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Brown Welcomes New International Students

Dean Andrew G. Campbell welcomed 265 new international graduate students to campus on August 25, on day one of a two-day orientation. Julian Saporiti, a doctoral student in ethnomusicology,  performed an original song he composed especially to greet them. Twenty-five returning graduate students led small-group discussions over lunch. The Graduate School hosts International Orientation, in partnership with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services, and the Office of Global Engagement. Read about optional courses and social activities.

Federal Fellowships Webinar

A panel of experts will share tips on successfully applying for federal fellowships and traineeships on Wednesday, August,  24 from 1-2:30 p.m. Panelists from NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation will attend. Register today. To access the webinar, use the event password: 8sHU24T@.

Brown, Citing NLRB Ruling, Voices Support for Student Discussions

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

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.