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Brown’s J. Michael Kosterlitz Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded Brown University Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz the Nobel Prize in Physics “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Kosterlitz is the Harrison E. Farnsworth Professor of Physics at Brown, where he joined the faculty in 1979. He shares one half of the Nobel prize with F. Duncan M. Haldane of Princeton University, with the other half of the Nobel going to David J. Thouless of the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brown, Citing NLRB Ruling, Voices Support for Student Discussions and Offers Resources

After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that graduate students at Columbia University are employees and have the right to unionize, Brown University leaders said in a statement that they will comply with the decision and support discussions among graduate students as they explore whether or not unionization is right for them. Prior to the NLRB's August 23 decision, Dean Andrew G. Campbell echoed Provost Richard M. Locke's call for constructive dialogue about graduate education and graduate student unionization in the coming weeks and months. "This moment allows us to focus on the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and research mission of Brown University," Dean Campbell said. See FAQs and resources

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