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Grad Student Study Center Gets Green Light

The Corporation's Budget & Finance Committee approved design and construction of a $2 million graduate student study center in the Rockefeller Library. The approval came during its fall meeting, October 22-24, and is in recognition of gifts received in support of strategic capital priorities.  

Master Words: Round 1 Gift, Round 2 Video Cue

Peter Martin, a Brown-Trinity Rep acting student, is the first winner of a free Brown sweatshirt in the Graduate School's Master Words video series.  This social media project features the words and aspirations of master’s students seeking expertise at Brown. See Peter's video on the word mastery. Next up: Videos about creativity are due Oct. 27.  Learn more and watch the videos.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Students Present Romeo & Juliet

Directed by MFA student Ashley TeagueRomeo and Juliet opens this week and runs October 22-25. The play features star-crossed lovers in the famous, tragic story of forbidden love. The following MFA students will be performing: Julia Atwood, Rachel Clausen, Sinan Eczacibasi, Alexis Green, Matt Ketai, Gwen Kingston, Jake Loewenthal, Maggie Mason, Ashley Mitchell, Marina Morrissey, Laura Payne, David Samuel, Chris Stahl, Will Turner, Lucy Van Atta, Alec Weinberg and Brad Wilson.

What Smacks into Ceres Stays on Ceres

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt and closest dwarf planet to Earth, had been remarkable for its plain surface. New research suggests that most of the material that has struck Ceres in high-speed collisions has stuck — billions of years worth of meteorite material. The research by Terik Daly , a PhD  student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and Professor Peter Schultz, is published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Team Describes Rapid, Sensitive Test for HIV Mutations

RNA reconnaissance:

Brown University researchers, including PhD student Lei Zhang, have developed a method for detecting single nucleotide mutations directly in the RNA of HIV, including mutations that make it resistant to some drugs. In lab tests, the single-step system performed more quickly and with better sensitivity than standard technologies.

An Accessible Approach to Making a Mini-Brain

A bundle of neurons:

In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers, including doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering, Molly Boutin, describe a relatively accessible method for making a working – though not thinking – sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.

Roydhouse Wins JKTG Grant

PhD student Jessica Roydhouse has received one of four Dissertation Support Grants awarded by the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation. The grant supports the research of this PhD student in Health Services Research, which focuses on improving patient-reported outcome measures in cancer care.

New Workshop Targets Communication, Improvisation

The Graduate School and Trinity Repertory Theater are piloting a new series called Effective Performance: Communication and Improvisation for Graduate Students. It is designed to help prepare graduate students to be effective communicators for research and teaching through interactive workshops. Applications are due Oct. 23. Learn more.

Master Words Project: Focus on Creativity

The word in round two of the Master Words project is creativity: How does creativity play a role in your field of study? This social-media project is for master’s students seeking expertise at Brown University.  We invite them  to reflect on creativity in a video of 60 seconds or less. The video deadline is October 27, 2015.