Population Studies & Training Center

PSTC: 50 Years

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – One of the longest continuously funded demography training programs in the country has selected its graduate student fellows for the coming academic year. Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center recently named Meghan Caven (Sociology), Sara Hefny (Anthropology), Marcia P. Jimenez (Epidemiology), Michelle Marcus (Economics), and Svetoslava Milusheva (Economics) as recipients for the 27th year of the fellowships. Read more...

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay received the Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award from the American Educational Research Association. The award is presented annually in recognition of the highest quality of scholarship published in four different peer-reviewed journals. Papay was awarded along with Brown’s Assistant Professor of Education Matthew Kraft, with whom he co-authored “Can Professional Environments in Schools Promote Teacher Development? Explaining Heterogeneity in Returns to Teaching Experience.” The article was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in December.  

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A study by PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Eric Loucks shows that the maternal environment during gestation, particularly social adversity, poses a risk factor for elevated adulthood inflammation and contributes to many adult illnesses. The article, “Early origins of inflammation: An examination of prenatal and childhood social adversity in a prospective cohort study,” was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology in January.   

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Glenn Loury took part in a panel at the Watson Institute at Brown University. The discussion participants debated the impact of the Ferguson shooting on the civil rights movement. The Providence Journal reported on the event and quoted Loury as saying Michael Brown should not be the “poster child” for the movement.