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Fifth-Year Master's Fair on Feb. 26

The Graduate School is hosting a Fifth-Year Master's Fair on Tuesday, February 26, from 11 am to 1:30 pm in Kasper Multipurpose Room, Robert Campus Center. Brown juniors and seniors are encouraged to come explore their options for a master's degree at Brown. Seniors may apply up until Commencement. Program representatives and the Graduate School will be available to answer questions. See the list of programs offering a fifth-year degree. 

Student Research: Tiny Satellites Reveal Water Dynamics in Thousands of Northern Lakes

Using an army of small satellites, researchers, including Ph.D. student Sarah Cooley, have shown that water levels in small lakes across northern Canada and Alaska are far more variable during the summer than previously thought. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, could have implications for how scientists calculate the natural greenhouse gas emissions from these northern lakes. “There’s been a lot of research on climate-driven changes in lake area, but it’s mainly focused on long-term changes,” said Sarah Cooley, a Ph.D. student at Brown University and the study’s lead author. “This is the first time that anyone has looked at fine-scale, short-term changes, and we found that there’s much more variability within a season than expected.” Read more

For third year running, Brown is nation’s top Fulbright-producing university

For the third year in a row, students and recent graduates of Brown University earned more Fulbright scholarships than those at any other university in the nation, according to data released by the Fulbright Program on Monday, Feb. 11. Thirty-five Brown undergraduates, graduate students and recent alumni received Fulbright awards for the 2018-19 year. Awarded by the U.S. Department of State, the grants fund research or teaching abroad for up to one year. Read more.

Student Research: Research Details Sticky Situations at the Nanoscale

In a finding that will be useful in nanoscale engineering, Brown University researchers, including Engineering doctoral student Weilin Deng, have shown that miniscule differences in the roughness of surfaces can have important effects on how they stick together. In a series of papers, the latest of which is published in Scientific Reports, the researchers show that miniscule differences in the roughness of a surface can cause surprising changes in the way two surfaces adhere to each other. Certain levels of roughness, the studies show, can cause the surfaces to exert different amounts of force on each other depending upon whether they're being pushed together or pulled apart. Read more

2019 Executive Scholars Selected

Ten doctoral and master's students are exploring university administration as part of the ninth cohort of the Brown Executive Scholars Training program. The Graduate School's 12-week program introduces graduate students to careers in higher education administration.

"I hold a great appreciation for the invaluable work that goes on behind the scenes at the administrative level to help Brown sustain its mission. I am interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of these efforts, such as the roles of different offices and how they work in tandem with one another," says master’s student Sydney Menzin on why she applied to the BEST program.

Carroll Wins POD Network Award

Charlie Carroll, PhD student in History, recently won the Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD) Career Development Award.

POD is a professional organization comprised of educational developers, whose work helps universities function as effective teaching and learning communities. This grant is awarded by POD’s Special Interest Group on graduate student, professional student, and postdoctoral scholar development and provides funding for conference fees.

Fulbright-Hays DDRA Call for Applications

The Fiscal Year 2019 competition for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Program is open. The federal program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The internal Brown deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. on March 4, 2019. Learn more and watch the instructional webinar.

Over Nine Days in Woods Hole, First-Year Grad Students Gain Hands-On Neuroscience Experience

A nine-day NeuroPracticum hosted at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Cape Cod introduces first-year Brown graduate students to neuroscience techniques and the neuroscience community.

They are at an immersive workshop, or practicum, held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). The NeuroPracticum is a workshop with hands-on rotations where a dozen first-year graduate students explore everything from the activity of a single calcium ion channel — a protein critical for transmitting signals within the nervous system, including triggering the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and acetylcholine — to tracking the behavior of worms. Read more.

Student Research: Firsthand Accounts Indicate Fentanyl Test Strips are Effective in Reducing Overdose Risk

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so potent that a miniscule amount equivalent to several grains of salt can cause a fatal overdose. Yet it’s difficult for people who use drugs to detect, which presents a major public health hazard given how commonly fentanyl is used to lace heroin or cocaine. 

In 2017, the Brown team of researchers, including Jacqueline Goldman, an Epidemiology master’s student, Brandon Marshall, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, provided rapid-acting fentanyl test strips to young adults in Rhode Island at risk of overdosing. In October 2018, the researchers reported that most of the young adults not only used the strips, but also reported changing their behavior to reduce overdose risk if they detected fentanyl. Read more.