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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. 

Alumna Wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Susan Holman will receive the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for 2016. Holman, a 1998 recipient of a doctoral degree in Religious Studies, won for her book "Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights." The award is one of five presented by the University of Louisville to pay tribute to the power of creative ideas and includes $100,000. The announcement cites the book's exploration of an interdisciplinary approach to global well-being.

Call for Applications: Embark Post-Graduate Fellowship for Entrepreneurial Work

Interested in pursuing a full-time entrepreneurial venture after graduation? Look into the Embark Fellowship, which is for master's, doctoral and undergraduate students in their final year of study at Brown. Embark Fellows receive financial resources, structure, coaching, professional services, and connections with a network of alumni and local innovators. The goal is for fellows to advance their ventures within a year to the point of sustainable funding. The initial application deadline is December 18, 2015. Learn more.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Students Present The Love of the Nightingale

The Love of the Nightingale, directed by MFA student Caitlin Ryan O’Connell, is now on stage at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. The play is a modern adaptation of the Greek myth of Philomele, the story of two sisters who survive foreign lands, vast journeys and extremes of love and violence. The cast includes MFA students Olivia Khoshatefeh, Jessica Ko, Tim Kopacz, Peter Martin, George Olesky, Lee Osorio, Griffin Sharps, Nicole Villamil, and Alex Woodruff.

Nine Students Receive Global Mobility Grants

Congratulations to the nine recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship grants,  selected in the Fall 2015 round of the Global Mobility program. The grants, which range from $9,000 to $13,000, support doctoral-level research abroad for a period of three months during the summer or one academic semester. Funding for the fellowships is provided through a partnership with the Office of Global Engagement, the Graduate School and the Office of Academic Development, Diversity and Inclusion. 

Students' Landmark Project Aids Effort to Diversify Historic Sites

Graduate students secured National Historic Landmark status for a Connecticut house that was used as a Foreign Mission School from 1816 to 1827. Anni Pullagura and Sarah Dylla, two of 11 graduate students who researched and wrote a 65-page nomination of Steward's House as part of a spring 2015 course, presented it to the National Park System Advisory Board in November. The approved nomination came under the NPS's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative. Read more.

Math Model Helps Show How Zebrafish Get Their Stripes

A mathematical model developed by Brown University researchers, including doctoral student in Applied Mathematics Alexandria Volkening, is shedding new light on how zebrafish get their iconic stripes. The model helps to demonstrate how two dynamic processes—the movement of pigment cells across the skin, and the birth and death of cells as the fish grows—combine to keep zebrafish stripes in line.