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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.

Versatile PhD Now Offers STEM Feature

All current discussion, panels, forums and archives are now available for Humanities, Social Sciences and STEM disciplines in Versatile PhD. Versatile PhD is a web-based community that highlights career paths and provides peer and professional support for advanced graduate students and PhDs interested in nonacademic careers. Learn more.

Math Teaching Advocate Honored

John H. Ewing, President of Math for America, is the 2013-14 Horace Mann Medalist. Given annually by Brown’s Graduate School at Commencement, the medal honors an alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.

The Q + A: Sherri Eldin, Commencement Speaker

Sherri Eldin, a Master of Fine Arts student in the Brown/Trinity Rep acting program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 25. Her talk is titled: "Are We There Yet? The Road to Identity."