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Student Research: Firsthand Accounts Indicate Fentanyl Test Strips are Effective in Reducing Overdose Risk

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Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so potent that a miniscule amount equivalent to several grains of salt can cause a fatal overdose. Yet it’s difficult for people who use drugs to detect, which presents a major public health hazard given how commonly fentanyl is used to lace heroin or cocaine. 

In 2017, the Brown team of researchers, including Jacqueline Goldman, an Epidemiology master’s student, Brandon Marshall, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, provided rapid-acting fentanyl test strips to young adults in Rhode Island at risk of overdosing. In October 2018, the researchers reported that most of the young adults not only used the strips, but also reported changing their behavior to reduce overdose risk if they detected fentanyl. Read more.

Highlighting Brown’s Distinction in the Humanities

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Humanities scholars at Brown are energizing comparative work that informs a deeper understanding of the most challenging questions of global common concern. Graduate students are intricately involved in the humanities at Brown, with opportunities at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities that include a graduate certificate in collaborative humanities, for which they are the first in the county, and a variety of graduate fellowships. Doctoral students Nechama Juni, Kareem Estefan and Stephen Marsh share their stories of interdisciplinary research. Learn more.

Highlighting Brown’s Distinction in Brain Science

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Brown researchers are building understanding of the brain, restoring movement for patients with paralysis, unlocking the secrets of devastating diseases and devising new treatments to address brain-related disorders. Brown brain scientists like Kavin Nuñez — a doctoral candidate researching how brain circuitry impacts alcohol addition — are developing insights that are informing treatments for everything from Alzheimer's and ALS to paralysis and more. Learn more.

Faet Wins Top Poetry Prize

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Berta García Faet, a PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, was recently awarded the Premio de Poesía Joven Miguel Hernández, Spain’s top poetry prize for poets under 31. García Faet received the award for her work “Los salmos fosforitos” (“Fluorescent Psalms”). 

“This prize means a lot to me. It connects me to my country, my people, the books and authors I love and that inspire me. I admire all the poets who have won it before me, and I've been dreaming for years now to be part of this story,” says García Faet. 

Almeida Wins Fulbright-Hays Award

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Thamyris Almeida, a fourth-year History student has been awarded the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award to continue her field research in São Paulo, Brazil. “Both the extended time and financial resources will allow me to return to Brasília and Rio de Janeiro to continue the archival research I started there,” says Almeida. Read more.

Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students at CSREA

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The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America is offering faculty-led workshops designed to support graduate student research on race and ethnicity, build research community across disciplines and aid in the professional development of Brown graduate students. Workshops begin December 10; topics include exams, writing, publishing, teaching and grants. Learn more and register.

Brown/Trinity Rep Present Tick, Tick…Boom!

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The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Program December thesis show, tick, tick…BOOM!, is directed and choreographed by Ken-Matt Martin, a third year student in the MFA Directing program. This rock musical set in 1990 New York City tells the story of an aspiring theater composer, as he is forced to reevaluate his passions and decide whether he should keep pursuing his dream or give it all up for a stable career. MFA students Brendan Hickey, Olivia Miller and Antonio Michael Woodard star in the show. Performances run November 29 through December 9 at the Pell Chafee Performance Center. Learn more.

Explore Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowships

Advanced PhD students interested in a teaching fellowship at a liberal arts college are invited to attend a December 10 info session at 4:30 pm in Horace Mann 103.  The Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellowship program provides an opportunity for advanced PhD students to teach at nearby Wheaton College. Associate Dean of Student Development, Vanessa Ryan, will answer questionsApplications are due January 30, 2019. Learn more.