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2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: The Future of Democracy in Bolivia

Susan Ellison:

Susan H. Ellison, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, has won a Joukowsky Dissertation Prize in Social Science for Mediating Democracy in El Alto: The Politics of Conflict Resolution in Bolivia. She spent 17 months in Bolivia studying Alternative Dispute Resolution and other programs meant to encourage development of democracy.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: After Higgs, A Search for New Physics

The search for a heavy top-like quark:

In particle physics, not finding a particle can narrow the search and guide new theories. Michael Luk’s Joukowsky Prize-winning dissertation, The Search for a Heavy Top-Like Quark, describes the most comprehensive search ever carried out for a particle that could answer puzzling questions about the nature of the Higgs boson.

2013 Bernie Bruce Recognition Event

Twenty-two graduating master's and doctoral students were honored at the annual Bernie Bruce Recognition Event.

Bruce was an associate dean of the Graduate School for over 20 years and was "was instrumental in increasing the number of minority PhDs and served all the students with great devotion, great care, and great pride," said Vartan Gregorian, Brown University President Emeritus.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: Sounds of Swedish Nationalism

Benjamin Teitelbaum:

Benjamin Teitelbaum spent almost two years interviewing and getting to know members of the Swedish nationalist movement, sometimes finding himself in scary situations in his quest to understand the subculture's use of music. It was that perseverance in part that won him the 2013 Joukowsky Family Foundation Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Humanities for his study “Come Hear Our Merry Song:” Shifts in the Sound of Contemporary Swedish Radical Nationalism.

2013 Joukowsky Dissertation Prize Profile: The Mechanics of Biofuel Bacteria

Jennifer R. Davis:

Jennifer R. Davis’ Joukowsky Award-winning dissertation explaining how certain bacteria can turn plant matter into the precursors of biofuels was a novel project in Jason Sello’s chemistry lab. It is also a tour (de force) of genomics, bioinformatics, biochemistry, and structural biology that has made a promising scientist even more broadly skilled.

Student Speaker Talks of Pride

Benjamin J. Raymond, who will receive the Master of Arts in Teaching, will give the student address at the Graduate School Commencement Convocation on May 26. Benjamin’s training in Secondary Education English included student teaching at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. The speaker, who was selected by the full Graduate Student Council, tells us about himself and his talk, Pride, Considered.

Graduate School to Confer 705 degrees

A joyous culmination of research and training :

The Brown Graduate School will confer 705 advanced degrees at its Commencement Convocation Sunday, May 26, 2013, and will present a variety of awards for excellent dissertations, graduate alumni achievement, and academic services. The ceremony will be held at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle.

“The day is a joyous culmination of research and training,” said Peter M. Weber, dean of the Graduate School. “Graduate students are integral to the intellectual life of the University, and Brown celebrates their accomplishments and their promise.”

Twin Plays House & Garden Open at Trinity Rep with MFA Students

Brown/Trinity MFA students Catherine Dupont, Steven Jaehnert, Ted Moller and Bridget Saracino will perform in two interconnected plays that will be performed at the same time in both both theaters at Trinity Rep. Both comedic plays tell a day in the life of the same set of twenty characters. The shows open on May 16 and run through June 30.

Horace Mann Medalist Announced

Karen L. King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, is the 2012-13 Horace Mann Medalist.

Given annually at Commencement, the Horace Mann Medal honors a Brown Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field, inside or outside of academia.

Dr. King, who received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Brown University in 1984, is a highly respected scholar of early Christianity, known nationally and internationally.

Advance in Tuberous Sclerosis Brain Science

Timing is everything:

By manipulating the timing of disease-causing mutations in the brains of developing mice, Brown University researchers, including neuroscience graduate student Elizabeth Normand, have found that early genetic deletions in the thalamus may play an important role in course and severity of the developmental disease tuberous sclerosis complex. Findings appear in the journal Neuron.