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Noble gases hitch a ride on hydrous minerals

The Ring Cycle:

The six noble gases do not normally dissolve into minerals, leaving earth scientists to wonder how they are subducted back into the Earth. Researchers led by Colin Jackson, a graduate student in geological sciences, have discovered that the lattice structure of minerals such as amphibole provides a way. Better yet, the multiple isotopes of noble gases could help scientists track volatiles like water and carbon.

Hardy, Were named Hewlett/IIE Fellows

Two Brown graduate students are among the seven recipients of 2013 Hewlett Foundation/IIE Dissertation Fellowships. Morgan Hardy, a Ph.D. candidate in economics, was selected for her dissertation The Determinants, Dynamics, and Details of Female Labor Market Participation in the Developing World. Lawrence Were, a Ph.D. candidate in public health, was selected for his dissertation The Impact of Reproductive Health and Insurance on Economic Outcomes for HIV+ Women in Kenya.

New Technique to Guide Nerve Growth for Neuro Implants

The secrets of Schwann-like substrates:

Biomedical Engineering doctoral student, Cristina Lopez-Fagundo's research using Schwann cells to create straight instead of irregular paths of nerve growth is highlighted in medgadget.com. Growing nerves to correct all kinds of neurological disorders and injuries is a major goal of medicine, something that can revolutionize neurosurgery. Read more.

Bat's Super-Long Tongue Powered by Blood

Cally Harper:

Cally Harper, doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and video of her research on the Pallas's long-tongued bat (Glossophaga soricina) is featured in National Geographic Daily News online. A new study using high-speed video shows that the tongue's mopping ability is powered by blood, a phenomenon unique in nature, said Harper. Read more.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: The Future of Democracy in Bolivia

Susan Ellison:

Susan H. Ellison, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has won a Joukowsky Dissertation Prize in Social Science for Mediating Democracy in El Alto: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia. She spent 17 months in Bolivia studying Alternative Dispute Resolution and other programs meant to encourage development of democracy.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: After Higgs, A Search for New Physics

The search for a heavy top-like quark:

In particle physics, not finding a particle can narrow the search and guide new theories. Michael Luk’s Joukowsky Prize-winning dissertation, The Search for a Heavy Top-Like Quark, describes the most comprehensive search ever carried out for a particle that could answer puzzling questions about the nature of the Higgs boson.

2013 Bernie Bruce Recognition Event

Twenty-two graduating master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Bernie Bruce Recognition Event.

Bruce was an associate dean of the Graduate School for over 20 years and was "was instrumental in increasing the number of minority PhDs and served all the students with great devotion, great care, and great pride," said Vartan Gregorian, Brown University President Emeritus.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: Sounds of Swedish Nationalism

Benjamin Teitelbaum:

Benjamin Teitelbaum spent almost two years interviewing and getting to know members of the Swedish nationalist movement, sometimes finding himself in scary situations in his quest to understand the subculture's use of music. It was that perseverance in part that won him the 2013 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities for his study “Come Hear Our Merry Song:” Shifts in the Sound of Contemporary Swedish Radical Nationalism.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: The Mechanics of Biofuel Bacteria

Jennifer R. Davis:

Jennifer R. Davis’ Joukowsky Award-winning dissertation explaining how certain bacteria can turn plant matter into the precursors of biofuels was a novel project in Jason Sello’s chemistry lab. It is also a tour (de force) of genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and structural biology that has made a promising scientist even more broadly skilled.