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Brain Anatomy and Language in Young Children

Language acquisition and the child brain:

Researchers from Brown University, including doctoral student in Engineering Douglas Dean, and King’s College London have gained surprising new insights into how brain anatomy influences language acquisition in young children. Their study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that the explosion of language acquisition that typically occurs in children between 2 and 4 years old is not reflected in substantial changes in brain asymmetry.

Rafiq Wins Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

Mohamed Yunus Rafiq will pursue a year-long research project in Tanzania, thanks to a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship. “I am grateful that I will be able to fully dedicate my time and efforts to my research on how Muslim religious figures mediate relations between the state and the citizens through public health programs in post-socialist Tanzania,” he says.

MFA Students to Perform at WaterFire

Second-year MFA students from the Brown/Trinity Rep program in Acting and Directing will perform scenes from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night or What You Will Saturday night during WaterFire. Performances will be at 6:00, 6:45, 8:00 and 8:45 pm on Steeple Street in downtown Providence.

Much Ado About Nothing Staring Second-Year MFA Students

The Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, will run October 18-20 in the Pell Chafee Performance Center. MFA student Flordelino Lagundino is directing the show, which also features student actors: Devon Caraway, Uche Elueze, Britt Faulkner, Billy Finn, Shelley Fort, Elise Hudson, Ralph Adriel Johnson, Michael Jennings Mahoney, Ian McNeely, Sophie Netanel, Andrew Polec, Marina Shay, Whitney White and Max Wolkowitz.

Largest, Most Accurate List of RNA Editing Sites

How to spot RNA editing:

Researchers, including doctoral student Georges St. Laurent (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry), have compiled the largest and most rigorously validated list to date of genetic sites in fruit flies where the RNA transcribed from DNA is then edited by an enzyme to affect a wide variety of fundamental biological functions. The list yielded several biological insights and can aid further research on RNA transcription because flies are a common model in that work.

A New Strategy to Stop the TB Bacterium

“Extremely gratifying results”:

To stay ahead in the race against drug-resistant infections, scientists constantly search for and exploit vulnerabilities in deadly bacteria. Now, researchers from Brown, including doctoral Chemistry student Corey Compton, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have used a novel compound to exploit an Achilles’ heel in the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

Town Hall Meetings for MOOCs

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting two sessions for graduate students interested in TA positions for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) or professional development in online teaching. Faculty and graduate teaching assistants who taught Brown's initial Coursera classes this summer will answer questions and talk about thier experiences. Session times: Sept. 25, 4-5 p.m., Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Sept. 27, 12-1 p.m., Sheridan Center, 96 Waterman St. Register to attend.

MFA Students in Trinity Rep Production of The Grapes of Wrath

Trinity Rep opens their 50th anniversary season with The Grapes of Wrath, starring MFA graduate students Alex Curtis, Sherri Eldin, Ben Grills, Zdenko Martin, Nikki Massoud, Ted Moller and Matt E.  Russell. The performance has a 17 member cast and original folk-rock music from the show's band, 3pile.

Student Research: Ancient Snowfall Likely Carved Martian Valleys

Mars from the Odyssey spacecraft :

Researchers at Brown University, including Kat Scanlon, a geological sciences graduate student, have shown that some Martian valleys appear to have been caused by runoff from orographic precipitation — moisture carried part of the way up a mountain and deposited on the slopes.