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Doctoral Students Honored for Teaching Excellence

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Four graduate students received the honor of being recognized for their teaching skills at the University Award Ceremony on April 29. David Abel (Computer Science), Kimberly Lewis (Anthropology), John Santiago (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry) and Abner Santos (Portuguese and Brazilian Studies) all received incredible recommendations from faculty and former students. Read more about the recipients.

Graduate Speakers to Extol Their Peers’ Research and Resilience at Commencement

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In keeping with Brown’s long-standing tradition of highlighting student voices at Commencement, the University’s Graduate Student Council (GSC) selected two students to deliver addresses at this year’s Graduate School ceremonies on Sunday, May 26. Jen Thum, who will earn her Ph.D. in archaeology, will address graduates and guests at the Doctoral Ceremony on Pembroke Field. Eunice Gonzalez-Sierra, who will earn her master’s degree in teaching, will speak at the Master’s Ceremony in Meehan Auditorium. Both speakers will recognize the hard work of their fellow graduates while also calling on their peers to understand, and reach out to, those with different backgrounds. Read more.

Student, Faculty Scholars in Public Health Join Forces via Philippine Health Initiative

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The new initiative at Brown, spearheaded by a master of public health student, Alexander Adia, will formalize collaboration among faculty and students who are conducting research on health outcomes of Filipinos and Filipino Americans. A team of faculty and student scholars from the Brown University School of Public Health has launched a new initiative that will centralize research focused on improving health outcomes among Filipinos and Filipino Americans. Read more.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs Present Two Spring Shows

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She Kills Monsters, directed by MFA student Tatyana-Marie Carlo, tackles grief through one of the most popular role-playing games, Dungeons & Dragons. How We Got On, directed by MFA student Josiah Davis, is a coming-of-age story for three young hip hop artists in the suburbs growing up alongside a new genre of music. Both set in the suburbs of the Midwest, these shows send their characters on a journey of self-discovery, but through vastly different circumstances. These plays are directed by second-year directing class and feature the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA class of 2020 acting students. All performances will take place from May 3 - 19 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center.  Learn more.

Two Students to Compete in Ivy 3-Minute Thesis Competition

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The inaugural Ivy 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition takes place on April 25 at the United Nations in New York City. Doctoral students Jess Sevetson (Neuroscience) and Ashley Palumbo (Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences) will be representing Brown University. 

Students compete to present their PhD research in three minutes using only one slide. This event celebrates the diverse and impactful scholarly achievements of PhD students across the Ivy League community.

Public Health Research Day features Brown Graduate Student Researchers

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Every year in April, the American Public Health Association convenes National Public Health Week to share public health research and promote health and well-being in communities across the nation. And each year, Brown’s School of Public Health hosts an extensive lineup of events and conversations to celebrate the week and showcase the high-impact work of its student and faculty scholars. “National Public Health Week is an annual celebration of public health and its vital role in promoting health and well-being,” said Bess Marcus, dean of the School of Public Health and an expert in health behavior and exercise promotion. “The themes during the week — from prevention through mindfulness to the health threat posed by immigration enforcement — all seek to bring awareness to some of the urgent health issues facing the world today. Our vision for the next five years is to impact urgent health challenges and improve health equity.” Read more.

Public Health Doctoral Student Selected for National Health Policy Program

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Brown graduate student Kevin Nguyen earned a competitive national fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support his research aimed at building healthier and more equitable communities. Growing up a first-generation Vietnamese-American child of Vietnamese refugees, Kevin Nguyen says he interacted with the complexities of the U.S. health care system from a young age. From as early as his middle school years, he assisted his family, particularly his grandparents, with everything from scheduling doctor’s appointments to corresponding with insurance companies. Read more.

A Cerebral Celebration: Brain Science Abounds at Brown and Beyond

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As part of Brain Week R.I., Brown students and faculty are bringing brain science to local high schools, planning the University’s annual Brain Fair and much more. That is Alastair Tulloch’s favorite brain fact. Tulloch is a doctoral candidate studying neuroscience at Brown University — and through the annual Brain Week Rhode Island celebration, he has worked for the past four years to make brain science insights like that one accessible to people across the state. Read more.

Student Research: ‘Mutation Hotspot’ Allows Common Fungus to adapt to Different Host Environments

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The fungus Candida albicans is found in the gastrointestinal tract of about half of healthy adults with little if any effect, yet it also causes an oft-fatal blood infection among patients with compromised immune systems, including those with HIV/AIDS. New research helps show how this fungus gets the flexibility to live in these vastly different environments. The researchers, including Shen-Huan Liang, a pathobiology Ph.D. student, found that patient samples of the fungus frequently lack one copy of a gene that serves as a vital master regulator. In the lab, these cells can regularly switch to having a different set of traits, or phenotype, by losing the other copy. Read more.