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Brown Expresses Commitment to Values, Highlights Resources in Wake of Immigration Order

Brown University President Christina Paxson and Provost Richard M. Locke published an open letter to the Brown community via the Brown Daily Herald student newspaper Sunday, Jan. 29. In it, they stated: "During this moment of great political uncertainty in our country, including the recent signing of various executive orders and possible policy changes ahead affecting education and research, we must be vigilant and deliberate in upholding our core values as a university." In a separate community letter, Provost Locke described steps Brown is taking in the wake of the recent executive order on immigration and highlighted resources available to community members. Dean Andrew G. Campbell, in a letter to students, states the Graduate School's commitment to admitting the strongest applicants without regard to citizenship.  A subsequent letter reaffirms Brown's commitment to doctoral funding. Get more information at a dedicated website.

5th Year Master's Fair on Feb. 1

The Graduate School is hosting a 5th Year Master's Fair on Wednesday, February 1 from 3-5 p.m. in the Sayles Hall Auditorium. Brown juniors and seniors are encouraged to come explore their options for a master's degree on College Hill. Seniors may apply up until Commencement. Program representatives and the Graduate School will be available to answer questions. See the list of programs offering a 5th year degree. 

Thesis Provides Health Assessment of RI Immigrant Group

Church and community:

To inform and enhance her efforts to connect fellow African immigrants in Rhode Island with medical care, Akosua Boadiwaa Adu-Boahene '16 MPH dedicated her master’s thesis work at Brown to understanding the community’s health needs.

Ethics Dinner-Seminar Addresses Climate Change

The second Academy in Context event of 2016-17 features Prof. John Mustard and Deborah Gordon in a February 15 dinner-seminar entitled, “Climate Change: Perspectives on Challenges in Two Key Sectors.” Mustard will focus on how agricultural systems will adapt to changing climate to serve a growing population's demands for food and fuel. Gordon will speak about the complexities and challenges affecting climate change due to the significant diversity in global oils’ greenhouse gas emissions. These two sectors—agriculture and oil—underscore the need for honesty and transparency, even when existing rules are not requiring it, the speakers say.

Mathwig Wins Cross Award

Alexandra Mathwig is one of eight recipients of the 2017 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award, announced the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). The Brown University doctoral candidate in History of Art & Architecture was selected from a pool of more than 250 nominees from 127 institutions.

Medicaid Expansion Linked to Better Center Care

According to a new study on the first year of Medicaid expansion, led by doctoral student Megan Cole and Dr. Amal Trivedi, four out of eight quality indicators at federally funded health centers improved significantly in states that expanded Medicaid compared to non-expansion states.

Sea Sponges Offer Clues on Structural Strength

Brown University engineers, including doctoral student Michael Monn, looked to nature to find a shape that could improve all kinds of slender structures, from building columns to bicycle spokes. Judging by their name alone, orange puffball sea sponges might seem unlikely paragons of structural strength. But maintaining their shape at the bottom of the churning ocean is critical to the creatures' survival, and new research shows that tiny structural rods in their bodies have evolved the optimal shape to avoid buckling under pressure.

RNA Pathway Plays Key Role in Health, Lifespan, Fly Study Shows

The piRNA pathway was thought to be most active in the reproductive organs of animals, but researchers, including doctoral student in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry, Brian Jones, have discovered in the common fruit fly that the pathway also operates in a non-reproductive body tissue, playing a vital role in maintaining health and lifespan.