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Provost and Dean Call for Dialogue about Role of Students

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. The provost's message addresses the pending decision of the National Labor Relations Board about the status of graduate students at private universities, which is expected later this summer. The NLRB has received arguments for and against reconsidering their status as students, as they are under current law, or as employees with the right to unionize. "This moment allows us to focus on the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and research mission of Brown University," says Dean Campbell. See FAQs and resources

Suarez Named Associate Dean for Student Support

Maria E. Suarez has been appointed Associate Dean for Student Support in the Graduate School, announced Dean Andrew G. Campbell and Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services Eric S. Estes.  She comes to this role after serving as Associate Dean and Director of Student Support Services for Brown University’s Office of Student Life since 2008. Dean Suarez will now assist in providing vision, direction, and coordination of graduate student support practices and policies.

Brown Launches Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership

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Brown University has launched a new Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership (EMSTL) program, which is currently accepting applications for enrollment beginning in March 2017.

The School of Professional Studies program will prepare professionals in engineering, science and technology to be industry leaders who drive growth and innovation in today’s complex, rapidly evolving global markets.

Diaz Named Simmons Scholar

Dalma Diaz, an incoming graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2016 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Delirium at Nursing Home Admission a Risky Sign for Seniors

Brown University public health researchers, including Cyrus Kosar, a doctoral student in Health Services Research, have analyzed the medical records of more than 5.5 million seniors admitted to nursing homes between 2011 and 2014 and found that approximately 240,000 had delirium. Those patients faced serious additional health risks compared to those without the condition.

Research Bolsters Case for a Present-Day Subsurface Ocean on Pluto

When the NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf planet might have — or had at one time — a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis led by a Noah Hammond, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, such an ocean likely still exists today.

Button Kambic Named Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

Emily Button Kambic, who received her doctoral degree in Anthropology in 2015, is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow for 2016-18. As a Public Fellow, she will work at the National Park Service as a Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Resource Stewardship and Science for the National Capital Region. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at organizations in government and the nonprofit sector, thereby helping to demonstrate the applicability of doctoral education within and beyond the academy. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Lewis Named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Thomas A. Lewis '90, Professor of Religious Studies, will serve as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Graduate School, announced Incoming Dean Andrew G. Campbell. The appointment is effective July 1, 2016. Lewis, who goes by Tal, will be a core member of the Graduate School leadership team, serving as deputy dean and providing vision, direction, and coordination of the academic affairs of the Graduate School.

Software Turns Webcams into Eye-Trackers

New software created by Brown University computer scientists, including Computer Science doctoral student Alexandra Papoutsaki, could help website owners and developers easily determine what parts of a page are grabbing a user’s eye.