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Brown alumna ushers in a new era at the National Air and Space Museum

As a college sophomore, Ellen Stofan ’85 ScM, ’89 PhD, took an internship with the planetary research group of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Now, decades later, she has returned to the institution — as its first-ever female director. Stofan’s career is, in some ways, a family affair: Her father was an engineer at NASA, her mother an elementary school science teacher. “I just grew up around space and science,” she says. She saw her first rocket launch at age 4. At 14, while celebrating another launch, she attended a talk by astronomer Carl Sagan for the families of NASA scientists. By the end of his speech, she’d decided on her future career: She was going to be a planetary geologist. Read more.

Santos Awarded Simmons Scholarship

Master’s student Francheska Santos was named the 2018 Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholar, which includes a full-tuition award. Santos is from the Bronx in New York City, is a 2015 graduate of Amherst College and began the Urban Education Policy in June.

During her time at college at Amherst, she worked as an America Reads Tutor for Girls Inc. of Holyoke, a driving force behind her decision to pursue education as a career.

Executive Master's Graduate Brings Updated Medical Care to Puerto Rico

This article appeared in the July/August issue of the Brown Alumni Magazine.

Brown's executive master's program helped obstetrician and gynecologist Pedro Escobar-Rodriguez refine cancer care in his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico. When Dr. Pedro Escobar-Rodriguez, 47, moved back to his hometown of San Juan in 2013 to take care of his sick father—after long OB-GYN stints at Northwestern University and the Cleveland Clinic—he was shocked to find out how much Puerto Rico lacked in terms of healthcare. “The technology was behind, the insurance landscape more challenging, and affordable medical choices limited,” he says. He wanted not only to practice medicine there but to attain a deep understanding of the systems he’d need to upgrade services on his native island. Read more.

Four Graduate Students Win Fulbright Awards

Brown University, again in 2018, produced the most Fulbright winners in the nation. Graduate students Katherine Freeze, Watufani Poe, William Skinner and Edward (Geoffrey) Wildanger are among the 35 current and former students to receive the award. They are traveling in Tajikistan, Brazil, Barbados and Germany respectively for research in the coming months. Read more.

MFA Student Directs Bilingual Community Play

Members of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezMembers of the cast and crew for La Tempestad. Far left: Tatyana-Marie Carlo, far right: Orlando HernandezNow in it’s third year, Trinity Repertory Company has again partnered with Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) to present Teatro en El Verano (Theatre in the Summer), with a production of The Tempest (La Tempestad). Brown/Trinity Rep MFA student Tatyana-Marie Carlo was selected to direct the show by RILA, which includes a diverse cast of actors from the community, the Brown/Trinity MFA program, and Trinity Rep staff and faculty.

Graduate School Attracts More Underrepresented Students, International Applicants Remain Steady

Brown Graduate School will welcome 281 new doctoral students in the next academic year, with 39% coming from outside the U.S. This percentage remains steady at Brown, despite declining trends nationally. The Graduate School accepted 10% of applicants to Brown's 51 doctoral programs, a selectivity rate that has increased each of the past five years. The new international PhD students come from 39 nations, with the largest number from China and India. Among the new domestic students, 31% self-identify as members of historically underrepresented groups (HUG), which is the highest percentage to date and an increase of 18% from last year.

Four Students Named Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows

Sarah Berns, Charles Carroll, Meg Caven and Brooke Osborne will teach at Wheaton College during the 2018-19 academic year. As Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows, the doctoral students will have the opportunity to hone teaching skills gained at Brown, while being introduced to faculty life at a small liberal arts college. 

“At Brown I’ve been mentored by a number of very knowledgeable and passionate educators. I’m really looking forward to applying the skills I’ve learned throughout my time at Brown with my own course at Wheaton,” says Carroll. Read more.

Brown Students, Recent Graduates Earn 35 Fulbright Scholarships

Four graduate students have received prestigious Fulbright awards to teach, study or conduct research abroad during the 2018-19 academic year. Katherine Freeze (Ethnomusicology), Watufani Poe (Africana Studies), William Skinner (History of Art and Architecture) and Edward Wildanger (Comparative Literature) are the graduate student recipients from Brown. As the flagship international educational and cultural exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright seeks to foster relationships between Americans and people in more than 140 countries around the world to address global challenges and work toward world peace. Read more.

Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer '19 Workshop Call for Applications

The Cogut Institute invites applications from graduate students interested in expanding their career options at the 2019 Humanities Without Walls National Predoctoral Career Diversity Residential Summer Workshop. Brown University has the opportunity to nominate one applicant from the pool of applications we receive. The Cogut Institute for the Humanities will review all applications and select the nominee. The nominee will then advance to the pool of applicants considered by Humanities Without Walls. Read more.