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Wright Wins Fulbright-Hays Award

Andrea Wright, a third-year doctoral Anthropology student, has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award. This award provides funding for doctoral students to conduct research outside of the U.S. for 6-12 months. Wright will be using her Fulbright to travel to Bangalore and Imphal, India for a year. She’ll be researching the processes that drive Manipuri women’s migration to Bangalore and the transformations they undergo as migrants, beauty therapy trainees, and laborers.

Holiday Food Drive, Nov. 2-20

Our eighth annual Holiday Food Drive benefits the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We are collecting food from November 2-20, 2015. Please drop off needed canned goods, especially proteins, in the Food Bank boxes at the Graduate School, the School of Engineering, the School of Public Health, Population Studies & Training Center, the Arnold Lab or the GSC Lounge.

Grad Student Study Center Gets Green Light

The Corporation's Budget & Finance Committee approved design and construction of a $2 million graduate student study center in the Rockefeller Library. The approval came during its fall meeting, October 22-24, and is in recognition of gifts received in support of strategic capital priorities.  

Master Words: Round 1 Gift, Round 2 Video Cue

Peter Martin, a Brown-Trinity Rep acting student, is the first winner of a free Brown sweatshirt in the Graduate School's Master Words video series.  This social media project features the words and aspirations of master’s students seeking expertise at Brown. See Peter's video on the word mastery. Next up: Videos about creativity are due Oct. 27.  Learn more and watch the videos.

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Students Present Romeo & Juliet

Directed by MFA student Ashley TeagueRomeo and Juliet opens this week and runs October 22-25. The play features star-crossed lovers in the famous, tragic story of forbidden love. The following MFA students will be performing: Julia Atwood, Rachel Clausen, Sinan Eczacibasi, Alexis Green, Matt Ketai, Gwen Kingston, Jake Loewenthal, Maggie Mason, Ashley Mitchell, Marina Morrissey, Laura Payne, David Samuel, Chris Stahl, Will Turner, Lucy Van Atta, Alec Weinberg and Brad Wilson.

What Smacks into Ceres Stays on Ceres

Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt and closest dwarf planet to Earth, had been remarkable for its plain surface. New research suggests that most of the material that has struck Ceres in high-speed collisions has stuck — billions of years worth of meteorite material. The research by Terik Daly , a PhD  student in Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, and Professor Peter Schultz, is published in Geophysical Research Letters.

Team Describes Rapid, Sensitive Test for HIV Mutations

RNA reconnaissance:

Brown University researchers, including PhD student Lei Zhang, have developed a method for detecting single nucleotide mutations directly in the RNA of HIV, including mutations that make it resistant to some drugs. In lab tests, the single-step system performed more quickly and with better sensitivity than standard technologies.

An Accessible Approach to Making a Mini-Brain

A bundle of neurons:

In a new paper in Tissue Engineering: Part C, Brown University researchers, including doctoral student in Biomedical Engineering, Molly Boutin, describe a relatively accessible method for making a working – though not thinking – sphere of central nervous system tissue. The advance could provide an inexpensive and easy-to-make 3-D testbed for biomedical research.