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Student Research: ‘Bursts’ of Beta Waves, Not Sustained Rhythms, Filter Sensory Processing in Brain

Scientists at Brown, including doctoral Neuroscience student Hyeyoung Shin, have found that people and mice alike use brief bursts of beta brainwaves, rather than sustained rhythms, to control attention and perception. To better understand the brain and to develop potential therapies, neuroscientists have been investigating how “beta” frequency brainwaves help the brain filter distractions to process sensations. A new Brown University study stands to substantially refine what they thought was going on: What really matters is not a sustained elevation in beta wave power, but instead the rate of specific bursts of beta wave activity, ideally with perfect timing.

Two PhD Students Win Fulbright-Hays Award

Jerome Marston, a fourth-year Political Science student and Daniel McDonald, a third-year History student have been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. This award provides funding for doctoral students to conduct research outside of the U.S. for 6-12 months. Marston will be using his Fulbright to travel to Bogotá and Medellín, Colombia and McDonald to São Paulo, Brazil for a year. Read more.

Holiday Food Drive, Nov. 2-20

All are welcome to particiate in the Graduate School's tenth annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We are collecting food from November 2-20, 2017. Please drop off needed canned goods (see list), in the Food Bank boxes at the Graduate School, the School of Public Health, the School of Engineering, Population Studies & Training Center, or the Arnold Lab. Thank you to all partners!

New Global Health Master’s Degree Launches

With an emphasis on global field experience and integration with social sciences, the Brown University School of Public will offer a global public health master’s degree that combines traditional public health training in population sciences with rigorous social science and international fieldwork experience. The Corporation of Brown University approved the new degree program at its annual fall meeting on Oct. 21.

Doctoral Students Selected for National Program to Shape Health Policy

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With the selection of two Brown University graduate students, Chinyere Agbai in sociology and Arjee Restar in public health, as Health Policy Research Scholars, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will support their research and efforts to translate their findings into health policies.

With an Eye on the World Beyond Brown, Graduate School Welcomes Most Diverse Class to Date

Among the many ambitious goals set in Brown University’s 2016 Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion action plan was the plan to double the number of graduate students from historically underrepresented groups (HUGs) by 2022. Not only would achieving that goal benefit the Brown campus — with a greater diversity of perspectives central to excellence in teaching, research and more — but it would contribute to building a pipeline of potential leaders in higher education and the public and private sectors as well. This fall, as the largest-ever cohort of students from HUGs enters the Graduate School — representing 12 percent of the incoming class — the University has taken a significant step toward meeting the action plan’s goal and, even more importantly, contributing to a more diverse world beyond Brown.