Experiments by a Brown-led research team, including doctoral student John Antolik, investigated belly flop mechanics and found surprising insights about air-to-water impacts that could be useful for marine engineering applications.
The Graduate School's 15th annual food drive kicks off today. You can help families in need by dropping off food through November 20. Please bring canned goods to Horace Mann, at 47 George St (boxes in the lobby & 3rd floor) or the Arnold Lab. Check out the list of most needed foods below.
Alumni and community members celebrated the newly transformed home of Africana Studies and Rites and Reason Theatre as part of a weekend of lectures and events focused on the Black experience at Brown.
Several more new spaces throughout Churchill House are a nod to graduate students, who once had little room beyond a small handful of offices and a basement lounge. A new shared space on the main floor for graduate students includes tables, couches and space for lunchtime gatherings, quiet study time and impromptu meetings. Private rooms allow graduate instructors to meet on-on-one with the undergraduates they teach and mentor. They can also reserve a small conference room with state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities on the lower level for meetings and class sections.
Called VRoxy, the software has the potential to make hands-on collaboration between people working remotely and people working in physical spaces more seamless, regardless of differences in room size.
By throwing on a VR headset, VRoxy allows users to control a proxy robot from anywhere with natural movements like walking and pointing, said Brandon Woodard, a Ph.D. student at Brown, who helped develop the software.
The Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company MFA Programs in Acting and Directing presents Two in Rep: two fall productions playing in rotating repertory featuring the programs' students. True West by Sam Shepard, directed by MFA in Directing candidate Tara Moses, runs November 2 – 11. One Flea Spare by Naomi Wallace, directed by MFA in Directing candidate Sharifa Yasmin, runs November 3 – 12.
Chris Gilbody administers financial aid for graduate students, ensuring the timely processing of financial aid applications and managing the overall counseling efforts and communication strategies to graduate programs from the Office of Financial Aid.
Announced in late summer, Ji Soo Hong was one of five students selected for the National Institute of Social Sciences (NISS) Dissertation Grant. Hong is a doctoral candidate in History studying the economic and environmental history of the USSR as well as the history of U.S.-Soviet relations.
Doctoral candidate in History, Phoebe Labat will spend the academic year (through June of 2024) in the French city of Aix-en-Provence, which is home to the Archives Nationales D'outre-Mer (ANOM), France's overseas archives and recent graduate Owen Manahan is working as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) with children in grades 4-6 in Puebla City, Mexico.
Newly minted graduate Shanelle Haile defended her dissertation this summer, will receive her degree this October, and was selected as New Alumni Trustee by the Corporation in the Spring. She’s also starting a new job in Boston next month. It’s been a very busy year for Haile, who is exceptionally modest about everything she’s accomplished.
The hydrogel is designed to balance pH levels in a malignant tumor and act as a delivery system for one of the most effective cancer fighting drugs, potentially addressing critical problems faced in current cancer treatment. Zahra Ahmed is lead study author and an Engineering Ph.D. student in the Brown lab of Assistant Professor of Engineering Vikas Srivastava.
Developed by a team of Brown-led researchers, including Sara Oliveira Santos, a Ph.D. candidate at Brown’s School of Engineering, Pleobot is a krill-inspired robot offering potential solutions for underwater locomotion and ocean exploration, both on Earth and moons throughout the solar system.
His dissertation, Islamic Intersections: Religion and Politics in Kashmir in the Long Twentieth-Century, focuses on the previously unexamined lives and thoughts of poets, educators, ulema (Muslim scholars), activists, rebels, and revolutionaries in Kashmir. Yaseen is the Joukowsky Prize winner for the social sciences
Kiara Lee will graduate with a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master’s degree in Global Public health, which she earned through the Open Graduate Education Program. Her dissertation, Leveraging Biotransport Mechanisms in the Design of Technologies to Improve Access to Blood-Based Diagnostics, was selected for the Joukowsky Prize in the life sciences.
Anant Hariharan was selected for his impacts to the fields of seismology, tectonics, and geodynamics through his dissertation, Understanding Overtone Interference in Surface Wave Measurements: Application to Anisotropic Imaging of the Uppermost Mantle Beneath North America.
Dennis Hogan, who completed his degree in Comparative Literature in September of 2022, is recognized for his dissertation, The Queen of Two Worlds: Crisis and Creation in the Central American Transit Zones, 1848-1914. He was selected for the Joukowsky Prize in the humanities.
Recognized for strengthening the international graduate student community and working tirelessly to bring positivity, clarity, and enthusiasm to the graduate community, Andrew Heald and Kerry Sabbag are winners of this year's Bates-Clapp and Wilson-DeBlois awards (respectively) from the Graduate Student Council.
Patrick Heller's nominators, all 18 of them, emphasize his genuine interest in their studies, his intense care and support for them as academics and people, and his patience and support as they work through ideas, projects, and navigate academic challenges and pandemic disruptions.
Professor of English, Kevin Quashie, was nominated by several students, who are among the many he formally and informally advises at Brown. Each student nominator provides a personal and detailed account of Quashie’s mentorship, sharing how they felt supported and encouraged both academically, and as unique individuals.
Jennifer Lackey ‘00 Ph.D. is the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law (courtesy) at Northwestern University. She is also the Founding Director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program.
Doctoral candidate kristen iemma received an Excellence in Teaching Award that acknowledges her self-designed course, Archival Interventions, where students created the Brown Undergraduate Covid-19 Archives during the height of the pandemic.
By observing spin structure in “magic-angle” graphene, a team of scientists, including graduate student Erin Morissette and other Brown University researchers, have found a workaround for a long-standing roadblock in the field of two-dimensional electronics.
The federal awards enable the extension of two separate Brown initiatives with a shared goal: to prepare students from underrepresented groups to succeed in STEM graduate programs and launch careers in the sciences.
Eleven doctoral students received Global Mobility Research Fellowships during the fall and spring semesters of 2022-2023. They’ve traveled to Ghana, Germany, Argentina,Mozambique, and many other countries to conduct dissertation research.
A recent excavation in Megiddo, Israel, unearthed the earliest example of a particular type of cranial surgery in the Ancient Near East — and potentially one of the oldest examples of leprosy in the world.
Ethel Barja Cuyutupa completed her degree in October of last year in Hispanic Studies. She is the recipient of the Joukowsky Prize in the humanities for her dissertation, Tiempo de Promesa: Resonancias de la Revolución Cubana en la Poesía Latinoamericana (translated: Times of Promise: Resonances of the Cuban Revolution in Latin American Poetry).
Melanie White was selected for the Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Prize in the Social Sciences for her work entitled What Dem Do to We No Have Name: Intimate Colonial Violence, Autonomy, and Black Women’s Art in Caribbean Nicaragua.
Rui F. Carvalho, a doctoral candidate in Sociology was nominated specifically for his course, A Hip-Hop Companion to Race and Ethnicity, which he taught both at Brown and as an after school elective at Blackstone Valley Prep High School in the fall of 2021.
Jae-Young Son, a fourth year doctoral candidate in Psychology is recognized for his work as a teaching assistant for several courses, including Social Psychology, the largest course in his department with nearly 300 students.
Tess Renker, a doctoral candidate in Hispanic Studies was selected for her dedication and professionalism to teaching, as recognized by several faculty in her department along with glowing course evaluations.