Speaks at IT Lecture

Brown alum and Google Senior Vice President of Advertising and Commerce,  Sridhar Ramaswamy PhD ‘95, will kick off Computer Science's Leaders Lecture Series today at 4 in CIT 368. He reviews his career and the path that led him from Brown to Google and his return as an honored guest to deliver the lecture F1: A Distributed Database That Scales.

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.