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Fulbright-Hays DDRA Call for Applications

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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

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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

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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.

Highlighting Brown’s Distinction in the Humanities

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Humanities scholars at Brown are energizing comparative work that informs a deeper understanding of the most challenging questions of global common concern. Graduate students are intricately involved in the humanities at Brown, with opportunities at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities that include a graduate certificate in collaborative humanities, for which they are the first in the county, and a variety of graduate fellowships. Doctoral students Nechama Juni, Kareem Estefan and Stephen Marsh share their stories of interdisciplinary research. Learn more.

Highlighting Brown’s Distinction in Brain Science

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Brown researchers are building understanding of the brain, restoring movement for patients with paralysis, unlocking the secrets of devastating diseases and devising new treatments to address brain-related disorders. Brown brain scientists like Kavin Nuñez — a doctoral candidate researching how brain circuitry impacts alcohol addition — are developing insights that are informing treatments for everything from Alzheimer's and ALS to paralysis and more. Learn more.

Faet Wins Top Poetry Prize

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Berta García Faet, a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, was recently awarded the Premio de Poesía Joven Miguel Hernández, Spain’s top poetry prize for poets under 31. García Faet received the award for her work “Los salmos fosforitos” (“Fluorescent Psalms”). 

“This prize means a lot to me. It connects me to my country, my people, the books and authors I love and that inspire me. I admire all the poets who have won it before me, and I've been dreaming for years now to be part of this story,” says García Faet. 

Almeida Wins Fulbright-Hays Award

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Thamyris Almeida, a fourth-year History student has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award to continue her field research in São Paulo, Brazil. “Both the extended time and financial resources will allow me to return to Brasília and Rio de Janeiro to continue the archival research I started there,” says Almeida. Read more.