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Using Minecraft to Unboggle the Robot Mind

A human can make intuitive choices about what actions to take in order to achieve a goal. Robots have a far more difficult time choosing from of a universe of possible actions. Researchers at Brown, including David Abel, a doctoral student student in Computer Science, are developing an algorithm that can learn that skill from a video game environment.

Martian glass: Window Into Possible Past Life?

Spectral signals:

Brown University researchers, including Kevin Cannon, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, have found large deposits of glass formed by impactors on the surface of Mars. On Earth, impact glasses have been shown to sometimes preserve signatures of ancient life. That makes these deposits potentially interesting places to look for signs of past life on the Red Planet.

The Q + A: Mateus Baptista, Commencement Speaker

Mateus Baptista, a fifth-year Master’s student in the Urban Education Policy program, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 24.

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown in 2014. He came to Brown from New Jersey.

The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about his academic journey and his talk, Intellectual Responsibility: A Culture of Critique.

Graduate School Awards Three New Master’s Prizes

Three students will receive the Graduate School’s new Master's prizes, with Elizabeth Kinnard of the School of Public Health to be recognized for academic accomplishment;  Christopher Godfrey of the Executive Master’s of Healthcare Leadership program for professional excellence; and Amelia Grabowski of Public Humanities for engaged citizenship and community service. The new awards recognize the accomplishments of a growing segment of the student population and will be conferred at the Graduate School’s May 24 Commencement Convocation.  

Two PhD Students Receive Teaching Awards

The teaching abilities of Andrea Flores and Jonathan Sozek earned them both the 2014-15 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dean Peter M. Weber presented the awards to Flores, a PhD candidate in Anthropology, and Sozek, Religious Studies, at the University Awards Ceremony on May 4.

The annual Graduate School prize recognizes outstanding pedagogical achievement by a Brown University graduate student.  Students are nominated by their departments.

NASA Scientist to Receive Horace Mann Medal

Lynn Rothschild ’85 Ph.D., a pioneer in Astrobiology and a Senior Scientist at NASA, will receive the Horace Mann Medal at the Graduate School’s Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

“The Search for Life in the Universe,” her Commencement Forum Talk, is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101, located at 190 Thayer St.

Ybarra Recognized for Graduate Advising and Mentoring

Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor of Theater Arts and Performance Studies, received the 2014-15 Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. The award is for a faculty member who has made a significant contribution as an advisor or mentor to graduate students. Any Brown faculty member who has served as graduate advisor, trainer, or dissertation chair, unofficial or official mentor is eligible for nomination.

Hazeltine Fellowship RFP Announced

The Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations program is calling for proposals for the Hazeltine Fellowship for Entrepreneurship Research for Graduate Students. This Fellowship is open to graduate students working with or under the guidance of a faculty member; priority is given to proposals that are interdisciplinary in nature. Fellowship funds can be used for dissertation-related research or provide seed money for initiating a new topic of research with a faculty member. Graduate students in all disciplines are welcome to apply.