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Meet BWell Health Promotion's Tanya Purdy

As Director of BWell Health Promotion, Tanya Purdy is interested in working on public health interventions to improve the emotional well-being of graduate students. Purdy, who came to Brown in August 2016 from Wesleyan University, is collaborating with graduate students and Graduate School staff on plans to make information on self-care more accessible and relevant for graduate students and to create an online wellness program specifically dedicated to graduate students’ needs, beginning next fall. Read more.

Open Graduate Education: 11 Students Tapped for Program

Brown Graduate School selected 11 PhD students for the Open Graduate Education program, which provides the flexibility and resources to pursue a master’s degree in a secondary field while they earn their doctorates.  The sixth cohort includes Parsa Bastani, Rachel Deraney, William Jordan, Lu Lu, Gabriela Manzano Nieves, Watufani Poe, Anni Pullagura, Diego Ramos Toro, Keith Spangler, Remington Stuck, and Martin Uildriks. Read more.

Student Input Sessions for Semester II

Dean Andrew G. Campbell is holding the next set of what will be regular semester meetings with graduate students to follow up on questions and concerns expressed in September.  The sessions will last up to 60 minutes and, given potential room capacity constraints, are organized by division. Students can attend whichever is most convenient. Food will be provided. Location: Ma Digital Scholarship Lab at Rockefeller Library. Social Sciences: Wednesday, March 8 at 5:45 pm. Humanities: Wednesday, March 15 at 5:45 pm. Life Science: Thursday, March 16 at 5:00 pm. Physical Sciences: Thursday, March 23 at 5:00 pm

Virtual Career Fair for Graduate Students

Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to participate in the Virtual Career Fair on March 2, 2017, sponsored by the Graduate Career Consortium. Students have the opportunity to interact with employers from around the country via live chat sessions. Learn more and register.

Brown Tops Fulbright Roster

Students and recent graduates from Brown University earned more Fulbright student scholarships than from any other university in the nation for the 2016-17 year, data released by the Fulbright Program reported on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Thirty students and recent graduates of Brown received the prestigious grant to research, study or teach abroad — 24 from the University’s Class of 2016, five from the Class of 2015 and one current Ph.D. student, Emily Avera, who studies anthropology. The grants, awarded by the U.S. State Department, fund research or teaching abroad for up to one year. Read more.

Immigration Orders: Brown Resources and Updates

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) has compiled information related to the Executive Orders of January 27 and March 6  impacting immigration and refugee travel on this website, which includes resources and updates. To access the website, go to The link to the website can also be found on the OGE web page. Please contact Global Brown Community & Support (GBCS) at or (401) 863-1300 with any questions. 

Sickle Cell Trait May Confound Blood Sugar Readings Among African-Americans

A new study in JAMA, by lead author Mary Lacy, a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, provides evidence that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a common blood biomarker used to measure blood sugar over time, may not perform as accurately among African-Americans with sickle cell trait and could be leading to a systemic underestimation of blood sugar control among that population.

Feb. 13 Event: Immigration Order & Graduate Studies

The Graduate School hosts a February 13 discussion addressing graduate students' concerns and questions following the executive order on immigration and legal challenges, which begins at 5:30 pm. Faculty and administrators will speak about the impact on research plans, how to navigate academic requirements, and review funding commitments and University resources. Panelists include: Thomas A.

Brown Expresses Commitment to Values, Highlights Resources in Wake of Immigration Order

Brown University President Christina Paxson and Provost Richard M. Locke published an open letter to the Brown community via the Brown Daily Herald student newspaper Sunday, Jan. 29. In it, they stated: "During this moment of great political uncertainty in our country, including the recent signing of various executive orders and possible policy changes ahead affecting education and research, we must be vigilant and deliberate in upholding our core values as a university." In a separate community letter, Provost Locke described steps Brown is taking in the wake of the recent executive order on immigration and highlighted resources available to community members. Dean Andrew G. Campbell, in a letter to students, states the Graduate School's commitment to admitting the strongest applicants without regard to citizenship.  A subsequent letter reaffirms Brown's commitment to doctoral funding. Get more information at a dedicated website.