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Four Doctoral Certificates Introduced

Doctoral certificate programs are now open to Brown doctoral students. These programs are designed to extend expertise into interdisciplinary areas and to certify training beyond the home Ph.D. discipline. To date, the Graduate Council has approved four certificate programs: Gender and Sexuality Studies, offered by the Pembroke Center; Spatial Analysis, offered by Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences; Public Humanities, through the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage/ Department of American Studies; and Collaborative Humanities, offered by the Cogut Center for the Humanities. See eligibility and other details. 

Community Conversations and Student Resources

Brown is offering community opportunities to discuss and understand what the national election means. The events and opportunities for discussion are coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services in collaboration with the Graduate School and the Office of the Dean of the College. Graduate School deans are available for one-on-one conversation with graduate students.

Brown Researchers Developing New Interactive Sleep App

There are plenty of cellphone apps on the market designed to help people monitor their sleep patterns. The apps generally record data on when people go to bed and when they wake, and many use the device’s microphone and accelerometer to take note of noises in the night and to monitor how much people toss and turn. A group of Brown University computer scientists, including Nediyana Daskalova, a doctoral student in computer science, and clinical psychologists have come up with an approach that takes sleep monitoring one step further.

Holiday Food Drive, Nov. 2-21

All are welcome to particiate in the Graduate School's ninth annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. We are collecting food from November 2-21, 2016. Please drop off needed canned goods (see list), 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. Thank you to all partners!

Students Present Why Their Research Matters on Nov. 5

The Graduate School is hosting its second Research Matters! event, featuring live talks by outstanding graduate students and post-docs on "why my research matters" on November 5, 2016 from 3-5 pm in the Granoff Center. Come hear the student and postdoc speakers: Emily Contois, Aditi Rawat, Julian Saporiti, Nicosia Shakes, Alexandra Stephan, Jennifer Thum, Kyle Trenshaw, Torrey Truszkowski, Meghan Wilson, and Xuan Zhao.

New Master's Program to Foster Deep Data Fluency

A new one-year master's degree in data science will prepare Brown University students to be leaders in a data-enabled society. The new degree program is an early feature of Brown's Data Science Initiative, which was launched to catalyze new research programs to address some of the world's most complex challenges and provide students with innovative educational opportunities relating to "big data."

Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Students Present Shakespeare Plays

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program season opens on October 20 with The Taming of the Shrew, directed by MFA student Kate Bergstrom, and runs through October 23. The Winter’s Tale, directed by MFA student Mauricio Salgado, follows from November 3-6. Both shows feature MFA student actors: John Noble Barrack, Octavia Chavez-Richmond, Jack Dwyer, Viraj Gandhi, Shenyse Harris, Tyler Herman, Billy Hutto, Oriana Lada, Meghan Leathers, Matt Lytle, Teddy Lytle, Marcel Mascaro and Jayne McLendon. Performances are at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. For more information, please visit the Trinity Rep website

Cocoa Compound Linked to Some Cardiovascular Niomarker Improvements

To the tantalizing delight of chocolate lovers everywhere, a number of recent studies, including one led by Xiaochen Lin, an Epidemiology doctoral student, have suggested that compounds in cocoa called flavanols could benefit cardiovascular health. Now a systematic review and meta-analysis of 19 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of cocoa consumption reveals some further pieces of supporting evidence. 

The meta-analysis in the Journal of Nutrition, an assessment of the combined evidence from all 19 RCTs, focused on whether consumption of flavanol-rich cocoa products was associated with improvements in specific circulating biomarkers of cardiometabolic health as compared to consuming placebos with negligible cocoa flavanol content. In all, 1,139 volunteers were involved in these trials.