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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.

Student Speaker Talks of Pride

Benjamin J. Raymond, who will receive the Master of Arts in Teaching, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 26. Benjamin’s training in Secondary Education English included student teaching at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about himself and his talk, Pride, Considered.

Graduate School to Confer 705 degrees

A joyous culmination of research and training :

The Brown Graduate School will confer 705 advanced degrees at its Commencement Convocation Sunday, May 26, 2013, and will present a variety of awards for excellent dissertations, graduate alumni achievement, and academic services. The ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle.

“The day is a joyous culmination of research and training,” said Peter M. Weber, dean of the Graduate School. “Graduate students are integral to the intellectual life of the University, and Brown celebrates their accomplishments and their promise.”

Twin Plays House & Garden Open at Trinity Rep with MFA Students

Brown/Trinity MFA students Catherine Dupont, Steven Jaehnert, Ted Moller and Bridget Saracino will perform in two interconnected plays that will be performed at the same time in both both theaters at Trinity Rep. Both comedic plays tell a day in the life of the same set of twenty characters. The shows open on May 16 and run through June 30.

Horace Mann Medalist Announced

Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, is the 2012-13 Horace Mann Medalist.

Given annually at Commencement, the Horace Mann Medal honors a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.

Dr. King, who received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 1984, is a highly respected scholar of early Christianity, known nationally and internationally.

Advance in Tuberous Sclerosis Brain Science

Timing is everything:

By manipulating the timing of disease-causing mutations in the brains of developing mice, Brown University researchers, including neuroscience graduate student Elizabeth Normand, have found that early genetic deletions in the thalamus may play an important role in course and severity of the developmental disease tuberous sclerosis complex. Findings appear in the journal Neuron.

Doctoral Students Win Excellence in Teaching Award

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that two graduate students are receiving the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching: Anna F. Bialek, a doctoral student in Religious Studies, and Jason M. Scimeca, a doctoral student in Cognitive Science.

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.