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Postdoc Research: Streaks on Mars May be Caused by Flowing Water

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Edgard Rivera-Valentin, a postdoc in Geological Sciences, was co-author of the research that suggests the melting of frozen salty water on Mars last year may be the cause of the dark streaks on the planet. The were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. Rivera-Valentin worked with researchers from other universities to model the behavior of the water-and-salt mixtures to figure out how the liquid could flow on the frigid surface of Mars.

Student Research: How Silver Turns People Blue

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Ingesting too much silver can cause argyria, a rare condition in which patients’ skin turns a striking shade of grayish blue. Graduate students in chemistry Jingyu Liu and Zhongying Wang and Professor Robert Hurt and other researchers have discovered how this happens. 

Student Research: Bullies More Likely to Have Mental Illnesses

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Public health graduate student Dr. Frances Turcotte-Benedict recently presented at the national conference of the American Association of Pediatrics. She reported that children with diagnosed mental illness are three times more likely to bully than children without disorders. For a biostatistics class project, Turcotte-Benedict and her co-authors reviewed data on nearly 64,000 children from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health. Parents in the survey identified 15.2 percent of children as bullies.

Academy in Context to Focus on Digital Privacy

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Anna Lysyanskaya, a pioneer in online authentication and Associate Professor of Computer Science, is our speaker for the November 8 Academy in Context dinner-seminar. Her talk is called:  “They Don't Need to Know Your Date of Birth – or – Taking Charge of Your Personal Data.” The series is for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees, and fosters discussion of ethical issues across disciplines.

Fellowships Workshop Set for Nov. 29

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The workshop on competing for external fellowships, which was postponed due to the storm, will be held on  November 29 at noon at the Kasper Multipurpose Room.  A panel will provide tips on constructing strong applications. Student panelists will also describe their experiences applying for external fellowships. Register to attend.

Ciplet Named Switzer Fellow

Doctoral student David Ciplet has been named a 2012 Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. This year, the Switzer Foundation awarded 20 fellowships for emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to positive environmental change in their careers. The fellowship provides a one-year $15,000 award for academic expenses as well as networking and leadership support. Ciplet, a candidate for a Ph.D.

Two Students Win Fulbright-Hays Grants

Zoe GriffithZoe GriffithTrina VithayathilTrina VithayathilDoctoral students Zoe Griffith and Trina Vithayathil were recently named recipients of Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) grants totaling $57,784.

International Research in Antarctica Attracts Marine Biology Student

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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

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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.