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International Research in Antarctica Attracts Marine Biology Student

Catherine Luria:

Catherine Luria, a graduate student in marine biology was recently featured in Nature for her participation in an international study on how changes in sea-ice coverage and blooms of phytoplankton affect bacterial diversity from season to season. This collaboration, the Palmer Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project, is located on the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula. Luria will travel to Antarctica this month and several more times over the course of her studies.

A Winter's Tale Presented by MFA Program

Acted and directed by Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students, The Winter's Tale will open at the Pell Chafee Performance Center on October 19.

Taibi Magar, MFA '14 will direct Shakespeare's play about a powerful king who falls into a jealous rage and loses everything important to him, including his wife and best friend. The play then jumps forward 16 years to when the king's daughter, who was banished, finds love, elopes and travels back to Sicilia.

Beacons Light Up Stem Cell Transformation

Beacons for bone:

Graduate students Hetal Desai and Chathuraka Jayasuriya are part of a team to demonstrate a new tool for visually tracking the transformation of a living population of stem cells into cells of a specific tissue. The “molecular beacons,” which could advance tissue engineering research, light up when certain genes are expressed and don’t interfere with the development or operation of the stem cells.

Modern Culture & Media Student Starts Five College Fellowship

Aniruddha Maitra was awarded the Five College Fellowship for 2012-2013, one of only four graduate students to receive this annual residential fellowship. Maitra, a Modern Culture & Media student, is at Hampshire College working on his dissertation, "Narcissism and the Scene of Reading: Towards a Global Politics of Local Aesthetics".

Paxson Greets New Students at Orientation

Graduate Student Orientation featured a welcome by Christina H. Paxson, President of Brown University, on Friday, August 31.  The Graduate School’s incoming class of 593 new students includes 271 pursuing doctoral degrees and 322 entering master’s programs. Fifty nationalities are represented in the cohort. 

Chemists Advance Clear Conductive Films

Efficient manufacture and optimized conductivity:

Chemistry graduate student Jonghun Lee is lead author of a paper demonstrating how a newly developed chemical solution is used to create a thin, conductive film that reports the best transparency and conductivity performance to date. A conductive overlay in a touch-screen display or solar panel must be clear, inexpensive and easy to manufacture. Engineers use transparent thin films of indium tin oxide (ITO) for this purpose. In the new study, Lee, along with Shouheng Sun, professor of chemistry, and other researchers at Brown and ATMI Inc.

Brown Alum Part of Team to Discover Ice on Moon

An alum of the Geophysics program, Maria Zuber, PhD '86, was part of a research team to discover the possibility of frozen water within a massive crater on the south pole of the moon. The study was conducted by scientists at MIT, Brown, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center; it was released in Nature and reported in an article by CNN.

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Mice have distinct system for instinctual smells

A separate subsystem for the smell of fear.:

Neuroscience graduate students Mark A. Johnson and Lulu Tsai, led by professor Gilad Barnea, conducted a series of experiments to discover that mice have a distinct neural subsystem that links the nose to the brain and is associated with instinctually important smells such as those emitted by predators.

El Zotz Masks Yield Insights into Maya Beliefs

Diablo Pyramid, north side:

Graduate students Sarah Newman, Nicholas Carter, Yeny Gutiérrez, and Boris Beltrán, working with and led by Prof. Stephen Houston, made a new discovery at the Maya archaeological site in El Zotz, Guatemala. The ornately decorated structure is topped by a temple covered in a series of masks depicting different phases of the sun, as well as deeply modeled and vibrantly painted stucco throughout.