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Diaz Named Simmons Scholar

Dalma Diaz, an incoming graduate student in Brown’s master's program in Urban Education Policy, was named the 2016 winner of the Ruth J. Simmons Urban Education Policy Scholarship, a full-tuition award.

The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for the UEP student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to education equity and social justice.

Delirium at Nursing Home Admission a Risky Sign for Seniors

Brown University public health researchers, including Cyrus Kosar, a doctoral student in Health Services Research, have analyzed the medical records of more than 5.5 million seniors admitted to nursing homes between 2011 and 2014 and found that approximately 240,000 had delirium. Those patients faced serious additional health risks compared to those without the condition.

Research Bolsters Case for a Present-Day Subsurface Ocean on Pluto

When the NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft buzzed by Pluto last year, it revealed tantalizing clues that the dwarf planet might have — or had at one time — a liquid ocean sloshing around under its icy crust. According to a new analysis led by a Noah Hammond, doctoral student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, such an ocean likely still exists today.

Button Kambic Named Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow

Emily Button Kambic, who received her doctoral degree in Anthropology in 2015, is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow for 2016-18. As a Public Fellow, she will work at the National Park Service as a Cultural Resources Public Outreach Coordinator in the Office of Resource Stewardship and Science for the National Capital Region. The Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program places recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at organizations in government and the nonprofit sector, thereby helping to demonstrate the applicability of doctoral education within and beyond the academy. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Lewis Named Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Thomas A. Lewis '90, Professor of Religious Studies, will serve as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Graduate School, announced Incoming Dean Andrew G. Campbell. The appointment is effective July 1, 2016. Lewis, who goes by Tal, will be a core member of the Graduate School leadership team, serving as deputy dean and providing vision, direction, and coordination of the academic affairs of the Graduate School.

Software Turns Webcams into Eye-Trackers

New software created by Brown University computer scientists, including Computer Science doctoral student Alexandra Papoutsaki, could help website owners and developers easily determine what parts of a page are grabbing a user’s eye.

Alumni Medal Goes to Google's Ramaswamy

Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy '95 PhD is the 2016 recipient of the Horace Mann Medal. The honor is bestowed annually to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field. As Senior Vice President for Ads and Commerce at Google, Dr. Ramaswamy has helped to shape the global online advertising business, while helping create Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business and its original product, AdWords.