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Brown renames Graduate School diversity fellowships in honor of first Black Ph.D. alumna

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The Mae Belle Williamson Simmons Diversity Fellowships honor the legacy of a trailblazing Providence native whose lasting impact on the field of child psychology belied a life and career that were cut short.

After a collaborative research effort led in large part by recent Ph.D. graduate N’Kosi Oates, the Graduate School at Brown University has renamed its diversity fellowships in honor of Mae Belle Williamson Simmons, who earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Brown in 1962 — the earliest known Black woman to earn her doctoral degree from the University. Alycia Mosley Austin, associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the Graduate School, said the renaming will bring the late Williamson Simmons into the annals of University history, highlight her impact and bring further visibility to the diversity fellowships program, founded in 2017. Read more.

Holiday Food Drive, Nov. 1-21

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All are welcome to particiate in the Graduate School's 14th annual Food Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We are collecting food from November 1-21, 2022. Please drop off needed canned goods (see list), in the Food Bank boxes to Horace Mann, at 47 George St (boxes in the lobby & 3rd floor) or the Arnold Lab. Be sure to check the expiration date.

Report of the Task Force on Doctoral Education

The Task Force on Doctoral Education has released its final report, and feedback is invited on the Task Force’s recommendations. Drawing on broad engagement with the community and extensive review of data, the report offers a robust overview of doctoral education at Brown and its recommendations offer a positive path for further enhancement.

Academic strength, inclusion and collaboration among top priorities of Graduate School's interim dean

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As Professor of Religious Studies Thomas A. Lewis settles into a new role as interim dean of Brown University’s Graduate School for the 2022-23 academic year, he said he’s ready to embrace a “whole school” approach to enhance the excellence of graduate education at Brown.

“So much of the conversation around graduate education rightly centers on individual graduate programs, but I think we’re increasingly recognizing the importance of what happens between and around those programs,” Lewis said. Read more.

With major contributions from a Brown team, massive dark matter detector is up and running

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Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota in the Sanford Underground Research Facility, an innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector — the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab — has passed a check-out phase of startup operations and delivered its first results.

In a study published on Thursday, July 7, the researchers behind the experiment report that with its initial run, LZ is already the world’s most sensitive detector of dark matter — the elusive particles thought to account for a majority of matter in the universe. Read about graduate student and alum contributions from Will Taylor '22 PhD and current students Jihyeun Bang and Austin Vaitkus. 

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