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Four Doctoral Students Receive Teaching Excellence Awards

One of the many ways graduate students connect to the broader Brown community is through teaching. The Excellence in Teaching Award acknowledges graduate students whose passion for teaching is recognized by their peers. This year, four students, Muntazir Ali (Religious Studies), Christina Bailey-Hytholt (Biomedical Engineering), Alyssa Pascuzzo (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Science), and Les Robinson (History), will be awarded for their extraordinary devotion to teaching. Read more.

Clayton and Delaney Honored for Advising and Mentoring

Advising and mentoring has never been more important, as the Graduate School honors two Brown faculty for their inspiring work. Michelle ClaytonAssociate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, and Sarah Delaney, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Director of Graduate Studies, were selected for the 2020 Graduate School Faculty Awards for Advising and Mentoring. Clayton is lauded by students for the sage advice she provides for their academic and professional endeavors. Delaney was nominated by the entire Chemistry Graduate Student Leadership Committee, as well as additional faculty, students, and alums. Read more.

Duncan and Nordlund Recognized for Contributions to Graduate Education

Each year the Graduate Student Council selects recipients for the Wilson-DeBlois and Bates-Clapp awards as a way to honor and thank staff members who have made outstanding contributions to graduate education at Brown. Marlina Duncan, Associate Dean of Diversity Initiatives and Assistant Vice President for Academic Diversity, receives the Wilson-DeBlois award. Carrie Nordlund, Associate Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program at the Watson Institute receives the Bates-Clapp award. Read more.

Student Research: Arctic ‘shorefast' sea ice threatened by climate change, study finds

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For people who live in the Arctic, sea ice that forms along shorelines is a vital resource that connects isolated communities and provides access to hunting and fishing grounds. A new study by Brown University researchers, including doctoral candidate Sarah Cooley, found that climate change could significantly reduce this “shorefast ice” in communities across Northern Canada and Western Greenland. Read more.

Physics, Chemistry and Engineering – An Interdisciplinary Perspective with PhD Yuan Liu

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Yuan Liu, a student in the Open Graduate Education program, will graduate this May with a doctoral degree in chemistry and a master’s in engineering. In July he will begin a postdoctoral associate position at MIT in the Center for Ultracold Atoms. “During my time at Brown, I was very excited to be on a campus with such great diversity. I met many outstanding people who shaped my views and thoughts to the world dramatically,” says Liu. Read more

Student Research: With historians in Newport, PhD students preserve a crucial piece of African American history

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Doctoral students in archaeology, Alex Marko, Dan Plekhov and Miriam Rothenberg worked with the Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission in Newport, Rhode Island, to create an interactive map of God’s Little Acre, one of the oldest African and African American burial grounds in the country. It is the final resting place of untold numbers of individuals. Some were born across the Atlantic, others mere blocks away. Some died centuries ago, others just decades ago. Some were slaves, others business owners. The students are working with Newport’s Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission, whose mission is to preserve and revive their stories. Read more.

Student Research: Barnacles offer genetic clues on how organisms adapt to changing environments

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What genes help organisms survive in changing environments? As climate change impacts species across the planet, it’s a big question in basic biology. New research by a Brown research time, including doctoral student Joaquin Nunez, on barnacles may provide some answers. Barnacles are crustaceans, related to shrimps and crabs. After a brief period when they float freely around the ocean, barnacle larvae attach to a hard surface — a rock, a boat, a whale — and develop into adults. They build hard plates surrounding their bodies, which they can open to feed and to reproduce, and close protectively during low tide and other harsh conditions. Read more.

Student Research: How do zebrafish get their stripes? New data analysis tool could provide an answer

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The iconic stripes of zebrafish are a classic example of natural self-organization. As zebrafish embryos develop, three types of pigment cells move around the skin, eventually jostling into positions that form body-length yellow and blue stripes. Scientists want to understand the genetic rules that direct this delicate dance, and a new algorithm developed by Brown University mathematicians, including doctoral student Melissa McGuirl, could help them accomplish that. The algorithm, described in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is able to quantify various attributes of shapes and patterns, enabling scientists to more objectively test ideas about how zebrafish stripes — and potentially other developmental patterns — are formed. Read more.