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New PhD Career Pathways Proctorship in Academic Administration

The PhD Career Pathways Proctorship in Academic Administration offers doctoral students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in higher education administration. The proctor will join the PhD Career Pathways project, funded by the Council of Graduate Schools, to work with the Graduate School to analyze PhD career preferences and outcomes and to help faculty and university leaders strengthen career support, professional development opportunities, and mentoring. Deadline to apply is November 21, 2019. Learn more.

Dissertation Writing Retreat Set for January

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Advanced PhD students are invited to apply to participate in a Dissertation Writing Retreat, to be held January 13-17, 2020. The retreat provides quiet space, community, writing tips and support and structured writing time. Space is limited. Charles Carroll, Interim Program Manager of the Writing Center, will lead this retreat, which pools the resources and support of the Graduate School, Sheridan Center and Libraries. Learn more.

Alumni/Student Career Event Funding Available

The CareerLAB invites students, student groups, departments, programs or divisions to apply for alumni career event funding. These events are intended to bring together alums and current students for career exploration and networking. Proposals should encourage students to consider the diversity of career options available to masters and doctoral students. Grants are available from $300-$5,000. Learn more.

Jotischky-Hull Wins Modern Greek Studies Essay Prize

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Christopher Jotischky-Hull, a PhD student in Classics, was awarded the Modern Greek Studies Association Victor Papacosma Essay Prize for his essay entitled, The Crowning of the Lyre: Andréas Kálvos and the Appropriation of Pindaric Imagery in Nineteenth-Century Greek Diasporic Poetics. Given to the best graduate student essay on a Greek subject, the Prize is awarded on a biennial schedule to coincide with the MGSA Symposium. Read more.

Student Research: Study of past California wildfire activity suggests climate change will worsen future fires

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In the wake of recent wildfires that have ravaged northern and central California, a new study finds that the severity of fire activity in the Sierra Nevada region has been sensitive to changes in climate over the past 1,400 years. The findings, published in Environmental Research Letters, suggest that future climate change is likely to drive increased fire activity in the Sierras.

“Our data show that climate has been the main driver of fire on a regional scale,” said Richard Vachula, a Ph.D. student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and the study’s lead author. “We find that warm and dry conditions promote fire, which in light of climate model predictions suggests that future fires may be more extensive than we have observed in the last century.” Read more.

Brown eliminates GRE test requirement for 24 doctoral programs

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In enabling Ph.D. program leaders to drop the requirement to submit test scores, the Graduate School looks to attract talented, high-achieving students from an increasingly diverse pool of candidates. “The future success of graduate education at Brown depends on the diverse, innovative and intellectually independent candidates we admit and the varied skill sets they bring to their disciplines,” said Dean of the Graduate School Andrew G. Campbell. “By removing the Graduate School’s GRE requirement and allowing programs to decide whether to require the exam, we will broaden the talent pool of students who apply to and have access to graduate education at Brown.” Read more.

Carlo Presents Thesis Show, "References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot"

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The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program presents its October thesis show, References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, directed by Tatyana-Marie Carlo, a third year MFA directing candidate. "When I listen to José Rivera's words spoken aloud, I hear my family. He writes the way my family, a strong Puerto Rican family with a New York City Edge talk. He paints a vivid picture of my cousins, aunts, and uncles in this play,” says Carlo. The show also stars Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students Anwar Ali, Kalyne Coleman, Danielle Dorfman, Ricardy Fabre and Michael Rosas. Performances run October 3-13 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. Learn more about the play and Tatyana-Marie Carlo.

Student Research: Biology of bat wings may hold lessons for cold-weather work, exercise

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A new study finds that the muscles in bats’ wings operate at a significantly lower temperature than their bodies, especially during flight. Past research suggests that in most other creatures, including humans, muscles involved in exercise become warmer in response to movement. But the small muscles of a bat’s wing are uniquely vulnerable to heat loss during flight, as they’re covered by only a thin layer of skin — and warming them up would be inefficient from the standpoint of energy use.

“We tend to assume that warm-blooded animals are warm all the time,” said doctoral student Andrea Rummel, who authored the study alongside Brown biologists Sharon Swartz and Richard Marsh. “But this research shows that warm-blooded animals have a lot more variation in body temperature than we expected. That has implications for how animals are moving around, including humans.” Read more.

Student Research: Diet impacts the sensitivity of gut microbiome to antibiotics

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Antibiotics save countless lives each year from harmful bacterial infections — but the community of beneficial bacteria that live in human intestines, known as the microbiome, frequently suffers collateral damage.In a new study published in Cell Metabolism, researchers, including lead study author Damien Cabral, a Pathobiology doctoral student and Peter Belenky, an assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology, found that antibiotics change the composition and metabolism of the gut microbiome in mice, and that a mouse’s diet can mitigate or exacerbate these changes. Read more.

Register for Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference

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A free conference on October 4 is open to all Brown PhD students who may be interested in careers at teaching intensive institutions. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Westfield State University. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from and network with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region. They will be available to review and offer advice on CVs and cover letters as well. Learn more and register.