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GSC Honors Two Staff Members

Dr. Shontay Delalue and Robyn S. Schroeder '16 PhD are receiving Graduate Student Council awards for staff members who make a difference for graduate students.

Graduate School Attracts Larger PhD Cohort

Brown Graduate School will welcome 322 new doctoral students in the next academic year, with 42% coming from outside the U.S. The Graduate School accepted 11% of applicants to Brown's 51 doctoral programs, and the matriculating cohort is 5% larger than in the prior year. The new international PhD students come from 36 nations, with the largest number from China and India. Among the new domestic students, 23% self-identify as members of historically underrepresented groups (HUG). The number of HUG students doubled compared to a year earlier.  

Modeling Method Advances Work on Cellular Processes

Brown researchers, including Veronica Ciocanel, a doctoral student in Applied Mathematics, have developed methods to use data from FRAP, an experiment used to study how molecules move inside cells, in ways it’s never been used before. Understanding how proteins and other molecules move around inside cells is important for understanding how cells function. Scientists use an experiment called Fluorescence Recovery after Photobleaching, or FRAP, to investigate this molecular motion, and now Brown University researchers have developed a mathematical modeling technique that makes FRAP much more useful.

Student Leads Study of Mars Rover Landing Sites

Mike Bramble, a doctoral student in Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences, played a leading role on a Brown University research team that published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA's list of potential landing sites for its next Mars rover to be launched in 2020.

Fischer Wins Women’s Studies Fellowship

Anne Gray Fischer is one of ten candidates to receive the Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for 2017. The doctoral student in History will receive $5,000 toward expenses incurred while completing her dissertation, Arrestable Behavior: Women, Police Power, and the Making of Law-and-Order America, 1930-1980. Her research examines the morals policing of women as the sexual and racial politics of American cities underwent massive transformations across the twentieth century. “I am honored to be recognized by this prestigious community of scholars, and hope to one day support in turn a rising generation of students devoted to the interrogation of gender and racial power inequities,” says Fischer.

Platt Wins Pelzer Prize

Daniel Platt received the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award at the Organization of American Historians (OAH) annual meeting in New Orleans on April 8. The Brown University PhD student in American Studies won the essay competition with his piece, “The Natures of Capital: Jewish Difference and the Decline of American Usury Law, 1909-1925”, which will be published in the Journal of American History.