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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.

Galápagos Waters Illustrate Drama of Climate Change

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Brown marine biologist Jon Witman, doctoral student Robert Lamb, and others at Brown have spent much of 2016 in the Galápagos Islands, continuing years of chronicling the complex and dramatic ecological changes wrought by the increasingly volatile El Niño – La Niña cycle.  Lamb, for instance, discovered the emergence of a skin-wasting disease in the reef fishes that he studies. 

Student-Faculty Partnership Shapes Potential TB Strategy

Part of the reason tuberculosis-causing bacteria are so good at colonizing the human body is that they have defenses against the body’s immune system. A research team led by Brown University chemists, including Kyle Totaro '14 PhD, has developed a new compound that can take down one of those defenses in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The researchers are hopeful that the compound could be part of a new drug strategy for treating tuberculosis.

Explore Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowships

Advanced PhD students interested in a teaching fellowship at a liberal arts college are invited to attend a December 14 info session at 4 pm at the Sheridan Center.  The Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced PhD students to teach at nearby Wheaton College. Shawn Christian, Associate Provost of Wheaton College, will answer questions. He will be joined by  Wheaton Associate Professor Michael Berg (Psychology, Public Health), and Nicholas Friesner, current Brown-Wheaton Faculty Fellow. Applications are due January 27, 2017. Learn more.

Call for Applications: Interdisciplinary Opportunities

Advanced PhD students in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply for interdisciplinary opportunities at more than a dozen centers and institutes at Brown University. Those who will be in their 5th or 6th year of doctoral study at Brown University in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply. Support will be offered to up to 16 candidates, who will engage in the activities of these centers and institutes and benefit from enhanced professional development and mentorship in 2017-2018. The application deadline is January 30, 2017. Learn more. 

MFA Students Stage 'We Go Round and Round'

Running December 1-10 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center, We Go Round and Round stars all Brown/Trinity Rep MFA students. The play is an interpretation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play, La Ronde, and is the story of how paramours meet, part, and fall in and out of love through different decades. Student actors include: Julia Atwood, Sinan Eczacibasi, Alexis Green, Gwen Kingston, Marina Morrissey, Laura Lyman Payne, David Samuel, Ashley Teague, Will Turner, Alec J. Weinberg and Brad Wilson. For more information, visit trinityrep.com.

Entrepreneurship Conference Features Students

The conference on "Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Diversity and Inequality" features four graduate students. Nicole Aimua, Hannah Marshall, Krystal Sarcone, and Julian Saporiti will present their scholarship at the December 5 event, which is hosted by the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, with the sponsorship of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the School of Public Health, the Sociology Department, and the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy. Register to attend; seating is limited. Read more.

Diet Quality Low but Steadily Improving Among U.S. Kids

An analysis of diet quality among more than 38,000 U.S. children shows that nutrition for the nation’s kids has been getting steadily better in recent years, but what they eat is still far from ideal and disparities persist by income, race and receipt of government food assistance. On the whole, the diet of U.S. children improved markedly between 1999 and 2012 but it remains poor, said the authors of a new study led by Xiao Gu, a master’s student in Epidemiology in the School of Public Health.