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18 PhD Students Take Theatrical Cues to Communicate

Don't polish your research talk here, and don't think too much. And definitely don't miss a chance to learn from experts in other fields – such as acting. The space was Trinity Repertory Theater, in downtown Providence, and those were some of the lessons reported by the 18 doctoral students participating in the inaugural Effective Performance workshop series, which will be repeated this semester.

Kessel and Duncan to Join Graduate School

The Graduate School successfully concluded two searches, with Shayna Kessel to serve as associate dean for master's education, effective February 1, and Marlina Duncan, as associate dean of diversity initiatives, effective March 1.  

Linking Two Labs a Learning Opportunity for PhD Student

Aaron Held:

Timing is everything. When doctoral student Aaron Held came to Brown University in 2012, the opportunities he’s enjoying today had only just begun to take shape. But more than three years into his work, he’s become the vital linchpin between two labs in a diverse collaboration dedicated to disarming a horrible disease. That has given him several chances to learn new techniques and new biology.

Open Graduate Education: Design Your Academic Journey

From Open Curriculum to Open Graduate Education, Ioana Jucan '11 AM '15 has explored performance studies, philosophy, and modern culture and media at multiple levels at Brown University. The Romanian-born student transferred to Brown for undergraduate studies, stayed on for doctoral studies in Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, and entered the first cohort of the Open Graduate Education (OGE) program, which is accepting applications for its fifth cohort on February 12, 2016.

Tiniest Chameleons Deliver Powerful Tongue-Lashings

A new study by postdoctoral research associate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Christopher Anderson, reports one of the most explosive movements in the animal kingdom: the mighty tongue acceleration of a chameleon just a couple of inches long. The research illustrates that to observe some of nature’s best performances, scientists sometimes have to look at its littlest species. Chameleons are known for sticking their tongues out at the world fast and far, but the true extent of this awesome capability had been largely overlooked.

Algorithm Helps Turn Smartphones into 3-D Scanners

An algorithm developed by Brown University researchers, including graduate student Daniel Moreno, helps turn smartphones and off-the-shelf digital cameras into structured light 3-D scanners. The advance could help make high-quality 3-D scanning cheaper and more readily available. 

Student Helps Advance Mars Clay-Formation Research

Lead author: Vivian Sun:

Recent orbital and rover missions to Mars have turned up ample evidence of clays and other hydrated minerals formed when rocks are altered by the presence of water. Most of that alteration is thought to have happened during the earliest part of Martian history, more than 3.7 billion years ago. But a new study shows that later alteration — within the last 2 billion years or so — may be more common than many scientists had thought. The research, by geologists Ralph Milliken and doctoral student and lead author Vivian Sun, is in press in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

Archambault Awards Recognize Six Students

Graduate students received accolades for teaching excellence from the School of Professional Studies. The winners of the 2015 Reginald D. Archambault Award for Teaching Excellence in the Brown Pre-College Programs and Summer Session include: Virginia-Eirini Kilikian and Veronica Ciocanel, who taught Methods of Applied Math II, received First Place for teaching in Summer Session; and Wanda Henry and Sam Boss, who taught Evil: The History of an Idea, received First Place for teaching in a Pre-College Program.