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Graduate School Awards $3.8 Million in Sixth-Year Support

The Graduate School has committed $3.8 million in Dissertation Completion Support (DCP) funding, including tuition, for doctoral students for 2013-2014. Excluding tuition, the support totaled $1.1 million.  Departmental-offered funding puts overall DCP support near $4 million, tuition inclusive, for the period.  All 69 doctoral students are receiving DCP support, with 55 receiving the full amount requested.

Bissel Awarded Fulbright Grant

Elliston Perot Bissel, a third-year doctoral student, has been awarded a grant by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which provides funding for individually designed study/research projects for one academic year at a university outside the United States. Bissel will use his grant for study at the University of Vienna. Bissel graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in classical languages and literature.

Second Brown Doctoral Student Wins Rome Prize

Ruth W. Lo, a doctoral student in the History of Art and Architecture program, has won a Rome Prize for her research, Feeding Rome: Food, Architecture, and Urbanism of City Markets, 1907-1943. Lo, along with fellow Brown doctoral student Jessica Nowlin, will have the opportunity to spend two years studying in Rome, Italy.

Above Other Awards: The Pride of Publication

One elusive honor :

Dedicated, passionate and energetic, M.D./Ph.D. student Angel Byrd has earned many accolades and research opportunities. But she only recently won a young scientist’s most coveted prize: publication as lead author of a paper highly esteemed by her colleagues. Well on her way to fulfilling her dreams both in research and medicine, Brown University M.D./Ph.D. student Angel Byrd nevertheless had recently begun to define herself by what was missing, said her adviser, Dr. Jonathan Reichner, associate professor of surgery (research). She still wasn’t a published author.

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.